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Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 10:15

Not sure if it's been mentioned before - but if you're buying seeds to sow, make sure you know the difference between annuals, perennials and bienniels. 

Annuals flower the same year as you sow the seed. 

 

Perennials and bienniels flower the year after!

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 09:53

It was a lovely visit - we'd been staying in the area for a family party so included our visit on the journey home - couldn't stay too long as we had a long-ish journey home after a late night - and I'd also had a call to say that my grown up son was in A&E with concussion having been hit in the face by a ball whilst watching a football match!!!  It's the third time he's been concussed this year - how old are they when you can stop worrying about them?

But to return to Castor House gardens - that first bed full of salvias, asters and dahlias (amongst other things) was fabulous, and I did like the very ordered kitchen garden - but it was a shame that the beautifully ripe plums were going un-picked and falling on the ground - they were very tasty  I also agreed with Nut that if I'd had such a wonderful watering system, I'd have attempted to cover the hoses with a layer of mulch as is done at East Ruston and Bressingham, rather than have the rather obtrusive hoses snaking so obviously over the beds

Artjak - did you inspect the compost bins?

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 08:29

Hello folks!  Well, yesterday didn't go according to plan and we got side-tracked by something potentially very interesting so was unable to collect my new laptop - consequently I'm still on OH's     And I also have 12lbs of plums to turn into jam today so ... busy busy busy -

Did anyone else hear someone on the radio say we're getting warm weather until November?!

Pumkins, fruit but vines dead?

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 09:33

Driving home through the Fens yesterday we passed fields full of orange pumpkins - large areas were pumpkins only, leaves had disappeared.  I remember this from earlier years.  The pumpkins appeared to be left to ripen.  No idea whether this is due to mildew or just par for the course but as I said, it seems to be common.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 09:26

Good morning folks - just popping in for a moment before going out for the day with OH and hopefully managing to pick up my new laptop too!   I've not read back so for everyone who's needed ((hugs)) coffee, cake or strong drink since Friday morning, please help yourselves

OH and I had a lovely NGS garden visit to Castor House with Nut and Artjak and A N Other yesterday - I have some photos but you'll have to wait until I get the hang of my new laptop before you see them.  I did see Artjak had her camera out so hopefully she'll post some of them.

salix-tree

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 12:06

What variety of salix is it Grannychris?

Is it in a pot or planted in the open ground?

Soil type?

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 09:07

It looks similar to the soil here when we moved in - gritty free-draining sandy loam - it needed lots and lots of manure and home-made garden compost to develop a good structure, but three years of that treatment and it's improved beyond recognition.

Green manures are a good idea, as well as good farmyard manure - as much organic material as you can get will be great.

Sweetcorn

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 09:02

Yes, they'll begin to get tough if left on the plant too long.  Either freeze them whole or slice the kernels off, blanch and freeze in bags as you would freeze peas.

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 08:51

There's always lots of comings and goings on here - I suppose we could do another one ...

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 08:50

Good morning folks   Popping in on OH's laptop again - normal service will not be resumed until Tues or Wed.  We have loads of family stuff this weekend including BIL's big birthday bash and then hopefully will meet up with Nut and Artjak on Sunday.  Don't suppose the rest of you will see much of me on here until Monday.  

Fidget ((hugs)) horrible horrible situation  ((hugs)).

So similar to what happened to Pa 5 years ago, but they were the ones responsible for him being so ill in the first place as one of their consultants had given him the wrong mix of medication and put him in a coma for his 90th birthday!   My employers gave me compassionate leave and I took up residence in the ward, jumped up and down, shouted, researched contra-indications of the meds he was on, recorded the warning re the meds given to the consultant by the junior doctor and his reply (all in my hearing) and I emailed all and sundry with a chronology of events and eventually got him taken off the L. Pathway and treated properly to flush out the medication from his system - he's still with us with all his marbles, but has been incredibly weak and fragile ever since

However Ma, as next of kin, wouldn't allow any further action  

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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FIDGET'S BIG DAY!!!

Congratulations to you both ... 
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ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
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Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
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Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
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Frost tonight!!!???

Check your local forecast ... 
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Clematis cuttings

Where shall I put them? 
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Visit The Old Vicarage Gardens East Ruston - Friday 5th June

Would anyone like to come along? 
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ID for hardy geranium please

Does anyone recognise this one? 
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Conference on Ancient Trees and Orchards

Open to all 
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Chris Beardshaw et moi ;-)

I couldn't resist ..................................... 
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Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

Some like the shade, some need the sun, some like sun some of the time ... 
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Neonicontinoids

Do bees become addicted? 
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Copper tape

What do your slugs make of it? 
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