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Sounds like you've got a wonderful set of gardens on your hands! I've got some butterflies on my back fence too! Hmmm, I've got two spare hanging hook things out back that might need some chimes on them of some sort! Thanks for the idea! I've also got a bright metal peacock out back too. I don't know if you've heard of the company 'Olive and Sage'? But I feel you might like some of their things if you've anymore space anywhere..... Or can make space anywhere! Lol
This is my first time growing veg. Beginning of the year I finally got my back yard fenced in and made secure, which meant I could put things out there without fear of kids pulling things up or things getting nicked. I live in a terraced house, so it's two small yards that I've got, maybe 8' by 10 or 12'. So everything is container planted. If you're ever bored enough to read through the thread, you'll see both of my gardens being built and developed. So the front is for flowers and the back is for edibles.... Though there are two lime trees, a kafir and a finger or caviar, out front and if the hibiscus doesn't survive then there will be a cherry tree too! Lol.
I really do need to look up pruning care for the things out front, as we're getting to the season for it. But I need to list them all first, and I'm not going out in the rain again today. I've no idea what's out there, as I just buy what I like then see how it goes. Lol. Speaking of, my fig tree I got as a stick at the beginning of the year? Taller than me now! It's insane how this thing has grown!
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
hi funny you should mention olive and sage my best friend brought me these yoga frog ornaments i have them either side of my French doors they are so comical forgot also to mention all the garden ornaments I have everywhere I have all sorts foxes rabbits squirrels dogs on and then there is all my different sizes of silver balls everywhere I must admit I am surprised me my friend or the dog hasnt tripped yet but it's a passion i have always had its the same inside the house as well it's took me years of hard work holding two jobs down to get the house and garden as I want it and I am going to try and keep it for as long as I can I think I have just got my fighting battle head on again thank you for that I wondered where it had gone xx
Sounds like the weeds had got tangled up in your head. Bit of gardening, few good words, bit of support, and those weeds have withered away and set your fight free.
Long may it continue!
Hi there yes I keep fighting on like everybody else does make a difference when I can potter in garden and have me music on and weather ok and my dog jyp playing with his toys and it's nice on our site to receive help but also to give help as well I hardly sleep at all so normally at night it's surprising how many people are up like me and need help as well I have found it's as good to receive as it it is to give thanks for chattingxxx
the tulip bulbs have arrived. Now to plant them. Orange Bx white for the front; purples for the back. Roll on spring...
What is a community champ?
Hi there I am the same in progress of planting me bulbs you can't beat that feeling of seeing the shoots coming up can you I get very excited at the first signs of spring and new life just around the corner something to look forward to xxx
Yes, I have a few dozen daffodils, narcissi, tulips, snowdrops, alliums and hyacinths for planting. When we were away at the weekend, we picked up some lovely healthy vibrant coloured pansies, violas and cyclamen. Some of the cyclamen have a bright colour which have a thin white edging all around the petals, truly beautiful. The various plants are destined mainly for the tubs and containers at the front door. I love arriving home to see a great display, gives me such a warm feeling inside.
Veg wise, I have ordered garlic, shallots and overwintering onions, red and white. I find it's best to buy them from a specialist grower because when you buy a package of all 4, there's a decent discount to be had.
I've a few young plants that I raised for growing to maturity in the greenhouse-winter lettuce and spring onions, we call them scallions in this part of the world and cut up, poached in butter which is then added to mashed potatoes, a lovely buttery dish that in Northern Ireland is called champ. In the Republic of Ireland, they use diced cabbage and there it's called Colcannon. Whichever you choose, they're pretty tasty, but choose champ lol.
Enjoy planting your bulbs everyone.
hi there oh I love it when I hear other people's gardening stories as you know I have a great passion for gardening I am the same I have loads of containers large borders rockeries big lawns containers hanging from all round me fencing that's without all the hanging baskets as well then all me animal ornaments me animal chimes and all me silver balls in it goes on and on them all me lighting as well me neighbours say it's like matlock illuminations and I should sell tickets ha ha ha I love to see me shoots coming up gives me hope and gets me excited xxx
I was lucky enough to visit Sissinghurst garden today - it was Vita Sackville West’s garden where she arguably invented modern gardening. It’s broken up into distinct garden areas with different themes, all tied together by clever landscaping around some beautiful old buildings and the wider views to the Kent countryside.
