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Posted: 05/06/2014 at 06:44

Morning KEF - we've nicked your sunshine Hope you have other cosmos to fill its place. Mine are still in the GH, but will have to come out soon.

Got past the week's half way point - time to start planning the weekend's list.  Top is getting my pots of annuals potted up - think it is finally safe to remove the old daffodil leaves

Lobelia for wedding at end of May

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 22:26

How lovely Green Magpie - hope you all had a fantastic day.  So glad the lobelia worked out, and so special to have something you had created yourself.  My favourite aunt did table decorations at our wedding .... in October 20 years ago .... she used lots of fir cones and autumn leaves she had collected from the forest the week before.

And thanks for coming back with an update too - always great to hear how things have turned out

Cane tops

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 22:17

Cane tops

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 14:53
I have the terracotta ones in the shape of owls - i treat myself to a couple more every time i go to Hampton Court Show as he does them at a special price (50p each i think )

This is our first year of using string from GH ceiling for toms and cucumbers - Beechgrove has a lot to answer for!!


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 09:38
Thanks for the bracken link Dove - wasn't aware but will be careful now that i am - littlest chicklet is asthmatic so even more reason to remove it now. We have got rid of it completely in some places by a few years of mowing. Thats not possible in the meadow, so i thought that by removing its leaves i will stop it being able to photosynthesise and weaken it year by year. Thats the Bob Flowerdew GQT method of weed control

Have a lovely day with daughter - and others too at Chinese restaurants, saltmines, B&Q, SM etc. Keep smiling Panda and Lily - if nothing else it will irritate the h*** out of the perpetrators !

What veg outside of July and August

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 07:00

Duncan - is it just the cropping you are worried about ? ie do you have someone who can care for stuff (weed, water, the occasional judicious snip) whilst you are away?


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 06:54

Morning KEF  I don't normally manage gardening in the evenings - which is why i am convincing myself that 30 mins snipping pesky bracken is doable - doesn't even require a change of clothes (apart from ditching the heels)


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 06:47

Morning all

The rain has arrived

But everything is growing.  

Spent half an hour yesterday evening cutting bracken from our meadow patch - another 30mins after work every night this week and i might make a dent in it .....

too many plums?

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 23:34

OL I think the name you might have been looking for is "the June drop" - which is when fruit trees (apples and pears too) drop quite a lot of their fruitlets naturally as a self thinning process.  We have next to no plumlets this year (last year were laden) - so i hope they don't voluntarily jettison too many this month


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 23:21

Thats right Percy - we are a glorious melting pot here

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