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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 11:38

Here are a few photos taken yesterday.  Still plenty of colour in the garden.  I'm still having to water the plants regularly as rain has been in short supply this month.

Still have a plenty of roses in flower

Can't bring myself to dismantle the pots yet.

Even the snapdragons are flowering

Lots of Autumn colour

The crysanths and dahlias and blooming well.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 11:23

Morning all,

Welcome back Edd, nice to 'see' you.

Pat I really don't know how you live there.  I'd be too terrified to leave the house. I have a real phobia and can't even look at pictures, even find the word  difficult to say without feeling sick.  I did have a quick glance back but didn't read properly. 

Secondborn has just been on a peadiatric first aid course and found it useful.  I am a lapsed first aider having done the 5 day course quite a few years ago now.

Have been finishing Jonah's birth sampler over the last few days and doing far too many jigsaw puzzles (that's your fault Pat) .

Have to run some errands for mum and want to go to the framers to sort out getting the sampler framed.  Also want to pop and pick up some gravel for the bulb pots.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Magnolia Susan

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 11:23

I've been looking at 'Susan' for a while.  I'd love a magnolia but only have a small garden.  Sounds like she might be the one.  Don't mind that the flowers don't last long.  The same can be said of lots of plants that I grow.   I have a background of lower key plants but try to have at least one 'showstopper' in flower at any given time.

would you move house for a bigger garden?

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 11:04

I moved for a bigger garden, for a town garden it was huge. The problem was I couldn't enjoy it.  Everytime I went into the garden I found areas that needed work.  I lived in that house for 15 years and hardly remember sitting and enjoying the gardens except when we had visitors.  I eventually moved to get a smaller garden and don't regret it.

I do miss the pond though.

Hardy geraniums

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 10:59

Never noticed a smell from hardy geraniums.  I don't like the smell of pelargoniums though, some people over winter them in the house.  Couldn't do that the smell is horrible.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 16:07

Hi folks,

Having a lazy day today.  Would just like to say how proud I am to 'know' you P'doc.  When I'm watching the news I often wonder what type of person puts themselves at risk to help others, now I know.

Welcome back Bushman, glad you are enjoying Scotland, keep the piccies coming.

Hope you have an exciting and relaxing time in Paris DD, don't worry I'm sure you and Charlie will have a great trip.

Hosta and Steve, well done, makes my 10lbs look pretty feeble

Can't remember anything else, 'see' you all later.

Planting plans and keeping track of your plant names

Posted: 19/10/2016 at 20:35

I quite enjoy it.  It only takes a minute to add a new plant and make a note in the diary about how things are going.  It means that I know where my bulbs and perennials are even when they disappear underground.  I take lots of photos as well and that helps if I decide to replan a bit of the garden. Don't keep as much info as Papi Jo though.  I do keep wish lists.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 19/10/2016 at 20:26

Hi everyone, 

LP did I read your email correctly?  It sounds like you have had a family breavement, hope you are OK.  I know what you mean about moving up the generation ladder, it certainly brings it home to you.  Hope everything goes well re the new grandchild, it's so exciting when the family gains a new member.

Hope the shoulder improves Dove, I've never had much success with physiotherapists, they never seem to sort anything out.  Do much better with sports therapists they really seem to get to the root of the problem.

DD and Busy, must be quite daunting having to be part of meetings in a foreign language.  I can hold my own in conversational German and am currently learning Turkish but when I'm in the company of native speakers I lose the conversation very easily

Spent some time in the garden this morning potted up two new Japanese Acers and planted a couple of Cornus (Midwinter Fire).  Did quite a bit of deadheading and tidying up.  Green Thumb came to treat the lawn so that should keep the moss down over the winter.

Planting plans and keeping track of your plant names

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 20:31

I'm afraid I'm a bit of a nerd when it comes to record keeping.

I have an excel spreadsheet that I enter my purchases onto, when and where I ordered plants from, was the supplier good, quality of plants, did they arrive on time etc.

I have another excel spreadsheet (if you search on the internet this one is ready done as a template) It has a page for plant inventory (columns for species, variety, size, colour, location etc etc.).  I also record plants that fail or I didn't like so that I don't buy them again by mistake.

Another for seed starting log. When sown, when germinated etc.

A third for Tasks and a fourth for garden planning (I don't use these two).

I keep a gardening diary which gives me an idea of what the weather was like and what did well each year and what didn't.

Finally I have a sketchbook that has drawings of each bed (or section of a bed) and what is planted where so that I don't dig them up by mistake or overplant.

I know it sounds like overkill but it doesn't take much time and helps me avoid expensive mistakes.

Do you bubble wrap your greenhouse?

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 20:02

Yes I do.  I use a greenhouse heater set to frost free so it doesn't really heat it.  I ordered a bubble wrap recommended for greenhouse use and I take it down in the spring and reuse.

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