Goodness it was beautiful. It receives so many visitors that some parts were cordoned off to allow them to recover but lots was still open and plenty still in flower. The famous white garden was past its best but gorgeous nevertheless. The asters and dahlias were our in full force in the purple border, the marigolds were like jewels in the red/gold garden and the trees were beginning to turn so there were splashes of autumn colour. We watched a gardener trim a yew hedge, using a spirit level to keep his line, and another volunteer sweep every last leaf from a stretch of York flagstone. The autumnal smells were incredible and I discovered what the fruit of a magnolia tree looks like. I had never noticed them before.
It was a real treat.
Oh it sounds fabulous love themes wonderful you get such an atmosphere of you have themed gardens it's like the garden having a conversion with you sounds a bit daft but that's what I do like when I play me music I am sure they listen and grow better another daft comment ha ha I think everyone is getting used to me ways now I am just being myself and I can't change that I am at chemo today every Fri comes round to quick normally does when something you dread comes along any messages any body sends I will get back to you later on tonight let's hope I am not set back two hrs today!!at least my best friend is with me as usual you all know how wonderful she is and I can have loads of squashy cuddles from her today to get me through it xxx
Sounds like a wonderful day, I find I get such a lift when I go to a beautiful garden, I can sit for hours, feasting my eyes on the joyous colours.
I think that this winter I'll start a yew hedge somewhere. Yew hedges are few and very far between over here. I can't say for sure that I have come across any over here, maybe too far north. Don't know.
What is very common here is Castlewellan Gold hedging, Leylandii, as well as Escallonia. So many Escallonia hedges were killed in the big freeze about 8 years ago. The one I have in the front garden fell victim to the cold then and it's only just back to its best after several years of drastic cuts of 50% a couple of times a season. The advice from local radio gardeners was to start again but following a chat with a local landscape gardener, he and I both decided to try to save them. My son and my wife thought I was wasting my time, but I persevered and the results are worth it. Strangely, neither has congratulated me.
I can't say I've come across magnolia fruits but I'll have a look in the front garden later.
Take care Daloni
I hope your chemo goes smoothly today Popgate
So, very nearly done with my front garden this year. Everything is weeded and cleared out. I've planted some new tulip bulbs, just need to put the rest into the planters down my path but was too pooped to do that today. So just need to do some pruning and plant those last bulbs and I think it's sorted.
However, the already planted tulips from last year seem to be poking their heads up! They seem to think that we're coming into spring. Stupid things!
Picked my cabbage today too, as I think he was done growing. Will have to decide how to best eat him.
Various bulbs in my garden are also poking up, that's quite normal year after year. I'm currently working on assembling a polytunnel, so far I've only managed to get the four corners marked out and tomorrow I'll make a raised bed for my overwintering onions, shallots and garlic. It's best to make your beds first before putting the plastic on. Wielding a hammer or crowbar etc isn't a good idea if you put the plastic on first. Red cabbage is my favorite, whether pickled or braised. I've copied a recipe that I would use. Here it is:
First discard the tough outer leaves of the cabbage, cut it into quarters and remove the hard stalk.
Then shred the rest of the cabbage finely, using your sharpest knife (although you can shred it in a food processor, I prefer to do it by hand: it doesn't come out so uniform). Next, in a fairly large casserole, arrange a layer of shredded cabbage seasoned with salt and pepper, then a layer of chopped onions and apples with a sprinkling of garlic, spices and sugar. Continue with these alternate layers until everything is in. Now pour in the wine vinegar, lastly add dots of butter on the top.Put a tight lid on the casserole and let it cook very slowly in the oven for 2-2½ hours, stirring everything around once or twice during the cooking. Red cabbage, once cooked, will keep warm without coming to any harm, and it will also re-heat very successfully. And, yes, it does freeze well so, all in all, it's a real winner of a recipe.
It's one of Delia's
Cook and enjoy, life is too short.
Not to worry if the leaves of bulbs come up early. Some always do it, and they will withstand most of what winter will throw at them. The only danger is if flower buds get frosted and I find they are pretty tough too.
Most of my autumn colour is going now, but I have various evergreens from bright lime green through to ordinary. I especially like a variegated Euonymus Japonicus 'Bravo'. It becomes a big plant, but it always looks like it's in the sunshine.
This time of year the Arum Italicum come up. This is a small bulbous plant with dark glossy, white veined leaves, which colour up what would otherwise be bare ground. They do tend to swamp early spring plants if planted too close, but they die off over the summer so can have herbaceous plants take over for summer colour. The cornus stems are red now, and I have some good small cyclamen in flower. The winter heathers haven't started yet.
Sadly I can do very little myself any more, because of low immunity and breathlessness if I bend over. I have some very good gardeners that come every three weeks, weather permitting. The satisfaction is that I have designed it all and planted most of it myself when I was in better health.
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