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Post by Lorraine on Wed 11 Jul 2012 - 0:32

lol Billie. If we don't get some dry weather soon, it'll be a damn bulldozer, lol.

Just looked back a couple of pics and can't believe how brown the grass was, especially now it's so thick and green. A bit gobsmacked at how the plants have grown too. I really wasn't expecting as much growth in just 5 or 6 weeks.

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Post by supergran on Wed 11 Jul 2012 - 9:08

I wish my plants would grow even half of yours, you must have enough light to help them along, thiking of getting a couple of sun lamps and setting them up outside Crying Laughin

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Post by Guest on Wed 11 Jul 2012 - 16:01

My tomatoes are simply gigantic this year - they were the seed from a lovely flavoured tomato I had doing that homesit in France last October and they have already got hefty crops of large tomatoes on them. I did grow one Gardener's Delight too though, as I love the small ones. Also (particularly for Cath this bit!) the blueberry bush is laden with fruit - much more than last year now, although I have had to put a bit of mesh over the top to stop the blackbirds eating them all!

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Post by Di Masters on Wed 11 Jul 2012 - 18:55

That seems to be the way to get good seed Patty, Tonys sister and her hubby had some tomatoes in Spain a couple years ago and they were so tasty they saved some seed and have grown them since. Not the shop perfect shape but taste good!
There is a good crop on the blueberrie plant here as well, surprised really as the plant is stuck in a small space by the fence and our soil is not acidic. Just put it there to see how it did. Had a nice lot of gooseberries (now in the freezer ready for winter puds) for the first year of fruiting and the blackcurrants are starting to ripen.

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Post by Lorraine on Thu 12 Jul 2012 - 16:19

Well, I was up and at it this morning at 10.00 and I've not long finished what I was doing. I've really enjoyed myself. It's all weeded, hoed and mowed. Mr Green

You can see here that the plants are establishing quite well. There are gaps of course, but they're slowing filling. There were quite a lot of flowers too, but as I've done quite a bit of dead heading, it's looking a bit sparse, lol. The roses are doing well and some have buds on now.





I have quite a good selection of plants I think, more than one of some in different colours. I have Hollyhocks, Penstemon, Campanula, Leucanthermums, Clematis, Fuchsias, Lupins, Salvias, Pelargoniums, Lilies, Poppies, Osteospermums, Cosmos, Gladioli, Hosta and some silly little marigolds. I'm very fond of Pelargoniums and apart from 6 'normal' ones, I've got some giant ones that I put in that spare front bed for now. They are Octavia Hill, Salmon Princess, Sassa, Flower Fairy Berry and Trend Salmon. There's a Weigela in a pot too.

And of course, my beloved roses. Mr Green I've got Blue Moon, Christian Dior, Pascali, Dutch Gold, Harry Wheatcroft, Ruby Wedding, Lovers Meeting, Peace x2, Silver Jubilee, Hot Chocolate, Super Trooper, Chinatown, Velvet Fragrance Fryperdee, Cornelia and one unknown red one.

Still got the other side of the garden to sort though. There's some Buddliea there and a Camelia and I think I'll put my Crocosmia bulbs in there next spring too.

All in all, not bad methinks.

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Post by Di Masters on Thu 12 Jul 2012 - 18:32

Looks very good Lou, and just think, it will be even better next year. You have obviously got some good soil there.

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Post by lyndaejane on Fri 13 Jul 2012 - 7:19

Looking very nice, Lorraine!

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Post by kimb on Fri 13 Jul 2012 - 11:01

what a difference in a few short weeks .

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Post by supergran on Fri 13 Jul 2012 - 20:20

Blooming heck Lorraine thats a lot of plants, they look absolutely great, will have to take a picture of my lovely garden then you can see why I am so happy with it Crying Laughin Crying Laughin

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Post by Lorraine on Mon 16 Jul 2012 - 11:40

This is 'Peace'.




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Post by Di Masters on Mon 16 Jul 2012 - 13:13

Gorgeous

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Post by thriftycrafter on Mon 16 Jul 2012 - 16:24

I can almost smell it, lovely.

