No gardening today as I had a trip out to Larch Cottage Nurseries at Melkinthorpe near Penrith. To describe it as a garden centre would do it a great injustice. It is another world, a magical place which I like to think is frequented by real gardeners rather than just somewhere to pick up the latest 'lifestyle' items.
To give you some idea I've included a few pics at.…
The c. Jackmanii outside my kitchen window continues to flower rather prettily. I only wish clematis had a longer flowering period.
Im planning on taking a bunch of cuttings in a month or two.
I imagine I'm not the only one who has to engage in the lesser known sport of garden space bartering.
The thing is Matt likes the lawn, & as our garden is mainly comprised of lawn in order for me to re-designate a space as a flower bed, or a veg bed, a pond, or a meadow, it takes a little cunning.
Friday afternoon I set about a little 're-designation' of a small section of our front lawn, on the right side, along a sloped edge. I had marked a straight line out with the…Continue
Growth has been very start/stop so far this year.
I prepared pretty well, but so far Ive eaten nothing I planted this year !
There have been limiting factors:
Inconsistencies in the weather- drought, gales, hailstones and downpours
Heavy clay - often dry, despite my attempts to keep it hydrated and aerated.
Heavy shade - Nothing I can do about that until I grow a pair.
Snails and Cats- bane of my existence. Cats have taken to…Continue
The house has a side return and I've filled it on one side with white roses, and the other side with jasmines which are just opening.
Yesterday I opened the back gate and was overwhelmed with fragrance. It was so utterly gorgeous to be completely immersed in a warm, sensuous wave of rose, jasmine and vanilla. I closed my eyes and took the deepest breaths possible.
Icebergs arent particularly known for their fragrance, but because it flowers so profusely in a relatively…Continue
Whilst I write this post, it’s raining quite nicely at the moment here in Bucks. I’ve just harvested a couple of my yellow courgettes which my wife has popped into a lasagne...
Amazing how quickly the veg is growing..........
A really good greenhouse tidy up this morning...........
After disaterous couple of weeks which resulted in this week me being made redundant and breaking my iPhone I finally managed to secure myself a sizeable allotment on Friday!!! Hoorah!!
I received some useful and helpful advise from the allotments secretary I chose a location close to the water source, near the entrance and also to the car park. All agreed and just about to sign when was informed it was plot 13!!!
Having tought about the luck I have had of late I…Continue
Good news! The chap who owns the allotment plot next door has finally turned up. His excuse for having done nothing whatsoever this year to his allotment is that he is busy with all the arrangements for getting married next September. A reasonable and happy excuse.
He has the rolling accent of someone from Liverpool. In other words, he is a ‘scouser’ as we affectionately like to call folk who come from that part of the world. The plot belongs to his wife-to-be. Perhaps her terms and…Continue
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After watching one of the Chelsea programes yesterday & being told that our pollinating insects are slowly starving to death because there just aren't enough plants that they can get pollen & necter from. I have decided to pack our raised flower bed with useful flowers. It already has these azalias & geraniums (thanks for the ID Melinda):
I'm going to take cuttings from the Azaleas & make a large swash…Continue