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Posted: 14/06/2015 at 08:46

Hello all, we came back from New York on Friday evening, after travelling through the night. Yesterday I forgot whether it was night or day, but had slept for 12 hours with a loo break.

Thought I would catch up here before posting, but there's so much! Now I'm off to Church so will have to catch up later.

OH was singing with his choir in Carnegie Hall last Sunday, great success, got a standing ovation!

hanging baskets

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 17:27

It's a bit late for plugs now, as they are very young plants. But next year you could use petunias, lobelia, nemesia, diascia, begonias, pelargoniums - half hardy annuals. Garden centres are full of them in April/May or you can buy them on line.

Here is a link about making up a hanging basket 

Yours will look great when the plants have grown more.

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 12:33


Got back from New York last night. My cut flower bed has gone mad. It was very warm here in Dordogne while we were away and the housesitter watered it.


hanging baskets

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 12:19

Well done Helen, good first try, but would look better if there were moss, or that stuff you can buy, between the black plastic and the basket frame. Even an old suitably coloured cut up pullover. But the flowers should cover a lot of it later. Another thing you can do is plant through the sides by cutting slits in the black plastic and pushing plug plants in, then you get more growth lower down. Love the owl, cute

Britain's National Bird

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 11:55

I agree, leaving a window open would be best. Then when the babies are born the parents can go and get food when they like.


Posted: 03/06/2015 at 18:49

Sorry you aren't well RB. Hope you get better soon.

Well done for passing your test Wintersong.

We flew to Stansted yesterday, took bus then train to Amersham, now staying with OH's BIL. He'll drive us to Heathrow to catch plane to New York tomorrow. 

We went to Waterperry Garden today, lovely. Plants I wanted to buy but couldn't.

Using OH's ipad, has taken a bit of time to get to grips with it.


Posted: 02/06/2015 at 09:13

Off to catch the plane in under 2 hours, just going to shower and wash my hair. Been sorting out the horses who got into the wrong paddock, tree fell on fence in the night. Hope that doesn't happen to housesitter.

Climbing Roses

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 09:11

The first year they were small bushes, the next year they were about half the height of the ones in the photos. The Pilgrim in the photo is about 4 yrs, 2013. It is now 2 -3 ft taller. But Phyllis Bide in the bottom photo, on right, now about 7 or 8 yrs is now smaller than that as some insect kept eating her last year and I think she flowered too hard and was a bit tired so I pruned her very hard. Malvern Hills on the left always does well.

I plant violas in Autumn and annuals like petunias in Spring. I put rose food around the roses and sprinkle slow release fertiliser in the compost for the annuals. Before planting them I change the top 3 inches of compost.

Visit The Old Vicarage Gardens East Ruston - Friday 5th June

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 23:25

We are planning to go there in July.

Which climber?

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 23:21

Montana is quite vigorous and will go up a house, but it will need something to climb up like trellis or wires which it will cling to with its leaves. So it won't mark the house. In winter it will lose its leaves. It will only flower in late spring, but looks gorgeous when doing it.

Is it a north, south etc wall?

My favourites are roses.

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