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Morning dove. Watch out that the birds don't get that fig. As soon as WE think they are ripe the birds already have decided that and taken them
Thanks for the warning Verdun - the fig is just outside the studio which has big glass slidey doors out onto the terrace - The Under Gardener (really a painter in disguise) will be instructed to fend off the blackbirds!
Morning all. Sounds like everyone has a good day planned. Andy the gardens sounded lovely. Sad when someone has to leave something they've loved for a long time especially when the new owners don't really understand what it's meant. A lesson for us all in there perhaps?
That Dierama sounds lovely Verd. Would like one of those.
My hedgehog didn't come again last night.
I don't know, you do your best for them , and are they grateful? Are they ****...you pick uo after them and you feed them and...oh no- that's the children.
Hope today goes well Dove. Sun to shine everywhere.
Is it wrong for me to want rain later so I won't feel guilty if I watch Andy?
Morning all. Baking hot already, so will be keeping cool again today. At least it's a choice not to go outside rather than it be raining, although some rain overnight would be good for the garden.
FG, make sure you have some valium at your side for this afternoon. Don't want you keeling over.
Enjoy your day all.
Don't think my heart can take it Tina I will have the phone nearby in case I need to dial 999!
Off to get screws etc. and get something done before the match.
Have a good day everyone. Sunscreen and shades if you go out!
Earlier when only very hot, rather than b....y hot, I refreshed the display by the front door. Pansies and violas removed to be chopped back and kept in secret out of the way place, and replaced by massed ranks of Gazanias... from cool to HOT,HOT,HOT.
read papers in garden, with strong coffe and perfume from roses and Philadelphus. Off to lunch and water gardens soon.....
Just finished soakingeverything. Left a soaker hose running under taters since the sand is now dry as dust. Saw first dragonflies this year on the sweet peas. Found a leaf cutter bee making a nest in a pot. Yesterday ws a good day. I went to Birmingham to see a friends daughter in the finals of the all England schools athletics.
She didn't get placed but she did a personal best two days running.
As she only trains one night a week for fun, I think thats pretty good going. She is now 8th in the country for the under 20's and all the 7 above her are older than her.
I keep telling her if she trains properly she could be in the Rio olympics, but she wants to be a dentist.
We then had a BBQ last night and drank a lot of Pimms, followed by raspberry and blackcurrant pavlova with extra strawberries. First time in two years we have been able to sit out till 9pm.
I anyone is looking for good meaty sausages, I can recomend the M & S Posh dogs or the 93% pork ones. Hardly any fat came out at all.
Plan for rest of today. Read paper, drink plenty of liquid, watch tennis.
Daughter got home last night , has been away for a week so i guess its washing for me and the never ending task of watering. Went to allotment yesterday and as a load of manure had been delivered spent some time wheelbarrowing loads on to my plot.Picked more strawberries, taste so much better than shop bought. Maybe i will sit in the garden this afternoon and do some knitting. A friend of mine has just had her 13th grandchild born.
Hi Maud- hope all is well with your Dad Did your daughter enjoy her week up here?
Fidget I have lots to do outside but I want to watch the tennis and I'll feel guilty since it's now very sunny and I spent most of Friday watching it too when it was a nice day...what's a girl to do! That pavlova sounds gorgeous. Rasps are my favourite fruit- well maybe joint first with cherries. Dentist is probably a better career move- although I don't think i fancy poking around in people's mouths An old neighbour of mine has a son who's hoping to compete in the Commonwealth games next year- athletics too. Nice for him if he makes it. Sport is very much his thing. My nephew did Sports Science at Uni and now lectures. It seems a good field to get in to.
Didn't go to open garden. In fact, sitting inside with tennis on. Me! Must be the heat! Well, in fact, it is the heat - OH is outside trying to get his wonky circular lawn ... er ... more circular, but it is too hot for me. Since the triffid rose blew down from the pergola, there isn't much shade in the garden and its too hot to tie it back up. I'm thinking of wetting the dogs to cool them off. Thinking being the operative word - would have to force myself to move.
Lunch was the remains of yesterday's cottage pie (not from the garden, thank goodness), garden veg (not from my garden), followed by banana pancakes (not from - well, you get my drift...) No super-efficiency - or self-sufficiency - here, sadly, just muddling through. Story of my life!
And Andy Murray won!
Afternoon all.Has been really hot here today- I was actually relieved there were clouds. Came in and son watching the tennis so watched the end with him. Well done Andy.
All I managed was deadheading. Also picked loads of sweet peas.Trouble is they are growing above a height that I can easily reach. Will have to go out watering later.
Hope everyone has a good evening
Hi, Bev. Pretty hot, eh?
Yes wonderfully hot, as long as I didn't want to get anything done! How they could run around playing tennis I don't know.
hi just in from weeding and thinning my hands are all aglow with nettle stings and the odd thistle. Think my preferance is for the thistle as they only hurt briefly. I still don't know whats in my big scatter and sow beds apart from grass thistles and nettles but there looks to be 100's of poppys almost ready to burst in to colour.
Its an awkward bed its about 5-6 feet wide and how do you go about weeding and thinning out without trampling all the plants?
I have considered blasing a trail down the middle so i can get in and weed and thin. Is there a better way?
well time for a coffee and let the burning subside any suggestions for weeding and thinning greatfully received
Ohhh I hate stinging nettles Blackest.
And if you're all quiet......you'll hear the cheer in Dunblane!
The boy done good
Bless him - he's made Scotland proud x
I need to lie down now.
I dont mind them if i manage to grab them low down as my fingers are fairly tough and they don't seem to sting its when they get your arms that annoys me.
Weeding would be quite relaxing if it wasn't for the d*^! NETTLES.
ahem sorry about that
Blackest, it is deeply impressive to have gone out and worked in this heat! The only dolution I know is a steping stone here and there, which more-or-less disappears among the foliage.
bev, I haven't achieved anything in the garden today, though it will need watering later. Its just too hot.
Blackest, it's deeply impressive to weed stinging nettles and thistles without gloves on!I have a deep bed which I've put stepping stones in, the sort of thing you sink into the lawn. You can't see them when everything grows up.