This is just part of my birthday present from my lovely husband David which I am very grateful for.
This is just part of my birthday present from my lovely husband David which I am very grateful for.
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
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
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
After breakfast the back and front garden lawns were mowed and it looks lovely now our lawnmower is tricky to start so David will not me use it.
Just sorted some plants to go to the plant stall for our flower show this afternoon but take then down in the morning ready.
Then I be tackling Japeries knot weed to stop it going over my blueberries
Another lovely sunny day again going to see what plants I can plant outside and tidy up my greenhouse
Lovely sunny day again this morning hopefully I will get some more things planted to day just opened the greenhouse.
Just taken my first Garlic out of my hanging baskets not bad for first attempt of growing them
Started of cooler this morning but getting warmer and blue skies, got a bit of de heading to do today on some of the flowers in the garden
4 Cups Flour
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1.5 Tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Oil
2 Tsp. Yeast
1.25 – 1.5 Cups Warm Water
Make dough and cut into 8 equal parts. Let them rest for 15-20 minutes. Shape them into bagels and let them rest again for 20 minutes.
While they are resting bring a pot of water to a boil. After 20 minutes boil the bagels for 1 minute on each side and them bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes flip and bake for another 5 minutes.
Now to do some cleaning up after the dogs
I have picked some gooseberries and some cut and come again lettuce this afternoon you will see the photos in slide show when I put it up at the weekend been quite busy so might have a rest tomorrow deepens as out in the afternoon at garden club
Well the sun is out blue skies resting this morning but might go and do some potting on and open the greenhouse
Well yesterday I ordered some more labels and the plant pots that you put straight into the ground from
They have a lovely range of items
I did get some wooden ones that came the other day
Not so warm this morning but I am sure it will warm up later
Planted 3 petunia’s a normal lupin and 2 loosestrife plants
I finally got around to sowing my edible lupins re potted my cucumber’s one out side, potted to wallflowers to help with pollination and might put some celery in?
Well I have planted 3 Celery and 3 pansies’
One in the green house and potted on one melon that in the green house.
Moved the laurel purple one outside ready for tomorrow
Blessings and enjoy your gardens or allotments
Grey skies this morning not sure what I am doing as yet
But will let you know when I do.
Well I have pinned the strawberry runners not sure what I will do if I get any more as I do not want to lose any this year unlike last year
Well grey skies this morning and some wind I looked at my first trail using coke to see if the snails and slugs would take a dip doing this in conduction with Garden Organics
Here you can just about see snail and slug using coke
Here are some photos of garden pink poppies and beetroot and rhubarb seedlings first year of growing rhubarb this is 2nd sowing of them
Friday and Saturday
We went to visit David parents and I brought a new shrub for ether the front or back garden well David paid along with some roses
Well I got some shrubs to tie up in the back garden one being the comfrey it leaning forwards again never mind will be taking a cutting of it soon so it can bounce back again
Not very warm today but might brighten up later
Brought some runner beans called Evorma Elite when I planted them I put a wallflower in the middle of my canes called Scarlet Bedder and some tomatoes as well
Brought a Purple Laurel have not planted it as yet may be tomorrow
it’s been dully and damp today so not much gardening done but had watered the greenhouse with hose pipe as my water butt empty
did notice Zinnia called purple prince good for insects
Making labels for the Zinnia’s
Watered the plants in the green house
Having coffee and trying to work out what to do for tea to night plus what gardening jobs to do a bit stuck on that one house is so quite since David started work again
Don’t get me wrong it nice having him back at work as I can do things in my time as I was becoming a couch person watching TV.
First time making from GREEK YOGURT turn it in to Greek cheese just strain all the whey out of it very yummy
Crackers with Greek cheese
Cleaned the garden up from the dogs
Just planted evergreen shrub CEANOTHUS REPENS
Lovely blue flowers and bees love it
Out this afternoon at a Master Composter work shop
First one I been to looking forward to it
Taking banana tea with me and just made up rhubarb juice which you make out of the leaves boil in saucepan or microwave jug and it good for getting rid of black fly just like washing up ligiid dose we had 17 come to our workshop I talked for a few minutes about my self and the fact you’re always learning something new in the world of composting
Well not so hot today but plan to do pot on the zinnias today and I might have a go at trying to cut the hedge ?
beer trap week two
Tried using my shares but not sharp enough to do the hedge the back one never minds have to wait for the expert David to do it
just planted 2 chrysanthemum and 1 wallflower just now while my black coffee was cooling down
also sorting out some plants for Sunday for the flower show plant stall
Best Farmer’s Market Banana Bread
(Makes 2 loaves)
3.5 cups flour
2.5 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups mashed banana
Combine all dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Pour into 2 bread pans sprayed with oil.
