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2014

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 16:41

Sons 3 and 4 came over this afternoon and got most of the plants out of the conservatory and the table.  i was so relieved to get my big pots of cymbidium orchids out and Mr. fothergills peppers.  The tomatoes we left for now as the trial was to grow three kinds from seed to harvest indoors and i am picking twenty ripe fruits off them every day.  my son who has a lot of dealings with insurance people in his transport business says they can be very slow so i may have gathered in all the harvest of those tomatoes before they need moving.  I am hoping stiff taping could be put over the glass till it gets a replacement window.

2014

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 10:13

Here is the damage on my conservatory roof.  The gaping hole where the concrete fell out from under the tiles looks like it could get bigger as soon as the weather deteriorates.

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2014

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 06:53

Thank you,Bizzie B.  I worked hard but know I cannot get ready for the insurance assessor on my own so will be phoning round Bristol this morning for help to get the plants out of the conservatory.  My lovely neighbour brought me a 2l pot of TIger Eye Rudbeckia (to cheer me up) which are now in the front garden display.  I will get through this but iIwill have to cancel my Aug. 31st open day as the scaffolding will be in the way.

2014

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 08:12

Are not white flowers refreshing to look at in a heatwave?  And they stand out at night too.  I am in the wars.  i had to get up at 6 to start clearing ivy from the side of the house which is close to my neighbour's hedge.  It will take me a week and then I will have to paint the window frames, all three of them.  It has to be done as it has dislodged big hunks of concrete which have fallen on my conservatory roof, smashing a huge roof panel of double glazed glass.  If my buildings insurance does not cover it I will have to try a get an emergency loan which i believe is available for roofs and such when you are on guaranteed pension like me.  The glass was shatterproof so is not all over the conservatory, thank goodness.  I will have to get everything out though, difficult when some of my tomato plants are hitting the roof.

2014

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 19:23

One of my FB friends brought me two mini

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golden rose bushes when she visited and they now are in the Golden jubilee garden awaiting the Bistol in bloom judging.

2014

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 21:55

That blue one is a big agapanthus, flumpyi.  i have white ones too which are smaller..

2014

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 20:02

Some pics from my golden jubilee garden on a golden day.

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2014

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 10:53

Another scorcher of a day.  tomato avenue and sweet pea alley all watered before it got too hot.  The godetias i potted up yesterday are  standing up fine, all fifteen pots so my conservatory should be a picture in the autumn and winter.  Today i will plant my Xmas potatoes in their planter and stand it near the water butt in case this drought continues all through to September.

2014

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 19:20

I potted on my godetias for autumn and winter in my conservatory today.  Yes, seeds are germinating in a day or two now.  Fruitcake i am judging at the Aug. 17th Flower show.This should be after the judging of Bristol in bloom i hope but the Henbury Show comes before that.  Picked up yellow lime leaves that had fallen twice in the drive today and watered in two sessions.  It does not look like freshening up for days yet so must resign myself to it.

2014

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 10:19

Early in the morning and late in the evening are the best time of the day for heavy gardening work at the moment.  Plum tomatoes usually give a good crop in a warm summer like we have this year.  I usually am without fresh tomatoes in March, april. May and June but have loads in the freezer for then.  End of Feb. usually sees me taking the last of the fresh tomatoes, quite red which were put in the drawer quite green, out to have in my salad or on a sandwich.  My so called "Cream Sausage" tomato is a yellow elungated plum and quite delicious.

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