tger greenhaddock: Tom's and Roses

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Tom's and Roses

In my recent days off I have spent a lot of time in the garden doing various jobs. Most time was spent preparing the new rose bed. There is an incredible amount of stone in the ground that has to be removed. No wonder the grass never grew so well there. Once the stone is removed I will add peat and compost. This hopefully will be a good mix for the roses. We have ordered the roses and they should arrive in a couple of weeks at our local garden centre.

All my tomato plants are now in the ground (see photo) and are just starting to flower. I also planted out the first of the sweet peppers and cucumbers, with the rest of the plants that aren’t big enough, along with the aubergines remaining in the cold frame for the time being. Today the Juniorette ate the first of her strawberries which are now ripening. Now that really is a sign of summer. I guess it means Wimbledon cannot be that far away.

A few weeks ago Mrs H talked me into ordering a Satellite navigation device for the car. We decided on a new model for Tom Tom and ordered it online from Redcoon. After 2 weeks it hadn’t arrived so we rang Redcoon to find out what was going on, only to be told it wouldn’t be shipped for another 3 weeks. So we cancelled the order and went and bought a different model from a local store. The old fashioned way is more expensive but definitely quicker.

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15 Comments:

Blogger Nan said...

I have also had experiences with shipping that was unbelievable slow! Sometimes buying things the old fashioned way just is better.

You must have such a wonderful garden. We only have a little one and we decided making room for a sandbox but then had to compromise on the plants. I hope the Juniorette liked your home grown strawberries a lot.

May 23, 2007 10:30 PM  
Blogger christina said...

We have two strawberry plants this year and every time a strawberry ripens, some bird or other eats it before we even have a chance. Do you put nets on yours?

Can't wait to see pics of the rose garden!

May 23, 2007 10:37 PM  
Blogger Maribeth said...

Wonderful Tomato plants! I repotted mine today. I will have very large pots of them and keep them mostly in the green house.
I'll be planting on Sunday.
Blast those rocks!

May 24, 2007 12:20 AM  
Blogger Ms Mac said...

I love roses! I was starting to worry a bit about the roses in mu balcony boxes because everyone else's roses have started flowering but mine are still a bit shy.

I've never tried any satnav thing ever, but I know I would never buy a tom tom because of their atrocious and intensely annoying ads.

May 24, 2007 8:04 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

I can't wait to see the roses. I have been wishing I had a garden to try my hand at growing them. They smell so good!

May 24, 2007 10:35 AM  
Blogger swenglishexpat said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog yesterday. I envy you and other skilled gardeners and your beautiful gardens. Yesterday I strimmed all the grass and got a tick on my leg! How's that for a reward? I'll put you on my rather short list of other bloggers. I like your blog.

May 24, 2007 1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anthony said...

I would be eating strawberries now if I had put a net over my plants. But since I didn't, the squirrels are enjoying them instead. They don't even wait for the berries to get ripe.

May 24, 2007 3:14 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Nan - The Juniorette likes the strawberries. If its anything like last year she will eat most of them! :)

Christina - I have not used nets as we had not had any problems with the birds. Perhaps our 2 cats keep,them away? :)

Maribeth - Good luck with the planting on Sunday :)

Ms Mac - Perhaps your roses are late bloomers ;)
I had never heard of Tomtom until a few weeks a go, let alone seen an advert. Perhaps I live a sheltered life! :)

Andrea - We've tried to choose roses on both looks and scent. We are really looking forward to planting them :)

Swenglishexpat - I had tick last year from mowing the grass. I hate the bloody things.
Enjoy your holiday in France! :)

Anthony - Fortunately we don't have any squirrels in our garden, and the birds haven't had a go at the strawberries either. Lucky I guess! :)

May 24, 2007 10:15 PM  
Blogger Blithe said...

Good luck with your roses. I love roses but find them to be a lot of work. Every November when I can give away roses to friends and the scent hangs heavy in the air, I am delighted to have them. However, I spend more time on them than anything else in the garden. Between pruning, picking off leaves with black spot, spraying (bio-oil) for scale, hand picking off caterpillars, mealy bugs, rose beetles and assorted wildlife, I sometimes think about pulling them all out. They were given by my mother-in-law so I soldier on and just try not to kill them. I really think they are an example of why you should plant for climate and area, not just for beauty. Having said that, be not discouraged. I am sure your Marburg is a better place to grow them and that they will bring you great joy.

May 25, 2007 5:31 AM  
Anonymous deepblue said...

Great news from your garden! As nearly everybody else I'm very interestet in the haddock's roses! What kinds did you order? By the way, except from you, I don't like haddock for eating, but Mr. Blue had a sensational short trip to Glasgow even it was without our wished game Werder-Spurs, and he had such a big one of haddock-fish and chips, that we ate from it the other day at home, and it was really very good! Looking forward to see you in Nürnberg (we can drive there in the morning as we don't go for the wedding-party the evening before)! Our strwaberries are still green, but we have so many as never before, and boy blue could eat his first strawberry and there was a cherry from his tree for everyone except the blue dog.

May 25, 2007 9:44 AM  
Blogger Blueyes said...

I was getting rid of some old leaves around some of the trees in my yard and found blackberries growing :) It's always wonderful finding new things growing.

As for shipping, ya kind of sucks sometimes even if you can get it cheaper but not always practical.

May 25, 2007 1:43 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Good luck with the roses. Ours look very nice right now. We have two Gruss an Bayern, which are floribundas. I have a climbind rose (white) and a rambling rose (red) too but don't know a lot about them. In doing some research I have found that they like a lot of sun and also are susceptible to quite a few pests and disease. I have seen aphids already and our garden isn't know for so much sun so not sure we will be successful but if not I will go with something a bit more suitable next time.

May 27, 2007 1:05 PM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

now that sounds like a great garden!

May 30, 2007 10:00 PM  
Blogger EuroTrippen said...

We love our TomTom nav. system!! If it wasn't for it we'd have been hopelessly lost in at least eight different countries by now.

May 31, 2007 12:20 PM  
Blogger EuroTrippen said...

By the way, don't spring for the John Cleese voice... it gets REALLY old REALLY quickly.

May 31, 2007 12:21 PM  

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