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Posted: 11/07/2012 at 20:07

I've just bought an ice cream maker...highly recommended! Home strawberry ice cream is very more-ish.


Lemon curd ice cream sounds delicious. We have chickens too, so eggs won't be a problem. Yet.

baffled by strawbs and a mystery plant

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 11:03

I just had a read of that...don't think I'll be watching it, but maybe I could snaffle an iphone and make my own movie! LOLOL!!!

baffled by strawbs and a mystery plant

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 10:24

We must have very acrobatic slugs here too, as a pot doesn't seem to stop them. I even had one climbing up the bathroom window..presumably he could smell the little gem lettuce seedlings on the windowsill! LOL!!

What is your kind of garden?

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 10:21

Fabulous photos everyone. had to smile at the feverfew comment, Diggingdoris...see below!


I'd love a stream too..we did have a wildlife pond, andf it was lovely, but it had to go to make room for the chicken run. Not as pretty, but the eggs are lovely!

Roses around the spud patch..oh, and the sunflowers (barely visible yet) are for my dear departed friend Sharon who loved them, came to gardening late in life and only had one season before the Big C got her.


 As for buying plants..both myself and my other half work in garden centres. It's so hard to resist new plants that come in, especially whenyou get a staff discount.





July in the garden!!

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 18:01

Lovely pics!


Thanks for the pea info Lilylouise. I will try those next year. It will do me no harm to experiment with a different variety. I tried a new 'black' mangetout this year, Shiraz.


What is your kind of garden?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 17:55

I like an informal. pack-it-all-in-tight garden too. Mine never started out like that, but as I can't see a patch of bare soil without feeling the overwhelming need to plant something in it, my garden is packed with plants and has little room for weeds. I'm also a big fan of 'leave it where it seeded and see what happens'.

We do have some curious bits though, as my husband is principally a veg man, and I like fruit, flowers and herbs. Consequently, my lavender and rose hedge that did surround a lawn is now the colourful edging to his spud patch....and my sweet peas are growing up the fence at the edge of his onion bed....and as I do most of the weeding, I tend to leave the poppies and the grannies bonnets in amongst the veg.

Strangely enough though, we mangae to work well together in the garden, and rarely fall out over anything. A day trip to B &Q to buy wallpaper is a different matter though....

baffled by strawbs and a mystery plant

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 17:45

I've also heard that you shouldn't use oat straw as it can carry eelworms. I always use barley or wheat straw. I am lucky as I buy it for £2 a bale from a local farm, and it is always good quality.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 09:04

Miserable today. Overcast and humid. I know this is proibably the wrong thing to say, but we could do with a thunderstorm. The air presure is giving me a savage headache.

Yesterday it rained so hard that we had a river flowing down the back path. An hour later the sun was out and it was so hot you couldn't tell it had rained (apart form the overflowing water butts). This is just madness!

July in the garden!!

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 09:00

Lilylouise, your garden is just so beautiful! Lovely pics! My soul craves a garden like that..but, same as Max, above, mine is a bit higgledy piggledy too! Those peas look good too...what variety are they? I always grow Kelvedon Wonder (local pea), but mine don't look half as good as yours do. Lots of half empty, twisty - turny pods this year. Must do better!



What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 18:27

slugs in hanging baskets? It'll never catch on....

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