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Posted: 10/08/2014 at 06:27

Good morning all  

Damp and overcast and very still here this morning - blackbirds chinking away in the garden , is this the calm before the storm or are we just going to get lots of rain?   That would be fine, we've had hardly any this summer, but I could do without wet and windy please.

Hedgehogs were out in force last night - I only saw one feeding on the terrace just before I went to bed, but all the different food bowls are empty this morning and lots of hoggie 'evidence' around the place 

Are you finding this is a poor season?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 06:13

In East Anglia we''re having a really good year - long dry spells, occasional rain and lots of sunshine   

We started off harvesting a good crop of garlic in July.  Now it looks as if we're getting (fingers crossed) the best outdoor tomato crop I've ever had, also fabulous outdoor cucumbers and chillies, great courgettes and  the squashes look promising.  Lots of salad veg (Cos, Little Gems and various salad leaves) with rapid germination and few problems.  Carrots and beetroot have been good too.  

At the moment we're picking a very tasty and heavy crop of yellow wax beans, and the runner beans are setting well and we'll be picking those in a very few days.

As for fruit, gooseberries were great, the raspberries are cropping really well and the figs are fabulous.  

We don't have plums in this garden, but the hedges round about us are full of cherry plums and it's a really heavy crop and next doors apples look as they're going to be really good.

If we had summers like this every year I'd be very happy   I really have nothing to complain about this year.


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 20:30

  Sorry folks - really tired - my hectic week has caught up with me - see you in the morning - hope no one has storms in the night. Sweet dreams. 


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 20:13

 Remember this?

Now it's

across the lawn

 through the wax beans


 through the raspberry canes and

 nearly onto the terrace!!!!!!!

I think it might be a Klingon .............

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 19:38

Bumping up 

A glut of fruit.

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 19:36

I thought you were offering me a drink Runnybeak 


We did have a thread somewhere about fruity alcofrolics ........... let me have a look ......


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 19:34

Problem is it's the weekend and hopefully Daniel's got his feet up at home or is out clubbing somewhere or doing something useful like putting up a shelf.

Have a look at your Forum Settings Stacey - make sure you've selected the Advanced Edit option - that should make your toolbar appear 

GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 18:30

I'm glad you agree with us David   It would have been terrible to be thought chicken 

GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 18:15

It's not just the getting there - it's the getting home again afterwards that might be tricky for some if the roads flood 


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 18:13

Glad you got things sorted Verdun   Battoning down the hatches here too - we've actually decided to postpone our trip to Beth Chatto's garden which we had arranged for tomorrow - the forecast for that area speaks of thunder, lightening and torrential rain - we're foolhardy but not as foolhardy as all that .... and anyway, isn't that garden designed for drought - seems a bit silly looking at it in the pouring rain   We'll arrange it again in a few weeks' time 

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