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Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 14:28

Have a huge vase of allotment grown sweetpeas in the bathroom, some grown-from-seed bishops children dhalias in the lounge and a huge bunch of cosmos in white and various pinks in the kitchen.

A few weeks ago I cut a lovely bunch of amazing scented roses (Gertrude Jekyll) and combined them with some small purple buddelia and used some eucalyptus foliage for a fantastic shabby-chic look - all from the garden.

Reviving a dying plant

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 14:24

About 6-7 years ago I bought two tiny box cuttings from Asda for 99p each.  They are now large box balls planed on either side of a path.  Its taken a while but they look great.

I also buy alot of reduced price perennials from the garden centre in the autumn when they have finished flowering a look a bit scappy. 

Recommend a full season of strawberries?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 11:01

It depends on whether the hubby or I plant - Hubby is more of the regimented straight rows (using string to ensure everything is plumb) whereas I am a more 'by eye' and if 'it wants to grow there, let it' school of thought.  Hubby was shocked that I had let some self-seeded flowers grow amongst the strawbs - looked lovely though!

Recommend a full season of strawberries?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 10:44

Hi Boater

With regard to your final paragraph - I definately seem to be falling into the 'rambling strawberry patch' category.  Am hoping that my later varieties will start to flower shortly.

Recommend a full season of strawberries?

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 15:34

When starting my strawb bed I bought a selection of early, mid and late varieties.  In its third year this year (so I am expecting the crop to lessen next year), however all the varieties seem to be fruiting at the same time!  I know that some of the plants have 'walked' via runners but I dont hold out much hope for a particularly late crop.

Second strawb bed started last year ready to take over from the first one.

Have been picking a good few lbs worth every other day for the past few weeks but they seem to have slowed down dramatically in the last week or so.

Barbadensis Miller- Aloe Vera Medicinal Plant

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 09:27

I, too, treat mine mean.  Forget to water them until they look a bit shrivelled and then give them a good soaking.  Also ideal in a baking hot conservatory

Help! Grannies are eating my strawberries

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 08:07

Our town has its annual 'Party in the Park' tonight.  Our allotment is about 50 yards away from the venue.  As its such a lovely evening we plan to sit on the allotment, take a couple of bottles of prosecco and a tub of Roddas clotted cream and pick stawbs whilst listening to the music (free of charge!).

Help! Grannies are eating my strawberries

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 16:12

Thanks - Have been looking at some lovely recipes (I think I know what everyone is going to get for Christmas in that case!)

Lost garden tools

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 16:11

I lose them too, but its often the dog that picks up the trowel/fork/gloves that I have carefully put to one side, when I am not looking, takes them away and then lies on them

Help! Grannies are eating my strawberries

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 15:58

hi Shedman, I posted a very similar post a few weeks ago.  I have sorted the slug/snail problem c/o some organic pellets and the damage seems to have minimalised dramatically (the recent dry weather probably helps too).

I am now filling one of those ply fruit boxes every other day with strawbs - far too many for my and the hubby to eat so we are giving some away to friends and family and the rest to a friend who is a local publican (in exchange for a couple of free meals at the end of the season!).  They will be able to say that the strawberries are local (about 800 food yards!).

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