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Posted: 15/05/2014 at 09:34

While I was asleep 70 pelargonium plants arrived for my Gardening for Bristol display in the Bristol in Bloom competition so no prizes for guessing what I will be doing this beautiful day.  I have already opened the roof vent in the conservatory but I think today i may have to open both windows and the door.  If I keep going till Chelsea preview at 3 I should be able to pot on three more tomatoes which will mean one side of the drive will be festooned with tomatoes and tomorrow I will have to start on the other side,  The pelargoniums were posted yesterday in Jersey and were so beautifully packed they looked like they were quite unaware they had been moved.  My begonias from the same source are racing away now so have hopes for a great display.


Posted: 14/05/2014 at 13:57

Trying to post pictures again.



Posted: 14/05/2014 at 11:38

Glad you are enjoying my Golden Jubilee Year, Lesley.  Do a 15 minute warm up 0f Bend Stretch and Twist exercises before you start the weeding.  No stiffness will be the result!  I have just dead headed a couple of hundred tulips but the late ones are still lovely and I still have hellebores in flower.  The erodiums are starting and the fruit crop is going to be amazing.  One plum has dropped in the "June Drop" already.  The site does not seem to be accepting pics so will try again later.


Posted: 14/05/2014 at 10:09

Oh what a lovely day and at least two more promised by the weathermen.  All systems go today.  I can hear the birds encouraging me already - double glazing is no barrier to my enjoyment of them with my new hearing aids!


Posted: 13/05/2014 at 21:20

I think Chelsea would be too crowded for me but I have been to Malvern and enjoyed that.  I admire how the growers manage to get the flowers and produce ready just for that week!


Posted: 13/05/2014 at 14:45

Black as night out in the garden now and big spots of rain so have come in to get a cup of tea and watch the Chelsea preview with Rachel de Thames.  But I have proved the new hearing aids are no trouble when gardening as I have done a good four hours work without mishap and after the shock of the noise next door's lawnmower makes I just chose to hear only the birdsong.  Wrens are very numerous and marking their territory from the treetops at full throttle.  Warm weather coming tomorrow.


Posted: 13/05/2014 at 09:18

Better day today so I am excited about hearing the insects buzzing in the garden.  My brain had adjusted very quickly to the initial echo and tinniness you get with a new hearing aid and I treated myself to a film.  It was bliss being able to understand every word as I could hear and did not have to guess what the actors were saying.  First job is three more shrubs to plant and steal their pots for tomatoes.  One quarter of the drive is already lined with tomatoes and I shall start putting half strength tomato food in each watering can now as they all have flower trusses. The purple rhododendron is opening its buds so you shall have a pic of that soon.  It has poached egg plants at its feet so they too should be flowering soon.


Posted: 12/05/2014 at 18:28

Oh my goodness, I came home from the hearing test with a hearing aide in both ears and, as I wanted to dive in at the deep end, I took the long way home via the shops and post office.  The beep on the pedestrian crossing sounded so loud and I could hear the postmaster behind his glass screen, but when I reached home and toured my garden, the tears were rolling down my cheeks.  The birds seemed to have sensed something was up.  They were serenading me from every tree. The wind had dropped but I could hear the gentle rustle of the bamboo in my bamboo grove.  I have turned down the TV three times so far and I can hear my footsteps in the house even when I am walking on the carpet.  Exciting times.


Posted: 12/05/2014 at 11:37

Looks like the forecast is accurate.  The clouds are blotting out the sun and it is noticeably colder, but three big shrubs have come out of their pots and into the new border and the pots filled with three of Mr. Fothergills tomatoes we had to grow outside. which have their first flower trusses on.  If it stays dry a bit longer I will put on my gardening coat and sow some more dwarf beans before I leave for the shops and my hearing test - multitasking is very important when time is precious.


Posted: 12/05/2014 at 08:52

Eerily calm this morning and bright sunshine.  Heavy rain forecast for the afternoon but I have to be at the surgery for my hearing test then anyway.  I will get three shrubs out of their big pots and planted in the new border and use the pots for three more tomato plants.  Lots of tidying up then.  I bet the green wheelie bin will be filled up today with debris.  Forecast is for good weather from Friday onwards so should be able to start arranging my Whitsun celebration in the front garden.

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