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Post by supergran on Mon 16 Jul 2012 - 16:26

Lovely rose it looks so healthy

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Post by cb on Mon 16 Jul 2012 - 20:55

That's a gorgeous rose Lorraine. Reminds me of those I had in my wedding bouquet

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Post by Lorraine on Tue 14 Aug 2012 - 21:38

I'm wondering if the roses were mislabeled. Peace is supposed to have pink around the edges and that one hasn't got any but, my Chinatown which is supposed to be yellow, does have pink round it. Dunno, maybe it's 'cause they're not very strong this year.

Anyway, every single plant has flowered and grown and I'm really quite gobsmacked at how well they've done in such a short time. It must be my singing to them each evening that's done it. lol!

Here's some I took this evening.

Bee on Lupin.


Bee legging it into a Penstemon.


A totally gorgeous Lily, but I don't know the species unfortunately, just a bag of bulbs. I think it looks fabulous with the evening sun on it.


Another Lily.


I've been waiting for this little beauty to flower as I'd never heard of it before. It's 'Hot Chocolate'. It's a lovely shade of red blending into brown - ish.


And finally....the Double Delight which I thought I'd lost, so put in a pot just in case. Mr Green It might make it yet eh?


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Post by Guest on Tue 14 Aug 2012 - 22:31

Magnificent photos. I love lilies, but the others are all lovely.

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Post by Scatty on Tue 14 Aug 2012 - 22:52

Smashing photos of your plants Lorraine, the rose (last photo) might not be what it say's on its lable, that might be a sucker that is coming cos it is coming from below the soil. will be a rose and could well be lovely but it could be a right thorny pain in the butt. I look forward to you telling us what it is when that shoot grow's up.

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Post by Lorraine on Wed 15 Aug 2012 - 0:29

I thought it might be a sucker too Alison 'cause of where it is, but it's gotta be worth waiting and seeing.

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Post by Guest on Wed 15 Aug 2012 - 7:46

When it does come up enough to count the leaves, that is the true way to see whether it is a rose or a sucker. Fingers crossed for the rose!

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Post by lyndaejane on Wed 15 Aug 2012 - 8:17

Great 'photos, Lorraine. Even if that is a sucker, surely it proves that the rose is still alive?

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Post by Di Masters on Wed 15 Aug 2012 - 8:24

Lovely photos, that 'Hot Chocolate' is gorgeous.

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Post by supergran on Wed 15 Aug 2012 - 15:52

What great photos, lovely colour the Lupin is, the snails have eaten mine again this year, was going along lovely but now its just sticks.

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Post by cb on Wed 15 Aug 2012 - 21:32

Lovely flowers and gorgeous colours there Lorraine.

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Post by Lorraine on Sun 19 Aug 2012 - 14:21

My little rose shoot has disappeared. Sad

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Post by Di Masters on Sun 19 Aug 2012 - 14:26

aww poor rose!

Love the clematis, really pretty.

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Post by lyndaejane on Sun 19 Aug 2012 - 15:05

Gorgeous clematis, Lorraine.

Shame about the rose, but hang on in there, just in case. I always say, in gardening situations like this, "either it will or it won't".

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Post by thriftycrafter on Wed 22 Aug 2012 - 19:46

What great photo's and lovely plants, all of them had a chuckle at the rose, looks like the sort of success I often have!

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Post by Lorraine on Tue 4 Sep 2012 - 13:56

A couple of my glads. I've got about 20 and they've all got flowering spikes on them. Not all out yet though.




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Post by Di Masters on Tue 4 Sep 2012 - 14:27

Very pretty, especially the top one.

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Post by lyndaejane on Tue 4 Sep 2012 - 15:39

Very nice, Lorraine: like gladdies, but have decided that tall perennials are a no-no in this garden - much too small, and too windy here. Had to cut down the hollyhock (planted by the previous owner) as it was completely decimated by the wind. Can just about cope with the delphiniums, as they're sheltered by some shrubs.

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