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Had a look at your garden, Verd. I am very annoyed with you - thought mine was nice until I saw yours!
OH, who hates gardening (he claims) is having a lovely time making one of the front lawns oval instead of square and widening the borders, and chatting to passing neighbours. for considerable chinks of time. Think he is abandoning his threat to mow all the borders. I'm making a big push to plant my seedlings and finally get a tidy patio. Bought another 12 nice hellebore seedlings from Hayloft and have been growing them on. I'd like to put them the ground too. I'm realising that, in summer, much of the garden is too sunny for them so I'm getting a bit desperate looking for spaces for them all.
Andy and all others having outings today, have a great time! Me, I'm saving for a new bathroom, so outings are limited to weeks away in the middle of a field in the caravan. (Lovely, actually.)
Oh, yes, forgot the airconditioning BL. Freezing in the winter but the best place on a hot day! True, you do usually meet up with friends too. But I just hate shopping. Don't mind pottering and picking up bits and bobs at my small supermarket that doesn't yet do online shopping, but for all the general run-of-the-mill stuff, I'll stick to online. However, if there's no delivery, not much point is there. Might as well go and choose your own. Have to say that it's rare I need to send anything back. Usually it's because the picker is not experienced enough to get the right substitute. Never buy meat online. Like to pick my own. It's been so long since I have been to our big Tesco shop that I haven't a clue what they now stock. Never know what would end up in my trolley if they stock all that yours do! Bad enough when I go to Morrisons during the plant season.
P.S. Feel quite envious of you, BL, shopping in a French supermarket. Not so much the meat (expensive and bony) but things like cheese, coffee, sausages, salads and flans. Even if you buy things labelled 'French style sausages' or whatever, they don't seem to taste the same in the UK. Or am I just being nostalgic about past holidays?
I really like UK sausages, but, if you look at the ingredients, the French ones, like the burgers, are pure meat, no breadcrumbs or anything. I prefer the way the meat is cut in the UK eg no lamb fillet here, no legs of pork - they are so big they slice them, and no crackling.
Back was feeling so much better I thought I'd do some weeding. Ground was bone dry although it rained a lot on Wednesday and it's 29°. Think I've changed my mind! Inside is cool as it's a very old stone house.
Verdun. YES. I should never have doubted Gatland. Well it was too hot for gardening anyway.
GardenImg grandma, you won't regret more helleores. Let your OH enjoy his new lawn shaping. It's what I like to do occasionally. Considering a new border for the autumn already. Wouldn't mind a truly HOT border with no guile, subtlety or modesty. Just in your face reds, oranges, yellows including cannas, dahlias, echinaceas, etc. etc. it would have to be a stand alone border and I need to prepare excuses for it. A fun border
Verd. I have one of these and you are right it needs to be stand alone. It gives you the chance to grow stuff that might be out of place elsewhere. Mine currently is fairly simple with coreopsis, gallardia, bronze pansies, yellow tree peonie.red lychnis, red heucheras. I also have a "red" phlox which turned out to be pink and jars the senses. Haven't the heart to move it. Don't risk anything which isn't truly HOT.
Go for it
Sorry but some things take priority..NO PORK CRACKLING IN FRANCE..chuck 'em out of EU, say I.
We can't do that KEF, who else would we annoy, after 1000 years of practice!!!
Might be able to think of some Woody. Hope you've had a good day out. Hope I can trust you to not have done a Verdun and scoffed all day. Soz if you on a diet Verd.
Thanks woody..will take all on board. And woody, aren't you ashamed to have eaten so much. No doubt you will eat as much tomorrow. Seriously, you should keep a diary of your visits, your views, etc and publish it
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Morning all lovely morning here had a great day yesterday first garden was a stunner a farmhouse with a 2 acre garden ladies husband died suddenly2 years ago so is now selling the farm it has 150 acre. It was put on the market on a Tuesday and sold on the Wednesday just paperwork to sign been in the farm 50 years and it's breaking her heart to leave but needs to down size. Sad thing is the young couple that is buying are not interested in gardening need the ground for farming think that is hurting her that the garden after all those years of hard work it will go downhill. Second visit was a community project which was a polluted site the council wanted to concrete over but the community got together and have made it into mini allotment £50 a year gets you an outside and inside raised bed 3 large polytunnels they have over 100 members at present all grow mostly veg. Third garden was a big house with large garden which over 7 years has been transformed from a wilderness into a lovely garden all done by them-self which opens to the public from today. Must say the first garden was my kind of garden in the way it was layed out and the flowers it had in it that means everything nice coves that where off the grass lawn which itself was stunning green & lush. Well now back to real garden my own garden which is my paradise for working in have a good day all come on Andy lets do it for Brittan today.
Andy sounded like a really good day out, that poor lady in first garden.
Lovely day already, the sun woke me up, done a quick inspection and all well. Lots of poppies opening, they make me smile, and my roses looking lovely, and perfume from the carnations is wonderful. Off to drink my cuppa outside, have a good day all.
Morning, forkers. Those gardens sound fascinating, Andy. We've been working so hard in ours that we've neglected open gardens this year, sadly. Next year, hopefully, it will be just maintenance for a while, so we can do other things. Don't work too hard today!
Having said that, we're off again in our caravan next week! We work like mad for three weeks and then crash out for a week on holiday somewhere. Not a bad life, really!
Was looking at the front garden yesterday, thinking how lovely it looks with soft shades of pink and blue and the occasional splash of yellow to give it life. It is all so transient that one feels one wants to capture it, in memory and in photographs.
Church this morning and then - now i've been made a little envious - maybe I'll have a look whether there are open gardens in our area. Have a good day, everyone.
Good morning all, inspection done in jimjams and bare feet this morning This morning will be busy with Tartar hordes arriving at midday and I want to get everything prepped before they arrive. Hedgehogs have pooped all over they terrace again, so the Under Gardener will have to sweep it again!
Glorious morning here. Sun now and sun in the forecast for at least the week to come
Overnight the remaining Regale lilies have opened so now they're all out. More dahlias have opened out too. Another opened overnight is my Dierama Guinevere.....a lovely white angels fishing rod. Highly recommend this.
Wont be gardening weather....too hot.....
Oh, good morning forkers
Oooh how gorgeous Verdun
I was hoping my lilies Rio Negro would have opened in time for today's BBQ, but they haven't - and the spectacular clematis HF Young has at last given in to the heat and dropped it's petals - so the only Wow! in the garden today will be the massed effect of the planting on the Shady Bank among which the delphinium Dark Knight is looking splendid and the David Austin rosa Mayfllower is flowering it's socks off. I must say that since I gave them a good watering yesterday, the hostas under the ash tree (a group of three Sum & Substance) are looking jolly good too
Mind you the massed ranks of huge beefsteak tomato plants in their pots on the terrace look fantastic too, and the fat fig on my new fig tree will be a talking point