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23/06/2012 at 22:25

I'll probably jinx myself for saying this, but so far, I've been lucky with the slugs and snails.  Gutted for you guys who have lost plants to the little b******s.

Loving the photos, such pretty gardens you have, mine is mostly given over to function, mainly playing.

I saw baby great tits for the first time ever today .  As I was going in for a closer look, Marmite the cat also spotted them so I had to frighten them away.  The babies are so naive and trusting, bless them.

23/06/2012 at 22:37

 The bright pink Cistus and lilac Chives are a mistake in this bed that is mostly yellows and the orange side of red. I'll also be replacing the Crocosmia for lady ferns as well as extending some of the planting to make bigger drifts.


23/06/2012 at 23:02

@Wintersong, looking beautiful. Very lush.

24/06/2012 at 06:08

Wintersong, I am a bit envious. It's lovely. I am waiting for enough sun to open my peonies.


24/06/2012 at 18:40

Hi Guy's! Been busy!!

 Greenhouse n polytunnel almost tied in!! Another few day's n it will be done! Need's flashing to hide the mess!!

 Everything looking lovely! Although our first year n don't know what we gunna get!!


 Help me out with the plant on the left! Thinking it is a Verbena!!

All in all! Early day's! But well chuffed! Bienials n Perenials sown today!! Bring on next year!!! 

24/06/2012 at 18:52
Plant on the left looks like one of the perennial wallflowers to me.
24/06/2012 at 18:56
Possibly erysimum linifolium Variegatum.
24/06/2012 at 19:45

Wintersong and Dean, lovely pictures, I'm so jealous!

I've got a week off work now, so hope to do a bit more in the garden if the weather is nice, or decorating in the house if it isn't

Happy gardening everyone!

24/06/2012 at 20:01
Lovely day today here in the SW. Spent a few hours in the garden, looked so much better afterwards! Unfortunately ( for me) the garden happened to be my sister's. Hope to be able to spend some time in mine tomorrow, weather looks promising...
24/06/2012 at 20:11

Cheers Fig! I'll check that out! 

24/06/2012 at 22:00

Gorgeous day here-finally. My visitors have gone to the beach after helping me hang the garden door/gate, leaving me to putter in the garden. Perfect!


24/06/2012 at 22:24
Have had a couple of busy days so have been unable to get out on the garden. Son bought me a lovely deep red lily for my birthday yesterday so hoping to plant it out tomorrow.
Lovely pics everyone.
25/06/2012 at 09:40

Super pics @Dean Lovett. You plot looks amazing already! Lets hope for some more sun to bring all your hard work to the table.

25/06/2012 at 13:02

@great pictures Dean and yes it is erysimum  Variegatum.  i have 4 of them in my garden.. and now is time to take cuttings shoots but not ones with floer heads coming.. tey will flower all year if warm enough.. and flower and flower.. just keep dead heading it..

here are some piccis of my wild looking garden at mo..

 my little friend..


25/06/2012 at 13:03

and here is our patio in the making...

 this is our shady patio.. as hubby had skin cancer he is not allowed to sit in the sun at all.. so this is shaded nd we are going to fix a sail canopy over the top.. so be lovely.. it is down low behind the bushes so secluded.. very nice.


25/06/2012 at 16:57

@ Figrat n GF, Ref plant identification! Cheers! You was both bang on! I acquired it from work, was in a bit of a sorry state when I got it, but potted it on and nurtured it for a few weeks, n now it's going great guns! but as always, no label so didn't have a clue what it was. Once again! Many thanks for that!! 

25/06/2012 at 17:46

First crop. Yum!

25/06/2012 at 18:38

Mmmm, they look lovely! Mine are nowhere near ready yet!

25/06/2012 at 19:03

Well WS! You certainly know how to kick a man when he's down! Lol! My Strawberries this year have been very, very poor! n to be fair, I put it down to some compost I bought early in the year thinking I was gunna get a head start, which frankly, whatever I planted in it was rubbish!! Ya live n learn!  But Wimbledon weeks coming up! n I hate tennis! But nothing better than Strawberries n cream! So I Shall relent! n not be bitter! n say enjoy! Cause they look gorgeous!!!

25/06/2012 at 20:12

Aaaaah guys. Take it as incentive! I'm willing yours will be just as ripe and delicious as mine  I want photos to make me drool!

I only bought a pack of 6 plants this year from Wilkinsons and wanted to cut the flowers off but my hubby gave me the sad face so I left them, not bothering to grit or straw the bed thinking I would get the odd one for him to taste. It's an absolute surprise to me and there are as many again still waiting to ripen.

My veg beds have finally started to resemble something worthy. My beetroots have slug-chewed leaves but are growing big now, my climbing beans have finally begun to spiral up their poles and my broad beans are going nuts. My red and white onions are beautiful and fat, my leeks are several inches tall and my sweetcorn are lush at last.

It's been tricky this year to say the least, I opted out of potatoes, refuse to grow outdoor tomatoes after two years of blight, was too late for courgettes, my lettuce bolted and I had no room for any brassicas because I moved my raised beds in spring and still have to fill them with soil, but the best thing about veg growing is that there's always time to plant a new crop, whatever the season or weather.

Looking forward to growing my own garlic at the end of the year.

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