Bake at 325F for about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
enjoy your weekend and have a blessed one
Late Sunday afternoon potted on 17 CHRSTHEMUM EASTERN STAR
Swept the greenhouse out after all the potting on I had down yesterday and two days sowed 5 more things
Lavender, Bulls Blood Beetroot, Parsnips, Swiss Chard AND Rhubarb. In a long 5 six cell trays will take photo in morning
Replenished the bird feeds this morning and filled one bird bath up as well it meant to be a bit cooler today after the rain has stop only light rain at present
Just had lunch crackers and cheese and sowed some purple zinnias as well in a small pot ideal for the insects around.
Well the postman dropped a lovely card in through the door from a friend on Facebook and within the card I had Unwin’s Calendula , Godetia, cottage garden Campanula, Aster Dwarf
Well we have blue skies at present with white clouds
Not sure what I am going to be doing today at present apart from watering in the greenhouse and putting curtain over mt strawberry’s
IDEAL to make on a summers day
taking it easy between jobs and drinking plenty
I picked some rhubarb and cooked it and blitz it then realize I have no lollies makers as I was going to make ice lollies
Lovely blue skies this morning getting warm already I think I am going to go through the items I put in the top part of the freezer to start to germinate later some time ago
Having first coffee of the morning feed dogs, washing on the line went out with David this morning and brought a long tray that holds water for my plants like a gravel tray and potted on 11 lupins Band of Nobles
Watered the strawberry’s in the late
afternoon mainly rested as well had a few appointment’s during the day
Will be putting food out for the birds soon grey skies at present
Rested most of the day
Went out to see David’s parents and on the way home picked up a ginger mint and peppermint plants will be taking cuttings for a friend in London and in due cause some for the garden club plant stall photos soon
About to pot on 15 purple loosestrifes (Lythrum salicaria)
I normal find these hard to grow but this year fine at present
Photo included in movie coming up shortly
Monday and Tuesday
Had appointments all day Monday so not a lot got done in the way of gardening but today Tuesday I filmed the front garden and greenhouse going to do the back shortly
After a coffee but did clean up after the dogs
Monday (Bank Holiday)
Well we visited David’s parents and did a bit of shopping
And come hope and after coffee come lunch I will start some of my potting on but might do it in the garden as it too hot for me to do it in the greenhouse.
I potted on some sweet peas that I had in the kitchen
Opened the lids on my composts 6 in all and one wormery waiting to get started when I can get a starter kit as my worms are hiding at present.
I painted Vitax tree grease to my fruit trees this afternoon
Well we had a good downpour last night and it slowly helping fill up my water butt as well filled a can up to water all the things in the greenhouse will be going in to pot on some melons and some flowers larkspur I think.
Having a coffee first,
Just potted on 5 melon and 11 larkspurs so far and 2 Greek oregano then came in for lunch which was a cheese and pickle roll and a bacon packet of crisps and a cappuccino made by David.
Just potted on one mint and 2 spider plants this afternoon
The skies are greyish this morning and have plans for more potting on this morning after breakfast hopefully will be doing some planting out and got some edible lupins to sow 2 different kinds (Lupin Dieta) (Lupin Haags blue) doing an experiment for Garden Organic and 2 other things as I do the trails I tell you about them
Just potted on one of my rhubarb seedlings variety gaskins perpetual rhubarb
This afternoon I potted on 9 pink buttercup ( Clarkia ),11 Celery Giant Red
8 Coriander plants
Sweep up after compost falling on the floor
So that 28plants potted on today and only half a new bag of compost used I am sieving each time I use it found one or two bits of plastic inside but not going to complain do not fill so bad myself when I accidently get some in own homemade compost
Just planted some more sweet peas in square footbed
It’s my birthday
It grey skies at present we going out this morning to Dereham and I have some birthday money to spend will show you all later what I brought.
I brought Johnsons PEA (MANGETOUT NORLI)
Dionaea (fly trap)
GRO SURE (PERLITE)
But could not find a potting tray so I have to keep using my cat litter tray not that we have cats only dogs.
Well we have light rain this morning which I am sure all the gardens are grateful for, one of the jobs I would like to do today is the front edging if I can and some more potting on this time I can add some perlite to the compost this time round
Well I just potted on 32 wallflowers (Scarlet Bedder)
Well raining slightly this morning some feeders need filling
Just washed some pots ready for new plants to go into running out of gravel trays or containers that I can put my new seedings into once their come out of the cell trays
Some will be going to our flower show in a couple of weeks making sure everything is label properly as it a night mare for folk who are not sure what the plant is