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Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 13:57

 These will be the tables I need the centre decorations for.The windowsills are about 18 inches deep so I need something big for those.  At the moment I am thinking Dahlias and cosmos should still be going in early october. Mum has a load of crysanths I can nick. I'm thinking that I have eucalyptus leaves, Rose hip sprays, red hazel leaves for packing. I will have some canna and banana leaves, but they may be a bit tropical and not give the autumn look I want to achieve. Any other ideas for October flowers?

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 13:50

 Ist copper vase.  I have a total of six  on order, but two are brass. I need at least 8 for the tables.

Peony from the garden next door. Must be 40 years old. The previous owner called it his "Peony rose" Alliums from small bulbs I lined out in the veg plot to bulk up a bit. Forget me nots everywhere. yellow flowers are from old kale plants that need pulling out but are providing nectar for bees.

red beatle

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 13:43

That why I give it a squirt when the beetles first appear. It has worn off by the time they  flower. There are lots of bees in my garden. I dont spray anything else, I let the birds and other insects sort them.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 13:18

 Where did all the birdies go?

 New apple trees have loads of blossom.


Posted: 14/05/2015 at 13:02

Dull cloudy and cold here.

All my sweet corn, runner and french beans are up in the conservatory.

Courgettes are coming up in the greenhouse. I've potted on some salvia cuttings from last year. Good job I took them. All the originals which were supposed to be hardy have died, except for Hot lips, which is alive but struggling.  The good bit is that I  now have 4 Amistad to go in, a spare hot lips and some African skies.

I've posted out the wedding invitations. Whats the betting I still have to ring around at the end of August because my lot havn't replied.

I polished up the first two copper jugs for the flowers. One leaks but I'll put a freezer bag inside before I put the water in.

red beatle

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 12:50

Provado ultimate bug killer. One application now will last for six weeks, and have worn off by the time they flower. That gets the beetles and the revolting larvae.

How to deal with pests

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 14:57

Mostly I rely on the insect eating birds to clear them, or other insects.

Apart from Lily beetle. They get provado ultimate bug killer.


Posted: 13/05/2015 at 10:11

I'm still getting regular visits from a pair of Mallards. He usually watches while she stuffs her face. This morning at 4.45, OH said the male was asleep in the middle of the pond,but he couldn't see her, but then her disguise is better in half light.  No sign of any eggs or ducklings. If she's laid them by the canal. they must have other egg or duckling sitters.  When I got up, he had gone.

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 19:19

Gardengirl, thats brilliant.

I only planted mine out last week. They are currently about 8 inches tall.

I intend dropping a few seeds in at the base of the sticks. If the voles don't eat them, I'm hoping for late flowers.

I have six copper jugs on the  way from ebay, for putting the flowers in for the wedding. I bought brass polish tonight. A fair bit of elbow grease needed I think.

Plant ID Please Unknown Aquilegia.

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 12:48

I find it that aquilegias grown from seed and planted in the ground in Autumn will flower the following year.

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