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Pennine Petal
Sprained ankle, can't get up the garden today, think I'll hobble around the garden centre. Looking for prunella, lost mine over winter.
Deanos Diggin It

@Lorelei! Yeah! the weather in your neck of the woods never did pick up! Lol! But now back in West Yorkshire, not much better up here! Got a bit of resbite today which allowed a bit of pottering! Now thinking this enancement in career was not such a good idea as I now spend most of my time away from home on various courses etc! n gardening having to take a back seat! Gutted!! Having arrived home my poor Lillies have been ravaged by Lily Beetle! n my poor front garden is riddled with weed! But on a plus note! The allotment is thriving! n now the last of the courses done, back to gardening it shall be! @Lilylouise! You garden is a total inspiration n I love seeing your pictures! Good Luck with the NGS! n lovely pictures everybody!!

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Attotment Max, I also struggled to download pictures because they took up too much memory. Eventually, I made them smaller and then they were accepted by the GW downloader.

Thanks gardening grandma will try and give that a go.

Lilylouise - your garden looks fantastic.  A true inspiration for an fairly amateur gardener like me. I need to get a bit more knowledge under my belt so I know what goes best where etc.  Mine always looks a bit higgledy piggledyI if that makes sense.  Mind you, finding time is a bit of a struggle with 3 kids, work and all the other family stuff that goes on.  Oh well, live and learn and hopefully one day, it'llget there.

Lilylouise, your garden is just so beautiful! Lovely pics! My soul craves a garden like that..but, same as Max, above, mine is a bit higgledy piggledy too! Those peas look good too...what variety are they? I always grow Kelvedon Wonder (local pea), but mine don't look half as good as yours do. Lots of half empty, twisty - turny pods this year. Must do better!




You are all very kind about our garden - thankyou - your words are much appreciated  The Peas are Hurst Green Shaft they usually have between 9 and 11 peas in a pod but my son found a couple with 12 peas !!!!

Pam x




I do believe I would cut my finger on the edge of your lawn, Lilylouise, it's so crisp. Très magnifique.

Sadly, we don't have a lawn.  We just have tufts of green stuff and weeds with intermittent brown patches and sink holes. 

Gardening Grandma

We do, too. Penalty of having two dogs peeing on it and the many dandelions allowed to go to seed in neighbouring gardens.


An absolutely dismal story in the Potsmith garden.

We have lost all our outdoor tomatoes (six varieties) to blight. We furtled our potatoes and got barely enough for one meal.

We have lost our beans, peas, spinach, strawberries, lillies, basil and onions to the bad weather for one reason or another.

On a plus side the greenhouse is doing fabulous! Tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers are growing like mad. The sweetcorns outside are also doing well and the sweet peas picked up in the last week as well.

We have lots of pictures in our Gallery.

I picked some flowers this morning to brighten my office at work- thery're all bruised and battered from the rain but I don't care, the colour's feeding my soul. Good job too because the sky is a dirty grey and it's bucketing down... We lost lots of veg too, Potsmith- but kale and spinach are flourishing. The onions are swelling nicely too. Always look on the bright side!


sorry not been on off late.. it has been glorious blue skies and sun  yesterday and today so been out mowing lawn..which had got so long and trimming the edges (like yours louise) and my goodness i have another 4 ins of border to fill now

@lilylouise.. your garden is looking good again.. cant wait for the video.. you will do one wont you?

lovely pics everyone and welcome to the newbies and the not been here for a whileys all welcome to the forum. please add your pictures of your gardens


I dragged a few pictures from our Gallery for you all. Please bear in mind that this a new garden as we have only lived here three months:



Oh... and some edibles from this years garden!



@thepotsmith.. those aquilega's are a stunning colour blue.. as as for that poppy.. please save some seed it is gorgeous.. your veg are doing well..

we harvested some more of our peas for sunday roast, and swede and carrots all having done well with all this rain.


Beautiful pictures everyone. The Meadowsweet is now blooming and smelling gorgeous in my garden. I think it would be perfect in a Summer wedding bouquet.



We have a bajillion of those poppy seeds. We were fortunate enough to have them in our old garden so we saved some then and plan to save them every year... here are a couple more pictures:






Beautiful plants The Potsmith - I love your Aquilegia and PoppiesI love your Meadowsweet  Gracie The garden is very soggy at the moment - we have been deadheading the front garden today - took ages! I just hope we get a couple of good days before the 22nd or our visitors will think our garden is rubbish.

I will do a video just after our open day all being well

Pam x

Lovely pics!


Thanks for the pea info Lilylouise. I will try those next year. It will do me no harm to experiment with a different variety. I tried a new 'black' mangetout this year, Shiraz.



Wow! Lovely pictures all of you.

 Tina5 I'm a few miles from you as the crow flies across the water. I'm near West Mersea! So you must be suffering from all this rain as well. I baled out 10 buckets of water from the edge of one border today. We are clay here and it takes ages to soak away so I thought I'd help the flowers as they were sitting up to their necks in water! WHERE IS THE SUMMER?

Great pics everyone.
Sorry Dean it did'nt did it. The sun does shine here sometimes ! It has been quite nice here today, perfect gardening weather but was unable to do anything as my 92 year old daddy had a fall and I was with him most of the day.
Keep smiling everyone even on rainy days, things can only get better.......cant they ??

Well, it's horrible weather on and off but the roses are bloomng very well. A shame they sometimes get battered by the heavy rain. The weeds are growing well, too..........