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  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,247
    edited May 2022
    Morning all. Some pretty pics on here. Never grown rhodies and azaleas (suspect my soil is a bit too alkaline and dry to make it easy) but there are some pretty ones out there. Ante - I love tree blossom. My Evereste crab apples have been a mass of flowers and alive with insects busy looking for pollen. At the moment the quince blossom is at its best - beatiful, large, shell-pink, simple open flowers.

    LB - sorry to hear the foodbank is struggling with shortages. It's a story repeated all over the country I think.

    Yesterday we had a very enjoyable day mooching around Munster. The city was heavily bombed during the war but the historic core has been reconstructed to reflect its medieval past. It's a university town and was really buzzing. Most German towns are busy with bicycles - university cities are just a chaotic blur of them going every which way. We cycled in and felt like locals. 

    OH was picking dinner and had been erring towards pizza / pasta for days (there's a branch of L'osteria here) but in the end we went German and he had pork knuckle with red cabbage and I had spit roast pork with pickled cabbage all washed down with a couple of beers (it was a brewery - would have been rude not to!).

    Today we're moving on to Heinsen on the river Weser. It's only a 2.5 hr drive so we can take our time getting there....
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • Good morning all.  Hazel I very much hope that you too will sleep through.  A milky drink can sometimes help, not always I know, but rather nice.  I didn’t sleep well last night though.  Ante you’ve worked hard and you are doing well.  Bright sunshine here.  Lily your rhodi sounds lovely.  I do like them.  LB hope you get on with your seedlings in the gh.  I’ve ordered a picture for the front room, arriving tomorrow, trying to get home completed now.  I’ve been re jigging the front room which is much more homely.  I’ve also a new sofa cover coming from America which is a style which was in stock here a few years ago, but still had a few old stock in the states, apparently heavy duty cotton and washable, although a few weeks to deliver. The sofa and rug are teal green I think it’s also called juniper.  Alfies had a better night.
  • BigladBiglad Posts: 3,153
    Morning all,

    Glad to hear that you're all keeping busy and mostly with enjoyable stuff :) 

    My mundane week will drag on as I've been constantly delayed by other folk not doing relatively simple tasks in a timely manner. I'd soon hear about it if I missed deadlines - nobody would get paid :o I'll have to do some over the weekend or I'll be behind before I start next week :( 5 weeks left and counting :D 
    East Lancs
  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 17,455
    Have come indoors for a bit, hate to say it but it's too hot to garden at the moment 🥵
    Might have a cup of tea in the shade after I've hung the the wet cloth things out.
    @bluebellsintherain your lounge sounds very cosy, my sort of lounge too. As Hazel said  it's lovely get new bits to bring it all together. Washable covers are great too. My eldest son has them, great for little fingers 🤣 they have an extra set to change during winter and summer. 
    Shame about your double booking next Friday @Ladybird4 oh heck didn't realise next week is Friday 13th 😏 
    @Songbird-1 hope the arch arrives after you get back.  Hope you can relax in the garden once it's in place.
    @Topbird sounds like you're having a lovely break. Made me smile when mentioned blending in with the locals. Have fun.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,166
    Morning all.

    When I lived in Kent years ago I had a very big garden on acid clay. There was a lovely walkway bordered by big different coloured rhododendrons, a bed full of scented azaleas and a sort of rockery bank with dwarf azaleas. Roses grew beautifully there in the more formal part of the garden. I took 2nd OH there a few years ago. The whole lot had gone. The rose bed lawn had been turned into a hard tennis court and the flower borders around the house had gone too.

    It's sunny today. OH is taking me out for lunch at a pub which had been closed for some time but was then bought and done up, just re-opened.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063
    Hi everyone, Yesterday was a long day at the polling stations 15 hours on a hard back chair isn't good for me.  Never mind it didn't go too slow as the other staff are fun and kept me going.  
    Was planning on taking it steady today and just pot up some seedlings.  I did 20 purple cosmos, 16 cosmos daydream, 20 Ammi Majus and 16 Snapdragon Twinny Rose.  Added them to the two trays of plants already on the shelving in the greenhouse.  Walked away, an almighty crash and the lot was on the floor.  I've managed to get them all back in the pots but can't guarantee colours as the label had fallen out.  Don't know how many will survive but all I can do is keep my fingers crossed.  My back is now thoroughly bu**er*d and I'm drinking tea on the sofa.
    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,275
    Good afternoon everyone. Well I worked for hours in the GH and got 22 perennial seedlings potted on in their last move before going out into the garden. Aubrieta - several shades, Arabis and Yellow Alyssum. Many of these will be going to handy brother's new garden. Whilst at Bestie's after the Food Bank I was presented with a big clump of Bleeding Hearts. This has now got a new, almost unpronounceable name. I used to know it as Dicentra. Anyway that has been planted in the garden along with a Japanese Anemone called Whirlwind. I kept waiting for the forecasted rain to arrive but it waited until I had finished and come inside and now it is heaving down. I have felt the temperature drop
    T'Bird, I have a crab apple called John Downie and it is looking particularly stunning at the moment. The bees love it. 'On your bike' has now brought new pictures into my head! Enjoy the next stage in your journey.
    RosieBB, I love your idea of completely transforming your living room and getting all things to complement each other. I was also pleased to read that Alfie is improved.
    Hazel, has the metal arch arrived yet? I bet you can't wait to have the climbers scrambling all over it.
    Goodness me Busy what a shock that must have been for you seeing such carnage in your old garden. Hope you enjoyed your meal in the re-furbed pub.
    Oh Yvie, I feel your pain! I have been there and done that and it is soul destroying when you have worked so hard to pot them all up. You might get some nice surprises later on with the jumbled colours. Feet up and enjoy your cuppa. Thats given me the idea as well!
    The sky is alive with swallows now who are swooping and diving and screaming with the house martins. I just love it when they are all zipping around. Amazing to think that they have travelled further than you and your OH, T'Bird, to get here
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,275
    I am signing out for today. Getting ready to enjoy Beechgrove and Gardeners World. See all you lovely folk tomorrow.
    Happiness is smelling the flowers  Snoopy love Snoopy images Snoopy  funny
    Happiness is smelling the flowers!

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • RubeeRubee Posts: 8,786
    It seems as though several of us have been potting up /on . I have potted on twelve Monarda and twelve Delphiniums. Tomorrow I am planting Nerines .
    I am signing out .Goodnight everyone .
  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 17,455
    Evening everyone,
    Sounds like you've all been busy in the garden . I did some more gardening after lunch as there was a very light breeze  which made it quite pleasant to potter about. Planted up hanging baskets and the wall window basket/trough and general tidy.
    Oh heck @Yviestevie such a shame after all your hard work. Hope they're all ok. 
    I'm going to say night night to you all too. Have a lovely evening everyone and sleep well.
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