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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:33 pm 
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I was out photographing things (some are now in the gallery) and thought I'd share the lawn this morning:

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Wow, so pretty!

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Very nice!
When do you start cutting the grass?

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I think the grass gets cut early summer most years. Perhaps around May?

They've nearly all finished - a few of the later hybrids are out now. But this was lovely a few weeks ago and I forgot to post it here:


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Love the fox! I grew up on a farm and never saw one (though my Dad did out in the fields), first time I saw one in real life was in my sister's garden in Croydon this Christmas (she does back on to a wooded area).

Love those crocuses, wow, what a display!

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In Paris, the japan cherry trees and the mimosa at the MNHN opened 2 weeks ago. :)
(no fox was involved)

This one is a happy camper! ^^

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I've been tempted by mimosa (Acacia) many times - it's quite popular in London and has been out here a few weeks too. Cherry blossom is very early isn't it?!

The fox is nice, but we've had terrible problems with their digging in the past. I hope they stay well-behaved.

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Rob-Rah wrote:
I've been tempted by mimosa (Acacia) many times

SNAP ! ...I was tempted by one just yesterday during my first (of many) visits to the garden centre this year but I always reign in the temptation to buy at this time of year because I'm sooooo pleased to see things starting to come to life that I would end up buying everything I see but have no place for them, magnolia stellata standards in pale pink or white, forsythia, early rhododendrons, cherry blossom and after being fascinated by it for years (and having only seen pictures of it)...a Gloriosa rothschildiana in full flower in their house plant section, if I drove I would have bought it there and then (so I settled for 3 clematis instead!)

Great weather past few days so gave the garden a good seeing to, 2 coats of of fence preservative, new trellis' put up, garden dug over to get rid of the moss, moved a couple of shrubs, scarified the lawn and spiked with a fork and fox-proofed the fence.

Can't help feeling the good weather is pay back time for that rubbish weather we recently had and that the hurricanes blew the snow and frost right out of the way because it doesn't feel possible that we will be seeing any now (of course I could be wrong !!!)

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Good afternoon. The crocus season is a few weeks earlier this year than the last few. I'll add photos to this old thread again....

The first ones out are always the wild-sort, which seed themselves everywhere.


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My Lord where is this season?
Here in Cambridgeshire it's doom and gloom, no sun, just clouds, cold, frost, rain, winds and everything is dead!
I don't think any flower will show till March at least!

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Haha. The Crocus tommasinianus are always early, but usually around 2nd week of Feb though. The rest of the bigger hybrids are nowhere in sight yet.

I plan to add a few clumps of Crocus chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty' into the area this summer.

Both are sometimes called the "Snow crocus" due to their early blooming, even through the snow.

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have u tried harvested the pollen stigmas to make saffron?


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Crocuses and bees! lol

The hybrid ones are later than last year still, though the species were earlier:


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Gasp!

So pretty!

(unmanly oh's and ah's)

Amazing! There is no such display anywhere around here in Huntingdonshire, and barely the first Daffodils have started growing! But it may be because the temperatures keep holding around 0, but there is supposed to be a warm spell coming soon.


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have u tried harvested the pollen stigmas to make saffron?


They're the wrong species/variety for saffron. Thankfully for my back..... the WORK involved! :shock:

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