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Posted: 05/03/2014 at 12:26

Good day All

Not been here for a few days so not even going to attempt to catch up.

Yesterday I just sat on a bench in my garden and looked at it, Cat on my lap, dog at my feet, blissful.

Gave me time to assess what has been done as well as what needs to be done. It was good as like quite few on here it is a new garden. I looked and realised the shrubs and plants are finally beginning to fill out and it looks less like a plant nursery and more like  garden.

Still loads to do, new things to make and parts to continue to develop. I think just sitting and looking is something I don't do very often.

Did end up planting out my new hellebores and a new rose which I have had since just before the rains began last year.


Oh and as for dogs - mine has decided that where crocus, daffodils and fritlillaries are coming though is the best place to lie down 

Pruning a baby clematis

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 12:05

I'm with Obelisk. Give it plenty of feed. Make sure you have planted it deeply - a guide would be about 8-10cm deeper than the pot top. Cut off to the buds - they will come strongly.

They do take a couple of year s to get going though.


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 11:46

Morning all

Bucketing down with rain at present - winds haven't arrived but are expected - from Cornwall Verdun!! - We also have snow forecast for later

Been swimming, and now feeling very achey, but I do enjoy it. I have the lessons for health - run by local health centre - every now and again they check BP etc and mine is now normal.

Seed sowing today I think - thunbergia and marigolds. Never grown thunbergia before.


Also have to have an x-ray on my wrist, but not too worried by that.


Posted: 27/02/2014 at 18:01

I did spray patch to see if it worked and yes but the problem with them is they get tangled up with the plants and you never really get rid of them.

It is hard as when they appear is the same time as young bulb foliage and other plants emerges so spraying is difficult.


Posted: 27/02/2014 at 12:47

Feel very sad and atear iny eye.

Perhaps not the best thing to read at this stage in my life - Mum also left aletter, read whne she first died but cannot re-read it yet.

Bill I think it very brave of you to post this, and I think your son's strength must have come from you and your wifes love.



Posted: 26/02/2014 at 17:50

I was wondering that as I read it needs about 30 days very cold to make the cloves. Guess we'll all be eating large bulbs then 

My daughter has ME. Was very poorly for a long time but just about copes with normal life now. She was taught PACE and it helps. Fortunately she has a lovely partner who came one day to see me without her (his idea)to learn how to cope/handle her if she was having a bad time. Now he really looks after her 

Have been in search for rose feed today - also have mulched one bed (own compost) and put feed underneath as after all this rain soil must need it. Then started weeding a border put in last year - mainly bitter cress and germinated acorns



Posted: 26/02/2014 at 12:46

When I buy plants like that I always pot it up first and give it some tlc.

Put it in your mini GH for a week or two and - then like any plant - gradually harden it off. - in at night out in the day, until the weather is warmer and you have strong growth.


Posted: 26/02/2014 at 12:41

Good day All

we tried to put our GH up and ended up paying for someone to do it. Not as easy as instructions make out. Wish you well with it - I love mine now.- Radio, chair, plants - great

Had a frustrating fridge/freezer day yesterday - to long a story to tell but it took 4 weeks for someone to fix it and we have spent a couple of days without refrigeration - today it is really luxurious to have chilled milk, water etc 

A stumpery - by the end of the year I aim to have one - a long term project - would love to see your photos of its development and which plants you decide on - please

Mmmmmm Marmalade scent. 


Posted: 25/02/2014 at 13:21

Good day

Must be a day for headaches. feeling a bit low, sometimes life just catches up with me.

Very sunny here but a really cold gusty wind.

Hoping to go into garden and mulch the bed I lightly forked over yesterday. I moved a couple of plants and emptied a pot of gladiolus byzantine into it. Last year I didn't know where to put them so potted them. I dug up an alstroemeria - planted last year but was pale pink, wrong colour for the bed- as i dug it up it split into 2 so have potted both up for the future.

Cheese on toast for lunch - just arriving 

Raised Beds Cat Poop

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 16:42

My raised beds are 4 ft wide _ bought canes and 60cm wide plastic netting, threaded the netting in 4 ft sections onto canes, secured it to canes with a bit of wire and lay it across the beds. Can work that way in 60cm wide blocks, when plants are mature in a block, can remove framework for just that block. Works for me, 


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