What’s been happen in the gardens this week

Well I had to rest due to an infection in my eye so no gardening or anything else at present hence no post so far

Eye is still weepy, but I am getting there.

Dogs are fine a bit confused with David being home during the week days but can take them for the odd walk on the field now his arm is slowly getting better

Apart from cleaning up after the dog’s unit Monday when we know if we can stay or not in this home we currently in

But deep down I think we will have to move.


So I have not been doing a lot of gardening to be honest with you as david dose not see the point but will do a few photo’s as I pack up the garden with the plants that I would like to take to the new home.

Well we were given 14 days to try and find a new home   if not they will send the bailiffs in so praying hard we will find some were to go to soon


Well I dug up a palm bush/plant and when trimming the roots put a small clump of roots into another small pot to see if I can grow another one. And  dug up the blueberries bush only in mufti compost for now but will give it the right compost once we have moved and took a cutting to try and make another one which is in the greenhouse waiting for me to pot up in soil

Well to day o dug up my camellia and a pink rose I believe called handle

Yesterday we did some indoor packing of stuff upstairs


Well we have 12 days left before we are out of this home still not a hundred present know were we are moving to as yet I be digging up my pear and apple that I grew from seed and maybe the peach tree then I change the greenhouse round to keep it in there once we moved and found somewhere to go


I trying to leave everything with God not always easy but doing my best to take the stress away we have another meeting on Friday at 9.30 am

I put my Camilla into the greenhouse for winter will be putting my peach into the greenhouse when we move but finding a bag for it for now

Will be making leaf mould when I moved but might start now and take some in bags when we move

Well I have a composting and Facebook friend from Norwich coming to give me a hand to dig some plants and 3 trees up this afternoon

We dug up my apple and pear that I grow from seed and the rest of the roes in the back garden and two from the front garden as one has died believe it Chania Lady a yellow flower

Have a good week until  next time

What’s been happen in the gardens this week



Well I am just blocking Logan’s jumper before sewing it up now about to start his hat still to hot to garden at present

Hat is coming along nicely at present well it been to hot to be outside but now it is getting cooler I can at least try and weed and put a plant were the weeds were hopefully


I have some beans that grown for the first time brought from a yard sale to finish growing on but might try my own next year. I picked some yesterday there was only 5 so put in our casserole last night with a jacket spud was very nice indeed


Watch an old edible garden the other night which has given me some ideas

The rain has been very welcome for the garden  light rain this morning again must say the garden is getting slightly neglected at present  but hoping to get back on top of it soon .




It was lovely yesterday spending time in the greenhouse clearing dead plants that had died

I potted on a melon plant my other one had died, have new flowers on my indoor cucumber need to tie the one up in the front garden planted some shop brought spuds that had sprouted in to a old compost bad and fill it with straw and we will see if they grow in time for Christmas?


I been knitting hats when it been raining

Went out into the greenhouse this morning sowed two lemon basil and 2 coriander or cilantro as Americans call it  tied up an outdoor cucumber before lunch was surprised it got some fruit on it will give it a feed of organic food


Yesterday I sowed some little gem lettuce and some Christmas tree seeds not sure if they will germinate but it fun trying to see grey clouds at present having first morning coffee of the day back door is open for the dogs must try and clear up after the dogs this morning


Well managed to clean up after the dogs yesterday Monday

As David invited his ex-work mate and her daughter over for the day and I did a bit of weeding in the back garden must get to do the front garden at some point

It sunny this afternoon my leg is hurting but will try and do some think in the garden  even if it just harvesting  the plums and cleaning up after the dogs


Yesterday was our monthly garden club meeting and we are having a lovely talk about bees very interesting took some photo on my mobile just uploading them now

The things you can plant for all pollinators are poppies, lavenders,  open front flowers hollyhocks  alliums


by the way which do you like daily headings or as it is now? please and thank you


Took some time out to spend with david over this bank holiday which was nice


As much as I love my garden I am thinking of taking a step back on this plot I be emptying my compost bins as their will be lighter to stack up on top each other. For now



David and I have been talking we not getting any younger, so we think it time to look for a cottage or bungalow that allows dogs as we have 3 as you know as they will not have stairs in them.

