British Gardening forum: Spring Has sprung 2

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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Mar 15, 2010 10:08 PM CST

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Thank you for joining the new thread the other one got simply to big, especially for people with Dial up!
Keep your pictures coming though, we all love to see them after this terrible winter we have had!
Daffodils at the front already put, then in the following picture some at the back not quite out, but soon they will be.
Thank you to everyone for making this thread such a cheerful experience.
Regards.
Neil.


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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Mar 15, 2010 10:22 PM CST

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Now out the back at my mothers the Daffodils are not quite out yet, they are showing colour but need a bit more sun. The ones at the front get that, these poor things hidden away in a corner don't.
Regards.
Neil.

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Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Mar 16, 2010 5:40 AM CST
Neil What is the ground cover?
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
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cececoogan
Mar 16, 2010 5:49 AM CST
Looks to me like some kinda of Hedera.....Am I right Neil? Please say I'm right.

I tried for the first time ever to force a forsythia blooms this year. Last year a late frost killed off all the buds on the shrub, so this year I tried my hand at forcing some blooms inside.

This is how it looked yesterday.... .... .... ....

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Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
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cececoogan
Mar 16, 2010 5:53 AM CST
Son #1 was here yesterday and we walked around the gardens. My lilac shrubs have big fat buds on them....and there is sign a deer visited here in my rose garden..

If you knew the area I live in there should NOT be deer here. I live in the town yes but just across the street is city. three blocks behind me on my block is city. The borders are quite irregular and in a couple places undefinable, don't know how a deer came 10 miles from home. Well I do, it walked but why ? i think it got lost or turned around. Sure hope it found its way home.
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Mar 16, 2010 7:49 AM CST

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I cannot understand what the point is of forcing Forsythia to bloom? Yes we force Pink Champagne Rhubarb, but that i s because it is a delicious thing to eat!
Forsythia grows everywhere and as far as I know cannot taste as good as Rhubarb!
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Neil.
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Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
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Happy_1
Mar 16, 2010 7:52 AM CST
Hi everyone.

Neil, I used to force them just to have the flowers and feel as though spring was really coming. Never ate them.

Nancy
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Mar 16, 2010 7:54 AM CST

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I force Rhubarb and sea kale, just eat them!
Regards.
Neil.
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
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cececoogan
Mar 16, 2010 5:21 PM CST
Neil I have had this forsythia for this will be the 4th season. Its beautiful all summer long but has never bloomed. Our unpredictable springs always kills the buds off. So This year I decided that if I am ever going to see the forsythia bloom I will have to force it to bloom, so I did.

The point is the flowers in March when there is usually snow on the ground or will be again soon. Its a mood lifter and a hope lighter for spring to be here soon........
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Mar 16, 2010 11:07 PM CST

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I took this the other day at my mothers. It is a new flower bud for her Magnolia stellata, which is an incredibly beautiful spring flowering Magnolia. Luckily they do not get big so are ideal in a container, and are ideal for the smaller garden. I love them because they flower early before the leaves (most Magnolias do), yet the flowers are like white stars to look at. Truly a lovely plant this one, totally hardy and tough!
I will put a picture on when it comes in to flower, which I feel want be that long.
Regards.
Neil.

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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Mar 17, 2010 12:33 AM CST

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Nobody has looked at my amazing picture on "Have Your Say!" It made me chuckle as much as I can at the moment!
MY PICTURE! Click here
Poor picture is right at the bottom all on its own!
Regards.
Neil.
Name: Sarah
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sarahmuir
Apr 4, 2010 6:31 AM CST
Spring - what can I say about spring?

I always find the beauty of spring amazing! I just love the dafidails. It's like the plants seem to yawn and start to come to life from the winter dormancy. Lots of colour springs up with enthuiazm to announce they have woken from a long sleep from the winter months.

Plants are just awsome things they always suprise me
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Name: Brenda
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bsavage
Apr 4, 2010 6:37 PM CST
Hi Sarah, it is very nice to hear from you! Your dear husband keeps reminding my dear husband of all things british! Our spring is much later than yours, but I'm loving the pictures and soon I'll be posting some of ours. Tony found a blooming crocus today, our first bloom of the season!!

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