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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 22:05

OL - read one of Santa M's books last summer, and enjoyed it - did you know she was Tara Palmer Tomkinson's sister ??

Busy day on here - taken me ages to catch up - lots of gardening, lots of cake, and a few units of alcohol too.  Welcome newbies - great to have you here.  Love Caral's OH comment - flowers always appear by magic - a bit like clean houses and fresh laundry.

Been bracken bashing in the meadow - making progress.  Could do with some more rain here but none forecast - might have to get the hose out soon.

need to get all my rudbeckias and dahlias in the garden this weekend.  Task no. 1 on the list and its only Tuesday.  Don't know where the time goes.

Got a dreaded team building day tomorrow, swinging through tree tops (madness).  Last time i tried it was about a decade ago, when i accompanied littlest chicklet.  I was so worried that she would fall that i lost my nerve completely .... Turned into a gibbering wreck...... Tomorrow will be a test of whether it really was her i was worried about, or just a phobia of my own.  Unfortunately, i would rather not put it to the test in front of colleagues (none of whom are ever likely to be friends). Do you think i could pull a sickie.

BARNSDALE GARDEN TRIP.

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 21:32

Countdown starts here - long range weather forecast is looking good

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 21:29

Here's a pic of what is going on Thurs

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/48856.jpg?width=276&height=350&mode=max

 About 90 pots all told.  And just in case any of the final recipients are Forum readers, i have taken the liberty of adding my moniker to all the labels 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/48857.jpg?width=276&height=350&mode=max

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 16:40

Home last night at 1am - up this morning at 5am .... Have come home early for a snooze

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/48686.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 07:05
Morning all - i survived . Ears still ringing, but it was great fun and littlest chicklet was a VERY happy girl. I couldn't help but singalong ( know all the words - embarrassed smilie - on phone so can't add one properly)

And now i am back on a train into town for an unsociably early meeting. Rain forecast here later - then sunshine for the rest of the week - summer has arrived

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 09:36

Not heard from James for months - does anyone follow his blog?

Decided if i get a wiggle on there are a dozen young foxgloves I can get in the ground this morning - rain forecast tomorrow will be a good first day for them.

we haven't heard our buzzards for a few weeks now - they are normally a regular feature calling to each other above our heads.  Do you think one might be sat on a nest, so that there is no need for the other to call?  Will be sad if they have moved on

lupins-and-delphiniums

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 09:16

Wonderful Matt - lovely colour.

thats the other exciting thing about growing from seed - you're never quite sure how they are going to turn out !

Here's one of mine - from seed three years ago

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/48503.jpg?width=276&height=350&mode=max

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 23:12

So glad all went well Lizzie - feet up time now.  You have a beautiful garden and it is great that you go to the trouble of sharing it.

Yours is obviously an English garden ..... what would the French do differently in a plot like yours ? Don't know much about the French style of gardening, apart from Versailles, and that wouldn't work in a domestic setting.

Cherishing Churchyards Week

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 21:41

Thats ok Scott - i answer to both.

I raked small patches to expose bare soil, sprinkled on seed (you can get it in bulk online) and then trampled it in.  That was 2 years ago and it is now seeding itself all over the place.  I am now growing flowers in plugs to plant in amongst it later in the year.  We get loads of different flowers in there anyway, and the butterflies, grasshoppers and insects love it.  Got a bit of a bracken problem at the moment, but bashing my way through it bit by bit

Cherishing Churchyards Week

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 21:22

Yours looks great Scott .  What a lovely setting

One way to allow flowers to get established in amongst the grass is to sow yellow rattle seed in the autumn - its parasitic on grass, so helps weaken bits of it to allow the flowers a bit of space.

we have a meadow which is gradually getting more flowery - but we are in year 7, so not an instant project

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