Northern Exposure

Triumphs and failures on a window ledge.

Let it Snow! February 9, 2009

Filed under: bulbs,Colour,Flower,Weather,Winter — northernwindowgardener @ 4:19 pm
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Wintery PansyWe were feeling left out up here in north Britain so the weather kindly paid us a visit. (more…)


Weekend Work February 8, 2009

Filed under: bulbs,Flower,Spring,Weather,Weekend Work,Winter — northernwindowgardener @ 6:15 pm
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Winter PansyA little bit of colour on a chilly mid-winter day. Yes, I count this as mid-winter. December is rarely as bad as people expect, although the lack of light makes it feel worse. February on the other hand is frequently cold and snowy. Just when people are starting to think of the warmth of spring this can come as a depressing jolt of reality.

If you’re looking for a positive spin on the cold snap then you might want to read this article in The Telegraph online. It basically suggests that there are four seasons for good reason and that the freezing temperatures will be of benefit to your gardens and allotments, helping to harden up bulbs and kill off bugs and disease.

I’m sure this will be of little comfort to many, especially those who are trying to dig into frozen soil. I’m ok with it and intuitively it makes sense to me but then I can reach every square inch of my garden from the comfort of a warm house 🙂 (more…)


Zinnia November 20, 2008

Filed under: Colour,Flower,Summer,Uncategorized — northernwindowgardener @ 11:43 am
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Not knowing anything about gardening, plants or planting meant that I went for a scattergun approach to flowers. In hindsight it was a good way to start because I picked up a lot of knowledge about a wide range of plants in a short space of time.

The Zinnia was just one of those flowers that looked good on the garden centre shelf and in the absence of any other information, or even an understanding of where it was going to be planted, back it came with me.

A couple were planted in a spot that gets morning sun and although they took a while the first flowers were worth the wait, a deep yellow colour and about the size of my palm. That first one lasted well but once the next flowers came they were smaller and got a little more wind battered.