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violet eyes

What's happening in your garden?

Well there's plenty to do now , cutting the grass sometimes twice a week , garden waste bags overflowing with stuff. Roses starting to flower and the clematis showing promise with big juicy buds. Baskets ready to hang when the spring ones finally finish. Hopefully there will be time to sit in the sunshine and admire my hard work , that's if there's a spare chair without a cat on it :0)

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Wendy

Garden happenings

Leaving the vineyard out that at the moment needs a lot of attention. We fight a losing battle with weeds and long grass. We don't have a lawn just a field although we do have some flower beds. I've been weeding one of them today around the orange trees and I can now see the plumbago and lontana. The other shrubs and ground cover flowers all have gaps in the middle where the dogs and cats lie in them when it's hot and the shrubs always manage to come back into flower in spite of being abused by the animals!

When we sit out in the afteroon we have to share the sun loungers with the animals, too.

Hope your boy is well, ours are fit and well.

Wendy x

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violet eyes

In the garden

Hi Wendy how lucky you are having orange trees in your garden, do you have many? We had olives, figs and almonds but no oranges. I can just picture you in your garden with all your pets. Are they helpers or just watchers? I had a cat once who always liked to help me he used to sit on my back while I was weeding it got a bit much at times. Your garden sounds lovely weeds included . Just having a piece of ground to call your own is what matters, clearing the weeds can wait. If the sun is shining tomorrow enjoy sitting on your loungers and make room for the cats. My boy is sitting on my lap , he seems to have got used to my I pad :0)

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SonyaK

What's happening in your garden?

"We don't have a lawn just a field although we do have some flower beds. I've been weeding one of them today around the orange trees and I can now see the plumbago and lontana."

Hi Wendy - is that Lantana? We have it over here and I like it, but up in Queensland it is one of the Weeds!! Grows rampantly and is a pest!!

Our garden is just greening up after a dry summer - we've had some rain recently and it really makes a difference. We can water a few garden beds, and the veggies, but with 4 acres most of it waits for the rain!

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Wendy

Gardens

I did mean Lantana, SonyaK, sorry. I like it just because of the colours. Roger cuts it back every year along with the plumbago and both come back.

VE. I don't know how we managed to grow orange and lemon trees as we were told the ground is not suitable for citrus fruits. Having said that last year (after 10 years) was the first time we had a lot of oranges but only off about three trees out of seven. We have never had lemons, yet, I think they will have to be moved to a more sheltered spot. The four fig trees are prolific in September and we are hopinf for a few kilos of almonds this year.

The animals tend to be watchers. They watch until I've just weeded a spot then proceed to scrape a hollow to lie in or they lie just where I want to move to!

Our driveway is quite gritty and one of the cats insists on rolling in the grit when we want to bring the car in so we have to wait until she's finished, she can't possible do it after the car is in! I dare say I could move her but she only moves to another part of the drive so it is easier just to leave her for a few minutes until she stalks off!

Wendy x

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violet eyes

In the garden

It's so annoying today , we keep having short showers , soon as I get back out there it starts raining again.
But it does look nice with the short grass and the roses are coming out.
The weather forecast looks good from tomorrow so more time spent in the garden, might even get to sit down for once.
Sun's out again so I'm off out,can't spend anymore time on the I pad :0)

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SonyaK

What's happening in your garden?

We're having lots of sunny days with temps. of about 21&"186; - lovely. And only 2 weeks to winter!!

The spinach seeds I planted are coming up, also broad beans, snow peas and sugar-snap peas. Broccoli seedlings will be planted soon and also onions and garlic.

Good to have some veggies in for the winter - just need a bit more rain!!

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violet eyes

In the garden

SonyaK hope your sunny days last a bit longer if you need rain next time I get some I'll send it your way. The weathers been good today transplanted a load of sweet rocket seedlings. I don't grow any veg in my garden, too many flowering plants . But I might get a couple of tomato plants.

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maggie-

Chelsea Flower Show

I am having a little sneak-in preview at the Chelsea flower show, very early Tuesday morning. Is anyone going next week? I'm not an experienced gardener and know nothing, but the show gardens are extraordinary and the little cottage gardens(My dream!) I can highly recommend it...its a lovely day out, go early as it does get rammed! : )

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violet eyes

In the garden

maggie I hope you have a lovely time when you visit Chelsea on Tuesday , let us know how you get on.i've never been but I will watch some of it on TV it's not the same I know but better than nothing.
Me and the cat are sitting on the same chair in the garden, it's a beautiful day but I have a huge pile of ironing that just won't wait and the machine has just finished another lot so once the cat is off my lap I will have no excuse but to do more ironing but the view is nice .

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Rasdora

GARDENS

I don't have a garden of my own but I have 3 balconies, one of which I use as a sitting area and for plants and flowers. This year I have lots of potunia hybrids which have wonderful colour combinations and I Always put in some nasturtiun (query spelling but can't be bothered to look it up). They havn't done too well yet this year, I am hoping that with a bit more warmth - the weather is very variable - they will erupt into their usual riot of colour. I also have geraniums, some sort of
succulents and lots of herbs, including a mutant sage planr which is huge! I had some tomato plants last year which were very productive. All in all a quite small area which gives a lot of pleasure and keeps my grand daughter busy with the watering. We also have a rather nice comunal garden where there is also space for veg growing but for my personal needs the balcony is enough and not too much hard work.

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violet eyes

Gardening

Rasdora your 3 balconies sound lovely , full of your favourite plants, can't ask for more. Small areas for growing plants can be just as good as large gardens, it's making the most of what you have that matters. My garden is not huge but it's full of plants . I have just transplanted many seedlings and have no idea where to put them when they are ready. Saying that I might not have that many , the snails seem to have found them and the other night they ate my hollyhock seedlings , I wasn't happy, I shall have to sow some more now.

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maggie-

Gardens

I am very Jealous of all your gardens.

I went to Chelsea this morning violet eyes, got me dates muddled! It was a beautiful day, very hot!. Swept round all the show gardens...WoW, loved the Artisan Row, the Potters Garden was my absolute favourite, closely followed by a Japanese garden...when I grow up, and, eventually move out of London I am gonna have that garden! I think you would have loved The Pavilion, the scent was magical, there must have been over a hundred exhibits,some very imaginative and extraordinary planting. When it looks so natural and its only been there a week...astonishing. Met some plants I never knew existed, it was a brief but wonderful slink round. Didn't see a single gnome (must be banned this year again) and I love a gnome! : )

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violet eyes

Chelsea flower show

Hi maggie , yes wasn't the weather lovely yesterday, so glad you enjoyed your visit to the show.
When I saw on TV the Potters Garden on Sunday evening I thought that's my kind of garden it looked beautiful.
I try to plant as many perfumed shrubs and flowers as I can find the space for. I have quite a few perfumed rose bushes that are probably my favourites but closely followed by Doris a pink and I also have a yellow jasmine which is a bush and that scents the garden I also have a climbing jasmine.
Sorry to go on and on about plants but my garden is a big part of my life and I seem to have passed it onto my daughters. Do you have Open Gardens in your part of London they're worth visiting you get lots of good ideas from many different gardens.
I hope one day you get your dream garden:0)

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violet eyes

What's happening in your garden?

Nothing' as it's raining, I know we need rain but sometimes it just too much. It's starting to spoil the roses and they were looking so nice.
I hope the weather improves soon as it's now starting to get boring doing the housework all day long.

 
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