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Posted: 11/06/2013 at 06:47

Dove - sorted !  Off to go select a pair of colour co-ordinated wellies from my vast collection.

Or maybe it would be easier to make sure that the floaty dress is khaki green ....

clematis - The President

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 06:45

Back to the President - I have two in their second year, and both are growing very slowly, with only one leader each !  But with Group 2 clematis generally I don't prune back, just train the shoots that are there so they go in a zig zag up the trellis (or bring them back down in a loop if I have missed them and they have gone straight up to the top) - that way you get coverage with the limited shoots you have.  Not sure its the right way, but works for me in most cases.


Posted: 11/06/2013 at 06:41

Morning Daisy and Dove

Dove - will be thinking of you with my fingers crossed (mentally, or I might get even more clumsy) - I'm sure everything will be easily sorted out.

Looking out the window at the drizzle with a bit of consternation - no work or gardening today, but tickets for the tennis at Queens.  Do hope it clears up by noon.  Trying to decide between floaty summer dress (like a society gal) or winter woollies.  Think the ww might win ....


Posted: 10/06/2013 at 06:57

Morning - work today.

Thought I would try and be arty:

 In reality it is the bits I knocked over with my clumsy weeding yesterday.  But Sarah Raven would be proud ....

Enjoy your days

Summer has arrived

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 23:16

I shall be investing come bulb planting time - if I can remember the name !  Best go make a note now....

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 23:12

Mrs G - lovely pictures - love your circular steps.  Alliums are fast becoming one of my favourite flowers .

Archie - almost a theatre (auricula style)

Summer has arrived

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 20:44

Lovely art - the third picture of the droopy bells is partcularly gorgeous - does it come from a bulb??

Andy -I love those fancy aquiliegia - I have added a few to my collection this year -all named after american states.  I have lots of the native ones too - so hopefully they are something that likes my conditions.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 20:40

Love Broad Beans - when we get our veg patch fenced off I will definitely be trying them.

Fidgetbones - I too spent the day pulling up forget-me-nots!  Planted a couple of new atrantias (shaggy), my sweet peas, my morning glories, my rudbeckias and a load of lavenders - quite a busy day !

Invested in another sprinkler - went for the round and round one this time (rather than the one that goes from side to side) - have kept the receipt, and will hold them to their "2 year guarantee" if it breaks this time round.

OH dug a new flower bed - so our terrace is now looking lovely and balanced.  Forgot to take photos, so it will have to wait til next weekend.

Time for a dose of gardening programmes to round off a lovely weekend

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 20:33

Beautiful gardens LeadFarmer, Lizzie and Matty - so enjoyed seeing them.

FG - speechless


Posted: 09/06/2013 at 09:33

Morning all

Lizzie - glad your day went well - hope your "morning after" photos will make it to one of the threads.  Dove - quite cold and cloudy here too, so today you are not alone.  BTW, saw your pictures on the other thread - loving your shady bank! Andy - do you have some sort of internal dynamo?? KEF - bacon buttie - sounds good - might get one going myself!

And Verdun - hope you are now free of ants.  About to go shopping for a new sprinkler, so any words of wisdom before I go would be great.

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