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Please sign the petition

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 11:11

In Suffolk we have had a lot more rain than usual. Some of it came in torrential downpours which gave the garden a bit of a bashing but I would much prefer to have a bit too much rain than too little.

We are usually at near drought status by this time of year with hard cracked soil (clay), yellowing grass and flagging borders. Usually need to spend several hours a week keeping things watered if I want any sort of veg harvest and flowers after mid July.

This year the garden has been green and lush and I've hardly needed to water the veg. 

No complaints from me. 

Gonna be El Scorchio from Monday though.... 

Wrong seeds

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 08:45

Ah - thanks Aym. Didn't understand you meant plants - thought it was another supplier of seeds.

Glad the hellebore plugs are doing well. Some of those I started off in Jan 2015 are now plants well over 2' circumference and about 18" high - big plants for less than £1 each. The rest are all sizeable, healthy plants too. Bargain!

Wrong seeds

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 07:58

AYM - What do you mean by "I go for bargain hunt" please?

I've not had this problem - I usually buy Kings, Mr Fothergills and Sarah Raven seeds. Any disappointments are usually all my own making 

Garden visit - York Gate

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 12:12

Lovely pics - thanks Liri. I really like what they've done with the pyracantha and the topiary

I must remember this garden for the next time we're visiting the in-laws. 

Hostas leaves

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 12:04

It's a good idea to mark where they are in the borders so you don't inadvertently dig into them or tread on emerging shoots when you are working in the dormant season.

Please help

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 12:01

It is a horrible, tenacious weed David - and can be exceptionally deep rooted & difficult to eradicate (see above post).

Treat it per Mark's advice and accept that this may be a long term job which you need to keep on top of. Pull up or treat with weed killer whenever you see a shoot. The advice about bruising the stems is important otherwise weedkiller will run off and not penetrate the plant.

You may never eradicate it but vigilance and prompt action will allow you to control it 


Posted: 15/07/2016 at 11:52

Have been in the garden trying to make decisions,. Feeling a bit stressed by the amount I have to do out there and the jobs I need to do inside as we have a busy few days lined up.

Then I thought about Nice - and Baghdad - and Brussels - and Paris - and all the other horrors that have happened in the last year.

Perspective - life is all about keeping things in perspective..

And IMO a good life or person is all about kindness, compassion, courtesy and tolerance.

The people who commit these atrocities show none of those qualities. If there is an after life - they must be going to hell in a handcart. I have never seen a religious text which promotes the killing of innocent, decent people and their children - I have only heard twisted minds corrupting various religious teachings for their own ends.

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gardens in west scotland/ cornwall /devon

Posted: 14/07/2016 at 22:39

Oops - just had a look - it's the Shower of Herring - not the Shoal. 

Menu has been updated - no more daggers of steak.

On a plus note - they do a flight of gin on a Wednesday night - excellent 

gardens in west scotland/ cornwall /devon

Posted: 14/07/2016 at 22:29

Been to the Shoal a couple of times Fairy - seem to remember they served steak like an oversized kebab on a sword-type giant skewer - forgotten what it was called. 

Love Melfort 


Posted: 14/07/2016 at 19:04

Thanks for your well wishes Liri - I'm feeling a bit better after an afternoon in the garden.

Was supposed to be planting a few things - managed 6 marigolds before I decided I needed to do some more tidying and cutting back. Is it just me or does the garden get terrifying at this time of year? - it seems to get horribly overgrown with things being squashed by other plants and the soil looking all dry and spent. A little overwhelming if I'm honest. 

Will try to do some planting tomorrow. Will feel a little calmer when it all looks a little tidier. I like blousey and informal - I don't like a tangled mess. Seems to be a fine line between the two...

Oh has offered to cook dinner - again - he is the best 

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