Monday, 2 April 2007


With having family visiting this weekend I didn't actually get any hands on gardening done, but still managed to spend some time outdoors and the sunsets have been spectacular.I am trying so hard not to photograph plants until they are in their full glory but couldn't resist taking a couple of the Dicentra; pink and white....they just shoot up and start flowering so quickly!
They are commonly known as Bleeding Hearts or Dutchman's Breeches...the reason is clear from this photographbut did you know they are also called "Lady in the bath"? You have to pull the outer petals aside to understand why......our youngest grandad loves doing this!Can you see the lady?????

It was also a weekend of "goodies". Leanne had gone to Wilkinsons (a shop I full of bargains) and had picked me up a few things I needed for the garden...................including one of the Solar Dragon Flys that I seen on Libby's blog.
with all the sun we'd had it really shone brightly last night.

I hadn't got around to sowing any lettuces yet so Lynn and Manda went down to Smuffy's (an old friend of Micks...(he looks like an aging hippy but sells every plant you could imagine out of great big poly tunnels in his garden) and got me a tray of Little Gem plants....they will give me a head start till I sow my own. There are actually 23 plants in this tray and only £1!!!!!
I wish we could get there ourselves but his house is right at the bottom of the steepest hill in Sudbury. I don't think I could push a wheelchair up it and going down would be difficult as would be so hard to "hold" the wheelchair really is that steep a hill!
I was quite excited that, after for the first time ever my Aloe Vera flowering, I now have a seed pod. I have so many of these plants already so I don't know if I ought to actually try and sow seed.....but then knowing me I may have to give it a try just for the fun of it.


sisah said...

'Lady in the Bath' I have to keep that in mind,blogging makes you wiser!Children love things like that, next time my little niece comes, I´ll show her that little game. Maybe my Dicentra will bloom meanwhile, at the moment there are only pale green shoots.If I try to translate the german name for this lovely plant it is 'Hearts in Tears'...'Tränendes Herz'.

talj said...

SO much happening!!! Great to see the 'Lady in the bath!' very clever! Sunsets are really beautiful these days! I love it when evenings are like they are at the moment!

I need to think about sowing the seeds I got from Mrs N soon! This gardening lark is wonderful!!

Have a lovely day and I cant wait for the easter egg hunt!! {{{HUGS}}} xxx

Melanie Rimmer said...

I love dicentra. I'll have to show my daughter the lady-in-the-bath thing. She can add it to the "making a ballerina out of fuschia flowers" and "making tattoos with ribes leaves" in the "fun in the garden" category.

UKBob said...

Wilco's are good aren't they, I haven't found one around here yet. Ah! thats not fair, you've gone and jumped right ahead of me with your lettuce now!!!

Jenny said...

Your garden must be about three or even four weeks ahead of mine - our bleeding heart hasn't even started yet - I hope it survived the autumn transplant! (I moved EVERYTHING around last fall when we had a little patio put in - I don't know where anything is now!)

Jeanette said...

Hi Ruth.
Never heard bleeding heart called "lady in the bath" Ill have to show the grandkids when i see one in flower. lovely sunset photo.
Btw Not sure of the meaning of "Yarrawonga" still trying to find out and when i know i will let you know, All I been able to find out its an Aboriginal name.

Allotment Lady said...

How great to have your family visit.
What a bargain with the lettuces
Your garden looks fantastic as always
And I am so envious of the dragon fly light - I must look out for one of those.

Merle said...

Hi Ruth ~~ Your garden looks nice; love the dicentra and lady in the bath, very cute.Photos are nice.
Thank you so much for your comments, (the gates are locked and no taps running). Australia is in the middle of the worst drought we have had and there are restrictions everywhere, so
we are begging for rain. Storages are low, but I guess the rain will come eventually. Take care, Love, Merle.




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