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Posted: 15/10/2014 at 16:16

Very wet outside again so came in to the conservatory which is looking so lovely with the tender plants beginning to fill it.  The pelargoniums are amazing.  They were such tiny plugs when they came in May and only cost a few pennies each.  The aoniums are going into winter mode and showing green in the middle of their rosettes.



Posted: 15/10/2014 at 09:13

Dry at last so should get some hemerocallis plants in this morning.  More rain on the way so will have to watch out for it coming or take my hearing aids out!  I should be able to get a half dozen or so tender subjects carried in to the conservatory too.  I have defrosted some soup I made in July for lunch so that will warm me up.  I went up to look at the apples yesterday in the rain and picked up a basket of huge fallers so I will replace the carton of soup in the freezer with one of apples.  It is stuffed to the rim with food I have grown myself.


Posted: 14/10/2014 at 11:16

Back boiler and radiators all sorted and the testing heated up the house.  While he was in the study i was in the kitchen cleaning seeds for friends.  The duckpond at the back door is growing by the minute.  I need to get to the PO now to send my seeds out but I think That can wait a bit to see if the rain eases at 2o'clock as the forecast said.  More retail therapy saw me ordering Buy one pack get one free of banana shallots which I love and some red onions.  They will all be planted Thursday onwards if the forecast is correct.  The red onions slice with red and white stripes so should look good in the salad bowl.


Posted: 14/10/2014 at 08:14

Oh my goodness it is tipping it down and no letup till lunchtime according to the Bristol forecast.  Heating engineer is coming this morning to service my boiler so I cannot put the fire on. Brrrr.It is so dark too.  I do hope the promised warm spell at the end of the week materialises.   It will be so easy now to get my hundreds of daffs planted.


Posted: 13/10/2014 at 22:09

It rained all day in Bristol and was cold as well.  I will tell the gasman to leave the central heating on the clock after he has finished tomorrow.  I can switch it off again when the warmer weather comes back on Thursday.  I did catch up with a lot of my office work but my hands were really cold doing it.  Nothing like gardening for the good of your circulation.!  


Posted: 13/10/2014 at 08:39

Oh such a cold wet dreich Monday morning.  It is on mornings like this I am so glad, glad, glad, to have my conservatory!  I will finish my powerpoint presentation for next week and do print-outs for the club ladies so they can have the names of the plants I am showing them.  I shall do a hard copy of my Jubilee cake, now all eaten, to hand round too so they can see the details close up and take the rose bower in a box to show them the intricacy of the golden roses on it.  Rainy days are sent for me to catch up with the office work as well as to water the garden.


Posted: 12/10/2014 at 18:07

Pick all your tomatoes now.  It is a good crop and all will probably ripen for you eventually, frumpy1.  Probably not blight but just the cold weather got to them.  But just in case do not compost the vines but burn them if you can.


Posted: 12/10/2014 at 15:20

I have been up the garden snapping all things red.



Posted: 12/10/2014 at 14:11

Flumpy 1 that is only a quarter of my conservatory and I have the other three quarters to fill up in the next two weeks.  A lot of plants are for Mr. Fothergills Nation of gardeners Trials eg the pots of trailing pansies are to go out in the gardenat the end of the month; the perennials just pricked out are to be planted out in the garden in June.  I keep the conservatory looking good all through the winter with flowers as it is built on to the back of my long lounge and turns that side of the house into a winter garden.  I grow winter salads in it too.  If no visitors come for tea this afternoon I will go out in the garden taking photographs.


Posted: 12/10/2014 at 11:43

The ripe banana gives off ethylene which ripens the tomatoes - can't help it as I was a research chemist!  I have been to the shops and gasped at how red the Virginia creeper and rhus trees are in the neighbours gardens and my small acer in the front garden is a brilliant red.What with the abundant rose hips, cotoneaster and pyracantha berries. not to mention the holly, the theme this autumn seems to be red.  I have loads of red phygelius and Red Ribbon and Firecracker polyanthus in flower too.  Must get the camera out soon.

Discussions started by happymarion

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