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Posted: 08/06/2014 at 07:50

Oh what a glorious morning and the forecast is sunny and warm all day.  I will try to at least visit each part of my garden to see what is going on, make a list of things to do for the rest of the month and check on all Mr. Fothergills trials.  My pepper plants must get repotted today.  The perfumes from the roses, peonies, carnations and pinks and the pink lilac and orange blossom will keep me intoxicated .


Posted: 07/06/2014 at 16:52

I saw large spreads of it on the John Lewis estate last week in Longstock water gardens and felt quite chuffed I had patches just as big in my garden!  They were planted in the islands near the edges of the gravel ponds so must not mind being in boggy conditions so I will put a patch in my new bog garden.


Posted: 07/06/2014 at 15:00

Too risky to work out in the garden for one who feels vulnerable in a thunderstorm among trees so I potted up 15 diascias and then went shopping and managed to get there and back in the dry.


Posted: 07/06/2014 at 12:25

It is the right way up when enlarged so can now see the bee.  Very good picture.


Posted: 07/06/2014 at 12:23

You are not alone having trouble with sideways photos, BizzieB.  Crick in the neck coming on.  Looks lovely.  I do love blue and orange together.


Posted: 07/06/2014 at 10:15

Had some rain but brightening up a little now.  Checked in the conservatory and 100% germination on both runner beans trials for Mr. F,  *days after sowing and the plants are 3inches high.

 I picked a bowl of huge strawberries before the rain came and lots of broad beans needing picked.  My new white peony is opening its buds so looking forward to the perfume from that.

The cucamelons are reachingg for the skies as well and the "Charlotte"potatoes in the planter are showing signs of coming to the end of production as the haulms are yellowing.


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 20:14

Yes we reached 22 today and very little breeze.  My 45 gazanias turned out to be 72 so I am all out of compost again.  i will try to get to the shops tomorrow if the weather is not too bad.  The weathermen do not seem to be sure where the worst storms will hit.  I have fed and watered all the tomatoes with tap water and they should avoid the blight unless the wind changes and blows the fungus laden rain on them.  I hope the weather does not spoil your hair-do, frumpy1.


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 09:05

Last fine day for a while according to my local forecast so all systems go.  On my outing I bought a red fern for my fernery, another "Caramel" heuchera and a golden French oregano which all need planted.  I will fill up the green wheeliebin again as my four compost bins need to settle to make more room.  Lots of tomatoes growing on my seed sown and ready plants for the Mr. Fthergill trials.  I do hope we do not get blight but this rainy thundery warm weather that is coming is ideal for it.  I only hope the shelter of the bungalow can save my trials.  I water them with tap water when I think rainwater may have the blight spores in it.


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 22:09

45 gazania plants arrived today so have to go to the shops for compost as they need potted up for a few weeks, flumpy1.  The green wheeliebin gets emptied tomorrow morning and I have weed containers all full and ready to fill it up again.  Probably sit for an hour in te garden with my book which I am enjoying.  Saturday is not one to look forward to weatherwise but we may be lucky.  Hope you escape the thunder and lightning and huge hailstones.


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:30

Two very busy days.  Yesterday wet morning at Longstock water gardens, voted the best water gardens in the world by the Waterlily Society and easy to see why.  Only the native yellow one in flower for us but oh the edging plants were superb. Great inspiration for my new bog garden I am creating.  Then the sun came out and we arrived at Mottisfont Abbey for lunch and to be bowled over by the scent from the roses, peonies, carnations and more lovely irises including an almost black one and a lovely bright yellow and purple one.  Today I had a two and a half hour session with a reporter and photographer from Amateur Gardenng Magazine for an article in the autumn about Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners trials.  Modelling is a tiring business!  But the sun shone in the afternoon and I sat ou in the garden with my "new " book from the second hand book shop at Mottisfont abbey called " the Naturalist's Garden"  Bliss.

Discussions started by happymarion

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I too am a nettle lover, Kate. Nettle tea is delicious. You can buy the dried variety if you do not have your own source. 
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Well done, Kate. Last winter was so mild and wet lots of sickly trees suddenly showed what they are made of. Trees and shrubs that had nev... 
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The "Charlotte" potatoes I an trialling for Mr. Fothergill are harvested from the potato planter bag and being eaten. very delicious and a ... 
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Talkback: Growing tomatoes outdoors

Growing tomatoes indoors and out is a trial the Nation of Gardeners Project is doing for Mr. Fothergill Seeds. Ferline F1 is included in th... 
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