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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 22:01

Hi Fg,

Have spent a fair amount of time relaxing this week under the parasol on the patio with the odd glass of the 'amber liquid'. OH has picked 4 lbs of black currents and made about 16 jars of black current jam. We've been picking courgettes like there's no tomorrow, dwarf french beans ad blanching/freezing them (+ having them to eat now for two days). Tomatoes are just beginning to turn red (1st one today). It is a 'red alert' variety (I note yours was Red Alert that you picked over a week ago). Also picked a few white turnips about the size of a golf ball and made some Potato & Turnip patties with Creme Fraiche & fresh herbs from the garden. A bit different from 'Neeps & Tatties' but you can't get the Haggis down this way as they run too fast and not even a greyhound can bring them down 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 18:55

A few more pics from the garden this evening:


The Lupins (most sown from seed this year) but 2 from previous years

 2. The other set of Nasturtiums under the apple tree

 3. Caster Oil plant (given to us by a friend) planted out 1st July 13

 Lettuces (bottom of pic 3) used as space fillers in early June 'Sweetheart' (Cos) and 'Lollo Rossa' (bottom right) make an attractive border in the 1st new raised bed.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 17:23

Here are a couple of pics of 'before & after' ref. the new patio + a closer pic of some of the nasturtiums for Birdy.


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 07:20

Hi Birdy, OH says she just gathered some seed from last year and scattered it along the border then left it to do its thing: always seems to work.

The raised beds are a re-constituted stone made to look like slate. Our landscape gardener used to be foreman at the Bristol Zoo Gardens so really knows his stuff. He worked like a trojan all through the hot weather of last week - we got through lots of tea...

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 21:55

Ah! that made me laugh Wintersong. Here are a couple of pics of the new patio and herb bed.

1. Patio


2. Herb bed


Herbs planted so far clockwise from pointed end:

Rosemary 'Blue Lagoon' bought at Cragside Nr Morpeth June 2012

Garlic chives from Devon Farm Nursery Nr Holt, Norfolk Apr. 2013

Thyme: AKA Sainsburys herb pot!

Broad leaved sage Devon Farm Nursery Nr Holt, Norfolk Apr. 2013

Chives (home sown)

Thyme 'Hartington Silver' RHS Cardiff flower show, April 2013

Indian Mint: (Local nursery)

Garlic chives from Devon Farm Nursery Nr Holt, Norfolk Apr. 2013

Orange Scented Thyme: RHS Cardiff flower show, April 2013

Oregano: Devon Farm Nursery Nr Holt, Norfolk Apr. 2013

Thyme: AKA Sainsburys herb pot!

English Mace: RHS Cardiff flower show, April 2013

Basil: from elderly residential home greenhouse in Torquay

Purple Sage:  Devon Farm Nursery Nr Holt, Norfolk Apr. 2013

In Centre: 1. Wild Bergamot:  RHS Cardiff flower show, April 2013

               2. Oregano 'Country Cream'  RHS Cardiff flower show, April 2013

               3. Basil: AKA Sainsburys herb pot!

There is also a French Tarragon in a ceramic pot by the wall at the blunt end of the herb bed that is doing very well but I daren't put it in the herb bed as they can take over: brilliant herb to use with sauteed button mushrooms in balsamic vinegar though!

Will show the pics of the old patio soon as before & after, just looked for them and realised they are on my laptop.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 20:36

Hi Fg, Have been watering the burnt lawn well each evening and green shoots can be seen pushing through already. Will try and upload some pictures and show before & after re the new patio and raised herb bed in the next couple of days although the pics I took before work commenced don't really show how bad the old patio had got. Funny how the camera doesn't always show reality!

Starting a veg garden

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 23:23

If you can get some early spring cabbage plants such as Durham Early you should get a crop. 3 plants in a 15" pot should be too crowded. I'd plant them in John Innes No 3 at this time of year but would add a little Epsom Salts to the soil before planting. Give the plants plenty of water before planting out and firm them in well and keep the soil moist but not wet. Be on the look out though for Cabbage White butterfly, they lay tiny yellow eggs under the leaves and the emerging caterpillars can decimate a plant in just a few days.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 23:12

Fabulous pics LG, love the colours, particularly the Orange against the Acer. Second pic almost looks as if it's on fire!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 21:57

Been in the garden this afternoon/evening trying to sort out & tidy up after the landscape gardeners departed having built a new raised bed for the herbs and laid a new patio (old patio was getting dangerous after undermining by ants!!). Spent about 20mins sitting on a chair on new patio with a pint of ice cold Fosters before OH encouraged me to move a few more pots back to their rightful places. Sitting indoors now typing this and having to tolerate someone accross the road, windows all wide open and what sounds like a very powerful hi-fi pumping out a beat that's in danger of vibrating all the pots back down the garden!!!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 21:43

Great Pictures BL, and a nice tidy garden.

We've had the landscape Gardeners in all this week so lawn is now patchy where we stood some pots etc which we'd had on the patio (now replaced) + I made the mistake of laying the glass patio table top on the lawn for a couple of hours and burn't a big circle in the grass!! . Greenhouse produce is the best this year that I've ever had in 47 years at this property. It's a new Robinson GH I bought myself as a birthday prezzie last October. Courgettes have now taken over and I'm picking 5 or 6 a day. Made a courgette bake last weekend: Courgettes, Tomatoes, Garlic, Creme Fraiche, & a topping of Gluten Free breadcrumbs, Parmesan, Gruyere, Olive oil & fresh herbs - really yummy. All had to be gluten free because our daughter & grand-daughters are Coeliacs but it really was delicious. Yum Yum!

PS: link to the recipe =‎    I just changed the breadcrumbs to G/Free

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