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- Gardening in suburban South East London.
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Yesterday at 19:58
Thanks Dove. I left the peony. If I get a chance over the weekend I'll go and dig it up (don't worry, not going to be a problem with the new owners), otherwise I will just leave it. Did loads of cuttings, now all in pots - hopefully some will take.
Yesterday at 15:40
Thank you, I will do that. Fingers crossed.
Yesterday at 12:12
I have one more chance to take cuttings from our childhood garden. I want to take lots, as I won't be able to go back. I had planned to take lots of little pots of gritty compost but tbh that's going to be awkward and I'm not convinced the cuttings will be particularly happy being carted home on the bus - might end up having to redo them. So would it be better to put them in sealed plastic bags to bring home, then pot immediately? It'll take me about half an hour to get back.
I know it's not the right time of year to do some of them, but I have had success before and it has to be done now. There are fuchsias, a willow, roses, cotinus and maybe a peony (is it possible to take peony cuttings? Advice on that would be welcome).
3 days ago at 14:13
Just popped in for a read and there's so much to read! No time to write much and worried I'll miss something important, so for the sake of equality will miss everything important, apart from two things:
- Dove. Very wide feet - tick. Falling arches - tick. One word: Birkenstock.
- And dachalover, was it you that asked about The Americans? I hardly ever manage to watch those big box set type dramas (except Line of Duty, whcih I came to late due to persuasion on here) but OH and I think The Americans is utterly, utterly brilliant. We're a bit behind - had to get BIL to bring season 3 over from the US because I refuse to pay amazon - but love it.
15 Jul 2017 19:00
I didn't see any, Joyce. And I did explore quite thoroughly, I think. That would be good, wouldn't it?
15 Jul 2017 14:12
Here's a few pics of the roof terrace lower down the building:
15 Jul 2017 13:58
Yesterday I went to Birmingham for the afternoon, with no plans to visit any gardens. I went to see the new (ish) Library of Birmingham, and while there unexpectedly found myself in a lovely 'Secret Garden' on the roof. It's open to the public, you just go up to the 7th floor of the library and follow the signs. There's also a rather nice roof terrace on the 3rd or 4th floor. But the Secret Garden is a proper garden, with some lovely planting, plentiful seating for quiet contemplation (or lunch eating!) and is quite large, spreading around two sides of that part of the building. Definitely worth a visit. The library itself is spectacularly gorgeous too.
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15 Jul 2017 13:04
Apologies, I just realise I should have put a link on here to the Kew Gardens visit. Six of us went last week and I started a new thread as the number of photos might have overwhelmed this thread: http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/the-potting-shed/kew-gardens-visit-july-2017/1002443.html
14 Jul 2017 22:51
Had a marvellous day in Birmingham and found myself in a rather lovely 'secret' garden, 7 floors up. Will post some pics on the garden visits thread later or tomorrow.
14 Jul 2017 08:00
Wonderful news, DD. Yours really is an amazing story - inspirational. Congratulations.
13 Jul 2017 21:40
Oh lovely pics Yvie! Everyone has shown a slightly different perspective, even when taking photos of the same things .
And Joyce, my grandmothers were born in 1900 and 1902, so I think you're way off on that one!
13 Jul 2017 20:20
BL that case of flowers is achingly beautiful. So lovely.
NB I am glad you have found somewhere to vent - life must be pretty stressful at the moment. But you'll always get a listening ear on here.
Joyce, lovely to hear you've got your daughter with you. Chish & fips sounds perfect... I want some now.
Meant to say before - good luck Liri at the festival. Hope your throat holds out and you have a lot of fun. And good audiences!
I'm having a quiet beer on the patio. It's a lovely temperature just now and I'm having a moment appreciating fennel. Just came back from Y6 play - lots of energy but 90+ kids dancing and singing, plus parents, grandparents, siblings etc... boy it was hot in there.
Off to Brum tomorrow to collect older daughter (need to think of a suitable moniker like fairylet, chicklet or possum) from her big adventure and bring her home.
Can anyone remind me what we're supposed to call umbellifers now? I do love them.
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12 Jul 2017 18:48
Ha ha Clari - didn't see your post before I wrote mine, but it illustrates my point rather well!
12 Jul 2017 18:47
How did it go, Chicky?
Sorry to hear about OH's BIL, BL. Was it unexpected?
Glad things are getting sorted out, NannyB.
And I don't know when I last posted on here but just in case I thought it instead of writing it - woohoo to DD re CdeG, it sounds like a fantastic success and I'm so pleased for you.
In full-on 'last week of primary school' madness here. I think we had an autograph book to take around friends and teachers when I left primary school, other than that I don't remember a thing. Now: hoodie, yearbook, camping, picnic, sports day (OK, that would have happened anyway), play, leavers' assembly, activity day... oh and an autograph book! It's all very nice, but a bit OTT. I think her teacher thinks I'm very hard-hearted.
12 Jul 2017 18:12
12 Jul 2017 15:34
Very curious to know what people thought we would look like / how old we'd be!
I stand by what I previously said about not being able to guess anyone's age even having met them though. Yes, there was talk of grandchildren etc., but technically I could have perfectly legal grandchildren - I just had my kids on the late side, so that's not a definitive measure. Shall we stick with 27?
Had a chance to look through everyone's photos properly now - I just threw mine on in a hurry yesterday in case the photo uploading broke again. They're all so good! BM you definitely have an eye. Liri I love your Hive pics especially. And that waterlily house was very photogenic too wasn't it?
Funny to think we only really saw a corner of Kew Gardens. A follow up visit might be necessary... back on that bus Liri...!
11 Jul 2017 21:25
And finally - Chicky 'listens to' the Hive:
Mr Peacock shelters from the sun:
And the kitchen garden:
11 Jul 2017 21:22
A couple more from the Broad Walk.
Strange mutated echinacea.
Lovely potentilla, but didn't note which (!).
11 Jul 2017 21:11
Some Broad Walk horizontals.
Sorry the focus is a bit poor in some - I didn't put my glasses on and the sun was too bright to see the camera screen!
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11 Jul 2017 20:47
L-R: BM, CD, YS, LG, Ch, Li (that's my new shorthand and I'm sticking to it)