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It has been a stormy day here in the South East of England. I have not been able to do any gardening but I have had a gardening success story. I gave away some of my seeds to a women on freecycle, hopefully one more person converted to the joy of gardening.


Couldn't garden if I wanted to- there is a fire in the docks,and you can hardly see the trowel in front of your face-the smoke is dense and acrid-not a day to be outdoors


Oh dear, that doesn't sound good Geoff.  Too wet and windy here for most of the day.  Got soaked this morning replacing blown away cloches, and haven't really warmed up since. Hope it's not going to be like this at the weekend.  I have lots of seedlings to pot on and another bed to mulch.

Have you fully recovered now Kate?



When I got home from work I had to rescue my holly because it's pot had blown over again.  I had deliberately moved it to a sheltered corner because I knew it was going to be windy but it obviously was not sheltered enough.  I picked it up (getting a face full of prickly leaves for my reward), gave it a drink and tucked it away in the corner between the shed and the back door.  That was enough gardening for one windy day on the south coast.


All I've done today is re-secure a wandering coldframe- empty luckily- & tomorrows' forecast for us just as bad! J.



I am still feeling grim, there was so much I had planned to do in the garden this week. I should have checked the forecast.

having recently had surgery on my upper spine I can't do proper gardening at the mo but I have been out doing som elight pruning of roses and clematis and have started painting my rusty obelisks.   Tomorrow I'm planning to sow seeds in the greenhouse which is gentle, satisfying work.

Today I had my first garden group meeting of the season and it was lovely to catch up with my friends again but when I got home, the farmer had been muck spreading over the road and the place stank so I was happy to stay indoors and check seed packets.  Onwards and upwards tomorrow then and rain overnight to settle the pongs.

hollie hock

April showers here, but cold when the suns not out. I hope it's better on the weekend I've a bit to do


Obelixx sorry to hear about the surgery, hope you have a speedy recovery.

Rain today and snow and rain for tomorrow. So I just potted up some verbena, nicotiana and cosmos. I did notice my elephant ears(the plant) lol, are poking through. I bought a bag of 12 bulbs. These are the huge ones. I have no idea what I'm going to do with them. Perhaps talk some of my customers into letting me plant them in their flower beds. Fingers crossed.

Hi Kate.  I'm fine now and pain free which is brilliant, just restricted and a bit frustrated - no gardening, no dog walking and no dancing for a while so getting unfit too.  However, the seeds compost has been heaved into place by OH so I'll be able to sow to my heart's content this pm.   

Is your 1123 a reference to your birthday cos if so it's the same as mine?

Powwow - OH thinks we'll get more snow if current rain and frost patterns continue.  I hope not.   I'd planned to try scented nicotiana this year but I expect it's too late to sow them now. 


Wet and windy at the moment but that will help put the fire out!-I need to go outside to get the chickens up-do I have to?

Obelixx, you're not to late to sow nicotiana, my seed packets say you can sow them indoors til April. I'm trying two varieties this year, sylvestris and x sanderae, lime green. 

Alina W

No chance of doing any gardening here all week - wet and windy, and cold.

I have, however, managed to plant a few seeds indoors, so all is not lost

Obelixx, I hope that you heal soon.


Hi people! I never used to take part in this thread on the other boards (too afraid of being sucked into the vortex of quick wit and repartee!!!) but I often drop in and have a nosey. Just wanted to say it's so nice to see you're all still together!


Alina W

Neither did I, Lorea - I think I'm just feeling the lack of the old board!


Miserable day here, I cannot shift my cold, almost glad that it is not gardening weather.

Good news, another of my castor oil seeds has germinated, I just need to keep this one alive.

Geoff have they still not put the fire out?

Repartee, what a lovely word.

Obelixx not a birthday, I was inspired by fibonacci


Well it has cheered up a bit here now-apparently they had to stay on site last night to make sure the fire was out-the local news were saying several days but the rain must have helped.

Saints one point way

Everybody nice to "see" you all


Morning all,

Do join in Lorea and AlinaW.  We're a friendly, chatting bunch, with some witty ones amongst us.

Very grey here too, and raining on and off every 5 mins.

I have a change of scenary today.  I'm staying at my Boss' house for a couple of days, in London, whilst he's away.  Working in his house today and going into the office tomorrow.  A 4 storey Town House, so I'll be knackered with all these stairs. It's dead posh!  The garden is in need of deadheading, and I've been told I can be let lose with the Secateurs.  Hurrah!

Sorry to hear you're still feeling poorly Kate.


Kate - get well soon.  Fibonacci works for me.

Yvieh - I hope you don't get carried away with your secateurs.  I sometimes do and end up with plants that are a shadow of their former selves which would be a shock to your boss, even if good for the plants.