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Posted: 31/07/2012 at 10:09

We visited Wyevale at Louth last Saturday and bought 2 packets of seed. 1 broad beans and 1 radishes, both reduced to half price. As I had a rewards voucher for 50p!! I got both packets for 40p. Now that's what I call a bargain. Will be back this weekend for more when we have sorted through the seed box to see what we need. I won the princely sum of £2.80 on the Euro lottery, so taking into account the stake, I will have the remaining 80p to spend on seeds you have to get your bargains where you can!!!!

@DavidK--- like the look of those cakes, a man of many talents

Viburnum Bodnantense. " Dawn".

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 09:32

We have a Viburnum Bodnantense in our front garden that has come into flower. It had a few flowers over last winter, but nothing to shout about..

It has grown by about 2ft this year, looks really healthy, new branches, and has quite a few flowers.

I am interested to see if anyone has other plants that are flowering out of their season.


Posted: 30/07/2012 at 22:34

We finally got rid of it by covering it with black plastic and putting gravel on top of that.It took about 2 years to get rid of it. but this might not be an option for you. It was confined to a border in our front garden, so it didn't matter about planting it up as we could stand pots on the top of the gravel while it disappeared. We tried hand weeding and weed killer which held it back but didn't solve the problem. Best of luck, it is a pain to get rid of.

Talkback: Big Butterfly Count

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 21:40

I have seen very few butterflies this year, but today I did spot 3 brown ringlets and had a quick glimpse of a orange stripey one as it went over the hedge into the next garden. I don't know what it was, it was gone in a flash and didn't get a good look at it.The only others I have seen have been a couple of cabbage whites heading for my veg patch

Astrantias not flowering

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 09:16

My astrantia have done better this year and I have not treated them any differently.   I think they have benefited from the wet weather as we have sandy soil that drains very quickly. I just keep adding as much homemade compost as possible and mulch. I have just looked on the Internet and several sites advise you to deadhead after flowering to encourage a second flush. I am going to try it. Nothing to loose.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 27/07/2012 at 11:55


 Hi everyone. I took a few pics this morning. I enjoy looking at other peoples photos so thought I might share a few with you.


 Through the gate.


 Mixed pot in gravel garden


 It's a lovely morning, let's hope it lasts.

reducing the pictures to fit has altered the quality, they look better if you click to enlarge

Fork Handles

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 12:43

We have 1 tomato just turning red in the greenhouse, plenty of green ones, so hopefully should have a good crop. Runner beans are setting well, with a few about 1" long. Just about finished the broad beans, one more boiling and that's it. not many to start with this year.

getting on with the neighbours

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 22:39

Blimey!! what a miserable, awkward lot of neighbours some of you have to live near. I feel sorry for you, it must be awful. We only have immediate neighbours on one side who are excessively tidy, can't bear anything green to appear in their garden that grows above a foot high, and don't use there garden for pleasure.. To the side of us and immediately behind we have land that was once a lovely old orchard full of wild life.. When the owner died it was clear and left to do it's own thing. Consequently we now have thistle seeds by the thousands that drift onto our garden, we are always having to pull them up. On the brighter side we have a lot of birds that feed on the seeds and at least we are not overlooked or bothered by other people. The man who now owns the land will clear the brambles etc away from our fences if we ask him to do so. The question of boundaries is a tricky one, no one seems to know which belongs to them and only find out when things go wrong.

Agastachegardeners sangria

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 22:28

Hi Chris.

I also grow cosmos to infill along with nicotiana lime green, I love it, astrantia,it does well in my shady part of the garden,thalictrum, and all sort of different perennials, along with old fashioned roses. I am always on the look out for something a bit different. I have also grown achilleas this year and they have done very well, in fact I have ordered some more along with the agastache. Looking forward to them arriving!! 

Thanks for your suggestions, I envy you your mild winters, we never know what to expect as we get cold east winds from the continent and that can play havoc with the garden..



Posted: 24/07/2012 at 09:04

We bought 2 vines to cover a pergola mainly to give us some shade when sitting out.That was about 10 years ago. Most years we get a good crop of grapes. I have just asked my other half if he feeds then and he says not, he prunes them when they get out of hand, but apart from that he does nothing to them. They are planted straight into the soil, in a very sunny, warm position. I don't know the variety as we bought them mainly to give us shade, the fruit is a bonus. They are at the moment like peppercorns, and if we should get any sort of a crop this year we will make juice from them as they are not really sweet enough to eat.

When we went to the champagne area of France, and they grow them in very rough soil and as far as I know they don't water or feed them, just let them get on with it, perhaps someone will tell us how they grow them. As for dessert grapes perhaps that is a different method. Let's hope the warm sunny weather continues and we might get a crop.

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