Friday, 5 June 2015

A Wonderful Surprise

There's nothing more exciting than picking the mail up off the doormat to find a package with a handwritten address when you're not expecting anything. This happened to me yesterday. I had no idea what it could be, I haven't ordered anything lately and I wasn't waiting for anything to be delivered. I was most surprised by the contents.


Cheryl from Take Time To Smell The Flowers...... had written a post about Auricula and I'd commented that though I loved auriculas, I'd never grown them. I'm not sure why I've never acquired any plants as I always linger at any stands which sell them when I visit any garden fairs or garden shows. Cheryl has been kind enough to start my collection off for me. She's divided her plants and sent me three little plantlets to start me off. They've got some great roots on them.


They were wrapped in moist kitchen paper and sealed in a plastic bag to keep them in good condition in the post and I have to say that they arrived in remarkable condition. I didn't want to put them under any stress at this end so I got them potted up straight away.


I shall grow them on and then set about finding some nice terracotta pots for them, I think they look fabulous when grown in vintage ones, I just hope I can find some. If you haven't yet discovered Cheryl's lovely blog I suggest you hotfoot it over there, you won't be disappointed. Tell her that I sent you. Her garden is absolutely beautiful, testament to the work and time she's put in to it over the years.

Thank you, Cheryl, you made my day.

26 comments:

  1. It was a lovely surprise for you, I've always hankered after an auricular theatre but haven't any auriculars for it! I shall hotfoot over to Cheryl's blog now x

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    1. I know Cheryl's got a couple of auricula theatres, I think they look wonderful displayed in this way. I hope you enjoy Cheryl's blog, I'm sure you will.

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  2. What a nice surprise! So, this may be the start of a new craze for you then...

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    1. It was a wonderful surprise, totally unexpected. This could very well be a new craze, I think auriculas are such pretty plants.

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  3. Lucky you. They're lovely plants that have to be grown in terracotta pots to look their best. Flighty xx

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    1. I was thrilled to bits when I opened up the package. I think terracotta pots show these plants off at their best.

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  4. What a lovely surprise.. I look forward to seeing them grow and bloom :o)

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    1. I'm just hoping that I can keep them going now. It was a wonderful surprise.

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  5. How wonderful! What an amazing and unexpected gift to find in the post!!! I hope that they do really well for you! xx

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    1. So far so good, I hope they continue this way. It was such a wonderful gift to receive.

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  6. I found some wonderful vintage pots in a salvage yard.
    They had stacks of them and at 50p each were an absolute bargain.

    Hope the auricula are successful. I find they are very forgiving :)

    Your post and words are too kind but thank you xx

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    1. A salvage yard is a good place to look for pots, I shall have to have a trip there. You got some real bargains. I'm really looking forward to seeing how the plants do, I've just been out to the greenhouse to check they're ok and they look fine, none the worse for their trip in the post. Thank you again.

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  7. Now that's my kind of surprise too! I shall pop over and have a look at her blog....the plants do look remarkably healthy!xxx

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    1. I'm still surprised at how well the plants held up in the post, they're lovely and sturdy still, though Cheryl had made sure that they didn't dry out at all, they'd been well looked after. I hope you enjoy Cheryl's blog, she gardens with wildlife in mind so I'm sure her posts will be right up your street.

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  8. Auriculas are wonderful aren't they, I always love to see them. I shall look forward to seeing what colours yours are. And I shall go and investigate Cheryl's blog. CJ xx

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    1. I've always been fascinated by auriculas, not sure why but they really appeal to me. Cheryl says these should be lilacs and purples so I'm looking forward to seeing them when they eventually bloom.

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  9. That is such a lovely surprise ... looking forward to hearing, and seeing, more as they grow.

    I like the idea of terracotta pots too!

    All the best Jan

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    1. It's so thoughtful and kind of Cheryl, I wasn't expecting them so it was a wonderful surprise. I think they always look better when grown in terracotta.

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    1. I just love unexpected mail, especially when it contains such wonderful gifts.

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  11. How wonderful, unexpected gifts are usually the best :-)

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    1. They are, I was thrilled when I opened up the parcel and saw what was inside.

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  12. The best sort of gift Jo :)

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    1. Definitely, I was thrilled to bits. I'm just hoping that I can keep them going now and that they make some nice plants.

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  13. I love (good!) surprises, especially when they relate to the garden. It will be wonderful to see those little plants take root and grow - I much prefer purchasing small little plants and watching them grow than getting larger ones .

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    1. I agree, I like to see a tiny plant grow in to something big and strong too. I'm really looking forward to seeing how these do, they do seem very sturdy so far so I'm hoping I can't do much harm to them.

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