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Posted: 07/07/2014 at 08:33

Hooray, more rain through the night but a lovely sunny morning, just what is needed when there is so much work needing done.  i should get the last of the pelargoniums and lobelia out of the conservatory today leaving just the last of the gazanias and diascias to be hardened off.  I will start picking sweet peas for the house today as a few more have opened their buds and i want lots for the beginning of August.  The rest of the garlic could be harvested too and the sweet corn planted now that raised bed has had a good sprinkling of rain on it.  My white begonias are as they promised by their species name of odorata, fragrant, and have lots of flowers. After I have picked the ripe tomatoes today I will check on the peppers.and cucamelons.  The rest of the pkts of seeds of annuals and half hardy annuals may find a home now too since the first lot are all doing so well.  I could have a garden full of beautiful summery flowers in the autumn.


Posted: 06/07/2014 at 10:34

My hundred or so tomato plants in eight varieties have all been given a half strength feed this morning, tied in to their stakes, side-shoots removed and flowerng trusses tapped to help pollination though the bees are buzzing round them in the sunshine.  Three of my pots of sweet peas have been carried into the front garden and I could sniff their perfume as i carried them, even though only a few flowers are open. I took some broad beans nextdoor and admired my neighbour's pelargoniums which are huge and covered in flowers, having been left in the ground all last winter.  I must find a few sheltered spots for some of mine this year as the conservatory will not hold them all.  My cucumelons seem to be growing bigger now but not yet oea size!  I have pinched out the tops so that may help double their bulk.  !8 degrees and dry forecast for today so lots of jobs could be tackled.  My weigela bushes are shrinking fast now I have taken the secateurs up to them.  This week should see the front garden planted up. more sweet pea pots taken out there and the rest of the grapevines pruned.  Terrific grape crop again this year.  Strawberries all picked for now but still have "Buddy" which goes on fruiting till October.


Posted: 05/07/2014 at 15:44

Some oics from my much fresher garden today.  the first flowers are showing on my



Posted: 05/07/2014 at 09:23

Lots of refreshing rain through the night but fine now and dry forecast for the rest of today so the weeds should be easy to pull out now.  My sweet pea trial i was trying to keep back for a great show in August has responded to the rain by opening its flowers so i shall be deadheading daily now to keep them flowering.  they are Old Spice Mixed and Sir Henry Cecil and the smell from the few that have opened is delightful.  I bet the new flower seeds I sowed last week are just delighted with this rain and the slugs too no doubt.  But the runner beans will not need watering today and when the beds have dried up a bit I will harvest the spring planted garlic and plant out my sweetcorn which looks exactly the same size as Monty's were last night on TV as were my harvest of Charlotte potatoes.  


Posted: 04/07/2014 at 21:45

I ate my first "Black Opal" tomato today and was astonished to find it was black all the way through, but it was delicious.  Here it is beside some more usual coloured tomatoes in the Nation of Gardeners trials for Mr, F




Posted: 03/07/2014 at 22:13

Oh and how about the lettuce, cabbages and cauliflowers and the blue water in the pond sparkles.  The attention to detail is amazing.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 22:09

Good work, flumpy1,  I took some pics of the details on my cake to show the lovely workmanship and thought you would like to see my golden rose bushes my fb friend brought when she visited.

 The potatoes and garlic are some of my Mr. Fothergill's harvest.  Is not the little beehive on the cake sweet?


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 10:29

No. just tap the trusses of flowers every morning with your fingers so that they are all pollinated , keep well watered (water regularly. i do mine every morning at present) and half strength tomato feed when you see your first tomato which will be about Aug. 4th by the look of your plants.  I will do some detailed photograph of the cake to let you see what a stunner it is.  It is a very rich fruit cake inside so no hurry to eat it!


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 22:10

Separate your tomatoes into one pot each, stake each one and give half strength feed at every watering as soon as the first flower has set.  Fruitcake i am a judge at one of the local shows this year and Bristol in Bloom keeps me very busy.


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 22:07

I hope i can manage to show you the cake my FB friends brought me among many other lovely presents today.


Discussions started by happymarion

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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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