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Show Time!

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 23:42

It's nearly time! Pickles and Preserves Class - done. Cakes and Biscuits Class - done. Just the Flowers Class and the Fruit & Vegetable Class to sort out in the morning. Better set my alarm clock pretty early!

Anyone else got a show tomorrow? They seem to be going on in all our surrounding villages too. Can't wait!



Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 12:25

Got to love a bargain!

I've been out to anxiously check my cucumbers for the village show tomorrow. Also have the perfect little truss of gardenes delights tomatoes. I just hope they don't split between now and tomorrow morning! I'm meant to be working from home today but keep sneaking out for a quick check of everything!

Gardeners and their 4 Legged friends

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 12:22

Hope you kitty gets well soon Beaus.  

Lovely photos Pat!

LOVE the photo of Norman Bates! Looks like one chilled out cat! Does he always sleep like that?!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 08:10

Just been outside to quickly do some deadheading and it's the first day for me that feels like autumn is coming along. I absolutely love the time in between seasons. 


Posted: 02/09/2015 at 08:05

Did you find the dog Jo47?


When to prepare new beds for next year?

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 22:03

Looks fab Mondegreen. It's good to get borders done this time of year. Easier to dig out weeds after rain when the ground is soft. Also like others have said, the cold will help break the soil down and make it more crumbly. Nice blank canvas to plant up. 

Great shed! Love the colour. 

Front Garden Borders -a blank canvas

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 21:57

I agree with B3 about those being red hot pokers. You can plants lots of different types of bulbs right now for colour in the autumn. I'd suggest planting in clumps rather than scattering them about.  Is there a garden centre near by? Failing that a Wilkos or Mossisons? They all have the seasonal bulbs in stock at the moment.

 If I were you I'd dig over your borders and add some rotted manure to get them going. Do lots of reading and research about the plants and colours you like. Ask yourself questions like do you want plants that come year after year, or would you rather plant annuals every year? Think about heights. Do you want any climbers? Do you want scent? Do you like certain colour combinations? Do you like structure? Do you like the movement of ornamental grass? 

Have a walk about and see what does well in gardens near by. 

Test your soil to see what you have. You can get little kits for a couple of pounds at garden centres.

I planted two borders up at my new house three years ago. I wish I'd taken a step back like you are doing. I just bought everything I liked and plonked it in without proper thought. They're a bit of a mess now, so I'll be digging it all out in autum and re-arranging / re-newIng. Autumn is a good time to plant as it is when a lot of things a dormant. 

Good luck with it. What a great project! Keep us posted.


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 21:40

I'm just sitting down with a cuppa Jo47! Have been shredding grapefruits and lemons for marmalade for the last two hours!  My hands smell lovely! The instructions say to soak it for 24 hours. 

The strawberry jam went well but the elderflower and apple jelly reduced down to nothing so I had to start from scratch! It meant asking the local landowner if I could pick some from his field as I'd used all the ones at picking height in our back garden.  It's dripping away ready for me to boil up tomorrow after work! Plenty of trial and error!

Thanks for asking. I wish I had your view from my kitchen window!

Gardeners and their 4 Legged friends

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 21:32

Hi Maggie-1 

Ive signed a petition against it.  It's just so sad. 

Blossom Trees

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 21:25

Hello Luke, I bought a flowering cherry called a Kanzan.  It's got a thick double pink flower which is nice and large and the best surprise was the colour that the leaves turn in autumn which is the most amazing combination of red, yellow and orange. 

It was about 4ft when i bought it three years ago. It's about 8ft now and looks lovely. 

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