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You inspire me Andy as do so many on the forum, I've been so much more motivated to get out and do since signing up. Thanks all.
GG, thanks for your answer. Here the bank holidays change days with the feast day dates. Ascension day is always a Thursday, but ties in with Easter so not the same date every year. Ist and 8th May are bank holidays but if they fall on a Sunday that is just hard luck - no bank holiday!
Raining again today, think that is 4 days in a row and some of it has been very heavy. Only 10° this afternoon. Lunched with son and daughter-in-law which was nice.
Re advertising. I sent him a personal email this morning, have just received this:
Have just been out to water, wind has dried out everything and had to tie up some plants which have been bent over. You're not the only one KEF, am fed up!
Swiss Sue, I'm sure the weather is getting to us, Andy perked me up with his post.. We just can't win can we? too wet, too cold, too windy..(too hot..can't remember that) Then my delightful OH said in jest, another month and the nights are drawing in. Had he said it earlier it would have been sprout curry for tea.
Morning all, well another drizzly day here in Kent. We had such a lovely sunny weekend. The up side is Trevs lawn seed is just poking its head through so he's a happy bunny. I'm a little down as I only have one runner plant left, thought I'd left the slugs at the old house. The runner bean is a little special as it is a seed from my dads gardening years ago. When he died 14 years ago we tidied his garden up and set the veg to flowers for my mum. My sister kept a pod and has each year grown the beans for dad. She only kept a single pod which had 4 seeds, only 3 germinated. I planted them out as they were going strong, the dogs snapped one off so I had 2 left. Yesterday the darn slugs / snails ate another. Fingers crossed for the last one. If it pulls through I'm going to save 2 pods.
Does anyone know how to name the type. He used to grow Red Rum.
Morning all what a lovely morning here sun out this early great wish i was off work but never mind won't be long till Thursday. Got my 4 hanging baskets out last night after fixing the brackets to the wall & posts got a couple of planters to build this weekend then weather being good it's a big push to get everything out soon into the garden & planters have a good day all.
Morning Jess - really hope your last bean pulls through and gives you loads of pods to continue the tradition. Its a lovely way to remember someone. I have an acorn growing in a pot (well its a little tree now, I suppose) for similar reasons. Must find it a home in the ground soon.
Glad you have sun Andy - you must have swapped it with us, as grey and misty here. Still, it must be your turn now. Do we ever all get sunshine at the same time ??
Off to Chelsea this afternoon - watched the TV coverage last night - really looking forward to the Roger Platt and Chris B gardens - they looked wonderful on the small screen. Also the small garden that was inspired by a Jackson Pollock painting. Maybe I should take a trip to the Tate Modern whilst I am in town to get inspiration for my latest border !
Good morning all. Rain overnight, now dull and 10 degrees. It's war on Buttercups day and topping up spuds.
Enjoy Chelsea Chicky. Andy soon be long weekend. Jess fingers crossed for surviving bean.
Morning all- lovely here as Andy says. I knew it would be good when my palwent on holiday. I'll text her and tell her not to come back
Chick I do love a bit of Jackson Pollock. There was a good programme on recently about him and some of the other abstract artists. Still to watch the Frank Lloyd Wright progs- there was a garden inspired by him a few years back. Liked the same 2 gardens you mention but haven't watched much of it yet- very useful having Sky now- I can skip all the bits I don't like! Have a good time- take your comfy shoes
Got lots done yesterday- Tina I will update you on the painted pot later! It's getting its new owner when I come home from work
Jess I really hope your beans survive. What a lovely thing to do I -will be crossing all my fingers. I often wish I'd brought some of Dad's stuff from his garden when the house was sold, but I have his big 'pot' which gives me great pleasure as it was used for his work (rather than the garden) and represents him.
Morning all. Garden coming on well but I am now hardly able to walk! Will post a photo later of progress so far. It will take all smmer to sort out the planting properly though, because I'm not planting a new border but extending borders and having to move plants and change existing borders. It is taking a long time and pushing me to the limits of my ageing body! Very enjoyable, though
The forecast for the next few days is rain rain and more rain, but it was lovely yesterday and I have decided not to believe the forecast. Dry and overcast at present.
TT, I did not see the news yesterday, so I'm imagining that someone assaulted a partner because of disturbed nights??
Enjoy Chelsea, Chicky - and all those who watch it on TV. Managed to watch quite a lot of it while ironing last evening.
Jess,fingers crossed for your remaining bean,I would save more than 2 pods if sucessful just to make sure another year.
Chicky.enjoy Chelsea,I particularly like the Artisan gardens,the Weavers Cottage has that style of cottage planting that looks like it has always been there .
Dull at the moment,was similar yesterday until late afternoon when the sun was out and we then had abeautiful evening.
Did,nt do much gardening yesterday,am at present fighting propsals for a road to cut across fields behind us for access to a new development the other side of the village.The road will cut through the field the deer regularly use.Planners solution a "Green Bridge" so the deer can cross safely,only problem is our deer cannot read.Sent strongly worded letter to the council.
Jess, that's a lovely thing to do. How about potting it up to grow in a pot..avoiding slugs etc. or put fleece around it.
Gardening grandma, the pain will be worth it when you see your project developing. Great fun planting up like that.
So, good morning folks. Not to nice here....cloudy but quite warm
on sunday i sat down with a brew .thinking the day was over . this corner slope sits under a sycamore tree .in the lower garden . and i used to strim it twice a year . anyway got a spade and cut out steps. messsing about with bricks and stone (all from skips) this morning to see what goes . will use for pots and cutings .. work now
archiepem, looks good already.....amazing what you can find in skips
It does look good, Archie. So satisfying to recycle things, too.
This looks a really interesting project,what is at the bottom of your steps ,where the spade is?
Chelsea next year?
Tina here's the painted pot with the phormium. I put a base coat of PVA then used emulsion and a top coat of outdoor varnish. Left the rim but I may do it cream. I've used masonry paint before to do them as they don't need a top coat but I liked the colour of this emulsion I already had. It got 2 coats then the varnish.
Looks good Archie think that's the beauty of gardening you can use almost anything to create something to catch your eye from most discards. As i was told & showing growing up on the farm there's a use for everything in life and more so now as things are on small or no budgets.
I did a similar thing at last house Archie as we renovated all the pond edge to give us a path and it had a steep bank near the entrance to the drive. I built a step which doubled as a seat next to a little beach area. The intention was to put a couple more in like you're doing but I left before that got done! I think I have a pic of it. I re used some of the paving from a bit at the rear of the kitchen where they were unsuitable anyway. It's great to take a 'fresh' look at bits of your garden and doing it yourself is very satisfying. It'll be good to see your transformation over the next month or two!