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Woodgreen wonderboy

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Posted: 18/07/2014 at 20:40

Flower and veg show all set up in village hall. No entries yet, they arrive in morning, but we have set out cards, tables etc so that as entries arrive they can straight to the allotted place. All very efficient, and  planned with military precision, by some of the committee who go way back. I am in awe of them, even if I am technically the Chairman . I always do as I am told. By everyone!!

In fact I concentrate more on flowers than veg. altho' I have some hopes for my pots and runners ( 5straight and  identical beans ). Dove, apparently in the scoring system you can get 5 for uniformity, but only 3 for size.

Hi Verd, yes it does seem like yesterday when we were preparing for last Year's show. The 2 years are quite different. Last year I had loads of lovely roses and only one or two Dahlias. This year the roses are almost over their first flush, but there are lots of dahlia entries. I also have some fantastic glads, purple and orange.

It is going to be such a fantastic day, and Gg should be there too to cheer us on. And CAKES, and ale later....


Posted: 18/07/2014 at 16:03

I think the tarte tatin may be better, but shan't really know until judge bursts into laughter or tears! On surface it looks OK, but I have had to modify the recipe quite a bit.

Off to village hall to put up tables etc for tomorrow. May have earned a pint after that. Pub is next door.


Posted: 18/07/2014 at 14:46

Tarte Tatin in oven, progress report to follow. Watching golf waiting for the timer buzzer.

OL I try not to rely on rain to look after my pots... too little and hit and miss.

Cytisus Goldfinch - Is this normal

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 13:19

I would cut it back now quite hard, but only into green wood, not brown. Looking at your pic. I would cut to about 1 foot above soil level. If you are going to leave it in the pot you will want it to stay relatively small and not romp away. If you leave it it will get leggy and outgrow its pot.You will get the benefit next year. The seeds should be viable if they are at the dried stage, and you could try to grow some babies for you and your friends?


Posted: 18/07/2014 at 13:03

Most of my entries to show are now ready to go. Hope I haven't picked too soon, but no way could I have done them tomorrow before 8-30. Will pick rest this evening.

Feet up for moment, then cooking Tomato Tarte Tatin. Hope it's a bit better than trial run. Not great with pastry, even shop bought.


Posted: 18/07/2014 at 10:00

white spuds lifted and cleaned. Good even size and no nasty diseases 


Posted: 18/07/2014 at 09:28

Mixed herbs picked and displayed in jam jar and named...

red spuds lifted... need 3 same size and clean. Have 2 really goodly sized ones only, dam... never mind. Do I go with these or three smaller but same size


Posted: 18/07/2014 at 07:49

IMy Corvedale are in mostly sun, but some shade later in the day. They are on the north side of some middle height trees.

The lovely Carol K. is showing hefty showers and a yellow warning for rain in Hants tomorrow ... our show opens to the public at 2, with setting up and judging from 8-30. fingers crossed. i will do as much as I can today, and dodge the showers tomorrow.


Posted: 18/07/2014 at 07:15

Hi Dove, I saw Corvedale at Hyde Hall for the first time and fell for it. I don't think many know just how good it is. More should give it a look. Loads of flower, repeating, reasonably clean, strong grower but can be whacked hard if necessary, lovely strong pink colour and arching habit. ( don't plant too near grass edge ).


Posted: 18/07/2014 at 06:52

Lots of thunder and lightnining last night but not sure how much rain. More predicted tomorrow, hopefully it won't disrupt our Flower Show.

Work on terrace continues today, and now I can see the basic shape, all sinuous curves, it is turning out as I hoped, if not better. 

My man also comes in to help in the garden and there is a bed , which we cleared last time which we will ready for planting. Current plan is to underplant the Queen Elizabeth and Corvedale roses with Roseanne, and add a jarring touch with something orange!

Must also do my final preparations for the Show, identifying what stuff I am going to use and cook my tart tatin.

Must get on, they start to arrive from 7-30....

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