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Morning all same here blackest hope it picks up got school boys football at 9am biggest for schools in this area called the Davie Cooper Tournament. Got a good team a little bit of luck should go close won it a few times over the last 6 years got 2 boys on Rangers books and 1 on Airdrie's it's age 10/12 7 a side hope it stays dry have a good day all.
As predicted, weather is lousy again today, had to put the CH on again, brrrr.
Beautiful out there this morning if a little cool. Sunny with a hint of mist. A good gardening day.
Morning all. Woke very early and got on with the washing after our holiday and by six the washing lines were full. I'm glad to report that it is a nice day here in Wales because there's a load more to go out later!
Amazing how the garden has developed since we went away. There's not a lot on flower - I'll have to work out how to fill the gap between the spring flowers and thr summer flowering perennials. There are dicentra, and the hellebores are STILL flowering, and there are lots of aquilegias, with buds on the paeonies. There's a gorgeous scented viburnum, too, can't remember what it is called, with white flowers like snowballs. I have 19 plants as a souvenir of Dorset, though some are small and need to grow on in pots before planting. So it'll be an orgy of gardening later, after church and a scratch lunch of whatever is in the freezer- haven't shopped yet and don't feel like wasting a lovely day like this on shopping.
I've enjoyed reading the conversations from the last day or so. Congratulations, Andy and Andy's wife. Hope everyone had a good week.
Good morning Nut - yes it's gorgeous here too this morning - blackbird on the fence seranading us. I've got a line of washing out and as soon as we've had some breakfast I shall be out there putting up the canes for the runner beans and sowing them direct - by the time we come back from our hols I shall expect to see them peeking through the soil
That lovely dumpling looks like a Clootie Dumpling to me - Scots origin - boiled in a cloth (or cloot - ne'er cast a cloot 'til May be out means don't remove a layer of cloth or clothing until the May blossom is out) . I had delicious Clootie Dumpling on Skye - it sets you up for the summer weather up there
Sorry GG - didn't see you there - glad you've had a lovely holiday - I'm getting a little concerned about ours - not a lot of plant room in the car when the top's down - we shall either have to have the top up on the way back, or I shall have to put plants on the passenger seat and OH will have to jog along behind
My car was chosen for its plant/compost carrying space Dove. The last one had a catch where the boot lid came down, put there especially for ripping open bags of compost as they came out.
Dove your right Clootie Dumpling son loves his fried with his breakfast which mum does what son ask's as you all do.Daughter likes her's as a pudding with custard and am not that found of it maybe a very small bit rarely we take the baking to our work places because there's that much. GG great going on holiday but it's a busy few days back to catch up on things like washing,gardening and my pet hate all the bills in the post behind the door to greet you back but it's worth it just to get away.
Know what you mean, Nut. Mine has a similar device!
Thanks, Dove. Have a lovely holiday - looks like you'll have better weather than me! We had a good time, though. We brought the plants back in two large cardboard boxes on the floor of the caravan. I've been in the garden this morning looking at them and salivating over the gorgeous foliage colours - I'm trying to introduce lime greens and deep purples. Now longing to take up the rest of the lawn and get planting!
My new one has a huge boot (when the top's not down) and OH hasn't had a problem getting the bags out in one piece so far so is fine for bags of compost , but when the top is down it occupies most of the boot and, as you saw the other day, luggage has to fit on the back seat and plants in the foot wells.
I'm "not allowed" to haul bags of compost around since I slipped a disc last year 3 days before my daughter's wedding (but what he doesn't know doesn't hurt eh! )
Andy, I'm sure Dumpling for breakfast would stay by you all day! You wouldn't need much of a pack up for lunch
What plants did you get gardenIng grandma? Like the idea of foliage colours too.
What plants have you got your sights on Dove? Another little nursery is at Gulval near Penzance. It's called Churchtown Nurseries. Not so much little rarities but run by an energetic and passionate grower. It used to be owned by a guy who regularly won gold medals at Chelsea.
