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Chelsea 2017

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 19:28

I had a lovely time at Chelsea today.  So much to see. The gardens look so different in real life. Much much smaller. 

I really dont get the gardens that aren't gardens at all. The one with the blocks - it was as awful in real life as it was on the telly box for me. I find too much representation really quite pretentious. More suited to an art exhibition than a garden show.

Uselful to see things in real life that I only usually see advertised in magazines, like garden arches and garden buildings.

will defo go again but will make sure to get there early to avoid the huge crowds. 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 20:51

Just watered everything. It's lovely to see it all thickening up. 

Off to Chelsea tomorrow! Being taken by a client - feeling very lucky and really looking forwards to it.

Daisies in the lawn

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 19:32

i know what you mean Dilly. I have a small patch in my lawn and their little faces were glowing in the sun. I love them. Remind me of days on the school playing field making daisy chains. 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 22:02

Had a lovely weekend gardening. Only just come in - beaten by the lack of light! 

Only a few baby plants left in the greenhouse. 

Broad ad beans tied in.

Runner beans and mange tout in and going strong.

Beetroot seedlings transferred to the raised bed. 

Tommies in the greenhouse looking good. All tied in and fed. Doing an experiment of using tomato pots in a grow bag, and straight into the grow bag to see which ones grow better.

finally coffee corner coming together...but no time for a coffee! Will have my breakfast there tomorrow!

Cat Deterrent

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 20:11

Your neighbour sounds unpleasant. Making money by selling kittens, yet not doing the right thing and helping to deal with the problem and calling the RSPCA or cats protection league is abhorrent.  

I hate these silly threads. They always end up upsetting someone in some way. 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 19:57

You have been busy VS!

I've had a really productive day but still wish there were more hours (and more energy) to get my never ending list of things done!

We put some wire up to grow roses up a wall.  Tried to repair patches on the lawn where my other half has got completely carried away with his new weed extractor. It's a great toy, but the lawn now looks like a rugby pitch with huge holes everywhere! Planted some chard. Planted  more tomatoes in the greenhouse.  Planted a cucumber up in a grow bag.  Then did the usual greenhouse dance where everything gets shuffled around to try and make more room... and a few cheeky snails and slugs are evicted!

Rain and Water butts

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 19:48

We had some rain last night and a bit this morning but the water butts are far from full. I'm in Nottinghamshire. The beds are rock solid. 

Will be putting out a shallow bowl of water for the hedgehogs tonight. 

Is it safe to plant out runner beans started in the greenhouse?

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 19:45


sandiacre - not far at all! I'm Long Bennington, between Grantham and Newark. 

I'll tuck them back up inside the greenhouse at night then.

thanks again 

Maidenhair fern: Brown raised spots (underside) and some brown leaves

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 19:41

I have the same on mine. I find these plants almost impossible to keep. Mine is looking less than tip top! I tried really hard with my current one. Read up on the conditions they like etc kept it watered Using rain water, sprayed the leaves etc. This one seemed to get a tiny insect infestation. 

Any tips on keeping them looking good would be much appreciated!

fig problems

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:14

I wouldnt hard prune at this time of year, but a firm tidy up of branches should be ok. 

its devastating to lose plants....but at least it's an excuse for a trip to the garden centre! 

I bought a brown turkey fig 3 months ago at £14.99. 

Goid luck with it. I hope it perks up. Do let us know.

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