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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

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 12:17

Beautiful warm sunshine here in Lincoln. Just a gentle breeze, is this the calm before the storm?

Been chatting to neighbours and have got very little done in the garden, just a bit of deadheading. My OH has clipped a hedge just to tidy up and swept the patio.

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 08:14

I have had a look at seedaholics site, and they have a good selections of seeds. I couldn't find their postal charges, so you have to take that into account when buying.

I have used ebay in the past and had very good results, perhaps not as many seeds in the packets, but very often you don't want hundreds of seeds, and usually very competitively priced. One site I use and could recommend for service and value is bobtodd1, and the postage is only 95p no matter how many seeds you purchase and they have a wide selection of seeds.

It can be hit and miss with germination, just depends on how long the seed has been harvested, I sometimes think the larger seed companies have them hanging about for a while and in some cases we have found that the compost is to blame. The quality is not the same now.


Posted: 02/08/2012 at 22:19

I bought a packet of dwarf cosmos this year as in previous years they have grown too tall for where I wanted them, these should have been 18" to 20" tall. They are now 4ft tall and so bushy they are taking over the garden, just coming into flower. I  pinched out the tops when they were about 8" tall but that didn't' stop them, they are like triffids! Hopefully when they are in full flower they will be a picture, I'm sure unusual season is to blame, either that or the packaging was wrong. I have got some nice neat ones in the front garden self seeded from last year, you just can't win.

What is your kind of garden?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 22:03

Lovely garden hilaryjones1. I love the photo of Riley (hope I've got it right) with his garden,  you can't start them too young.

I don't suppose your husband even noticed the clothes drier, it's a man thing. My husband never notices anything unless he trips over it.

shasta daisy

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 16:50

Hi potteries phil.

I had a quick look on the Internet as I was interested to see what "Goldfinch" looks like. It's a beauty. I could easily find a space for it in my garden!.

As you say all the listings are in America, so if it was bred there we will probably have to wait until they start to propagate it here. No help to you I'm afraid, best of luck in your search. I will watch this posting with interest. If I should come across it I'll let you know.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 10:51

Lovely morning here in Lincolnshire, blue skies and a slight breeze, bound to alter though. I have just looked at the weather for next week as we are going to North Yorkshire for a few days, and guess what, Monday thunderstorms. It's a standing joke that in our neighbourhood, never take your holidays when the Greens are away, it's bound to rain.

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Posted: 02/08/2012 at 10:43

You lot will have to stop it, I'm not getting anything done! I have to keep nipping back to the computer to see what's happening. Have a nice day,


PS. sounds as though the team is taking shape, At this rate, what's his name, the England coach, will be getting very worried

What is your kind of garden?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 09:57




I have taken a few more photos this morning as the sun is out at the moment.










 I have used a different camera and found it a lot easier to upload. I have used a lot more bedding begonias this year in pots as I did't want to risk losing Busy Lizzie's to the virus as I did last year, and I am pleased with the results!.

Enjoy your day

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