Will be digging some things up like my mothering laws rose’s   and my apple and pear i grow from seed but it depends on whats in the new garden already  and the blueberry plant and my dead looking strawberries



What’s been happen in the gardens this week



Well I am slowly recovering from my trip in the garden over the weekend did not do to much yesterday just rested and chilled with David and the dogs

Just realized I had not written my about page on my WordPress blog which I have done now


Still very warm indeed still a bit sore and does not help when kind hubby keeps telling me to rest   so nothing is getting done apart from watering the greenhouse and pots and containers

Dogs are being sensible and staying indoors


Last night I had a fly come close to my eye while eating a hotdog scared me but getting over it now

Slight inflamed this morning  but I am sure it will go down



Had a lovely talk and slide show with the title road to Gold from Peter Skeggs-Gooch https://www.thorncroftclematis.co.uk/about-us/nursery-and-garden.html


Plus on the 26 of STEPTEMBER Going to local nursery called The Walnut tree Garden Nursery being kindly taken by Cherry Cummingham


I can hear the thunderstorms but no rain yet

Had a couple of claps of thunder during the night as well



Last Night we had a lovely thunder and lighting with rain which did the garden lovely and the plants seem to be doing the happy dance this morning we meant for some more rain so I might try and put some plants in so if it dose rain they will get a good drink


Just planted some purple zinnia’s

Then went for a drive to Hemsbey with David and his younger brother and his family as they kindly picked me up on route

The wind has knocked my Hollyhocks about during the night

I see if I can tie them up a bit or trim them


Norfolk Master Composters – Social Evening with Chris Collins

Monday, 30 July 2018 18:45 – 21:00

Had a fab evening at County Hall with the Master Composters and a fab talk by Chris Collins and a big thank you to Jean Rochford for kindly picking me up


A friend’s recipe for shortcake


Red and Blackcurrant Shortcake

Prep Time

30 mins

Cook Time

30 mins

Total Time

1 hr


Course: Dessert

Servings: 12

Author: Cath


350 g plain, white flour

250 g vegan margarine or spread

120 g golden granulated sugar

3 tsp ground cardamom

60 g ground almonds

A pinch salt

300 g redcurrants and blackcurrants cleaned and desprigged


Pre-heat oven to 180 celsius (350F or Gas Mark 4)


Sieve flour into big bowl and add a pinch of salt


Add margarine and rub in until it resembles breadcrumbs


Add ground cardamom seeds (the little brown and black very hard seeds inside the pods) and sugar  and amalgamate well


Press half the mixture into the bottom of a 8 or 9 inch cake or tart tin (preferably with a loose bottom) greased and lined with parchment or greaseproof paper and lightly prick with a fork


Put in the oven for 10 minutes and then remove


Pour a mixture of red and black currants onto cooked shortbread base


Add ground almonds to remainder of shortbread mixture and mix well before pressing evenly on top of currants


Put whole thing back into the oven for another 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown


Remove and leave on rack to cool – mark out into slices and eat


Spent the afternoon painting my old labels ready for next season

Another nice day again hoping to get some plants planted if I can before it gets to warm if possible

A very good friend called Marina kindly sent me another lovely mixed package of veg and flower and herb seeds  which I am very grateful indeed later I might sort them out into like salad so that would be (toms spring onions lettuce beetroot radish) just for an example .


Going to be another warm day again today

Got to try and get outside but once David is up I must stay indoors then do my computer work or knit or watch tv but never mind

Stay save in this warm weather we are having

What’s been happen in the gardens this week



Blue skies this morning talk of rain later so the weather folk say watch this space, so they say

I started to start trimming the parts the hedge cutter could not do by hand with my flower secateurs and stated looking at the plum tree that needs a small prune



Grey skies I open all the compost bins lids ready for the rain we meant to be getting as rain water is better than tap water

I soaked some rolls that had gone rock hard and gave them to the birds the black bird was the first one to visit the side feeder shortly after I put it in there.

