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Vic's Allotment Adventures

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 07:28

Hi Victoria Sponge,

Well, I couldn't sleep so got up at 5.30am today and came downstairs so as not to wake my other half. I've just read your allotment adventures journey from start to finish -WOW! I knew that you are a hard worker but this is a whole new level! Well done you!  What an inspiration! Where on earth do you get your energy from?! 

Its better than the book I'm reading! 

I haven't been too active in the garden this year (IVF trials and tribulations, and annoying strict instruction to 'moderate' exercise - humph!) so it's just lovely to be able to garden vicariously through you!  

Thanks sooo much for sharing your story. Can't wait for the next update! 

Where in the UK is beautiful for a little holiday home

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 12:42

Thanks Valery, I will take a look.

ive soon some lovely places around Robin Hoods Bay too.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 19:02

I opened up last years bin liner of leaves and delighted to see I have leaf mould for the first time! Not much so will make more of an effort to collect leaves this year.

Mum and dad bought around a lovely large terracotta pot large enough to plant up a version of Monty's winter pot. I chose a green and silver grass rather than a black one though. Very pleased with it as my winter pots generally consist of a little fir and some pansies and the nice silver leafed plant. 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 16:29

Love your stag border Loana. Beautiful colours and layout. Lovely place to remember your lost pets. 

Nice to know I'm not alone with inlaw issues. It's so draining. I'm going have to politely avoid them for a while as it plays on my mind far too much.  

Very pleased with my tidy borders as a result of todays efforts. Sitting back with a cuppa now.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 09:01

Had a good few hours in the garden yesterday. 

Cleared the greenhouse of the last few tomatoes, planted up pots with winter flowering plants, moved a few pots to give them some winter protection and did a bit of weeding. 

Saved a few sweet pea heads and have just podded the seeds so will sow them today.

Had to cut it short to attend dinner at the inlaws. Not a good evening for various reasons so feeling a bit blue this morning. Will cheer myself up by going to the garden centre for some nice cheery tulip bulbs! 

Deadheading Nerines

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 05:59


I saw a garden full of them at the weekend. They looked glorious.  

Deadheading Nerines

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 20:47

I can't get my nerines to flower. 

Any tips? 

Where in the UK is beautiful for a little holiday home

Posted: 15/10/2017 at 07:39

Thank you for the suggestions. I can't wait to start researching these.

We're in Broadstairs for the weekend so might have to de-tour on the way home.

Where in the UK is beautiful for a little holiday home

Posted: 14/10/2017 at 12:07

Hi Folks

After a lot of soul searching and a really tough year,  I've decided to sell my flat and invest in a little holiday home.  Trouble is, I've no idea where. I know the Cotswolds are nice but a bit predictable.

Would really appreciate any suggestions for nice friendly little villages in the UK. We're in Nottinghamshire so ideally within a couple of hours drive. 

Any ideas from your travels or when visiting gardens?

thanks muchly! 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 05:12

cleared up the outdoor tomatoes. only a courgette and some beetroot left in the veg plot now. Oh and some onions which are pathetic. Ive never had much success with getting them larger than a golf ball! Is there a secret to onions that I don't know about? might make onions my priority next year!

the front is in need of a good tidy but no time to get out there. work is ridiculous at the moment. did 15 hours on Tuesday. Not sustainable!  

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