Thursday, May 15, 2014

GBBD in May


GBBD comes again in May. What blooms in the Northern garden this spring? Should be noted that here April and even March were warmer than usual, but May turned out cool enough. Apparently the plants and the soil warmed up until May and now flowering has come despite of the cool days and even cold nights. 
 

Before the warmer days onset I've put some of my plants in my new hotbed. It was made of boards and a cover is an old window frame. It's warm enough in it. There I have set some potted plants and a few small pots with cuttings of roses that wintered under snow. Now they began to grow in this hotbed.


 

Several pots and boxes with flower seedlings I raised for hanging pots. Here is my new flower Sanvitalia (below). I want to hang it on the terrace. Did somebody ever grow this plant and have experience? 
I also have seedlings of Cineraria and Coleus for my front garden, I think the combination of silver and red leaves of these plants will be nice. Did you plant them together in your garden?



My conifers began to grow rapidly. The spruce has grown and now has small shoots. The 3 years old light blue fir has small bumps every spring. It has very soft needles!
Redcurrant and blackcurrant, blackthorn and elderberry bushes are blooming too:

 
Spring makes a tardy appearance, delayed blooming and leafing out, but soon (forecast promises!) other plants will bloom too.
I brought my garden tulips and have put them in my new 'Delft blue' vase near my computer desk. What a spring!
 


Bye for now!



  





 

45 comments:

  1. Those are some beautiful conifers Nadezda! And I've never seen a hotbed before until now. I still have a lot to learn about gardening :)

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    1. Ha, ha Keith, you have not! You climate is very good, thank you!

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  2. All look so fresh and beautiful! The coleus color is really striking! Do you plant it from seeds or cutting stem/shoot?

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    1. I grew them from seeds, sowing in March, Endah. Thank you!

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  3. Very nice spring flowers, Nadezda. I like the small red cones on your conifer. And the color of your coleus is lovely! Even plants with no flowers can be beautiful and decorative sometimes. Happy May!

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    1. You're right, wherefore I decided to decorate with colorful leaved plants.
      Thank you Rebecca!

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  4. So interesting! Maybe I will adopt the window frame for germination and seedling! I want to know about both the blackcurrant and redcurrant, they are new plants for me. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Blackcurrant and redcurrant are small bushes, Endah. They grow better on very humid soil, near the water. They bloom in spring and have berries in late summer.
      Thank you!

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  5. Your garden is waking up for spring and has so many lovely blooms. Happy gardening my friend!

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  6. It is looking good. I enjoy this time when everything is coming back to life.

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    1. Although not all, but time goes and more plants are in bloom. Thank you Tracey!

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  7. Hi Nadezda, great to see your May flowers! May has been cold here too, and so was the second part of April. Your frame is great, it is actually called ‘a cold frame’ in English, even though it is warmer than outside of it. When there is no heating in it, it is a cold frame – if there is heating too it is called a hot bed or hot frame. The heating is usually coming from farm manure placed in the bottom and the sides of the frame and slowly giving off heat to the plants inside of it as it decompose. That’s how the Victorians could grow pineapples in Britain long before electric heating!
    I assume it is a cold frame you have? It is great for getting that bit earlier start to the plants :-)
    And I love Cineraria and Coleus together, I have had it many times before but not lately, must remember to buy some again! I hope you have a great week!

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    1. Yes, my 'hot bed' is actually 'cold frame' , you're absolutely right Helene. Because I have no manure there. There are old boards on the bottom and sand is above. It's getting the plants to start growing two weeks earlier.
      Glad you have grown Cineraria and Coleus together, hope my front garden bed will be nice.
      Thank you!

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  8. Dear Nadezda,your garden is blooming so beautiful!!!The window frame looks so interesting for cold days!!I really like your Blue Delft vase and the coloful tulips!Wish you a happy day!
    Dimi...

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  9. Hi Nadezda!!!!
    Oh, your plants are very beautiful.
    Vase with delf is beautiful and interesting in form.
    May should be a warm, sunny month.
    Unfortunately for me it's raining and very cold.
    I send greetings.

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    1. Hope your weather changed and the sun and warmth is in our area. Thank you Lucia!

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  10. Spring has finally arrived, wonderful Nadezda, silver and red make a lovely combination. Have a great day.

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  11. Yes, I think that red and silver combination will look very good.

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  12. So great to see nature awaken again after winter. Love your new Delft vase, very special and beautiful with the different flowers in it.
    Marian

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    1. So do I, Marian! This vase is good for all kind of flowers not tulips only.
      Thank you!

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  13. It's interesting that what you call a hotbed, we call a cold frame. No matter what it's called, your seedlings have done very well in it. The coleus are beautiful! The red and silver combo sounds lovely. Happy Bloom Day!

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    1. The coleus a bit suffered of cold days we had this week, it's pity.
      Thank you Rose!

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  14. Dear Nadezda,
    Here I am back in the Land of Blog and paying you a visit.
    Your garden is looking lovely: I am jealous!! One day soon I will have a garden as well but for the present I must be content with some pots on the balcony. I do like visiting your blog.
    Bye for now,
    Kirk

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    1. I'm glad you're back to blogging, Kirk. Thank you!

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  15. Nadezda - your garden is blooming beautifully this spring! Aren't the new shoots of the Spruce just the most perfect bright green? In fact, everything colourful is so nice to see after a long winter.

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    1. Yes, they are, Astrid. We all were waiting for spring during the long winter.
      Thank you!

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  16. Hi Nadezda,
    Spring has come to your garden finally! It's always thrilled to see sprouting. You have a lot kind of tulips! They are beautiful!! And the vase is unique shape, and cute:)

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    1. Yes, it has, the weather is hot that is very unusual! Glad you liked my new purchase from Holland, this Delft vase for tulips, Keity!
      Thank you!

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    1. No, I don't! I was very surprised to know that some people make elderflower jam, Sue. And you?

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  18. Nadezda, your garden is beautiful and so perfect. I love spring and all the plants from your garden !
    Have a great week !

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  19. I love tulips but its a pity we can't plant them here. I shall be content with admiring yours and how pretty they look in your Delft blur vase.

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    1. Thank you Elsie, I 'm glad having this vase that is special for tulips.

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  20. Dentro de nada tedrás todo lleno precioso de de flores, que dará gusto verlo. Que bonito el florero con los tulipanes.!!!
    Buen lunes.
    Un beso.

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    1. Los tulipanes crecen y abren cada dia, Laura. Mi jardin se pone bonito y este me alegra despues de largo invierno.
      Gracias!

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  21. So much life and colour! I love the tulips in your new Delft vase. What is GBBD?

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    1. GBBD is Garden Blog Blooming Day, that is every 15th of every month. Even in winter you may show growing or blooming plants out or indoors, Juliet. I try to do it every month expect cold winter months!
      Thank you!

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    2. Thank you for explaining, Nadezda. I never would have worked that out!

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  22. We have had the same cool weather here in May. In fact I lost a coleus plant to the cold just the other night. I should have known better! I think you will find your new cold frame is the perfect place to get plants off to a warm start. I know I really have come to love mine.

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    1. I like my cold frame, Jennifer. Now many of plants I've gown there are in soil or on a terrace. This cold frame helped plants to survive cold days in May.
      Thank you!

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