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2014

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 10:33

Another very warm day  but thunderstorms forecast for Thursday so will just water pots that are desperate till then.  The sweet corn is still standing up proudly and the new broad beans.  Have got nearly all the bedding plants out in the front garden or their pots now.  The plums are beginning to colour and the Conference pears are elongating.  No doubt the storms will bring down a few more apples but I have a glut again.  If the sun is not too bright may take some pictures.

2014

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 22:10

I had my first "sunrise tomato" with my supper tonight - a big yellow tomato, think "Sungold" writ large  it was scrumptious but "Sweetheart" strawberries are too.  I did enjoy having loads of baby broad beans to eat in their pods for the first month!

2014

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 15:59

The radio program lived up to my expectations.  I have been to Kew many times and did a course on Evolution of plants at Bristol University a few years back so it is right up my street. I found quite a lot of rainwater in the butt on the corner of the caravan.which came on useful.  my aoniums, all four of them are now in place in the front garden and turning heads!

2014

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 11:31

We had too in Bristol two days before but the things in pots , especially my 100 tomato pots need watering regardless of that.  It did my new plantation of trees and shrubs the world of good.  i hope nothing was damaged, Buey- Lizzie.   Today at 1.45 on radio 4 starts a 25 part series on botany which promises to be right up to date from the very beginnings and fascinating to anyone who loves plants.

2014

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 10:05

Everyone is watering.  i have done two hours this morning and that is just the front garden.  i brought a fern in to soak in the sink and a frog came in uninvited.  it scurried under the washing machine and no doubt will scurry out again when i switch it on.  All my trial tomatoes in the drive have been watered and the ripe ones picked and some munched as i worked.  I have some trusses with twenty tomatoes on one of the varieties not on the market yet.  one was ripe so I ate it for flavour test.  it is delicious. We have another week's drought to contend with so watering will be very important.  I do hope you use organic spray,flumpy1 as our food supply depends on the insects.  Every one is precious.  Even if a few leaves get nibbled you will still get flowers.  just pick off the unsightly ones.

2014

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 19:14

Gracious, i take a day off to watch the golf and just look what you lot get up to - weeping and weeding and wedding!

2014

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 09:05

Aah the weather looks much better today, although everything in the garden is very wet.  the sun is shining brightly and it is warm already.   should get the weeds out of my new jubilee border and some more shrubs out of their pots and into the ground.  The lettuce, in strips and a seed pkt should get sown today too.  First thing to do is harvest loads of broad beans and distribute them for Sunday dinner in the lane.  uite a few of the plants have blackfly now so I want to get them cut down and composted.

2014

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 17:35

I am beginning to think I should have had a career n PR instead of chemistry!  still i do get a thrill when i see all the gallons of emulsion paint now being used!  I watched the Golf instead of gardening and shall probably do the same tomorrow as the forecast is for more rain.  Linda I did not know there was a Marion carrot, but knew and have grown the swede called Marion which is a good one.  i hope the carrots are too.

2014

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 10:29

Bizzie B, in the fourth picture down there are many lime green leaved plants - the new growth of a large white heather, filpenduls aruea in a pot, a Japanese grass Hake something, heuhera "Key lime Pie" and the whole bed is topped by next door's lime tree which has lime coloured leaves so red aplenty was called for.

2014

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 09:23

Oh TY Bizzie B.  Last night 's weather had me worried  - lots of heavy rain with the thunder and lightning and more of the same forecast for today.  it is thundering as I type but my morning inspection found everything shipshape and Bristol fashion eXcept of course the gazanias had their flowers tightly shut to protect their pollen from the rain.  It is the Harbour Festival in the Bristol docks this weekend with 350 visiting boats so this is not ideal weather for it.  Lots of the bargages are decorated with flowers.  More wet weather forecast for tomorrow too.  It will certainly make my sweetcorn grow!

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