Tag Archives: wallflowers

31.7.39.

Most of day overcast, heavy showers & thunder about mid-day. Weeded onions. Pricked[1] out 35 carnations. The wallflowers planted on 11.7.39 about 3” to 4” high. One hollyhock which is coming into flower is white. There are therefore 4 colours … Continue reading

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11.7.[1]39.

Warm but not very sunny. Pricked out 90 wallflowers (flame). T. [2] thinks the lame pullet may have “the disease” (presumably coccidiosis) in which case it would be better to kill her. The infallible symptom is yellow dung, but apparently … Continue reading

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23.6.39.

Overcast & drizzle but somewhat less cold. Did nothing in garden. Wallflowers sown 19.6.39 (in frame) beginning to show & carnations sown a day earlier also germinating. Thanks to the rain, a few carrots beginning to sprout in what were … Continue reading

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19.6.39.

Fine most of the morning, raining most of the afternoon. Not cold. Ground now too wet to do much in garden. Put out runner beans to fill up gaps in row, sowed sweet williams & wallflowers, mended frame, substituting windolite … Continue reading

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25.5.39.

Yesterday & the day before very warm. Today overcast, chilly enough to have a fire, & a few drops of rain. Got back[1] yesterday after nearly 3 weeks’ absence. Soil is very dry, weeds terrible except in kitchen garden. The … Continue reading

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16.5.39.

[from 16 May the Diary is again in Orwell’s hand] London: Weather for the most part showery, with fine intervals. In Greenwich Park, chestnuts, pink chestnuts (but not Spanish ones) in flower, also lilac, hawthorn. Some of the wild ducks … Continue reading

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8.5.39.

Visit to Wallington. Plum blossom over, apple full out (a great quantity). First peas 1/2”- 1” tall. First beans 3”. Second beans not showing. Rhubarb growing but not good (? Protection necessary here for good crop; Mr A. [1] has all … Continue reading

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14.4.39.

Cloudy, & a few small showers. Cold after dark. Saw two swallows (not martins). This is rather early for this locality & a latish year. No one else has seen any. All day cleaning out strawberries, which have not been … Continue reading

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13.4.39.

Not so warm. A very light shower in the evening. Very dark night. A few pansies & wallflowers starting to bloom. Pansies spread by self-sowing almost as much as marigold. Red saxifrage coming into flower. Ten eggs.

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20.2.39

Wallflowers (good specimens) are blooming at the café near here. Pomegranate trees just putting forth their buds, which are brilliant red. Weeds pretty thick everywhere. This is probably as green as the country ever gets, but there are still considerable … Continue reading

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