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Latest posts by Wintersong

Parsnip problems!

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 15:51

@RB Cleve West won Chelsea couple years back with flowering parsnips in his borders, it was highly referenced

PS hope I spelt the chap's name right

Garden Journal/Diary

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 12:41

Funny you should mention this as I've added thoughts and feelings this year to my notebooks. Just whatever is on my mind...

I don't do anything for veg except write the date of sowing on the labels but for many years I've been actively charting my garden progress as the design aspect is my greatest passion.

I've kept notebooks for sketches, diagrams and planting schemes lovingly coloured in and also a large folder of photographs over the years that averages out to about twice a month. I photograph everything including the gaps and ugly bits as I then use that data in the winter months to remember size and behaviour of some plants when re-designing my beds. Its also good for before and after pics where you can appreciate all that blood sweat and tears.



Posted: 06/01/2015 at 07:34

Oh sorry, was still half asleep

Morning all


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 07:33

yes mam!


Posted: 05/01/2015 at 17:51

Welcome back BitterKnitter.

I get my grit from a DIY centre but it comes in builder's bags and although they are not huge, the bags are quite heavy


Posted: 05/01/2015 at 13:58

 I remember the market well BL. It was the hub of the town when I was a teenager and something of a mystery tour for youngsters who were often led around the cows for sale with wonder

The market's outside of town now and the shopping area was extended three sides. Saint Mary's remains lovely on the horizon, Bank St is still Bank St and Middle Row hasn't fallen down yet, so yes, not so humble-tumble as you say but I always feel like Ashford is surrounded by so many beautiful villages with Canterbury/Dover/Deal being such glamorous tourist hotspots that we are a little ordinary upon the landscape


Posted: 05/01/2015 at 13:41

btw...I'm busy watching

200 gardeners' world on Youtube with more in the list.


Posted: 05/01/2015 at 13:19

 it's my good side


Posted: 05/01/2015 at 12:34

Afraid I can't keep up with this Tenterden lot...I've lived in humble-tumble Ashford since I were a teen, but was brought up in Germany before that and I met my hubby in Ashford 28yrs ago so can't complain

Just got back from the GC  with 4 packs of Allium Gladiator reduced in price £2 each, 5 boxes of dry root Echinacea White Swan (three plants in each box) plus 1 box of Echinops ritro with 3 plants, on offer: buy 3 for £6.

And a large size Box ball reduced to £7.50 Bargain!

Ermm, is that everything? Oh yeah and one happy puppy since his food came with a new ball (weirdly enough) which he's busy rolling around with as we speak.

Well, now lunch is out of the way, I'm off to soak those root-balls for a few hours before potting them all up for somewhere sheltered...the cold frame would be okay right?




Posted: 05/01/2015 at 08:32

Hi everyone

@Chicky, a ten mile yomp in January is impressive

@SGL, we had the fog last night and the view of the warm and cosy houses from the bottom of my garden while walking Flynn reminded me of a movie scene

@ Sunflower Lady, I'm landscaping my veg plot this year and hoping to install my first greenhouse so I'll be glad to keep up with your progress. It's all very exciting!


Not so exciting on this sodden January morning here in Kent, but still can find room in my day for a peek at my compost bins and some clearing. Also, the puppy needs food and the pet store just happens to be opposite a GC so...I will keep you informed

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