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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 18:16

Loads done today   both lawns have been mowed, the terrace has been washed and scrubbed  and it's all neat and tidy again - the pots of expired tulips and winter bedding are hiding behind the raised veg beds at the other end of the garden, lots of perennials have been planted in the front borders and baby hellebores found there have been potted up for some tlc. Veg in the veg patch and the raised beds have been weeded and feeded (or wed and fed   isn't English wonderful? ).  and the weed seedlings appearing in the front borders and the herb bed have met their demise via the Dutch hoe.  I've laid on my tum and reached into the pond to remove loads of blanket weed, and said hello to a frog and some  pond snails.

And we've spent so much time just sitting watching all the birds feeding and bathing and flying to and fro - it's been like Heath Row out there - and every time we sat down on the terrace with a glass or a mug in our hands the robins came and chirruped at us until we went indoors for a fresh supply of live mealworms which they eat out of our hands

An absolutely idyllic day

Another "what is it" post.

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 15:56

The garden opposite has a gorgeous creamy broom cascading over a low terrace - I've hardly noticed it before, but this year it's magnificent

Any ideas?

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 15:55

That's what I'd have said too, if I could remember it's name


Posted: 17/05/2015 at 15:52

More plants have been planted and seeds sown including Sunflower 'Vanilla Ice' which I've direct sown between the grapevine and the herb garden.  They should grow to about 5 ft, are multi-headed, prolific and good for cutting

Ive watered in everything that I've planted and the terrace is clean and tidy - OH have just spent half an hour sitting out there watching the birds feeding and bathing, but I'm getting dozy - do you think it could be the Pernod?

I'd better perk up soon - there's a chicken to get in the oven ...........

Hope the weather's being kind to BL - it's been lovely here


more mystery plants

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 14:00

Snap Nut

more mystery plants

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 14:00

The first one is Centaurea montana

The climber looks like a honeysuckle.

On-line purchases

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 13:47

Fair enough Verdun - they are cheaper  

I suppose I benefit from not paying postage as they're so local to me so they can get my order ready for me and I can pick it up as I go past - that's if I'm too rushed visitng Ma to actually call in and wander around - I can spend all day there.

On-line purchases

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 13:38

Here's the Good Guys thread with lots of recommendations

I've never found better than these


Posted: 17/05/2015 at 13:34

As well as cutting both the lawns, the front border has been hoed and weeded, some more hellebore babies from 'Tutu' have been potted up and pots of expiring tulips have been put out of site behind the raised bed.  OH has swept, hosed and scrubbed the terrace and I've sloshed about in the pond removing blanket weed - a frog looked a bit bemused but stayed where he was. 

Now my feet are up and I'm having some lovely local Binham Blue cheese with the last of the crusty boule I bought from Southwold the other day. 

After lunch I've some aquilegias and delphiniums to find space for in the front border - hopefully the rain that's forecast for tomorrow will water them in well.

After that I'll put a lemon and tarragon chicken in to roast.  We'll have that with new potatoes (Majorcan) and some braised lettuce and peas.  It all sounds very French - shame the sky's clouding over - it doesn't look as if supper on the terrace is on the cards. 

Advice about fig

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 11:25

This summer will be the third year I've had mine - it's a Brown Turkey.  It burst into leaf about a week ago - it's in a big pot (24"x24"x24"approx) outside in a sheltered corner of the terrace facing south-ish.  At the moment it's taking a watering can full every other day. 

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