On our way back from a night in town we stopped at The Range in Fort Kinnaird to have a look at the gardening section, we can’t seem to go past a garden centre or shop at present and we definitely need to get a few things (a hose pipe is top of the list as all this dry weather is proving that a watering can (& one outdoor tap) isn’t the most viable way of keeping things watered! ).
A little something for Orchid lovers this weekend at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanical Gardens – if the picture below is anything to go by – it’ll be stunning!
Fri 27 June to Sun 20 July
Come and see a stunning display of colourful and elegant orchids by the Taiwan Floriculture Exports Association. Weekend activities will include Chinese flower painting and orchid culture tips.
After 2 weeks of my slugs ‘brewing’ away it was time to finish the process and protect our plants!
For those who missed Stage 1 – click here
I was quite surprised when I removed the lid to still see some of the slugs alive – hardy little wotsits – oh, and the smell….! (it didn’t seem to put Cosmo off though – he was definitely up for having a taste, thankfully this repellent is only harmful to other slugs).
I really admire anyone who follows their dreams, take the plunge & start their own business doing something they’re passionate about. That’s exactly what Mandy did – not only is she doing what she loves but she’s also finding new ways to take that passion to others.
What a gorgeous warm week, right up until the weekend that is! Many post-work sunny evenings were spent in the garden, ‘testing’ out the new sun lounger! (I’m pleased to say it passes muster).
A warm, if somewhat cloudy day sees in the weekend. We’re off in to town later to enjoy a bbq in someone else’s garden but this morning we made time to do a few more things in our own.
I suddenly realised that the peas should probably be staked, especially as they’re all in a tangle and starting to blossom so cut down some bamboo canes and sorted that – a 2 minute job and they look so much better already. Continue reading We Have a Rockery – Sat 14th June
A gorgeous warm, sunny day here in the Pentlands – it’s days like this that really make me appreciate just how lucky I am to work at home from our garden shed!
After the weekend’s prep we had another planter to fill so in went spinach, mizuna and spring onions. I also planted my broccoli and brussel sprout seedlings. Continue reading Broccoli, Brussels & Borage – Weds 11th June
A quiet couple of days on the gardening front however daily inspections are showing new things coming up every day – the red onions, garlic & radishes are the latest to start appearing.
The rhubarb and parsley seem to be getting chomped so last night we went out at dusk to collect a load of slugs to try out a natural slug repellent method that I found online – it involves a bucket, some weeds, tap water & slugs! (I had to use my veggie steamer as couldn’t find anything else with holes in the lid – the neighbours think us quirky enough as it is – bet they wondered what one earth we were up to!) Continue reading The war on Slugs begins – nematodes are my friend!
….they wouldn’t have been as good as this one!
The day dawned bright and warm, after the excesses of the night before I unpacked my new sun lounger and had breakfast (part 1) out on the decking! Continue reading If Carlsberg Did Days in the Garden…. Sun 8th June
A glorious morning, although we knew heavy rain was on it’s way so a brief bit of pottering this morning led us to find that some old tomato plants we’d given up on were started to bear fruit so tomorrow when the weather’s better we’ll try & mend our upside down tomato grower and see how we get on (less earth this time so hopefully it’ll not fall down).
Also discovered that last night’s epic pre-bedtime puppy/cat chase resulted in a smashed pot! Continue reading Another Day Another Garden Centre – Sat 7th June