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Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 21:53

So pleased with my clematis this year

Empress, diamantina and josephine, in that order 


Posted: 24/05/2014 at 21:32

BB - can't believe you ever had the patience to get to page 821 a page at a time - that would be me exhausted, never mind adding a post

Glad Panda enjoyed the show - pics of you returning made me smile

Lots of weeding/forgetmenot uprooting done, marigolds for the GH planted, and all toms and cucumbers in their final pots.  Really pleased with my lupins and clematis this year - its all beginning to look nice and flowery out there


Posted: 24/05/2014 at 09:36

Morning all

Rain has passed through here for now, but think more is on its way.  I want to get out there and uproot my forgetmenots at some stage today - plus some more potting on in the GH to do. Plenty of Chelsea still to watch and mags to read in the rainy bits.  So glad the heroes garden got the peoples award - its funny how that so often goes to a garden that didn't get a gold.

and Happy Birthday to Pdoc Saw this and thought of you .....




Posted: 23/05/2014 at 19:30

Happy birthday Clari - hope the steak is tasty.  Haven't been in much this week so sitting down for a chelsea-fest on tv.

Good to see pdoc back, and welcome to jc


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 07:04

Morning MrsG - a reveller returns.  Had a catchup with some old (from uni days .... which was a looong time ago) friends - world has now been put to rights.  Journey home was a nightmare as they had shut the motorway for overnight roadworks, so I was sent on a magical mystery diversion

I will be going for the "free" lavenders again - arrive tiny, but grow on well if you have a GH or coldframe to coax them through their first winter.

Chicklet had last exam yesterday - household has heaved temporary sigh of relief.

lots of rain to perk the garden up - but at work today anyway.  Think weekend forecast is a bit more showery


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 06:50


Had some welcome rain overnight - and one of my favourite irises is flowering away..... so now i am smiling.  Will share it, in case it makes you smile too .... Its name is Mer de Sud

 The weeds surrounding it are to prove it is my garden, not a Chelsea pic!

cut or leave ?

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 23:58

Sorry - not an expert (yet) - we have planted up a bed this year, and don't expect a crop for a few years yet.  So i have noted the FYM and BFB tips, and will be weeding again this weekend ..... thanks Fidget


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 20:18

And some more ...


 Help for Heroes - also pretty special

 The Japanese artisan garden

and finally .... reminders for my shopping list



Posted: 21/05/2014 at 20:13

I was lucky enough to go to Highgrove a couple of years ago - its wonderful.  Hope you and OH enjoy John.

ok - chelsea pics are going on here - as cheating to put them on Garden Gallery, and not really a "garden i have visited" - since we must acknowledge that Chelsea is fantasyland, not real gardens.  But so lovely to look at!  Here are my fave bits

 The potters garden

 The Telegraph - think it was my favourite

 Cleve Wests


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 07:01

Morning All - need more sleep.  My head is still dreaming of flowers, and instead i've got to go to work

Dove - it is true that TV gives you a better close up view of the show gardens, but TV doesn't do justice to the colours, or the light and shade, or the real "feel" of some of them.  I think it was Chris Beardshaw that said earlier in the week that the judges judge on technical excellence, whereas the public judge on whether they would like to open the curtains in the morning and find that garden there.  I think that sums it up quite well.

Note to self - i say it every year,but this time i must invest in some anchusa Lodden Royalist - what a blue

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