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plant suggestions for narrow border

Posted: Today at 06:47

Looks fantastic Cidermill! You have been busy! 

If you want purple as a colour, you can't go wrong with erysimum. It flowers it's heart out from spring until late autumn. I love it. Very easy to grow and take cuttings from.

Strictly is back!

Posted: Today at 06:38

I thought Helen was stunning even if she was a little stiff. 

I agree that poor Ewan was the right one to go. 

Katy D was fantastic too. 

It's such a fun show! 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: Today at 06:34

Runny - it's an area of land that is by the side of the private road to our house. I own it with two others. It's just a long thin strip next to a field so it is full of weeds but i am trying to tame it. Have got rhubarb, raspberries and gooseberries in it and now some shrubs. Have also got holes in my gardening gloves, dirty nails and a few cuts and bruises as a result!

My dad has given me his old tool box (he has a garage full) and I love it. It's contents are largely a mystery to me, but they have come to the rescue on numerous occasions! 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: Yesterday at 19:53

So glad so many charitable gardeners are giving needy plants and bulbs a home!

I cleared a large part of my gorilla gardening area, moved some plants into it from my borders, pulled out all the tomato plants from the greenhouse, dug up the spuds and picked the last of the peppers.

Then went indoors to make some tomato sauce as well as lots of stewed apple to freeze for winter crumbles courtesy of my kind neighbour bringing two huge bags of windfalls around. 

Gardener's rewards...

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 22:07

A good cuppa - cant beat it! 


Feeding camellias and rhododendrons

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 19:39

Hi Lena, I gave mine a little bit of food a couple of weeks ago, and top dressed the pots with a little fresh ericaceous compost. Most important this time of year is to keep them well watered so that the buds stay plump and don't drop off before flowering in the spring.  

Gardener's rewards...

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 19:30

Dirt under my nails, seed catalogue on my lap, Strictly on the telly box, other half watching rugby upstairs and cake of the chocolate and fresh cream variety.  Happy happy days for this gardener! Hope others are having a fab Saturday evening (with treats)!


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 15:31

Have had a go at sewing lupins by giving the hard seed shells a nip with a stanley knife. Also sewed some foxglove seeds. 

Tidying up my pots and general pottering about!  Have come in to decorate a chocolate cake and stew some apples ready for freezing for some winter crumble. 

I love this time of year.

Propogating holly

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 08:33

Hello Sian

 Carol Klein, in her Cottage Garden series, took fallen berries and put them in a plastic sandwich bag, with some compost, then put them in the fridge for a week to imperative winter. She then planted them. I'm going to have a go at this method. I'm sooooo rubbish at cuttings!

good luck with your attempt. Do let us know how you get on.

Reusing this year's soil

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 18:36

I tend to take out the top half and use it on the raised beds. I dig over the bottom half to break up the roots, bang some plant food in and put fresh stuff in the top. As Lydiaann says, it can cost quite a bit especially with larger pots. Never had any problems. 

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Gardener's rewards...

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Not quite ripe seeds....

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Bird box where bees had been all summer....

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Blood moon....

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Azaleas, camellias and rhodies in pots.....over wintering?

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Main crop spuds

When to harvest 
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Freezing runner beans

Anything need doing to them first? 
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Is there much that should be sown now?

Forward planning 
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Show Time!

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Preperation for the big day!

Doing a Bob Marley all day... 
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Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

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Any ideas for an entry..... meets garden... 
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Votes please, and a quick questions...

Which one and what soil? 
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Hungry little things...

Chomping away 
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A good year? 
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