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May. 15, 2016

15 05 16 notes from yesterday. Firstly, I want to say come on Sunderland !!! What a midweek performance!!!. Now yesterday's gardening we were gardening till nine o clock,the joys of may gardening,the new rose's that we boug HT Friday,the fragrant English rambler rose,albrighton rambler and the climbing rose,summer sweetheart have been put in pots.these are for giving us height,and privacy. All the pots have been emptied, and the compost has been used in the border's.and shrub rose's to give their pots another layer of mulch.thankfully there hasn't been a frost.Jo came up with the idea of putting my mother's rose in the border next to the seating area,the hottest part of the garden.we both said that this rose has done some traveling. In the pollytunnel, I have sieved of two bags of leaf mould and used it for repotting the Zinnia's and asters I have left the Geranium's outside to harden them off.the next block of plants to go outside are the dawf dahalis the last two begionas that were planted are now starting to grow.

May. 7, 2016

07 05 16 here comes the sun it's so warm in the pollytunnel, yesterday after doing the daily seed checking,I noticed that the cucumbers have finally started to show themselves. I was beginning to wonder,in the border's I have planted more ammni and cornflowers. In our cottage garden,yesterday afternoon, we planted chrysthanmums poppy's, calendula's corn flower's and cornflowers. I did cut back some of the rose's that have been left by previous owners,I'm debating where and when to put the geriainums, they are flowering well.looking at other peoples tomatoes, the one's I've grown are lagging but,I'm glad they've actually germinated. I'm planning for next year at the hotel, growing lots more flower's our bergonias are getting a spurt on,but they are behind the ones grown here last year but I have faith in this compost and leaf mould combination. I have asked to grow borage for the hotel kitchen so I've got a couple of plants that I've grown for seed.this weather is great,I'm hopping that these seed's make the most of it.

Apr. 30, 2016

30 04 16 a warmer day today is the first day working in our new garden,our new cottage garden,first job was to cut the grass. Then I cut back some of the lawn,mainly to make the lines more defined. The main flower's are for get me nots,now as much as I like these,I want to make room for our home grown flower's.moving on to the front lawn,it's mostly moss,so I put the rake to work and removed it.the border's are full of aquilegia's these are self set,so it's going to be interesting what their colours are.I did buy two trays of Geranium's, Ringo 2000 a salmon pink colour and white.and also these free seeds as well,aquilegia,chocolate soldier sweet pea tickled pink,foxglove excelsior hybrid mix,and last but by no means least,poppy black peony.now these seed's come under the heading of the Chelsea collection. All good candidates for the cottage gardener.

Apr. 24, 2016

24 04 16 two days ago,I had a chance to his our allotment, and at first glance it was covered in weed's. This was the moment, when I decided enough is enough, there and then I thought now's the time to give it up.so I have dug up all the garlic onions which we are getting to use as spring onions, and by the way these were sweet,and had a bite like the vampires in the eighties flick the lost boy's, now if you haven't seen this film I urge you,to check it out.back to the allotment it's now to far for us to travel back to so,I'm growing vegetables at work,and lots of flower's there,and at home as well.I have bought cucumber seed's market more 76.and I'm going to sow these today.if you want your car to smell fresh and organic, then I would suggest loading up the boot with leeks,onions and garlic, it's wonderful and lasts for a few days.yesterday I started to pull up all the tulip's that had finished flowering, to give the rest a chance to come into bloom,its just an excuse to get my hands in the soil again really! The vegetables that I have sown over the past few weeks, have germinated and are ready for potting on,next step is to buy courgettes and plant the rest of the potatoes, all the calendula's are now in flower, the question is do I plant them at work or plant them in our garden? 

Apr. 19, 2016

17 04 16 warm and sunny as work in and around the pollytunnel continues, I'm busy sieving leaf mould,and top soil that has come from mole hills that is very fine and is ideal for adding to potting compost.yesterday I put our potatoes into the border's next to the pollytunnel, without adding any compost at this moment in time I'm experimenting with this soil.yesterday I bought the following seed's, salvia claryssa mixed zinnia elegans,whirlygig mixed and rudbeckia Carmel mix .today I have bought,sunflower sunburst scabious tall double mixed pumpkin racer f1 and leek musselbrough. Yesterday, I bought home from work four of the calendula's that I have grown in the pollytunnel, well this is our new cottage and they are great cottage garden plant's. The snake's head fertilary that I  bought last summer, died but has grown back better than ever, so I dug it up put in a pot and I'm going to leave it in that.I now a converted fan now of these plant's.