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Armchair gardening


It’s been a while since I’ve been here at GOY and I’ve missed it. What kept me away was the fact that the weather meant I haven’t done any gardening apart from sowing a few seeds and then over the last couple of weeks I’ve been a bit unwell. So there was nothing to blog about!

Now, still sitting, I thought I’d take part in a little armchair gardening, by which I mean simply planning what I’d like to have in my garden and allotment and typing this blog, bearded dragon (Priscilla) on my shoulder this time.

My husband took the children and me out to Frosts nursery in Woburn Sands yesterday. That cheered me up. I spent more money on unusual seeds that I truly hope will turn in to wonderful plants. Among these are the Bat Plant (Tacca chantrierei), an indoor plant with the most striking of flowers and the cucamelon (Melothria scabra), a tiny melon that I’ve been told is easy to grow and quite tasty. I’ll let you know how these grow. Four years ago I bought Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) seeds. Expensive as they cost about £5 for just 6 seeds. When telling my mother about this she simply said “why waste your money? The seeds probably won’t take”. Well I placed them in a heated propagator. Two seeds didn’t grow, two got damping off but today I have two very strong four year old plants and being that age they won’t produce their beautiful bird like flowers for another two years (I think). Still, I managed to grow them and I’m pleased that they have a place in my house.

As for the seeds I’ve sown over the wet months, some have done well and others haven’t. Onions and broad beans are a plenty but no cucumbers or peppers yet. To be honest with you my allotment is a mess. The wet weather has meant I couldn’t dig. Well, you can imagine what it must look like!

Well that’s enough armchair gardening from me. Keep up the good work folks. It’s an inspiration reading all your blogs and it was certainly a great tonic too as it really picked up my spirits while I’ve been unwell!

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So sorry to hear you've been unwell, hope you're well on the mend now. Great idea to do some armchair gardening, I love planning all the things I'm going to do. Good luck with those seeds!

2 Apr, 2013


I always refer to my time spent on here as my armchair gardening, it can be done at any time of day or night and doesn't matter what the weather is doing, lol.
Hope your seeds do well for you.......

3 Apr, 2013


Thanks for the kind messages! Am feeling a bit better these days - I think the sunshine and slightly warmer weather has helped. My seeds are already growing, which has put an enormous smile on my face! Now to get fully better and work that allotment...

9 Apr, 2013

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