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Can any one tell me what this is

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 16:44

Aha!  Here it is 


That is Acanthus mollis aka Bear's Breeches 

A lovely thing 

Can any one tell me what this is

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 16:43

A Happy Gardener 


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 15:52

Hello again folks - Thai green curry simmering away and Baked lemon cheesecake cooling.  Alcofrolic supplies have been topped up - friend can arrive any time he likes - it'll probably be about 7 tonight - he's not the most organised of people  

There's a stockpot of chicken bones and bits simmering away on the hob as well - that'll make some good soup later in the week - the farm shop has some lovely local leeks 

I cleared up the kitchen while I was listening to GQT - is it my imagination or are there fewer questions than there used to be? 

It's still a gorgeous sunny day here - really quite hot in the sun.  I've watered the courgettes and shall go and check the tomato plants etc a minute.  

Pumpkin Magic

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 14:18

Think your pumpkin has a mind of it's own 


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 12:45

Just been lunching on the terrace 

Fidget, the Roscoea  p. is whichever one Carrie Thomas persuaded me to buy .... it's more than a few inches tall but with no sign of flowers yet.  I'll post a pic when it does bloom. 

Pumpkin Magic

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 12:43

If it's one of the larger types it needs to be growing on the ground so that the fruits are supported otherwise the stems will tear off the plant.  Smaller ones can be grown up a frame like squashes.  


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 09:32

Fidget, I had a R. purpurea that I was persuaded to buy when visiting Touchwood Aquilegias - it was in a pot in a shady corner and a couple of weeks ago I was convinced it had succumbed to the wet winter - but now it's looking hale and hearty 

I'm very tempted to put it in the new front border - it's the right colour - but it's a bit of a frost pocket out there - what do you think?  Would it be ok up against the house wall?  West facing and protected from the north by neighbour's garage? 

Red or Green Gooseberries

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 09:26

The berries will turn red as they ripen.  If you have a heavy crop you can thin them out now, using the thinnings for jam or chutney.  You could use them in a pie but they will need a lot of sugar as they are unripe.

Later when they ripen and change colour they'll be sweeter and slightly soft if you squeeze them gently.

Keep an eye out for blackbirds - they tend to be quicker than us at spotting the ripe ones 


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 08:11

The Lovely Home are having all sorts of D-Day commemorations this weekend 


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 08:06

Good morning KEF - you need another cuppa  - our visit to Aged Ps is tomorrow and Father's Day's not until next weekend 

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