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Posted: 01/06/2014 at 21:28

Ahh, I have just enlarged your pics and the site rights them.  Loads of slug pellets but no sign of slug damage so they must be working.  My garden is in equilibrium ecologically speaking so the birds, frogs, hedgehogs do slug control.


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 21:23

Flumpy1 I am sure your flowers are not growing sideways!  I think they may give us a crick in the neck.  The poached egg plants are OK however.  You have lots of colour there.  I have worked all day in the garden, mainly weeding my limestone chipping path which is half cleared now, but this seems to be the end of the good weather for now.  I have ordered some gazania plants to put in containers - love them.


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 07:41

Me too Flumpy, especially when I see a forecast like we have for Bristol today.  Sunshine till 4pm and temperature of 18 degrees.  Great weather for gardening outside which is where I will be as soon as I have seen to the chores.  Should not be so wet even in the woodland walk today as we do not seem to have had any rain through the night for a change.


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 21:16

I had broad beans from the garden again with my supper tonight, and the strawberry crop is huge.  There should be no shortage at Wimbledon this year.  I have worked really hard on the long path today.  The green wheelie bin is full again so now I am just filling up my five big weed containers and lining them up till I can fill it up again after it is emptied.  The pink lilac in the woodland walk is in bloom now - it flowers so long after the blue and white one are over and smells very strongly.  I will get some pics tomorrow.  Forecast is for unsettled weather after tomorrow.


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 12:09

Awww, SweetPea93!


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 10:47

Another few yards of path cleared.  I should be a quarter of the way round by the end of the day.  I am going on an outing next Wednesday to Longstock Water Garden and the NT Mottisfont Abbey with the Friends of Bristol Univ. Bot, garden and at this rate I will certainly be glad of the break!


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:30

I hope you are pleased with your new flower plants, flumpy 1.  I was pleased to see a dry patio this morning - the first time for ages it seems.  It should be a full day's gardening again today - more path clearing,  It will definitely be broad beans with my supper tonight too.I have brought on four acers from self sown seedlings I brought home from the Bot, Garden and have planted one in my new border.  The second will go in today.  One at a time as they are quite big now and it takes some doing to get them out of their pots and a big hole dug for them.


Posted: 30/05/2014 at 19:06

Just finished for the day.  The green wheeliebin is nearly full again after being emptied this morning.  It pays to have a day off occasionally.  You get lots more done when you are itching for it.  Weather for the next two days is forecast to be dry in Bristol so should be able to clear the long path that winds through the Butterfly garden and the spinney before the rain comes back.  Standing on a dry path I can always work on the edges,


Posted: 30/05/2014 at 14:36

30 seeds each of White Lady and Moonlight runner bean seeds sown, two to a pot and 15 of each over to fill in any gaps that may arise.  I also have made a good start to weeding in the butterfly garden and will do some more when i get my breath back.  It is ideal gardening weather now it is dry, not too warm, no wind.  The foxgloves are flowering and bringing in the pollinators.  Small tomatoes in the conservatory already and the many tomato flowers are bringing more colour to it.



Posted: 30/05/2014 at 09:02

Once again the garden looks like it has been raining all night in Bristol.  I do feel energetic after my day off yesterday so will go to the flower shop for some fresh compost and sow my runner beans.  They should soon come up in the conservatory and in the meantime will erect their wigwams.  By then the garden should be a bit drier and I can start filling up the green wheeliebin again as it gets emptied this morning.  I want to clear the paths in the butterfly garden and the spinney of weeds so I can have a dry pathway all round the garden even when it has been raining all night.  It is so useful in the potager to be able to go and pick broad beans even in the rain without treading on any soil.

Discussions started by happymarion

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