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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 18:53

You wouldn't know it.

I was the same - but I think it is gradually changing me - for the better, I think.

Felt low earlier, better now after an hour or so outside.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 18:47

Berghill: Thank you for indulging me by answering those questions (Earlier today)

 Many would be daunted by the hazards and obstacles that you faced, but your experience has got to be a lesson for all of us: you have taken control of each nightmarish difficulty and transformed your story into the dream of your making.   (Sorry, went all poetic and philosophical there for a moment! ) 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 14:59

Berghill: I have just 'toured' your old garden photos (1995 onwards). 

There was clearly going to  be an incredible amount of work involved - did you have a lot of prior experience plus a lot of help? 

Also did you plan what you were going to do with the site right from the start or was it just a matter of feeling your way over the (18?) years and focussing on one zone at a time?

The last photo (no 37) shows such a beautiful site (and sight) of 'Galanthus Nivalis' snowdrops: I am particularly interested in what type of soil they are growing - I presume the darker top layer we can see is natural woodland debris?

Which trees are the snowdrops growing under - they clearly love it there?

I'm looking forward to 'touring' the present day photo link you submitted In an earlier post.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 13:08
Daisyheadcase wrote (see)

Windy, cloudy and sunny alternately here in worcestershire.  I'm amazed to find myself wondering if it's going to rain this week


Same here now. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 11:00

Today is dull and overcast.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 10:47
Fairygirl wrote (see)

John- you are pushing your luck my love!!!!!

I like a bit of fruit cake..looks lovely Birdy- send me a bit and I'll send you a bit of banana cake.....none for John -he's getting very cheeky!

 I had salad today John and didn't deep fry it .. well, just the spinach...

JH: you'd better get in there quick!

 ... and I'll warn you - its one I made months ago!

(This can't go on - we'll be chucked off the thread!)

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 10:25
artjak wrote (see)

Birdy, I think you must be in a parallel universe Norfolk; we went and did our 'compost master' thing at a flower festival at St. Germans in the Fens, it was overcast and by 3.45 we were all packing up as it was so cold.

My post was intended for the Friday (which had been great weather) but a 'Cinderella experience' meant I failed to 'leave the ball' (= this forum) before midnight. (Pumpkins everywhere now! )

This bit of Norfolk does seem to buck the weather trend quite often actually - no idea why or how.

Yesterday (Saturday) was cold here as well, however.

As to living in a parallel universe - it seems I've been doing that for decades!


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 22:45
Fairygirl wrote (see)

...There's lots of good people here who are always willing to offer advice and when the weather's duff.......cake..virtual only I'm afraid!! 

Yes, it's a great forum, Very friendly too, and I  do like cake, and therefore the idea of cake (which I suppose is virtual cake). Luckily, I've found I can bake:



I justify its inclusion in the forum because I like eating cake (or anything with a cup of tea)  in the garden. It helps me appreciate all the good things around me.


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 14:25

Fairygirl: thanks loads  for that advice/support re clematis. 

I imagine they're probably too vigorous to just die but I did note you said you had one. Did you eventually take it out? If so was this because it got unmanageable in that position?


Re your own garden pictures / comments - and this also applies to (I think it was) Bev's beautiful little house front : I don't think it matters one jot that some gardens are bigger or smaller, or well designed or free to develop in their own way. 

Any 'better' or 'worse' comparison implies an attempt to confer, or 'buy into' perceptions like guilt, shame, pride, smug self satisfaction etc etc. We just don't need to do that.

Fortunately I've never detected any of that sort of destructive motivation anywhere on GW forum.

That would miss the point - which is: we have all chosen to encourage and support the natural world of plants (and I suspect all living things) in what ever way we are able. Some of us are able to do more, some less. So what? It all helps.

My own garden is quite a challenge at present now; I am on a steep learning curve and am doing it alone. Thankfully, I've ceased agonising recently - since everything has exploded into life without my help after the deadly winter. It's given me the encouragement to simply do what I can, when I can - and I am so grateful to have it. 

I know, for example, there are weeds in so many borders, pots and hanging baskets etc with small likelihood of a quick fix. I can't compete with the experts - so I don't try, I just pick up what I can, when I can. I think we all do. It's all we can do, and it's all we need to do.

 Whoops!  I'm not quite sure of where all that came from. Perhaps I needed to say all that for myself as well as for everyone else who gets self doubts. We mustn't do it - self doubt is a killer.

(Here endeth the lesson!!!!) 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 00:04

Great temperature today in Norfolk, with breeze. Very pleasant.

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