Gardening Grandma

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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 19:55

no cake for me til Tuesday afternoon (I hope) FG. Daren't go to Fat Club having gained - AGAIN!   Your day sounds pretty good. I'm watching Andy Murray - the first tennis match I have ever watched in my life! I have a hole in the brain where sports appreciation should be. Enjpoyed playing tennis in school, but my best friend and tennis partner was such a sports dud that she did not even bend her arms and legs when playing tennis, so I didn't get much chance to improve. Maybe that's why I've avoided it ever since.

Poppy Fields

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 19:50

I presume some are cultivated for poppy seeds, too? I love these in bread and cakes.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 19:30

Great,  Bev. Have a nice time planting them this weekend.

pics of my garden at mo

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 19:27

Just found this thread. Fabulous garden, Verdun. Do your neighbours try to live up to it? And when is your open day?

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 19:21

Hi, WW.  'GG has spoken'? You make me sound very authoritative! I'm glad you have an appropriate degree of respect for me.


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 18:23

Evening all.   Think the distinction betwen the two threads is blurring, but it doesn't matter a scrap, if the conversation is satisfying and useful.

Spent the day planting, weeding and pruning. Lovely! OH did the shopping and cleared up the mess. What more could I possibly ask?


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 08:23

I remember a similar discussion from last year when I was taken to task for saying that I cut back mine after flowering. I leave most of the leaves to feed the tubers but neaten the shape so that plants growing around them get more light and aitr and the chance to flourish. To be honest, I sometimes wonder if they are worth the garden space, they are over so quickly and are so messy after flowering.

How long do Lupins live?

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 08:20

Amazing how much GCs charge for plants that grow quite easily from seeds and cuttings. I have several that I grew this year from seed that seem to be doing pretty well despite the slugs. If you want something special, you can't beat the GCs and sopecialist growers, though.  


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 08:09

Morning all. Not a bad day today, but not yet the promised heat wave. Hope to finally finish the planting and get the garden TIDY. I'm such a messy individual, yet I drive myself mad with my lack of neatness. I do try, honest!! Keep telling myself that I will get rid of all the junk - but I find it so difficult. We did take a load of stuff to the local Mercy Ship charity shop recently but it sems to have hardly dented the amount of junk stored in the cupboards. It has to be ridiculous when the cupboards are so full of stuff stored 'just in case' that I don't have room for the stuff we actually use!  Trouble us, our very suitable 'retirement bungalow' contains too much of what we had when we lived in a much bigger house. And now we need room for a grandkids to sleep when they come to stay! 

Have a great day, everyone. Looks as though we'll be able to have a gardening weekend.


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 07:59

Posting at entirely the wrong time, because I did not get the chance yeterday. I, too, have read these posts and been moved by them. After a somewhat abusive childhood, | have had my own struggles with depression and facing and dealing with the realities of life, so I feel the pain of other contributors to the thread. Being in touch with living, growing things in the garden is a very healing thing.

I echo what has been said about dogs, too. When  a series of disasters happened to me - my son's illness, my brain tumour, financial reverses, my grandkids moved away and finances and friendships were undermined, cuddling my dogs and laughing at their antics was a life-saver. However, I can get a better walk if I leave them behind - they keep wanting to stop and sniff, mark and bark at cats!


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