You can’t beat ‘Tête-à-tête’

It has been a peculiar week, mainly because there was a touch of normality about it. We had a friend round for a film night and on Wednesday I did a talk in Waterford, the first for two years. To show how little I have been out I didn’t even know that the new bridge to bypass New Ross was open! And then the plumber came yesterday to finally fix (I hope) the mouse damage to the water pipes in the loft.

Of course these are not normal days. I fear the events of the past week will have profound and long-lasting effects on all our lives. I am sure we all wish the Ukranian people a quick and peaceful resolution to this travesty and I hope the West can do something apart from wring its hands. I find it ironic that Ukraine has an admirable President who used to be a comedian whereas the UK has a prime minister who is a joke. But enough politics – I just could not ignore Putin’s attack on the Ukranian people.

On to more cheerful things. A pot of bulbs, that was planted last autumn, is brimming with colour so I thought I would show it because I had to take photos of the planting.

It was planted in layers with tulips first and these just covered in compost so I knew where they were and then narcissus were planted above and between these.

Once these were planted more compost was added and then I planted a ring of crocus around the edge. Now all did not go quite to plan because a few days after planting a dog from next door (which has acres of field to run round) decided to dig up the bulbs. I hurriedly replanted them but the crocus and daffs were all a bit mixed up and the six wallflowers I had in the top were replanted.

All looked a bit mean over winter but now, as the sun shines, ‘Tête-à-tête’ shows why it is the most popular of all daffs. And at least you can see it at all stages. I think there were 20 daffs planted and the same of crocus. The tulips are still to bloom.

10 Comments on “You can’t beat ‘Tête-à-tête’”

  1. Paddy Tobin
    March 5, 2022 at 8:36 am #

    A great daffodil without a doubt, perfectly reliable. I didn’t know you were to talk in Waterford – we aren’t members of the local club any more.

    • thebikinggardener
      March 5, 2022 at 8:42 am #

      It is. Yes, I wondered if you would be there although there are two clubs and I think you were in the other. I took my stock of 7 books and sold the lot – shame I am not on royalties! I did mention that they are a perfect drug-free cure for insomnia and I think that helped to sell them!

      • Paddy Tobin
        March 5, 2022 at 8:44 am #

        And the other club has decided to call it a day! Those who had run that club have done so for too long they feel and there is nobody to take on committee duties.

        • thebikinggardener
          March 5, 2022 at 8:48 am #

          That is a real shame. But it often happens that the same small nucleus have to run things year after year. The other club seems to be going strong but it was their AGM and they struggled to get new committee members, but two stepped up. It is a pity about ‘your’ club because they were a nice crowd. I think Covid probably took its toll too with no meetings for so long – a talk night was so often a chance for people to meet up as much as listen to a talk.

          • Paddy Tobin
            March 5, 2022 at 8:57 am #

            Yes, Covid was a death knell for some clubs I think and others are very slow to return to meetings.

      • Paddy Tobin
        March 5, 2022 at 8:44 am #

        I am not clubless!

  2. Mitzy Bricker
    March 5, 2022 at 11:19 am #

    Your sentiments ring true. Your potted plant is gorgeous! Tried finding your book on containers—where can I get one?

    Blue Rock Horses Frederick County, Virginia bluerockhorses.com

    • thebikinggardener
      March 5, 2022 at 11:27 am #

      Thank you. I bought mine from Amazon!

      • Mitzy Bricker
        March 5, 2022 at 11:38 am #

        Thank you! Just ordered it. Can’t wait to see it!

        • thebikinggardener
          March 5, 2022 at 11:40 am #

          Thank you. I am not on royalties but I can console myself knowing that you will get a good night’s sleep when you get it!

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