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Posted: 24/05/2014 at 09:04

Once again a very wet garden and rain forecast for all day.  The top temperature of 12 degrees is not pleasing either.  Good job I got my new strawberry plants in their raised bed yesterday. I ca sow runner beans in pots in the kitchen and finish the tulip bulb cleaning.  I think raincoat and wellies will be the order of the day as i have a church group visiting next Wednesday and lots to do.  I must get the pots off the picnic tables and let the rain wash them - the tables I mean.  A bit of pruning of shrubs at the corners of paths would be wise in case it is still wet on Wednesday. I might pot up three more cucamelons on the floor of the garage in the dry.  Nothing is going to be a warm job today methinks.


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 13:26

Just been caught in a downpour , anxiously covering up my hearing aids as i ran for cover.  Must make a mental note to take them out in wet weather like this when I am gardening but I do enjoy being serenaded by the birds.  My parcel from Mr Fothergill had just arrived and it was such a magical parcel it propelled me out.  "Berryquick" strawberry plants with strawberries already on which should give a crop within 30 days.  I can imagine seeing those for sale in supermarkets soon like the salad leaves growing in their little trays and the pots of herbs ready to use fresh you can now buy.  I put them in a raised bed and ran to see how my spring planted ones were doing and they too have lots of berries on though they have not had to journey by Royal Mail to get to their raised bed.  This is a fascinating way to grow strawberries - the plants are frozen over winter.  The other surprise was two pkts of Runner Beans to grow - both white flowered which I cheered at as the birds do not peck at the flowers and one with a measure of self pollination built in  - handy if we get a very hot summer.  Once again Mr. Fothergill has delighted all the participants in the Nation of Gardeners Trials.


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 09:19

Another very wet day ahead.  At least this should mean a very good crop of early potatoes and the plants I managed to put out in the borders are now well watered in. I have not noticed any damage to the flowers but lots of them are loathe to open unless the sun  is out.  I think it is another day for conservatory gardening.


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 10:36

I love the leaf of Oxalis tetraphylla and looking forward to its pink flowers.  Rhododendron "KlondykeAK" has fewer flowers this year.  Now three brown iris flowers and the blue ones are opening up too. The poached egg plant will not open up till the sun comes out.  Cold on the fingers with the camera this morning.



Posted: 22/05/2014 at 08:34

Looks like we had a lot of rain through the night.  Everything that could hold water has an inch or two in it so the waterbutts are replenished.  It feels cooler and the forecast is for more heavy rain today so most of my bulb cleaning will be done in the kitchen today.  I did have the foresight to bring trayloads in to the kitchen table last night before the rain started so they are quite dry.  Lots to do in the conservatory as well.  The umbrellas will be out in force at Chelsea no doubt. 


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 22:27

It was delicious, flumpy !.


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 19:44

When I went to the potager to get baby broad beans for supper tonight I picked myself a big bunch of Verbena bonariensis which is in flower early this year and smiled at the thought that no presenter has mentioned it this year.  I can remember years when it seemed every garden had it.  Ah well there is fashion in plants too.



Posted: 21/05/2014 at 13:21

If they are perfectly dry, the bulbs I mean, they are fine in a paper bag or a net one you can hang up.  Just keep them as they came when you bought them.  There are going to be lots of berries for the birds again this autumn looking at the amount of blossom on the cotoneaster, holly and pyracantha.  

Talkback: Growing tomatoes outdoors

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 09:15
Growing tomatoes indoors and out is a trial the Nation of Gardeners Project is doing for Mr. Fothergill Seeds. Ferline F1 is included in the outdoor ones and I have positioned mine in the lee of the bungalow where the rainwater misses them as the blight is carried by the rain and I noticed a few years back that, although my tomatoes in the open ground got blight, those ones did not. Means more watering with metered water though. I have not done the calculation on using fungicide


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 09:05

Another lovely dry day forecast for Bristol before the deluge coming through the night so must get lots of jobs completed today.  There are a lot of bulbs outside which will have to come into the kitchen to dry off thoroughly before being bagged up to plant again in the autumn.  Anything I plant today will get a good watering as rain is forecast for the next four days.  

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