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01/05/2012 at 15:41

Loving the Tulips Kate, especially the Purple ones.  Are they Purple Prince or Blue Amiable?


01/05/2012 at 15:41

Kate-lovely tulips

Wintersong-can you not save any of the the pampas?

-every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.

(not original -I nicked it)

01/05/2012 at 15:55

I will be exploring further tomorrow when I recover from my aches and pains. The soil hasn't been dug in that area for more than a decade, so I'm in for some serious exercise. 

If I can save part or parts of it I will certainly will! The outside edges are still living but its sheer size might make division problematic.

Its huge and acts as a privacy screen for our little sun spot, so the neighbours can't see me sunbathing. Hubby has already volunteered to build some trellis and an arbour to sit in the same corner so I might end up with the same quality of privacy,a new vista and a baby Pampas that I can watch from my kitchen window through the winter. That would be a great ending to this story, especially since I seem to be making enormous holes in my garden sudden when I had done so much autumn planting to fill those gaps.

Oh well, the joys of having a large garden

01/05/2012 at 15:57

Wintersong a new border is sooooooooo exciting.

01/05/2012 at 16:32
01/05/2012 at 16:37

Felt inspired and just took these-

01/05/2012 at 16:45

Lovely pics Geoff, though I think you may have been on the sauce for number 4!  I bought some liner for my hanging baskets (only cheap), which aren't covered like yours with lovely weaved baskets  and the birds are gradually picking them to pieces for their nests.  Hope the begonias inside will survive all the abuse!

Koala, wasn't that nice of Inka to give me your Strawberries!   Please ask your Dad to pamper them whilst you're away, so that I can enjoy a bumper crop


01/05/2012 at 16:46

Lovely photos Geoff, you have sunshine, we have rain.

Yvie the purple tulip is Negrita

01/05/2012 at 16:51

Yvie-I am no David Bailey but one tries-haven't really got the patience 

01/05/2012 at 17:01
Those baskets are so pretty! I'm useless at such high maintenance stuff though. Reminded me to sow some more little violas in a month or so, but am still consumed with veg obsession. Planted out some more broad beans today which have been skulking in the cold frame during the deluge. Cleared about a zillion forget me nots, moved a sanguisorbia, wandered round for half an hour with a Rosemary in a pot - I think I've worked out where to put it. Found a broken blue eggshell with brown speckles about 3cm - is that a robin's egg? Heard a lot of squawking, so I think there might be babies about somewhere.
01/05/2012 at 17:05

Warm and sunny in south devon today, did all the gardening stuff first thing, opened the greenhouse, went off fishing came back and it was 33 degrees!  Poor little seedlings are hanging their shrivelled heads.

01/05/2012 at 17:12

seaside oldie I think that when it warms up, we are all going to get taken by surprise.

01/05/2012 at 17:16

Geoff, the angle on the last photo is perfect, if it was slightly cropped so that you included the chain and basket for interest and continuity but less wall...(that distracts the eye) well, I would put that as a perfect pic! The colours of the Viola are really beautiful.

01/05/2012 at 17:18

Loving that Negrita Tulip kate.  Thanks for the name.  I'll add that to my never ending gardening list called 'I want'.

Only joking with the camera Geoff.  Love seeing your piccys. x

I see my lovely DD boys are headlining the Olympics concert!  Some fool had the temerity to suggest those spotty oiks, One Direction, as an alternative! Ha!


01/05/2012 at 17:21

Phew, just got the lawn cut before down came the rain! Yesterday's warm weather had actually dried it off really well- considering it was skwelchy (!) yesterday when I was hanging out the washing.

Managed to get the shopping done & have a coffee out in between umpteen phone calls etc etc. Think have phoned everyone back........

The wind yesterday had removed the cloche lid yet again- definite brick on top now!

Anybody tried growing courgettes on top of a compost bin/heap? Have 4 really healthy seedlings & only space for 2, so just wondered ..... J.

01/05/2012 at 17:23

See Wintersong understands my shortcomings-don't worry Yvie I can take it

I did notice that a few weeks back the temperature range in the greenhouse within a few hours was 40C

Seaside oldie,figrat you have both done well -have some cake

01/05/2012 at 17:33

It certainly was a surprise Kate, and I didn't catch a thing!  Cake a fine idea.

01/05/2012 at 17:44

Wintersong-have been fiddling-not sure it acheived anything

01/05/2012 at 17:44

It didn't.

01/05/2012 at 17:49

Ok, man-up Geoffrey!  Stop sucking up to Winter , She'll see through your puppy-dog eyes soon enough, mark my words .  You little charmer, you.

You're as busy as ever Jo.  I've never grown Courgettes, or anything else on a compost heap.  I don't like Courgettes.


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