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Woodgreen wonderboy

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Posted: 22/04/2014 at 09:06

Not a fan of black grass, but that is as much to do with my lack of imagination as to how to use them. So, I don't try them.

Planted last of broad bean plantlets yesterday... Claudia, and del Monica. If I do as well as last year I will be happy.

Now getting set for our Plant Sale on Saturday, to raise funds for the Hale and Woodgreen Hortsoc. Recent support has been strong and growing so am hopeful.

Also last day of photographing recipes for our village cookery book, based on the old family recipes of those living here. Should then be able to finish off the book layout etc. with the stories that go with the recipe, old photos of granny etc.

Current mild, damp weather is great for the gardens... just cast your mind back to this time last year...


Posted: 22/04/2014 at 08:57

One trick with cosmos is not to sow the seed too soon. They are very quick out of the traps, germinating and growing fast. Start them "late" and let them catch up. You can then plant them out safely without the risk of them being leggy. Pinch out as well.

Now would be fine to start them. I sowed mine last week.


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 16:06

 Lots of lovely rain here to wash in my weed and feed yesterday. Sorry for those who wanted it dry, but it was nice in the evening. Went to a concert, ( at the local cinema) to watch Sol Gabetta play the Elgar Cello Concerto, better than I have ever seen it before. Sheer bliss, and I cried too.

Planted up loads of pansies in very old and somewhat broken clay pots. They look great together. And discovered Sennetti, very beautiful again, 3 plants to a pot, either side of the front door.



Posted: 20/04/2014 at 10:57

Hooray, it's tipping down, phew  .......


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 10:54

Absolutely normal... your plant is telling you it is very happy

I love the dark purples... and the pinks... and the yellows ... and all the rest too..

Astrantia major

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 10:52

I think a little more patience. Lots of us seem to be waiting??


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 10:50

I wish it would make it's mind up and rain! Put weed and feed on yesterday and now the rain is skirting us to the south. Bah!

Family arriving soon for lunch then off to live performance of Elgar's cello concerto by The Berlin Phil. Can't wait.



Posted: 16/04/2014 at 08:52

Early start in garden for me. Want to replace kn*****ed old lavender hedge with box I have brought on. Also my experiment of growing alliums in pots only seems to work for 1 season so they can come out and be replaced by my agapanthus plants I have rescued from the gravel. More freebies. I have also dug out a half dead/half dying Choiysia which gives me room for a heleanthium bed, using plants given by a friend. All this loveliness and not a penny spent.


Plant id - looks like pulmonaria but the leaves are wrong

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 07:29

Like Hidcote, but best if not too crowded with coach loads of tourists. Paths are a bit narrow in places. Also I don't think the NT's efforts on the catering front have been over successful. Restaurant replaced by caff.

Anyway, a magical garden forgives all manner of ills, including mine, and everyone should try to see Hidcote at least once in their life.


Posted: 15/04/2014 at 07:24

Cool here, but obviously going to be a very lovely day. Yesterday bought tray of golden yellow gazanias and some fiery red pelargoniums. All for troughs and planters. Colours so good I couldn't resist.

Eye-test this morning, and need to make a sherry trifle for a gathering of friends. Strange how I always get the shakes when I try to measure the sherry content.

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Need help in putting together a quiz which is a bit challenging and fun too 
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They are much better microwaved for about 3 mins., turned over, mw for 3 more mins. Lot less bother than boiling . Keep flavour and scrunch. 
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