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29/07/2014 at 21:38
I'm keeping everything crossed for you Marion

I picked a pound of blackberries from the allotment yesterday I wish I could say I liked them. I find them too sour
30/07/2014 at 07:14

Morning everyone  

Fruitcake maybe they weren't fully ripe, sure I read somewhere that they ripen at different times in different conditions, gardens, open spaces roadside etc. there's  certainly been no shortage of sun!

I made an early start on pruning the Philadelphus this morning, a blckbird and a robin for company. Will cut branches for poles  later. Another heavy dew, day warming up, must get to the allotment at some point today as I'm considering a bed for cut flowers.


30/07/2014 at 07:30

Flowers from my front garden snapped yesterday.


30/07/2014 at 07:58
looks stunning Marion.
30/07/2014 at 18:15

The insurance inspector has been and approved all the work needing done.  I feel much better now.  It will not be long after my conservatory is mended when it will be full of plants again.

30/07/2014 at 18:50

 that was quick for insurance assessors, I'm very pleased for you Marion.

Your plants look stunning! The golden yellows, reds, pinks gainst the greens,  softer blues and grasses, what a beautiful sight to greet the eyes in your front garden  so much to look at

30/07/2014 at 21:35

Marion your flowers are looking gorgeous, so glad to hear the work to your conservatory is going to be done soon, Marion, I want to pick your brains again 

Two of my tomatoe plants have started flowering, did you say I need to brush the flowers at this stage? And am I right in thinking I've to feed them tomato feed now? .

30/07/2014 at 22:12

Hi flumpy 1, I'll share my limited knowledge about growing  tomatoes:  not sure about brushing them but when they start to flower use tomato feed weekly.  your plants must be quite big now, any photos?

30/07/2014 at 22:23

Each time you visit your tomato plants just give a little tap to eacg flower truss. just in case the pollinators are not around.  this makes sure the pollen gets distributed.  I feed half strength tomato food every second watering.  Great tomato crops this year and no blight on them or the potatoes!  Hooray!

31/07/2014 at 08:50

My goodness i must have needed some sleep.  I slept through the radio alarm set for 7 and one hour of radio 4 and woke up at 8.301  A cooler night and less on my mind no doubt.  Rai forecast for Bristol about 11 so will skip all but urgent watring this morning for which my water meter will be grateful.  i am finding places for the pots from the conservatory ten at a time so this morning it is the turn of the cape gooseberries which will be given a spot in a raised bed where I have dug out some potatoes.  Great crop of pink potatoes this year.


31/07/2014 at 11:01

Contractors for insurance company are calling tomorrow morning at 9.30.  They are based in clifton only two miles away so very local.

31/07/2014 at 19:38

Thanks Marion for your advise, I will do that now, sounds like your insurance won't take too long, our insurance didn't take long and that's when the floods where going on, keeping my fingers crossed for you 

31/07/2014 at 21:38

Thank you, flumpy1.  I hope you get lots of lovely tomatoes.  they really are quite different from what you buy in the shops!


Yesterday at 08:06

Still no rain last night but forecast for today.  i do hope it is more than the teaspoonful we had yesterday.  the runner beans need it and the sweetcorn.  And my back needs a rest from watering 100 pots of 8 varieties of tomato, although i must say I am enjoying going out every morning to tomato avenue and picking the ripe ones before the birds discover them.  Soon be doing the same to the ten pepper plants in Pepper Parade.

Yesterday at 10:08

The contractor has been and explained that the broken roof glass will be removed quickly and the hole boarded up while the new section of the conservatory is manufactured and then the scaffolding for the roof work will be erected partly in next door's drive and over the conservatory into my garden as they cannot stand on the conservatory roof to reach the top.  It is all going ahead from today so it has really been quick work.

Yesterday at 15:45

Hooray, we have rain in Bristol - heavy too.

Yesterday at 16:19
It's not hooray until I get home from work! But it is very welcome, goodness knows the gardens and allotments and water butts need it

I'm impressed at how quickly your insurance people have dealt with your conservatory, these things usually drag on and on ad on an on and on and on
Yesterday at 16:45

  there has been one hour of rain here, heavy downpour and still raining steadily. Good news about the conservatory. 

Yesterday at 17:01

and in manchester scorchio



raining water butts filling . 

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