Final finished trimming the hedge all I got to do s pick it up when next weeding


I just cut one of my comfrey plants and taken some leaves to dry ready for making powder or granules for feeding plants





The sun is out with some could at present not sure what I am doing today as yet garden wise open greenhouse  and that’s all so far

Well I have crumbled my comfrey leaves and put them back into the greenhouse to finish of drying then will put in a jar

just picked some raspberries and some peaches I do not think the peaches are quite ready so will do some Reacher on line



Well David called into the Norfolk and Norwich hospital on his way home last night as was in major pain in one of his arms since being in Queen Elizabeth Hospital 2 weeks ago

Open the greenhouse and not a lot else at present

Please to say David is home now and with strong painkillers to take


Still no rain yet got to tie up my cucumber plant in the greenhouse but have not done it yet

I have been outside into the greenhouse and potted one chilli plant, one salad pepper, and the cucumber plant I have 3 Alicante tomatoes to stake and pot up soon but running out of bamboo canes may be get them done tomorrow hopefully




i had a fall over the weekend  sore but ok

What’s been happen in the gardens this week





Well last night David was admitted to hospital hoping they can sort him out and stop him from being unwell, but he is in the best place, but I miss him madly

Garden wise

Apart from cleaning up from the dogs not a lot has been going on today and filling up bird baths.

Very hot and sticky a little breeze, not sure when we will get any rain fall in our region or anywhere for that matter.


Well nice blue skies again just opened the greenhouse and watered the plants

Not sure what I will be doing at present apart from another coffee I think.

Very happy to say first signs of my edible lupins are coming up so happy


We meant to be getting some rain but not sure when blue skies now


Grey skies this morning not sure what I am going to do hoping to get my motivation back

I put a cardigan on as I feel that cold still have sore throat

Made honey and lemon drink and we see how that goes

Please to say my David is back home out of hospital for now

Let’s hope he dose not have to go back in again.



My neighbour kindly trimmed my hedge last night there a little bit he could not reach but I can do that with my hand shears as he did it all from his side of the garden

It’s overcast this morning thought we were going to get some rain, but it was very fine rain and did not lead to much



I have not open my package from Bubble house worms that came to day but will shortly and take photo’s of it


Grey skies this morning some of the worms wanted out of their new home so covered them with some more soil from underneath my grass clippings  so hopeful they will start to burrow down then came up once I feed them next week





Greyish skies this morning, hoping to clear the garden up this morning as left it for 3 days now just had not the energy with in me still got the clippings to rake up as well from my kind neighbour doing the hedge for me the other night.



Blue skies this morning just waiting for David to get up, so we can have breakfast then I try and rake up the clippings.

Instead we went to Ely Cathedral which was lovely


Clean up after dogs, blue skies again washing on line

And started the raking up of the hedge clippings  as well which w

What’s been happen in the gardens this week



Lovely blue skies and warm went to a couple of summer fates and picked up some bargains

Then went to a Cancer Charity Bingo at the village hall and won on a full house Nail kit and some lovely smell kit with sticks that you turn each day and Raffle prize a small fruit hamper

Was nice relaxing with David even here liked the bingo 2nd time we had been the other one was in Dereham in a local school



Had a relaxing day with David making the most of these weekends now he is back at work praise God

Starting a pineapple  challenge again to see if I can grow one  it came in my raffle fruit hamper yesterday



Lovely sunshine again lots to try and do if I can still be looking for gaps where I can put some plants and as they are come and come again flowers it will be nice and hopefully keep the weeds down at the same time

Just planted a laurel purple one down the bottom off the back garden and found a rope lead while digging the hole.

Put water in the hole first then a little more on top once planted

Just potted on 3 Alicante Tomato’s I put a cut up banana skin in the bottom of the pots and see what happens

Clean up after the dogs 2 days’ worth mind.



The sun is out already open greenhouse will be opening my last bag of compost today so hopefully will get some at the weekend for starting seeds and plants I like to use my homemade for the borders but waiting for my ankle to get better before putting more pressure on.


Just planted one off my earlier rhubarbs I sowed this year


Just snipped some baby spider plants off and put in some water to start rooting of one of my mother plants have 3 mother plants and will have to do the same to them soon

Just washed some pots up from plants that were not growing after potting on so will put them under the potting bench ready for when I do some more trying to clear the plants I have first.




Lovely blue skies again already opened the greenhouse think I will go and do some planting in the front garden before it gets to hot lots planed

Planted two comfrey plants,  some Zinnias, and one the other side some lupins and larkspur plants  ground is rock hard nearly did my hand in digging the hole




I had a few changes in the greenhouse this morning and might sow some seeds in the morning as getting tied  plus hands starting to hurt from earlier when planted some plants out




Blue skies again greenhouse open got one or two things to pot on today might film in their or just take photo’s we will see just hosed down the greenhouse and misted all the plants got my first flower on one of my cucumbers in the greenhouse






Well it a bit cooler this morning so got back door closed at present greenhouse opened watered the front pots and my newly planted plants to give them a chance