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Posted: 19/03/2014 at 21:46

Oh I do wish the Chancellor had done something about a living wage for gardeners.  The minimum wage will not entice young people no matter how exciting the garden. I pricked out two lots of Mr. Fothergills tomato seedlings today and was disappointed in the one which is not on the market yet, such weak stems compared to the others that it was a very fiddly job.  I doubt whether it will make it.  Pink Charmer and Black Opal are good plants already.  Colder weather forecast so I think i will be putting down plastic on some of my raised beds tomorrow to keep the heat in the soil.  "Charlotte" potatoes to be planted outside soon.  Keep looking out my windows at the show from the primulas and polyanthus.  That is going to be a bog job dividing them in a month's time. Some of my alpines like the parahebe have succombed to the wet and died this winter so the drainage failed which is normally adequate.but Arenaria montana is still flowering profusely like it normally does.  


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 12:02

I have cowslips establishing themselves under box hedging.  My neighbour said I must see my willow tree from her garden so I took my camera round.and snapped it.

 And my forsythia from her side of the fence.


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 09:41

That looks like "Ancilla", 4th Panda, a kaufmanianna tulip.  My red ones are Batalinii Red Hunter and the yellow and red ones are "Stresa".  Lots more to come as I planted some late to do a "Chelsea" and the earl ones were put in their pots in a sheltered spot in the garden after a spell of cold weather.  Lisa, that heuchera is called "Southern Comfort" and looks a good whisky colour.  The backs of its leaves are fiery red in winter.  So glad you are enjoying my displays. Colour theme for Mother's Day is cream and pink.


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 19:13

So happy for you ,  It is good when a job you have done turns out satisfactory.  A bit greyer here now before the light went but a fairly good day forecast for tomorrow.

Talkback: A new allotment

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 16:11
Oh, I am so happy for you, Kate. A heated propagator will get your veg plants started off and ready for your new plotThe el nino effect may just bring us a hot summer. I do hope you are near the water supply. In no time at all you will have your very own robin perching on your fork and slow worms in your compost bin.


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 15:25

My tulips seem so much ahead of all my neighbours.  I ordered them in July and planted in November though they arrived in September.  Very big bulbs, definitely flowering size!  I am busy planning my Mother's day display now.


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 13:27

Such a beautiful start to the gardening week - sunny and warm.  Production line will be in full flow this week .  I have changed my bed, done all the washing vacuuming and dusting, cooked enough food to last the week, so feel free to spent all daylight hours in the garden which is great as it means nothing switched on in the house and lower energy bills means more money for plants, compost and plantfood.  The flowerbeds are buzzing with bumblebees this morning and that bodes good for the broad beans in flower.  The tulip heads are opening for the pollinators.  The cowslips are flowering in the box hedge.



Posted: 16/03/2014 at 11:00

Donutsmrs I swear I can smell that lovely pink hyacinth but then I have been taking pots of my mainly Delft blue ones out to the front garden where I have been working on my St. Patrick's Day display all morning.  in case it is not such a glorious day tomorrow here are some photos.  Happy St. Patrick's Day in advance from Marion, her garden and the thousands of insects who are enjoying my huge willow tree covered in pussy willow


catkins at the moment.


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 15:45

Oh what a glorious day I have had in my garden.  The weather was perfect, the soil friable.  I sowed 50 broad beans and 4 Elephant garlic cloves I had saved from my harvest last year, weeded round the new blackberry Reuben and found a new shoot just appeared at its base, checked on the strawberries I planted yesterday and was astonished to see them all proudly showing their first new leaves off. I said hello to my wild violets and sniffed their scent and was never alone as the robins were out in force.   Now I am quite whacked and planning fish and chips for supper.  Gardening does give you quite an appetite,


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 12:35

Then came the parcel post with 15 bareroot lupins, five each of Noble Maiden, My Castle and the Governor.  Long roots so need to find about 20 big pots for them.  They are for the front garden prairie patch.  There were some extra!  The bright sun has the early tulips opening up to it so had to get out my camera.  I wonder if Carole will visit a primula specialist.


 One of my favourite alines is Primula allionii - here are two about tp flower now, P. allionii "Eyres Mist" has cream flowers and "Dwaine's choice" has purple.

Discussions started by happymarion

Talkback: Using nettles in the kitchen

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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Last Post: 23/11/2014 at 10:33

Talkback: Trees for wildlife

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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Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 14:12

Talkback: Tomato blight and potato blight

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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Last Post: 06/09/2014 at 18:57

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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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 18:21

Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

I have three gems of tomatoes to sow as a participant in Mr. fothergills Trials in the nation of Gardeners project, called "Black Opal". "Pi... 
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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 15:36


My Golden Jubilee Garden 
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Talkback: Autumn goes out in a blaze of glory

My acer seedlings from the Botanic Garden which I weeded are all different colouring - salmon pink, rich toffee, crimson. pale pink and a ve... 
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Last Post: 31/10/2013 at 18:38

clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Last Post: 12/09/2013 at 19:48

Autumn colour

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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Last Post: 09/12/2013 at 17:31

Talkback: Didiscus coerulea 'Blue Lace'

One of my birthday presents was Kalanchoe "Bronze Sculpture" which is commonly known as the Paddle plant but this one has bronze colored tip... 
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Last Post: 05/09/2013 at 03:06

Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Last Post: 18/11/2014 at 08:20

Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 09:47

picture difficulties

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Last Post: 29/04/2013 at 22:05

Talkback: Gardening in Russia

Awww, it was the same for my sister gardening in Edmonton in Canada, James. It was amazing how much they could grow in their very short thr... 
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Last Post: 08/05/2013 at 03:49

Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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Last Post: 31/05/2013 at 23:16
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