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Post by Dandelion on 28th April 2010, 5:53 pm

Yes, I've noticed that the pansies I planted in pots for over-wintering have come back with a vengeance, and are flowering their little hearts out. All kinds of purples and maroons, really heart lifting.

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Post by Compostwoman on 28th April 2010, 9:00 pm

Must take a pic ofthe bluebells, primroses, anemones etc in the bit of the wood nearest to the garden...it is looking spectacular , especially now we have opened it up to the loght a bit more ( by felling trees....)

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Post by polgara on 11th May 2010, 3:58 pm

Stood & looked at all my lovely bluebells & varies other plants, including a wild garlic which looks really good, must replant it in a confined space, its in a noodle pot at the moment but it does look really nice.

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Post by Bagpuss on 31st May 2010, 12:28 pm

Did a big clean up today, mowed the grass, watered, did a little weeding. Noticed a few flower buds on my stock and petunia, so hopefully I'll have a bit more colour soon. My sunflowers and sweet peas are shooting up and I have a beautiful aquilegia that's in full flower at the moment as well as a broom with the most amazing smell. Happy days!
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Post by polgara on 31st May 2010, 1:26 pm

Started to dig some bluebells up lots of sweet peas growing & nasturians. Nice buds on the dianthus.

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Post by Compostwoman on 31st May 2010, 2:58 pm

Actually went out and picked a bunch of flowers to put in the house.

Am enjoying my little "rest" weekend!

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Post by polgara on 31st May 2010, 3:36 pm

Good, we all told you that it was what you needed. CW you will be so refreshed & ready to go again. loveflag

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Post by Compostwoman on 31st May 2010, 3:52 pm

Am resolutly NOT looking at huge pile of college work....have creaned and tidied desk and table and had a sort out but not done any work on it at all....

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Post by Jaded Green on 12th June 2010, 8:21 pm

I've planted lots of flowers, 6 specimen plants and 12 lobelia. i need to get some violas to fill in the gaps tomorrow so that the cats don't come back.


and our back garden is looking really smart (apart from what we used to loosely describe as a lawn which doesn't really merit the term grass any more!)
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Post by Compostwoman on 12th June 2010, 11:31 pm

Have planted out Nasturtiums, Calendulas and other companion planting flowers into veg garden and also into big tubs to stand either side of the door inside the polytunnel.

The nasturtiums look so colourful, they always make me smile...

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Post by Jaded Green on 13th June 2010, 11:52 am

nasturtiums - now there's a thought. Thanks CW Very Happy
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Post by Compostwoman on 13th June 2010, 11:56 am

Cats hate them as well, JG

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Post by Dandelion on 13th June 2010, 2:17 pm

But blackfly love 'em

...so do I, so have lots (of nasturtiums and blackfly!)

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Post by polgara on 18th June 2010, 1:51 pm

Planted loads of seeds, blackbirds then promptly dug for worms in all the pots, so all the pots now have old hanging basket tops on till the plants come through & I had to sweep again.

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Post by Dandelion on 18th June 2010, 6:35 pm

...but they sound so beautiful, you can't be cross with them for long. (I keep forgetting to put netting over pots with seeds sown in, so have to do the whole re-seeding/sweeping thing too)

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Post by Dandelion on 18th June 2010, 6:43 pm

I've been doing something I should do more often - just BEING in the garden, and appreciating it. It's nothing special, just a country town garden, and I certainly wouldn't want to open it to visitors, but to me it's so beautiful at the moment.Vegetables looking green, kohl rabi looking strange, chickens pottering about, a slow worm making me jump as it shot through the plant I was watering, a frog pushing up its head out of the pond and looking daft with a layer of duck weed like a hat - and the promise of more good things to come as things ripen.

That's it, eulogy over - I'll get back to my list of jobs now!!

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Post by Compostwoman on 18th June 2010, 7:13 pm

That is something I really have to work at here, so often all I see is a huge list of chores, when I look at our place...whereas in fact it is beautiful, if a bit wild!

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Post by polgara on 18th June 2010, 10:15 pm

Blackbirds are really funny. We have 2 male & 2 female & I think some young ones. Favourite pastime, as well as singing, is waiting for Sparhawk in the garden & then trying to part his hair as they fly across. At the moment they are really pecking around the pots for whatever & making attempts to get in the kitchen. Love them like crazy.

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Post by Compostwoman on 18th June 2010, 11:12 pm

I ran a Den building course here in the wood for Early Years practitioners on Monday night ( people who work with under 6 year olds...)

One of the many best bits was when I was introducing the idea of building micro dens for soft toys...I often use some of the RSPB singing bird soft toys for this ..and the participants then build nests for them.......I produced a Chaffinch and a Blackbird and demonstrated the recorded calls which they do if you press them...and immediately we were surrounded by REAL Blackbirds and Chaffinches, all challenging the "interlopers"

The learners on the course were absolutely amazed at this reaction.....

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Post by Guest on 19th June 2010, 10:11 am

We are dead heading the roses hoping they will flower again. It has been a very good roses year so far with many bunches in the house and brilliant displays outside.

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Post by Lottie on 3rd September 2010, 1:33 pm

Wow nothing since June? Shocked time for resurection, I feel... Wink

I've been saving seeds like mad and sprinkling some about now. My corn flowers this season were wonderful. I've completely fallen for annuals this year, the poppies and margolds, nicotinia etc etc have all done so well, bless their little cottons... bestest was my Ricine harvest, mind you... Cool Laughing Ricinus Communis, I shall go try take piccy, cos it really was amazing, hard to believe it was an annual, it's hoooooooooge Shocked

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Post by Compostwoman on 3rd September 2010, 3:16 pm

Wow, a Caster Oil plant? any pics?

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Post by Lottie on 3rd September 2010, 8:19 pm

Compostwoman wrote:Wow, a Caster Oil plant? any pics?

I think so... Laughing mind you, anything could happen, I ain't technical, CW... Embarassed



Blimey, that's tinsy winsy.. Laughing hmm... hey ho.. gives an idea anyhoo. Very Happy

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Post by Compostwoman on 3rd September 2010, 8:31 pm

Ooo pretty!

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Post by Hathorite on 4th September 2010, 8:28 am

Today I'm going to tend my son's flower beds and lay down some grass clippings as mulch, cut some weeds (they're rather prolific!) and try to give everything a general tidy if I can. The dahlias look splendid and I hope if I can cover them well enough they'll make it next year. I also want to get two trellises for my clematis which are going great guns - they're new, and apparently I should cut them well back for the first year, but when do I do that, anyone know? Now or in spring?
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Post by Lottie on 4th September 2010, 11:17 am

I imagine it would depend on which group they belong to, Hathorite. I do my early spring ones after they've flowered, summer flowering ones in early spring, darned if I can rememeber no 3 group Embarassed But I'm sure someone will be along, with better Clemaits knowledge.

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