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First clematis of the season. We've nurtured it from a tender little thing and this year it has loads of buds. Below is our backyard and next door's. I do envy people who can do minimalism but it's just not me.
11th Jun 2007, 09:39   | tags:,,,

Viv says:

love the looking down - but want the whole row!

11th Jun 2007, 09:42

Viv says:

clematis is lovely btw! well nurtured

11th Jun 2007, 09:43

OJ says:

I'd love to be able to see the whole row too Viv, but I'd have to be on the roof or something. And thanks. I'm a novice at this gardening thing. A novice with an army of sweetpea seedlings. ;)

11th Jun 2007, 09:50

Viv says:

i did realise that it wasn't feasible - nor is a lot of what I'd like!

love sweet peas

11th Jun 2007, 10:00

Gael says:

lovely. look forward to seeing your sweet-peas in due course : )

11th Jun 2007, 11:32

swamprose says:

congratulations on the clematis. lucious. looking forward to a sweet pea explosion.

11th Jun 2007, 11:45

OJ says:

Hopefully the sweetpeas shouldn't be long. V also has also accidentally turned the kitchen into a basil and coriander farm.

11th Jun 2007, 11:48

swamprose says:

then you'll be starting the industrial pesto works soon. couldn't be a better problem.

11th Jun 2007, 11:52

OJ says:

Yum. Perhaps I should let the mint run wild and start up an industrial mojito production line too :)

11th Jun 2007, 12:04

FilbertFox says:

sweetpeas always remind me of my grandfather, so please blog em. They are also the only flower i can think of that no one in the family is allergic too!

12th Jun 2007, 16:50

OJ says:

I will do. They've not bloomed yet so it may be a while.

12th Jun 2007, 16:52

beth says:

i don't know how to keep corriander alive! what's V's secret? I'm just a plant killer - it's possibly because i use more than I can grow - I've combatted this issue with the basil by buying more and more but the corriander and parsley is seriously lagging behind. I might ask my landlord if I could have a little patch of garden for growing things in.. The roof would be ideal but we've had those privileges removed from us now :(

14th Jun 2007, 11:01

OJ says:

Are you growing it from seed Beth, or trying to keep a supermarket bought plant alive?

The latter always seem to die for me too. V's coriander and basil is still at the stage of healthy seedlings rather than full-blown plants. They've been living on our kitchen windowsill, getting lots of sun and possibly some of V's patent Worm Food (ie. the smelly liquid fertiliser that is produced by a wormery).

14th Jun 2007, 11:14

beth says:

A wormery! I want one of those too. Though I'd have to ask about that aswell.. It'd make sense. can you put veg cuttings and things in a wormery?

I'm trying to keep supermarket plants alive. I have considered they might have a built-in whaddayacallit. I've been tenderly repotting them and everything.

Maybe i should try seeds.

14th Jun 2007, 11:48

OJ says:

Self destruct button? Obsolescence? I doubt it, but they probably don't get looked after very well before you get them.

Yes, you can put all kinds of organic matter in wormeries. Ours is currently taking a break after the worms died - there are certain things that they don't like, as V discovered to her peril. Excess citrus fruits and onions for example.

We have "The Original Wormery" from Original Organics.
You can buy more worms. They're special Tiger Worms and they come in the post, all wriggly.

14th Jun 2007, 11:55

beth says:

"Obsolescence" That's the one I was thinking of. I like that word because it reminds me of the one lecture I went to when I went to uni in Buckinghamshire. It was an excellent lecture actually and had lots of wonderful 50s imagery.

Today I stared at the words on a wall in starbucks and cursed the kerning - it was so bad because it was 'justified.' Sometimes I suprise myself that I actually took anything in at university.

Anyway, I would love a wormery. I wish it was see through like at school though, that was fascinating. I keep getting tempted to feed my herbs some baby bio but I realise I probably don't want to eat that stuff.

14th Jun 2007, 15:57

beth says:

OH I missed that bit! LIVE WORMS! IN THE POST!! that beat a BT phone bill.

14th Jun 2007, 16:00