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28/06/2012 at 17:33

well a day spent in the garden.. dead heading and sowing seeds for spring..

just htought i would say i went to garden centre to day and one table is up with signs please leave... bird nesting.. and soooooooooo cute! a robin as got 4 young.. told htey hatched 2 days ago.. gorgeous.. it is right inbetween 2 trays of plants.. very clever as it is very safe and protected and warm under the canopy.. will take camera tomorrow and get picture for ya all..

28/06/2012 at 18:17

Oh how delightful!

28/06/2012 at 21:09
Spent a lovely afternoon dead heading and pottering. Look forward to seeing a pic of the robins, how sweet.
28/06/2012 at 22:33

Inkadog,what a cracking picture of your garden,so many different plants,that's my idea of a dream garden.

29/06/2012 at 00:26

Here are some photos of my latest work in progress--to hide my pot storage and water tank. I plan to plant a vertical garden in the pallets, using ferns on the left[shadier side] and succulents like hens and chicks on the right side. I need to terrace steps in front first, and you can see the soil is rocks and gravel. The pots are temporary until I get the soil improved. The pallets and the gate were freefree!


29/06/2012 at 08:32

@inkadog.. that will look stunning.. such a great idea! make sure you keep us up to date with progress. loe that gate the 6 square glass panels are lovely.. wouldnt mind a front door like that

29/06/2012 at 16:33

It was the front door from an old farmhouse that was being bulldozed. The bottom was cut off, though, so I had to reinforce it. I salvaged four solid wood interior doors as well, along with a lovely rhodo. It did well for a few years, then died in a drought.

Might put lattice above the pallets once they are planted up--haven't decided. Will be installing a watering sysem, and using plants I already have.

Raining here today, so won't be doing much outside--have a retirement lunch for an old collegue.

29/06/2012 at 22:46

This is June in my garden !

 Ho Hum.

30/06/2012 at 09:00

 poor you!

30/06/2012 at 09:28

oh my.. that is terrible flooding to deal with..  here are the litle robins nesting at the garden centre on the plant table..

 the staff said she had 6 eggs but can only see 4 young..nest is tighltly between pots of plants.. they said she is very toleratant of people taking pics..but if you get to close she lets ya know.. when you go she comes down.. it is amazing to see this.. i have nest boxes but never get to see inside of them.. its beautiful.

30/06/2012 at 11:48
gardeningfantic wrote (see)

.. i have nest boxes but never get to see inside of them...

You need to ask Santa/fairies to send you a nest box camera.

Some pics taken this morning...

Rain-drops on the leaves of Alchemilla Mollis...


The best plant for collecting water is teasel. A small pond forms in every leaf axil...


And got the water butt nice and full...

 All ready and prepared for a few weeks of blazing sunshine.

30/06/2012 at 16:34
Lovely pics of the robin and her babies Gardeningfantic, it will be nice to watch their progress.
Do the birds drink out of the teasel pond Gary ?
Blazing sunshine ????? We just had a torrential downpour here in Bristol. Will we ever see blazing sunshine again ???
30/06/2012 at 17:24

Rain and gloom here too--stuck in a cloud and can't see the water. Too bad, because it's the Canada Day long weekend.

Rain, too bad about that flooding--looks extreme! How fast does it disappear?[when it stops raining, that is]

Nice photos, Gary---may as well make lemonade! My favorite plants in the rain are the Aeoniums.

30/06/2012 at 17:49
Inkadog wrote (s

Rain, too bad about that flooding--looks extreme! How fast does it disappear?[when it stops raining, that is]

Hi Inkadog,  it drains away quite quickly when it stops raining but the ground stay soft for weeks unless we get some sunshine which there is a decided lack of at the moment.


Sunshine and showers today but thankfully the Water Board have been and cleared a blockage, it seems that 3 drains were blocked that's why mine wouldn't empty,  they water blasted it and 2 tennis balls an iron bar and big chunks of cardboard later it's free,  the chap said judging by the colour of the muck that came out of the drain it had been blocked for some considerable time,  so I know I shouldn't wish for more heavy rain but I just want to see it all disappear down the drain.

30/06/2012 at 18:14

As those living in the UK are probably already aware, the past 3 months have been the wettest April-June for over 100 years, since records began in 1910.

01/07/2012 at 22:27
Well! Just watched the Footie in my hotel room! Not a bad game to say I am not really a big fan! @ Lorelei hoping the weather in your neck of the woods does pick up, as I arrived in Portbury tea time today n am here for a full week! Was lovely when I arrived! But wouldn't ya know! After tea it began to rain!!
01/07/2012 at 22:53
Weather forecast not good I'm afraid Dean.
02/07/2012 at 21:29
Tell me about it! Rain! Rain! Rain! This surley can't go on much longer!
03/07/2012 at 09:56

Sunshine and cloud 18.3c at the moment slight breeze but it did rain through the night not very heavy  though but the ground is wet enough so desperately need the sun to dry it out.

03/07/2012 at 16:27

I'm posting in July now. And it's pouring here again.

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