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Monkells's Journal

Monkells's Journal

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Where to begin.....

17 May 2010 23:30:01
Where to begin.....

Where to begin.....

I have to start putting up journal entries more often as now when I do sit down to do one I don't know where to begin. I am very pleased with how well the garden is coming on - in most areas. The lawn seed that I planted has worked a treat despite B'for and her best efforts to churn it all up!! Very pleased. The fruit bushes and the apple tree are laden with fruit / flowers. 

My lily collection is doing really well. MOST pleased with that!! I was very worried for my Nepalense Lilies. There was no sign of them till yesterday. Thought the cold had got them but we are alive!!! Yippee!!!

My Lavender bed was more or less wiped out by the frosts, so starting from scratch again there.

Dog is in disgrace AGAIN. I have only one Allium left and I found a broken Lily this evening. Why she can not live in peace with the birds - No she has to barge through everything to see them off"The No Fly Zone" that is her garden!!

Veggies are doing well!!!! So far no slug/snail damage!!! Except for one cucumber.  Did warn Tom it was too early for them to go out but he couldn't wait. Glad I insisted on holding on to the peppers and chilli. 

Apart from that all is just dandy and it is supposed to be beautiful weather wise as this week goes on !!!!Looking forward to getting out and at it!!! 

 

 

 


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TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 17 May 2010 23:42:06

Have you tried the coffe grains for slug prevention? I gave my Hostas a regular cuppa  last year and they got through the whole season free of slug attack! There was an unexpected bonus in that the coffee dregs have also improved the clay soil by adding some bit of organic improvement to the soil around them!


Jacinta Jacinta 18 May 2010 05:55:39

Good to see a journal from you again, Monkells. Maybe it will be a regular? as you have come out of hibernation? :)


Johnplotman Johnplotman 18 May 2010 08:37:47

Glad all is well apart from just a few set backs Monica.The slugs,even though nocturnal creatures,can be very active during a wet day.Veggies are going to plan,bring on the good weather.


unagrant unagrant 18 May 2010 10:18:06

  Alot of my lavender went with the frost as well.  Bring on the warmer weather please.


LindaB LindaB 18 May 2010 10:23:38

I see your Viburnum - Wedding Cake Tree is full of flower buds - how long do you have it and do you feed it - I bought one last year in flower but it has no flowers this year so looking forward to seeing photos of yours in full bloom.


Keego Keego 18 May 2010 18:19:04

More good news than bad maybe after the exceptional hard Winter we are going to have a bumper year for fruit - my fruit trees are full of blossom apart from the pear tree that has never borne fruit and my plum trees which is a bit worrying as I have always had fruit on second thoughts maybe it is not so good - but on the bright side cherry and apple trees looking great and what about the smell of the apple blossom heavenly


Monkells Monkells 18 May 2010 18:47:46

Linda: - Only got mine last year too - Has had no special treatment but is in a great sunny spot and sheltered.

Keego: Isn't that strange - I have only ever got to the flower stage with my pear tree too!! I will eat my hat if I ever do - never mind the pear!!


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