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By csarina


A virus floored me for the early part of this year. Thankfully it seems to have gone and I am gradually gett back to normal.

I had an MRI scan in January which has shown that my lower heart problem is not as bad as was first thought. I do get very tired, and hour in the garden is as much as I can manage and even then I have to have a sit down.

The garden has suffered a bit especially the back. we have discovered the reason that the bottom corner of the garden is always wet. Apparently there is a spring at the top of the hill above us, consequently it drains down and eventually ends up in the canal. The soil in that bed is pure clay. I have taken some photos this morning which I will publish. I am anxious to improve the drainage, other wise the bottom bit near the bungalow will end up as a bog garden. That corner is quite dark as it is. Suggestions please, what can I do to improve the drainage in the bed and in the bottom corner especially.

I am so fed up with the slugs eating my delphiniums I have potted them up, plan to sink the pots into the ground and surround them with slug pellets, they do not seem to bother with the lupins, its the greenfly that love them!!

The Crown Imperial is in bloom already and the lilies have started to put up shoots, it was May last year before they appeared. I hope we do not get a frost that knocks them back.

Our neighbour has a fir tree in her garden, which provided a screen to the bit of our garden where we tend to sit. She has had all the branches cut off, so I bought a Rhodi yesterday to help screen that bit of the garden. She can enjoy the rest of the garden, but we do need a bit of privacy.

I have at last persuaded OH to go over to deep beds for the veg, it was a nightmare last year. I still have bags of frozen courgette to use up as well as gooseberries, rhubarb, apple and blackberries. Has anyone ever made rhubarb and gooseberry jam???

Clay you can make dinnerplates with

Crown Imperial.

The top of the herbaceous bed, see the 6 rhubarb plants!!

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Sorry to hear that you've been unwell. but good news re the 'ticker'.

rhubarb and ginger makes a lovely jam. I've made gooseberry jam once before but I prefer them as a soft fruit in crumbles etc.

2 Apr, 2017


It is good to see you feeling better and the scan news will be a bit of a relief too. I would never have thought of mixing rhubarb and gooseberries but I googled and found this recipe which you might try. follow the link --

3 Apr, 2017

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