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You’d think that being a writer I’d find it easy to write a blog. Not so! There are so many things I’d like to share with you, it’s hard to know where to begin!
Let’s start with time. When it comes to gardening, especially at this time of year, there just isn’t enough of it. Here in Cornwall we’ve had more than our fair share of rain just recently. Consequently, things have grown like mad and the ground has been too soggy to get on. Thank goodness for the greenhouse.
Anyway, I’ve pretty well managed to catch up and everything (well, almost everything) is thriving. The lovely green leaves on one of the rhubarb crowns I planted earlier this year, decided to keel over, go yellow and die off, almost overnight. I think the tomcat from over the way came and peed on it.
There are lovely fat buds on the early Hemerocallis, and when I’ve mastered the intricacies of the digital camera I bought last year I’ll upload some photos I took last summer.
Daylilies are my favourite flower and I have quite a collection, one or two quite rare. A selection of hardy geraniums keeps them company. I tried ornamental grasses but the majority of them grew too unwieldy and tended to take over, so most of them were evicted in early spring.
I’m growing potatoes in big square purpose-made bags. They’re doing well.
The small vegetable garden is currently sporting two wigwams of ‘White Lady’ runner beans. Has anyone else found that beans take a while to get the hang of climbing? (‘Scuse to pun.) On quite a few occasions I’ve had to show them which way to go!
It’s very windy here at present, although the sun is blazing down, which means that that all growing things are drying out quite rapidly, so it will be out with the watering can and hose later. I use rainwater where practical, from three covered barrels. On the far side of the garden I resort to the hosepipe.
No doubt the exercise would do me no end of good, but, we’re back to the time thing again, which is I think, the cue for me to close.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my first GoY blog, my first blog anywhere for that matter. Glad I found you. Enjoy your garden! TTFN

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oh i agree where do we find the time to do the garden? oh i know I dont do the ironing nor the vacuuming unless i am expecting visitors. :o).

30 May, 2009


Welcome to GOY! enjoyed your first blog look forward to some photos when you get the hang of the camera!!

30 May, 2009


Hi Barbara, Welcome to GoY . Your blog is interesting. I like to read what people are up yo in their gardens. You'll soon get the hang of the camera.

30 May, 2009


Welcome to GoY Barbara. Enjoyed your first blog well done!

31 May, 2009


Thankyou for your encouraging comments. At last I have people I can talk to about gardening. My gentleman friend is very tolerant of my horticultural wurblings, but he's a gardenless film buff, so really we learn alot from each other.
You've made me feel very welcome. Much appreciated. I'll beg your future forgiveness, as there are times when I tend to go on a bit.

31 May, 2009


Your horticultural What?? Wurblings????? haha hey I like that word is it an old cornish word like mangels or wurzels? Anyway that is now in my vocabulary and when my Grandson comes home from college with his stories (he is training to be an actor) I can tell him 'Oh stop wurbling on' hahaha brilliant thankyou for that word.

2 Jun, 2009


Ooooh, what sort of writer are you? I usually read 15 books in 3 weeks (the maximum's set by the local library) The written word has a lot of power for me coz I've lost 84% of my hearing. Learning to read was 1 of the best things in my life for me!

Looking forward to reading further blogs from you! (ps, I hope you don't use too many "long/complicated" words! Lol!)

3 Jun, 2009

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