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good evening forkers...what a scorcher of a day. even better tomorrow they say
woodgreen makes me feel lazy. well done woody...you deserve your BBQ
saw Beachgrove this week. all about plants although they dont name them all as in geoff hamiltons day! its an enjoyable programme. GW too was pretty good i thought.
all these posts about food are making me hungry
Thanks Verdun for keeping the sun shine keep it coming still lots to do
Was wanting to plant out that plant but smelly out - as a neighbour few houses away having a bonfire and ash falling into the garden dam
I think the birds in the nest might have fledged oh
Evening all, another lovely day! Did some clearing up (which included lots of burning, sorry Gardengirl) and then planted some stuff out the front - delphiniums, hollyhocks, a poppy and a dahlia. Had a disaster, can't find my copper tape, need it now the slugs have started munching the dwarf dahlias in a pot with scabious. Back to work tomorrow, two long days coming up, feeling a bit mis as I will barely see the garden, let alone be able to do anything in it, roll on Thursday...... take care all.
Daisy I scooped up a load of snails earlier which had congregated round a pot of polyanthus waiting for new home. There's a nice lip on the pot and I'm going to try some sandpaper round it. Got some sharp grit on all my little hostas :
Bigger one too
Fairygirl, in answer to your earlier question, it was a lovely sunny day today, but quite windy, didn't rain yesterday either. Gardened yesterday, entertained today. Bit of a shame I couldn't garden today but arthritic hands were grateful!
Lovely hosta, be interesting to know if sandpaper works.
Evening all. What a glorious day! Sounds as though lots has been done in the garden today!
My baby hellebores arrived from Hayloft today so I potted them up and carried on potting on my own seedlings. OH has finished taking up the lawn and digging over the area, so I broke up the clods and dug in rotted manure and started planting. Exciting! At last I have enough space to be able to try to create a proper herbaceous border! There are quite a lot of flowers in the garden now, but I was struck by one thing. No bees or hoverflies, not even one.
Me could not find my copper tape so had to buy more to use, copper tape works well on pots but not in garden slugs have been eating most plants I have been sowing they like the sunflowers shame so do I but only sticks left
Night all me off early knackered
Sorry about your bees and hoverflies GG. We have a number of bees now but hoverflies are not numerous.
My raspberry bushes and the cotoneaster horizontalis are absolutley buzzing with bees. They never sting me, far too busy, even though I have to push through the raspberries to go up the path.
Evening GG- hope you've been recuperating after all your family exertions! Thought you'd maybe booked yourself in somewhere for a rest
Hopefully once you get all these lovely new plants in you'll get more buzzing bees. I had a couple of hoverflies today.
Ggirl I once got some ash from my Dad which kept the slugs off the sunflowers the children grew.
Pretty isn't it BL. How they were surviving at all I don't know. Will see if the sandpaper works- mostly huge snails in this garden. I used it once before round plants with quite good success. Went out and planted Daniel Deronda clematis and got all it's tendrils unravelled and tied in.
First time I've managed to get on, been busy in the garden and applying for jobs (fingers crossed something comes of that).
My Sunday went something like this:
Got up and got kids up and dressed. Shouted at OH and sent kids up to pester him until he got up.
Got OH to open up garage and retrieve strimmer. No fuel in. Some swearing happened, OH 'persuaded' to go and get some fuel. Search through all cars for the 2 stroke oil. Oil says refer to manufacturers instructions for dilution ratio. More swearing. Internet. Dilution apparently 1:50. OH guesstimates amount, and overdoes it. Before filling the rotovator with mixture which is a 4 stroke engine, so that's now smoking like a chimney. More swearing.
Over the road to do some strimming of the front garden before the neighbours complain. Find dead rat (probably from the farm at the back). More swearing, picked up with the cultiweeder and deposited in bin. About a third of the front done, strimmer off, use cultiweeder as a pitchfork to clean up and deposit in green bin. Can't re-start strimmer, even though it's a ergo-start. Well, it starts, but anything above idle and it cuts out. More swearing. Back over road to OH, swearing from both of us. Fixed (after a fashion, have to start at full throttle then ease off).
Back over road to finish job. Two more passes and I discover there are actually bluebells where originally a flowerbed - one is white, so either spanish or hybrids. Manage not to chop their heads off. Weeds growing at front and sides of house get chopped off. Everything in green bin (jumping up and down a bit on contents to get it all in).
Back over road to tackle tall grass in back garden (stopped being a lawn years ago). Only did one pass as I disturbed some frogs, and as I dislike cleaning up chopped frog, stopped at that. More swearing at daft frogs. Some weeding (crikey, found some daffs that think it's March). Another green bin full. Tired. More swearing as no tea ready and no beer in house, let alone in the fridge. Made tea, bathed kids, unearthed a bottle of wine, caught up with some NCIS, Bed.
Yet more swearing when I got up this morning and tried to move.
Tidy front garden though!
Thanks for tip Fairygirl will try that maybe OH will do it for me as I have to go to work now or I'll be late.........................take care all
MMP - What a day. Your garden sounds like Springwatch
Night night all. Done all sorts but too tired to tell, worn out after managing to post pics to gallery. Off to bed with a book and a vino. Sleep well all. Will clean teeth again before final slumber
All that swearing and cursing....but it helps get those chores done.
i say well done....you've achieved a lot and entertained the neighbourhood too..lol
Night KEF. Sounds good although it would be cup of tea for me
Were you volunteering today Verdi?
I'm not used to this heat- had to take off my woolly simmitt and tartan bunnet.
Got my other clem in -Etoile Violette. Potted on lttle toms and got another cheap greenhouse thingy and got all the toms in them now. The big ones were taking over kitchen so made a decision to punt them all out.
Pleased to report the sandpaper 'ring' worked a treat. Sorted it out a bit better tonight. Thinking of patenting it...grit on double sided tape...
There's some slugs and snails out there today with very sore nether regions....
Evening all. I've dug up all my primroses and put them in troughs so they can go down the side of the house in the shade for the summer. Then I sat out and enjoyed the sunshine. More fprcast for tomorrow
I hate having to work when the sun is shining, especially when I have lots to do in the garden. going to London on Thursday, so no gardening then either.
What's a simmitt and a bunnet? Well, someone had to ask!
Verdi, I think my gardening garb is enough to entertain the neighbourhood. Having to resort to swearing in Douglas-Adams ish and punjabi now the sprogs are repeating everything that issues from Mummy's mouth. Just have to hope that we don't have a punjabi family move into the village, some of the swear words they have are both rude and inventive, I'd hate for someone to translate. And then translate what Mummy said into words that can be understood by a four-year-old.
Just hope I don't forget myself again and start singing and dancing around in the garden in said gear. I'd hate to go viral on you tube.