Got loads of planting done yesterday so the forecast rain for tomorrow will settle them in nicely. Sunny and warm right now...more cloud than yesterday though.
Wont be gardenIng today but busy no doubt.
Have good day folks
Looking for hardy perennials Verdun (little ones that will fit in the car). I looked at the website of the one on at Lizard that you mentioned a while back, Cross Common Nursery - they have a lovely pink sysirinchum
And, news of the day, I've just ordered myself a little pointy onion hoe - it's just what I need for reaching across the Shady Bank and grubbing out infiltrators from next door - mainly Common Soapwort, which is fine in small doses, but doesn't understand about less being more
Hiya dove. Got a white non seeding Sisyrinchium ..lovely but short lived so needs regular splitting. Full of gems at lizard.
Hiya Verdun Thought we'd visit there one day and go on to the Pasty Shop for some of those wonderful pasties for a picnic lunch - does the Nursery have a coffee shop?
Morning all. Think I need one of those hoes Dove-in a large size for children....
I can just picture your hubby running along behind...
Glad you had a good hol GG. Send some of those limes and purples up to me- it's a great combo.
My Mum used to make clootie dumpling and yes it was a common thing for breakfast-we didn't have croissants in Scotland then! Not my thing although I love fruit cake and Christmas pud. I think that's what my (English) Dad liked about Scotland -the baking!
Dull here but supposed to brighten up. Got washing out anyway. Bought some stuff for my fence yesterdayat B&Q - and a nice little bargain of 3 tomato plants for 20p ! They are on daughter's window getting a little tlc
Believe it or not - north west Highlands are getting the best weather in Britain today...don't blink you'll miss it..
Thanks, Andy, for your comments. You must have been typing at the same time as me. Quite agree about the pile of post awaiting you, especially as my front dor has no clearance over a pile of post and we practically have to break in!
Have a great time finding plants, Dove - it is a major part of the holiday for me. I love finding local NGS open gardens. too, and got five nice plants for £3 this time in a small village garden. If we find an open village, my holiday is made! OH claims that if it were left to him, he would mow the borders, but I notice he has started to take an interest in buying plants and looking around gardens. He's now rather proud that I'm an 'expert' gardener - which I most definitely am not, though I'm learning. We took advantage of two-for-one entry to Abborsbury sub-tropical gardens and I got lovely plants there.
This is what I got, Verdun - and thanks for asking, I was dying to list them! They need different conditions, but my little garden has astonishing different zones, from dry, sunny (!) and quite sandy to rather boggy, with a mixture of soils because the garden has been well-cultivated in the past, then paved, then the paving taken up again. Much of the soil is really lovely stuff, fairly neutral. There's no deep shade.
Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow'.
Lobelia fulgens 'St. Elmo's Fire.'
Nepeta 'Blue Dreams.'
Salvia nemorosa 'Rubecca.'
Ligularia 'Britt Marie Crawford.' (Beautiful foliage but I'm told it spreads like a weed).
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna.'
Melittis 'Royal velvet Distinction'.
Penstemon 'Husker Red.'
Salvia 'African Sky.'
Primula 'Garriarde Guinevere.'
Iris sibirica 'White Swirl.'
And one whose label I've lost! It came from the open garden. I bought more than one of a couple of plants, too. Plus, I've got lots of seedlings.
Epic taking up of lawn and planting session to come!
What a lovely list GG - watch that lobelia with the slugs - they polished mine off in one night (not in this garden I might add).
Came back expecting my hostas to have been decimated, Dove, but they are mostly OK. I'll keep fighting them - haven't used any slug pellets, either.
Hiya gardening grandma
I know what you mean about the pleasure of listing your plants
Penstemon Huskers red is a favourite of mine....the sunnier the spot the redder the leaf will be. It's a classy penstemon. I have white swirl floweriing right now. Quite long floweriing too. Salvias are a favourite too....is your African sky the same as uliginosa?
Can just imagine the achillea, salvias and nepeta together too.
Enjoy your "epic" planting time