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Whoo-hoo! Eureka! Yee-ha! Fan-dabba-doocie!! Have I won the lottery? I wish! Is it my birthday? No, that’s tommorrow! What’s all the excitement about then?

My garden, of course! What else?

My ignored, 10 year old New Zealand Flax (ID’d thanks to Bamboo, Seaburngirl and Vincentdunne) has sprouted a flowering spike for the first time in it’s life!

My indoor kitchen window sill tomatoes are sporting some tiny tomatoe buds, after much stressing over pollinating them!

Found some plugs of Leeks at a Garden centre, after despairing of finding any, without paying a fortune in postage!

My strawberries also also showing some mini strawberry buds!

My wonderful hubby put in my water butt, after waiting nicely for 3 months (good things come to those who wait)

My hosta’s are flowering, never managed that before…

The Rhodo is putting on a good show this year…

This 10 year old climbing rose finally reached the sky thro’ our lil’ apple tree last year with 3 flowers but is showing lots of buds and promise this year….

My blackcurrant bush is doing nicely, thanks very much,

as are the potatoes……

the Lollo Rossa lettuces….

and finally, the courgettes!

We may be in the doldrums financially, have to cope with stress with hubby’s j ob and travelling, I may not have good health but we have 2 wonderful children and pets, who bring us much love and laughter, and a garden that brings much pleasure!

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You been having a spelling bee on magic words Cn?.I love it when things flower for the first time so undertand your excitement,things are looking good as regards your garden and if your weather is like ours today your water butt will soon be overflowing.....

7 Jun, 2009


Well done CN, All is looking well in your garden, Great isn't it? My NF flowered last year, the spike was huge wit dark red flowers, Amazing I Thought..

7 Jun, 2009


Love your blog. Just goes to show that not everything good has a big price tag. You can't buy the pleasure you'll get from all those wonderful things. My New Zealand Flax is also throwing a flower spike for the first time and I'm looking forward to finding out what it looks like as I don't think I've seen one in flower before.

7 Jun, 2009


Linclass, hehe! That big word comes from a super childhood film! Stupidly I can't remember the name of it, but it's the one where the car flys! The children also get tricked into a "sweetie's" van and get kidnapped! Do you know which one I mean? My son did the 50mile cycle ride today and got rather wet! (but he did acutally wear his waterproofs, so that was something!)

Marguerite, a water butt collects rainwater from the water pipes, which in turn collects water from the roof of the house when it's raining. It's great for ponds and watering plants, esp. plants that only like rain water and not tap water.

Toto, you're right there! I've also never seen a N.Z. flax in flower before either, so will enjoy watching it "come out!"

7 Jun, 2009


~you are right everything eventually comes to those who wait~Just seen my first woodpecker in my back garden~do
you mean chitty chitty bang bang!?

7 Jun, 2009


Wow girl your getting all over excited you’ll blow a gasket!! It all looks fantastic I love this time of year it's all happening. :0)

7 Jun, 2009


Craftnutter, you're getting your musicals mixed up. Super .... etc is from Mary Poppins not Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. But I know how you feel!

7 Jun, 2009


oh hunny, its all looking fab, its things like this that make you really enjoy life and "Balls" to bills for 5 minutes

x x x

7 Jun, 2009


ive put 2 pics up of the flower and the height of it!

7 Jun, 2009


No wonder you're full of the joys - everything looks so good. Do you add "a spoonful of sugar" to your plant food, by any chance? :-)

Oh, and "Happy Birthday" to you today !!

8 Jun, 2009


Arlene, woodpecker's are a sight to behold, aren't they? Well done! And Yes! Chitty chitty bang bang was the film I was thinking of, thanks! teehee!!

Nariz! Lol!! Thanks for straightening me out, I often need it, much to the amusement of my family!

Mookins! Yep, exactly!

Ydd! Thanks, I'll have a look in a minute!

David! Thanks! No, lol! I think I add a spoonful of optimism, lol!!! And thanks for the birthday greeting, can never get enough, especially at my grand ol' age! xoxoxo

10 Jun, 2009


oh CN.... I missed your birthday.... I feel awful, had read about it the dday before and then still missed it!!

hope you had a brilliant day my darlin

x x x

10 Jun, 2009


Never mind Mookins, I went to the garden centre in Diss, the Bressingham one, but it was a bit disappointing, nothing like the fabulous plants they used to have when Alan Bloom was still alive.

Only bought a pack of Osteopermums to underplant the Clematis'. I'm hoping to be well enough to plant them tommorrow and pray for no rain for me! Lol!!

11 Jun, 2009


Even though the sound of it may sometimes sound astrocious,
If you say it loud enough, you'll always sound precocious -

]Definitey "Mary Poppins".....hence the "spoonful of sugar"., lol! Hope you had a FAB birthday!!!!! :-)

13 Jun, 2009


Oooer David! You've a good memory, how many times did you watch that film??? only joking!! Lol!! Thanks for the "spoonful of sugar" I don't think I'll forget where that word comes from now! Lol!! :-)

Btw, my birthday was on monday, but my daughter's was the next day and my son's the 2nd day after that, so it's all a bit exhausting! (ie 3 b'days in 4 days) Lol!! I always tell peeps the preggies were planned, just not the dates!! teehee!

14 Jun, 2009

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