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Gardens, Gardening, Plants, etc 2019

tvman
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Hi Millie

How did your treatment go when you went to San Francisco? For people in the UK, our cancer treatment is expensive, some of the most expensive treatment that we in the UK can receive, however thanks to our wonderful National Health Service, (NHS), we receive our treatment free ie no bill afterwards although we do pay an amount weekly, depending on our earnings. We may have a long wait for some treatment such as osteoarthritis but to all intents and purposes it's free. 

Some of our treatment, especially in cancer treatment, is the best in the world. The NHS is criticised a lot, but I think I can say that we cancer patients are extremely grateful. I'm wondering, Millie, does your treatment cost an arm and a leg? Or do you have an insurance policy? It's hard for me to understand that if I lived in the US, I would have to do without my treatment, in which case I probably wouldn't be around. If you think I'm being intrusive when I asked you about how you pay, then please accept my apologies for asking a personal question and you don't have to reply.

I don't know about others, but I love to see a post from you, each time I read one I can feel a tropical island breeze on my face . Reading about you growing tropical fruits, as I said elsewhere, brings a feeling of jealousy, in a nice way of course!

Hope to hear from you soon, Millie. Take care.

Tvman xx

My philosophy is simple, love life and family.
Lass
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So before drinking today's "Jug of Joy" (a litre of laxatives), I thought I'd go on a caterpillar cull in the garden as the blighters have been running rampant this week. Very pleased to see lots of tomato and tomatillo flowers blooming, squash and cucumber flowers dying and swellings beginning, and so much more. But my fave discovery today, my baby cauli!

This is the rest of the garden as a whole.... 

I'm excited for more edibles! Been munching away on Saskatoons, strawberries, and salad leaves so far! Omnomnom! 

Lass

Xx

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. - Thich Nhat Hanh

kirky68
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Ooh Lass looks fab. My OH is doing the same, lots of veg in pots. Not exactly sure what we're going to do with it all when it's ready!

Lass
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Yeh, all of mine are in pots because this is rented and the back is all paving slabs. So only option. Lol

I'm wondering the same thing tbh. Lol. I think I have a bee problem though in that they aren't used to flowers being anywhere in this area. Lol. So some of my veg flowers don't look to have been pollinated. Some have though as there are definite swellings on the pumpkins, squash, etc plants in the bottom of my giant strawberry pot. 

I'm just hoping that I staggered the planting enough that things will be ready at different times so I'm not inundated all at once. 

Today I picked my first carrots too! Very exciting! 

Have you managed to pick anything yet kirky? 

Lass

Xx

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Ms.Lin
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Hi, love seeing your container garden. We rented in Kent when first married, row house , 2 up 2 down and no garden. A country girl, I could not do without a kitchen garden so did much as you do now. I remember vividly how hungrily (both in a kind of spiritual and the bodily sense) I anticipated the growth in those pots! I have hand pollinated in the past when bees seemed scarce. We have many pollinators these days and many are honeybees as a regional apiary brings in their bees for the clover. Happy gardening!

Lin
kirky68
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I've been treated to a gooseberry crumble and peas picked 10 minutes before they went into the pan.

Ms.Lin
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The neighbours brought us fresh peas about a week ago. What a treat. I used to like to eat them fresh from the pod and did eat a podful this time.

Gooseberries! I love gooseberry pie and jam. There were gooseberries here but disappeared while the house and garden were let, so no more. Your post has inspired me to go investigate the jam supply at the Hall. The local women sell jams, jellies and conserves to raise funds. Maybe some gooseberry. I hope not to be disappointed; my mouth waters.

Lin
flowerlady
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That is an impressive array Lass. I have two tomato plants and a strawberry

It's very exciting when the fruit appears. The baby Cauliflower is a work of art!

X

Flowerlady x
MCLkid
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Hello TVMAN!

 I need to learn to go to the next page and read the rest of the postings! I enjoy hearing from you too.  It is night, so no way to pictures, but tomorrow I'll start working on it.  I have ripe papaya now, mangos are in season, but from friends since I am too near the water. I should have passion fruit this year, started the plant from a 4inch cutting about 2 years ago,  I'll take a photo soon so you can see it.  Pineapple is starting to grow also. I keep the coconut trees harvested, it is deadly to walk under one that is loaded with coconuts. Have not put time into the garden this season, the last year has been difficult and I have been a bit low on energy..  

