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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Fern Hanging Basket

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Acer Update

Considering how unhealthy this plant looked when I first bought it, it is amazing to see it with these beautiful purple coloured leaves. Follow the link on the title of this post to see previous acer updates.
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The Brussels Sprouts seedlings with the anti-bird and animal precautions
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Horse Chestnut

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Grow Bag

Aubergine on the left with the biggest of my tomato plants on the right. Space left in the middle for either a cucumber, chili, or pepper plant - whichever seedlings grow the largest the quickest!
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Thursday, April 26, 2007

More Sowing

Have been out again this evening and planted up some more pots and a grow bag that I am trying for the first time this year. I have planted out the tomato and aubergine plants that have grown from seed into the grow bag. (I've more tomato plants and may even get another grow bag actually.) I have then sown cucumbers, chillies, peppers (although I'm sure I have got some little seedlings growing already - can't remember), basil, chives, parsley, and butternut squash.

I have also planted out some little stick things which I received for Christmas which came in what looks similar to a match stick envelope of Alpine Strawberries (Fragaria vesca), Wild Flowers, and Butterfly Flowers.

Not sure where I shall plant these out when they grow as I have courgette plants to plant out soon and I would like to sow some more lettuce straight into the vegetable patch as the first lot didn't take very well - I may even sow some in the green house or under the little propagator. I am off over weekend and then Monday and Tuesday too so hopefully weather permitting I shall spend some more time outside - I may even attempt the gate which remains in bits!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Brussels Sprout

Brussels Sprouts are my most favourite vegetable and today when in Tal Goed Nursery near Glan Conwy I spotted some little plants so have purchased some and planted out this evening. I can't wait until the Autumn/ Winter time to be able to say that I have eaten Brussels sprouts from the garden. Wouldn't it be nice to have my own home grown Brussels sprouts Christmas Day!

I have also replaced the hanging basket with a fern plant which looks effective and will hopefully be low maintenance, weeded the border, planted out the horse chestnut seedling into a pot (the one that was growing in the "wild" part of the border), and sowed some sunflower seeds onto the border at the bottom of the garden.

Monday, April 23, 2007


Fritillaria plants which have just flowered in one of the pots in the garden. I vaguely remember planting the bulbs last autumn. Will have to look up exactly which kind it is. I think I have kept the leaflets that came with the bulbs... They appear very delicate plants.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Wild Flowers or Weeds 2?

Here's another little unknown plant. To me it looks a little like a mint of some kind...?
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Wild Flowers or Weeds?

Have been looking and trying to identify the wild plants that are growing towards the end of the border on the left of the garden today. Haven't been able to identify any of them as yet and may have to wait until flowers appear. They may of course be seedlings of larger plants like trees. I'm sure one seedling is a horse chestnut from a conker off a nearby tree. As it seems to have grown so well I may pot it up and keep it as a small plant.

Anyone who has any ideas on the wild plants leave a comment - it would be interesting to know what they are. I will continue to try and identify them this end...
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Sunday, April 15, 2007


Hasn't the weather been gorgeous? And I have got little seedlings growing in the vegetable patch! I hope that more will spring through soon and that where the cat has dug around a bit will not have disturbed the others too much. The cat and slug repellent, black cotton and warm weather have done the trick...

Wednesday, April 11, 2007


The seeds I planted at the end of March have done well in all this warm weather we have had recently. I planted up three pots with seeds, two of which are already growing... tomatoes and I think butternut squash but I am not sure! I cannot for the life of me remember what was in the third pot! Will have to wait and see...
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Red Tulips

Have been in the garden again today and spruced it up a little. I have mowed the lawn and done some weeding in the borders. More importantly I have put in some more canes and attached some black cotton with the hope of deterring the cat from doing it's business all over the vegetable patch. I will be surprised if anything grows as it has been dug over by the cat and then raked over by me a few times now in different areas. I never saw the cat throughout the day today. It must know it has been naughty!
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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Cold Climate Gardening

This is a mammoth website about gardening that I have come across and it is a brilliant resource and has many websites listed from all over the world. It also has a link to my website on it! Check it out if you have time...