Nick Hamilton, (son of Geoff) of Barnsdale Gardens, visited our gardening club last night. We all went "Aaaah," in unison at the sight of the first slide ... an image of Geoff ... and Nick then went on to talk about Barnsdale since his father's death. He is a very entertaining speaker (we were all laughing heartily at the Health & Safety issues around children and OAPs falling into his ponds!) and it was lovely to see Barnsdale throughout the seasons. At the end of the evening I went to look at the plants for sale and couldn't believe my luck when I spotted this Tricyrtis or Toad Lily.
I discovered this hardy perennial in 2010. I planted it in the kitchen border and watched it thrive and blossom. I loved that plant .... so much that once it had died back for the winter I forgot all about it and must have dug it up the following spring! I realised it had disappeared late in 2011 so I replaced it with a tiny root plant. It struggled a bit at first but last month it produced a bud and I waited and watched for the flower ... I'm still waiting! I paid £5 for this which is the normal rate but then I found this on the internet!
The farmer has planted the field at the front of the house so the Woodpigeons are eating their fill and the Pheasants are back - three males and six females yesterday.
We filled the bird feeders again last week. Andy calls this the Three Finch Feeder - Greenfinch; Chaffinch and Goldfinch all tucking in quite happily. It's not all that quiet normally. The Goldfinchs can be VERY bossy and the Greenfinches are just bullies at times! Lovely to watch them though.
I collected some of the Sunflower heads from the allotment and stuck one above the feeder.. It didn't last long!