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Posted: 21/07/2016 at 22:21

Well done Busy.  Glad you enjoyed it.   

Home made lemonade sounds good Dove and it's good to see Wonky is OK.  Have a great day tomorrow.

I have set 2 kilos of blackcurrants to drip for cordial.   2 more are steeping in vodka to make a liqueur as I don't need any more blackcurrant jam or jelly and can't take frozen stuff with us.   OH picked the purple gooseberries so another 2 kilos of fruit have become 10 jars of jam.

All my many pots have been watered, grass has been cut and the old kitchen chairs have been sanded again.   Need to be fed a solution of linseed oil and turps tomorrow then left to dry out a week before I can sand them again and paint them.

News from Turkey is depressing.


My flowers ..

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 22:00

Thanks.  It's 25kms inland from the coast so there should be no extreme winters.

More clems here - another resurrection clem that doesn't self cling.

alba luxurians with little green splodges on the tepals



Little Nell



Princess Diana

I am Red Robin seed heads - group 1 and flowers early then gorgeous silky seeds

Purpurea plena elegans

Red Ballon seed heads -  buds are red but turn yellow as they open then long silky seed fronds

label lost but probably Rubra

and lastly Arabella which is scrambling through a cotinus and doesn't cling

Other clems are being shy or are between flushes.

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Nightmare grass

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 18:32

I don't mind a few weeds as long as the overall effect is green.  I think it would help if you could raise the blades on your mower to let the grass grow a bit longer as the more leaf it has the better it can feed its roots and gain vigour to combat weeds.  

You can remove some of the larger weeds by hand using a long thin bladed tool such as this attachment in the Wolf range - http://www.wolfgarten-tools.co.uk/multi-change-tools-main/weeding-tool-heads/multi-change-weeding-knife They do all sorts of useful tool heads and a range of handles in different lengths so you can build up your tools gradually as needs and finances allow.

You can buy Weed and Feed products in garden centres.   They tend to be formulated for spring use and autumn use so the read the info and instructions before buying and using.   When the weeds are dead, rake them up and loosen the surface of the bare soil with teh rake head to prepare for seeding.  Re-seeding any existing or new bare patches is best done in spring or autumn when temperatures and moisture levels are better suited to seed germination.


Posted: 21/07/2016 at 18:23

I don't.  When we're driving and some cr*p comes on the radio or on a track on one of our long distance driving compilation CDs I either change channel or skip the track.   Drives OH crazy but not as much as a bad song does me.  If he had his way we'd have crackly Radio 5 Live all day long.


Posted: 21/07/2016 at 15:40

Three bins here made from old pallets so quite large and at the end of the veg plot.  In theory, one is ready, one is cooking and one is being filled but the spring and autumn clear ups mean they are always all full so we now have another heap of all the least desirable stuff across the road at the edge of the paddock.

It is just a case of sheer physical labour.  Empty each one in turn then put the unready stuff back and pile the good stuff on the nearest spare bit of veg plot or on the beds as needed if it's autumn.  Repeat till done but filling the first one with all the uncooked stuff then a good watering and a cover of corrugated plastic to try and speed up the cooking process.

With any luck, we end up with one completely empty bin to restart the whole process.

He gets water or coffee as needed and maybe a beer at the end.

Tatton Park

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 13:32

I spotted the name change so knew it was you.   I didn't go to Chelsea for a couple of years as I got jaded too and missed the one after the 100 years' anniversary show as I found that very disappointing and not just because I was in a wheelchair with my new feet and couldn't see everything.  The following year turned out to be one of the best ever - of course.

Don't suppose you have any news of Yakram and Trillium?

Good morning everyone

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 11:47

You still have tile to sow some beetroot in the next few days either in a well prepared drill in teh veg plot or in module trays.  I prefer the latter method as it gives me more control and keeps the seedlings away from slugs.  Plant out the modules in row leaving a few inches of space between to get through with a hoe to keep down weeds.

You'll find some helpful advice on cultivation here - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/vegetables/beetroot 

Hedge is Dying

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 11:42

Looks like a form of euonymous to me.

Can't advise about watering till you tell us how much and how often your are doing it.  Also need to know where you are and which way the hedge faces for sun and wind exposure.


Posted: 21/07/2016 at 10:57

Crumbs Busy - what a responsibility.   Sounds like fun tho.   Hope you enjoy it.

Hot again here and I'm on chair duty again now I've done some essential admin.  Have a deadline!  

OH has picked all the gooseberries this morning and is now dead heading hostas to help them keep their foliage looking good.   A few have now been chewed by slugs despite my best efforts so they need the lack of seed making stress to recover.

DD - yes, you'll have fun making a new garden all for you and Charlie and it's great that Busy can help with extra plants and that Charlie will keep his friends.   

Glad RB is OK and look forward to her return.   

Happy gardening to those who can today and happy dreaming to those who can't.

Good morning everyone

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 10:49

Home grown beetroot is lovely so go ahead but make sure you pick it when no more than tennis ball size.   The fresh young foliage is great in salads or quickly wilted in a bit of butter with s&p.  Much nicer than spinach for me.

Except for the one with fine flowers that can be grown as hedges in milder places in the UK, fuchsias don't like full sun so move yours to the shade or partial shade and keep well watered in hot spells.  I grow mine in troughs, pots and hanging baskets on the north wall of my house so they get full sun from about 3pm and do very well as long as I don't let them dry out.

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