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Been to the races, not at all like you see it on the telly. A 1st and 2 seconds helped make the day memorable. Romped home 2nd in the National with an each way bet.
On the way home had a meal and cocktails in Ormskirk.
tattianna - The Red Arrows once flew over an afternoon bar-be-cue, I went to on a NATO base in Dusseldorf to welcome the troops back, if I remember correctly, from Kuwait and then joined the bar-b-cue after landing, another memorable day.
Had to search for this.
Had a great day but am paying for it. Also made the mistake of saying I would cook roast beef and by the time I started I was already kn...ered. No dishwasher, so now have all the pots and pans to do. Didn't enjoy it either.
And, to add insult to injury, son and girlfriend still not returned.
Should be in the Rant thread.
Visited big brother this morning. He's had his spuds in the GH for weeks and they were romping away, so on the strength of that, bit the bullet and planted the first spuds of the year, two bags are tucked up now in the GH. Onions also went out with a small space left for leeks.
Potted up lots of seedlings and planted out cornflowers which were begining to get a bit pot bound. Very productive day.
Potted up all my windowsill seedlings today - spent a very happy couple of hours in the greenhouse. Also did the windowsill/GH/coldframe/outdoors shuffle - a dance move that will continue til the end of May! Also now have to pay a nightly visit to GH to make sure fleece/propagator lids etc etc are all in place - but at least it is now light when I get home from work, so don't have to make the journey with a torch
This is more like it. Another sunny day. I even sat out reading for a while. Have been feeding with fish, blood and bone (is that the order?). Then mulching with manure. Have got about half my pots done.Then watered back managing not to flood indoors today.
Fingers crossed that this weather continues
This morning the under-gardener emptied one compost bin and turned the full bin into the now empty one - he has been well rewarded with gammon, carrots, leeks and parsley sauce
This afternoon we went to see an exhibition and bumped into a special friend we'd kept in touch with but for one reason and another, not seen for a few years - a series of real coincidences led to us bumping into one another today, as he's usually flying around the globe or living in London - but he's just bought a weekend place in Norfolk so we'll be seeing more of him and his family at last
And I just have to tell you about my pots of crocuses - I planted them two years ago; this is their second spring, and they're just amazing - I've posted photos on the Spring Sweethearts thread
Good friends took me to local plant sale where I bought some specials...sedums for my alpine collection, trilliums and pulmonarias for a shady border. Then went on shopping spree in other local GCs/nurseries. Nice lunch too. Found some of last year's Roseclear3, which is much better value than the new formulation, in a small nursery. So I am happy. The owners of the various nurseries have had a rough time of it lately and it was good to get out to try to make sure they are still here next year!!
Came home and dismantled a cloche to give to my friends, plus loads of old pots which I was storing for no good reason. ( Shall we start a new thread to see who has the most old plant pots in storage?) I must have hundreds. My friend took about 100 without making even a small dent in my collection
Weather forecast, although not brilliant means we can at least think about starting the catch-up process. At last.....
Nearly fotgot, my first tulips appeared today. A dwarf mix variety, some have three flowers, not at all like traditional tulips, quite dainty and ever so nice. Will check out the Spring Sweethearts thread and make it my mission this year to learn how to post pics.
Evenin' all. Just had my dinner. I could do with some of your pots WW! Had to clear loads of stuff out when I moved and just didn't have room at the house I was renting. It's a pain having to buy stuff now!
I got some pulsatillas at the nursery today which are very pretty and will go in a pot as I have nowhere for them just now and a white broom (cytisus) which I love Couldn't resist them-my winnings from the National yesterday paid for them! The hellebore looks lovely. Brum-all that talk about them...I thought I was very restrained only buying 1 as there were tons of different ones. Hostas too..in fact it was a hosta/hellebore heaven!
Zoomer glad you had a good day at the races yesterday
We've finally finished the decorating...thank heaven!
Put my begonia plugs out in the garden today to harden off a bit went to bring them in earlier to find two of them missing...OH reckons it's the birds that took them??? Well if they're goning to pinch my plants I wont bother feeding them and see how they like that then
Evening all! (Quick burst of 'Maybe its because I'm a Londoner'.)
Glad you all had a lovely day. Its great to get out into the garden! Managed to pot up my bare root plants while the dogs had a great romp through the borders!
To those who have to go to work tomorrow, my commiserations. Have a good week everyone.
Falling asleep now and it's w**k in the morning, so I'd better say goodnight - have a good day tomorrow everyone
Lovely day today. Rotavated veg garden - the bit I hadn't done already. Planted potatoes and lettuces. Broad beans just coming up, mange tout peas and onion sets growing. OH mowed lawns. Dug a bit more of the new bed. Planted some poppies that I bought as plugs last autumn. Now it's bedtime. Goodnight all
Pentille, that's a lovely idea to get all these pots back into circulation. My Village Parish council in their infinite wisdom sold off our allotments some time ago ( I think it was before I arrived 13 years ago) and put the money on deposit where no doubt it is now losing value hand over fist
However you have got me thinking about alternative ways and means. mmmmmmmmm.......(that's the sound of me tthinking)
I was last on this morning ...let me be first tonight. Weather is still underwhelming so among other things went to local Garden Centre, where I bumped into village friends who treated me to coffee and chat. Lovely to see them and have some quality time to discuss gardening stuff.
Came home and sorted out greenhouse, moving some hardier souls outside as no frosts expected for a while . Potted up some new alpines for alpine display. Watered, especially tubs outside as i doubt the rain due tomorrow will do a great deal of good. Flask of tea and radio to keep me company.
Gentlemen's Society dinner in Village pub this evening to look forward too, as well as all your new posts over the next few hours.
I shan't risk saying anything about Margaret Thatcher...perhaps someone will start a separate thread to contain all the gushing sycophancy or vitriolic ire, according to your point of view.
Have a good evening everyone.