But things are getting better, my visit to UCSF was highly successful. Good bloods and scans -who can ask for more.  As to the costs, they are high. Yes, I have good medical insurance, otherwise my treatment would not be the same nor as successful.  On the plus side of paying through the nose for the insurance is that it is not as difficult to get the appointments.  I still fight with some of my doctors about treatment and doses since I believe in targeted therapy not in Chemo, and they listen to me. I am lucky in so many ways.

I am returning to San Francisco in early August to give a talk to some children, and then my daughter and I are going on a cruise of the Baltic for 14 days, should be fun. I am looking forward to having time with her. A good side effect of cancer is that I can eat as much as I want-  I always ask the question: what is good about what's happening now.  14 days of eating anything that I what and I do not have to shop or cook! That is what's good.

I do enjoy the gardening parts of these posts.Love growing plants and seeing all of your plants so far away.  Actually wish I were closer some times and I would go to a meet up to see the folks I post with. 

TVMAN, thanks for the post, I follow you all the time and enjoy your wisdom.

Actually I enjoy all you guys Daloni, Button, Lass and rest of the gang. You guys keep me happy.

I'll try and post later this week with my photos.

Hugs to all,

Millie

MCLkid
Educating myself about this disease.
daloni
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Hi

Here are some flowers from my garden. It's looking great out there in the sunshine

Lass
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Ms Lin, did you manage to source some jam? I do hope so! 

I've been a bit lapse in posting here, keeping things up to date with how it's all going. But I just picked my first tomatoes and a cucumber today! Looking at my two cucumber plants, I think I may be looking for homes for cucumbers or recipes for cucumbers much as I did with the avocados! Lol.

So here are todays offerings..... 

And then I'm going to post the link to my FB folder that has everything else in it. Oh! I HAVE SOME TOMATILLOS GROWING! I'm just a little excited by this fact..... Lol

Click Here

Hopefully that works!

How is everyone else's gardens going? Anything exciting happening, this includes just sitting out enjoying the weather and the garden! 

Lass

Xx

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. - Thich Nhat Hanh

flowerlady
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Lass - homegrown cucumbers are soo much nicer! They have proper flavour.

Garden has suffered a little due to weekend away and no

Watering. However, have sat out a lot and just looked at nature

Which is a real tonic. Two ripe cherry tomatoes is my total veg haul.

Claire xx

Flowerlady x
daloni
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Ooh tomato and cucumber fresh from the plant. Hard to beat. 

My pots appear to be over now but the garden is still looking good. I have had to trim back several overgrown shrubs and perennials and the deadheading is never ending but there’s lots still in flower even into the dog days of August. The compost bin is overflowing mind you. 

Xx

Lass
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just thought I'd tag you here, as if you love gardening then you might like to tell us about yours some? Help distract your mind a bit when it's starting to spiral. 

As for me, I'm thinking about braving the weather to see if there's anything ready to be picked! Fingers crossed, and I'll continue this thread once I'm back..... 

Not a bad wee haul today. Def worth getting wet for. Lol. That's 1 type of cucumber and 6 types of tomato!

As for the front, weed fest at the min. Before my back went I had thought I'd get out Thrre and weed, then work out what plant I have where, how it's going to grow, and if I can put some matching/contrasting bulbs around them. Got some more tulips for my lily tree bulb pots, as they were REALLY disappointing this year. I only got 1 that flowered. So we shall see what happens, what I buy, what I plan. Space is too small for more pots, so need to make the most of what I've got! (though I am considering hanging things from my fence..... Though I need to grow my trombone squash plant up the fence next year to allow it to grow healthily. So we shall see what happens! Lol

Lass

Xx

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Popgate
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Hi can't believe people are getting back to me!! it's great it's fantastic to chat i keep explaining to everybody I don't normally do things online as I am normally a pen and paper person but hey I have got this far thank you so much for contacting me it means the world to me having someone to chat to i have a large front and back garden i have got 4 large rockeries large boarders and pots hanging baskets and loads of containers chimes butterflies all over my fencing it's a lot of hard work without the lawns to mow but thankfully my neighbour does that he had been doing it since I had my operation in May and still doing it now he is marvellous gives me a hand with heavy stuff used to be able to do all of it but chemo and things wear you out quickly so I try to pace myself hate it when I can't get out to potter the rain today is awful i see you like to grow veg and it looks like you are good at it from the photo you sent me they look brill I must admit growing veg i have never tried partly because the gardening i do with all the plants and all the other things I have no room oh forgot to say I have led lighting all over my fencing back and front and in my bushes and conifer and then all the stake butterfly and dragonflies in the garden everywhere it may seem a bit over the top but that's how I like it thank you again for contacting me xx

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