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MartinB's Journal

MartinB's Journal

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Oak Seat

03 April 2010 21:40:12
Oak Seat

Oak Seat

I have now put the Oak seat in place, any of you who are my friends are welcome to come and sit on it and have a cup of tea with me. I planted 55 ferns today, will put up a picture when they come into growth.


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Jacinta Jacinta 03 April 2010 21:47:59

55 ferns? oh wow, Martin. Love them all. And that's what gives your garden its lush tropical feel. Pity you wouldn't put up more albums. Deborahs lot isn't enough.  :)


MartinB MartinB 03 April 2010 21:54:01

Hi Jacinta, I will put up plenty of pictures during the year, so you can follow the story for good or ill. Thanks :-)


Jacinta Jacinta 03 April 2010 21:55:26

You could start TOMORROW. :) Can't wait to see them.


MartinB MartinB 03 April 2010 21:58:32

Not with the ferns though, as they are all dormant, or tatty and needing to be cut back, still I am planting a lot of Deb's Barnhaven primroses through them so I will show you that tomorrow evening.


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 03 April 2010 21:59:15

The oak seat is a lovely idea, always nice to have somewhere to sit and admire the garden :O)

The ferns will be gorgeous you must be sore after planting them all. 


Jacinta Jacinta 03 April 2010 22:00:22

Aw brilliant. Love primroses. I was thinking of trying to collect them. Only have 4 at the moment.


MartinB MartinB 03 April 2010 22:00:44

yup


Jacinta Jacinta 03 April 2010 22:02:23

Hey Martin, did you ever have a look at 'My Paintings' Album. I did one of Shackleton's 'Endurance'. You might be interested.


MartinB MartinB 03 April 2010 22:07:58

WILL have to look at that. Not this evening I have to log all the ferns into files and into book. Very interested in scott and Shackles, and Gismo I am indeed a bit wrecked as I engraved a copper label to go with each one and I like to plant properly as it is for life.


Jacinta Jacinta 03 April 2010 22:09:20

Wow! Fair dues to you.


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 03 April 2010 22:11:44

Good hot soak or shower will do wonders for your muscles, you will be in bits tomorrow. The labels sound like a lovely idea.


Deborah Deborah 03 April 2010 22:26:59

The copper labels ARE lovely. I had bought them for my primrose collection, but in a fit of generosity gave them to the old man for his ferns!


Jacinta Jacinta 03 April 2010 22:28:38

Hee hee. Deborah, how many varieties do you have? Are the seeds for sale?

PS He is not THAT old!!!!!!


MartinB MartinB 03 April 2010 22:29:49

Thanks Jacinta


Deborah Deborah 03 April 2010 22:30:30

He's nearly eleven years older than me.... and I'm pretty old :)


jocko121 jocko121 03 April 2010 22:30:50

Martin , you garden looks great full of character. Get some pics up in the photso section would love to see more


Deborah Deborah 03 April 2010 22:32:31

Oh, about the Primroses, I have lots. And lots. I have had a love affair with them for years. I will happily save seed for you in the summer to help you build your collection up (no money involved :)


Jacinta Jacinta 03 April 2010 22:32:31

And he is 57. Ha ha. You're not much older than me. :) But age is only a number. We are all young at heart.


Jacinta Jacinta 03 April 2010 22:34:24

I love them too. They are such an unassuming little plant. And will fit into any planting scheme. And sooooo pretty. ALL of them. That would be excellent. Thanks a lot for that. :)


Mairin Mairin 03 April 2010 22:47:51

Ignoring the ferns, I love the seat!  Looks fantastic. 


Cloncaw Cloncaw 04 April 2010 00:58:12

Your seat is wonderful and with all your planting it'll be a real haven for all who make the trip your way. You and Deborah are so dedicated to gardening it's definitely a way of life. Would love to see some more photos also.


fran m fran m 04 April 2010 07:34:31

Martin that looks great, well done. You did some day yesterday.


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