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Posted: 13/06/2014 at 16:56

Just had to take a breather and get snapping.  The colours in the flowers were so intense today in the bright sunshine and wall to wall blue sky.



Posted: 13/06/2014 at 11:33

Oh what a scorcher.  I am so glad I decided to get up early and work in the cool.  I have made a start on the nettles in the butterfly garden, leaving them on the path for the caterpillers of the seven butterflies who lay their eggs on them.  Sweetcorn sown into 9cm pots . and everything that was desperate for a drink watered.  Now i have watered myself and now plant to fill up the green wheeliebin which has just been emptied.  I think I will read a book outside in the afternoon and take up the heavy work in the evening when it will be cooler, after i have gorged myself on strawberries picked this morning.  There was a big hooray from me when I inspected the conservatory this morning and as both Snackbite and King of the North peppers which we are trialling for Mr. Fothergill have flowers and tiny fruits on.


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 21:39

Yes, picking lots of huge strawberries now.  Have a good rest, flumpy 1.  sudden hot spells can be very tiring.  Even hotter here forecast for tomorrow!  I think an early night and getting up early to work in the cool is a good idea.


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 17:15

We enjoyed the soup, strawberry jelly and ice-cream very much after two hours exploration of the Botanic Garden.  It was lovely talking plants all day to Rose and she brought me two lovely plants of Aquilegie clematiflora, one with three buds on already.  The weather was glorious, definitely a sunhat day. I noticed the tomatoes in the drive need watering tonight when things are a bit cooler so that and picking any ripe strawberries will have to be done.


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 13:33

Checking on my Mr. Fothergills trials I was delighted to see lots of tiny yellow flowers on my cucamelons with even tinier fruits behind them.  Lime flavoured gherkins sounds good to me for salads and pickles.  75 gazanias now potted up and room found for them in the conservatory.  Great crop of tomatoes in there. I sampled my "Ebony"blackcurrants from Mr. Fothergill and they were big, juicy and sweet.  Lots of strawberries so made a strawberry jelly to have with ice-cream tomorrow.  Masses of broad beans still to pick on the autumn sown "Aquadulce" and the huge crop on the spring sown ones are showing an inch in length.  I cannot remember in all my years of gardening such lushness.  All the plants, native or foreign, decorative or useful are showing how much they loved the wet, mild winter.


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 08:38

Strawberries every day now for dessert!  Another lovely day i bristol and no rain firecast for the next four days.  Need the green wheeliebn emptied but will have to wait till friday and in the meantime just fill up the weed containers and line them up.  I have difficulty in recalling such a lush June .  The wet winter and absence of frost have meant everything has suvived and flourished,  Makes for beautiful sights in te garden like a huge bank of elderflowers intertwined with mock orange blossom.  Fisrt job fter bringing in the strawberries is o finish potting up my gazanias as the new compost was delivered yesterday afternoon.  I will make a cake for tomorrow's visitor after the sun goes down.


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 22:09

That is a pink platycodon, flumpy1.  I have a blue one I bought at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens last year and the flower shop lady is getting the white one in soon.


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 10:54

I went up to collect the ripe strawberries which I have to do twice a day now and it was so lovely going through the quaking grass in the bright sunshine i just had to get my camera out.



Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:09

Lovely sunny morning and fresher as the weatherman promised.  I have a rose "The generous gardener" to plant in my new border which will give me another big pot for sweet peas and a wigwam.  The weather for the rest of the week looks like it will be superb which is good as a FB friend is coming on Thursday to "do" the Botanic Garden with me and visit my garden.  I am so looking forward to that having seen so many pictures of her lovely garden on facebook.  


Posted: 09/06/2014 at 22:16

You cracked it flumpy 1.  Well done!  Lots of colourful flowers.  Two days running I have had strawberries from the garden with ice-cream.  It was really humid today but fresher tomorrow.  I planted out my little Picea glauca which one of my sons brought me at Xmas smothered in artificial snow.  i never thought it would survive but it has and has new growth on it.  I had to go shopping past the flower shop and there on the plant table outside were pink platycodons so I just had to buy one.  I told the florist I had the blue and she said she was getting the white ones in a few weeks so I shall have to look out for them.

Discussions started by happymarion

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In the eighties I used to stop counting at 20 when the sparrows descended on my garden. The wild patch og groud at the back of my garden wa... 
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