London (change)
Today 18°C / 11°C
Tomorrow 17°C / 11°C


Latest posts by Tootles

Any ideas for an entry.....

Posted: Yesterday at 08:55

Next Saturday Daintiness. Did lots of jams yesterday and just up early to finish off the Apple and elderberry jelly as well as the strawberry jam. Been soaking the strawberries over night. Not followed a recipe that does that with jam before so it may be off to the shops for more strawberries later!

On the song title front, I was going to go for a rose title, but I don't have enough roses left in the garden! So I'm going for Chick Chick Chick Chick Chicken (Lay a Little Egg for me).  My dad has painted up a metal chicken and cut away the wire underneath so I can fill it with wet oasis and cover the body in cut flowers. I'm going to stage it on some turf, or straw, and put an egg next to it and a watch set to half past three. I have a vision, I just hope it works!

My mum has decided to enter one too and is going for either Green Green Grass of Home, or Tie a Yellow Ribbon. 

Figs galore

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 22:04

Exciting! I hope it yields well for you Jo47! 

Hmmm, I love a fig biscuit! Or fig roll?! 

Figs galore

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:50

Thanks Jo47. Has your Jerusalem let you down?


Figs galore

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:32

I'd love a fig tree. Is the turkey one the best do you think? How long do they take before they fruit?

Monty looked very happy with his on Friday! 

pink papaver problem

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:25

Me again! Found it. Not sure if the link will work but it was under a heading Oriental Poppy Problem.


pink papaver problem

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:15

Hi Emma, there is a problem with poppies. It was in the press. I posted about it a while ago on here.  I'm not sure how to search for old posts though - soz. The symptoms are just as you describe. There is research being done on it.  You could try cutting the heads off. I'm afraid to say that the plants is likely to have had it though; according to the article. It was in the Telegraph Gardening section.


Preperation for the big day!

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 20:39

I've been Jammin' all day! Started at 7.30am and just taking my apron off.

After much research, trials and errors, I've mastered (sort of!) most of my entries into the Preserves and Pickles Class for the village show next Saturday. I take pleasure in presenting (left to right);

Blackberry Jam (Thane Prince recipe but cutting corners!)

Blackberry Jam (Thane Prince recipe done correctly!)

Raspberry Jam (Dehlia Smith recipe)

Raspberry Jelly (Thane Prince recipe)

Mango and Greengage Jam (made up recipe - quite chuffed!)

Lemon Curd (Thane Prince recipe)

Lemon Curd (Mrs Beeton recipe)

 Tomorrow I'll finish off the Elderberry and Apple jelly, Strawberry jam and grapefruit marmalade. Then it's time to measure my cucumbers!! Can't wait!!

Gardeners and their 4 Legged friends

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 20:24

Thanks Pansyface. We feel very lucky indeed to have him. 

Gardeners and their 4 Legged friends

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 18:45

Lovely pictures and stories. This is Mr Sydney who kindly let us adopt him from the Cats Protection League 11 months ago after we lost our beloved Pete the cat.

Mr Sydney is 8 years old and partially sighted and absolutely adorable. Full of character and a huge part of the family.


A shady greenhouse?

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 07:57

Mine is in a little shade but it actually works well as i can position plants that need less direct sun in certain areas. I'd say it shouldn't be in complete shade really though, if you want to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers etc as they need sun to ripen. 

What isn't always ideal are the leaves that fall on it and bllock the drain going to the water butts. 

Small price to pay though as i love pottering about in the greenhouse! 

Discussions started by Tootles

Preperation for the big day!

Doing a Bob Marley all day... 
Replies: 19    Views: 394
Last Post: Yesterday at 13:14

Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

Replies: 25    Views: 429
Last Post: 23/08/2015 at 22:32

Any ideas for an entry..... meets garden... 
Replies: 60    Views: 1159
Last Post: Yesterday at 10:42

Votes please, and a quick questions...

Which one and what soil? 
Replies: 23    Views: 430
Last Post: 15/08/2015 at 23:29

Hungry little things...

Chomping away 
Replies: 5    Views: 184
Last Post: 14/08/2015 at 10:21


A good year? 
Replies: 17    Views: 320
Last Post: 09/08/2015 at 09:58

Beautiful Day

Gorgeous in the garden... 
Replies: 2    Views: 178
Last Post: 30/06/2015 at 07:45

Help with tree-in-a-pot identity...

What are these beauties? 
Replies: 8    Views: 234
Last Post: 28/06/2015 at 15:49

Does anyone know much about Veronicas?

How to propogate 
Replies: 3    Views: 228
Last Post: 27/06/2015 at 08:28

Last night's Gardeners World

Replies: 85    Views: 4108
Last Post: 10/06/2015 at 15:55

Broad beans - should they look like this?

But knarly! 
Replies: 8    Views: 265
Last Post: 25/05/2015 at 20:26

Happy Easter - know your bunnies

Replies: 18    Views: 605
Last Post: 04/04/2015 at 21:19

Crow or raven?

Replies: 10    Views: 321
Last Post: 29/03/2015 at 11:43

Gardeners world free seeds...

Did anyone else manage to get some....? 
Replies: 9    Views: 928
Last Post: 05/06/2015 at 18:39

Blind daffs solution??

Anyone tried this.... 
Replies: 8    Views: 300
Last Post: 29/03/2015 at 10:59
1 to 15 of 97 threads