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Posted: 13/08/2012 at 09:08

We garden near Lincoln,and  have an escallonia growing up the back wall of our house, facing east. It is evergreen and has shiny dark green, lovely red flowers late spring/early summer, sorry I don't know the variety, we have had it a good many years.. Looks lovely and is easy to grow. Needs clipping to encourage it to grow upright,as it is really classed as a hedging plant, but is very tolerant of all weather conditions. It survived temperatures down to -18c  2 years ago.No obvious pests which has to be a bonus.


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Posted: 12/08/2012 at 14:55

Had a few minutes deadheading in between getting ready for a bbq, daughter with broken foot coming with partner, making the most of the lovely weather. On the menu is pork steaks with garlic and sage, buffalo drumsticks, now there's a thought! sausage and the must have beefburgers. Strawberry cheesecake to follow, courtesy of Tesco special offer.

Looking forward to what looks like an epic TV session tonight, bottles of wine at the ready, Hope everyone enjoys it! 

I too love "We love to boogie" especially by Marc really makes you want to dance.

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Posted: 11/08/2012 at 11:35

Kate, as my OH says," he'd sooner chew his arm off " than go to a evening wedding reception, will think about you as we enjoy a birthday "do "at a nice country pub this evening. Have a good evening it might be OK and your hearing should return by about Wednesday.

How to take honeysuckle cuttings

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 07:38

Hi Rainjustlearning,

I find that the wild honeysuckle seeds itself in my garden. We have some that has appeared in the mixed hedge at the back of the house, and it seeds in the gravel path, I have to pull it up,so you might have some luck sowing the berries that it produces in some gritty compost.

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Posted: 11/08/2012 at 07:19

HI Kate1123, No I didn't buy any lavenders, they don't seem to do very well on my soil, I have got one in a pot that seems to do alright. I got a lovely red oregano, though, don't know it's name unless I look on the label, haven't ventured out yet, just having my first cuppa of the day. I really want one called rosenkuppel, but they were out of stock, it's always the same, you see something in the show garden that really catches your eye and they don't have it, will have to wait until next year for their stock, so I am now searching t'internet for another supplier.

As for slugging, yes that sounds OK, my daughter and her cousins used to go "snailing" when they were kids, you could make an Olympic sport out of that this year! Pity they aren't around now I could keep them fully occupied.

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Posted: 10/08/2012 at 22:11

Hi everyone. We have just returned from  5 day break in North Yorkshire to find a lovely lot of tomatoes ready, peppers doing very nicely too!. but the whole garden seems to have gone mad while we were away, goodness knows what it would be like if we left it for any length of time,  so it's back to the deadheading,  mowing, and  finding spaces for several plants bought on our trips out. We visited Yorkshire Lavender on Thursday, gorgeous weather. The lavender and oregano was alive with bees, you could hear the hum from quite a distance and the scent was just wonderful, worth a visit if you are in the area.

Just been catching up with all your gossip, very amusing,  I missed all the banter whilst I was away.

By the time we had unpacked the caravan, got the washing in the washer, had a meal, it's nearly time for bed, it's a lovely feeling to be back home.

What will we be watching on TV next week after the Lympics?  Perhaps my garden will  get a little extra attention.

PS got some lovely Opal plums ready, plum pie on Sunday,yummy.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 23:40

We have had a mixture today, lovely warm sunny morning, then a heavy down pour this afternoon with thunder and lightning. We needed it, all the water butts were empty and we have 6. I never thought we would be pleased  to see rain again, but it can stop now for a few days..

GW memories 1991

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 12:27

Lovely to see the younger Carol Klein, rather more subdued than now, I think I prefer the more mature Carol. In the clip she seemed in awe of Geoff, but then so would I have been, but I think he was the sort of man who would make you feel at ease.

Long may she be on GW, she makes the programme for me with her expertise and enthusiasm.

Have any of you visited Barnsdale, Geoff's garden? We went a number of years ago. It was interesting to see all the projects he did, very nostalgic, you could almost expect him to be working in the garden.

Thanks David K for the clip.


Posted: 04/08/2012 at 08:25

We planted Maris Bard and 10 tubers of Vales Emerald as a triall. The Maris have been fantastic, slight slug damage but nothing much, good flavour.. The Vales Emerald have been awful. Not so much the yield, but the taste. They have no flavour and break up when cooked. When MD did his potato trial a few weeks ago he blamed the weather has he had similar results from some of his spuds. We garden on sandy loam, the ground drains fairly quickly so we don't get as many slugs.

Runner beans are coming on, onions good, great lettuce, but beetroot, carrots disappointing.

We have been gardening for 47 years on this plot and have had some bad years, but none like this.

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Posted: 04/08/2012 at 08:05

Hi everyone. - I'm back. Had the day off yesterday to catch up on essentials. Shopping, getting ready for short hols, visiting daughter who is incapacitated due to broken bone and torn ligaments in foot walking her mad dog Henry ( formally known as Rocket - if you met him you would know why), did a bit of training on the playing field, I think We were more exhausted than the dog,  then for the highlight of the day an Indian take-a-way. delish.

In between these chores, watched some great Lympics, getting a few tips from coaches on how to encourage our team. Love some of the outfits, don't know if we could cope with the tight shorts though, it makes your eyes water just to look at them! imagine how we would look in the track gear, now that would be worth seeing

Out this evening for another meal at Sister-in-laws, it's one long round of pleasure at the moment, can't be bad

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