Raby Hall Garden Centre

I love, love, love this place and always manage to bring home an abundance of plants.  Yesterday Mum decided she needed some trailing plants and bedding plants for her hanging baskets, so I tagged along.

Having no intentions of buying anything I managed to come home with:

Jacobs Ladder

Alpines

Pretty Alpine

Thyme & Rosemary

Strawberries

So, if you’re ever on the Wirral and looking for a little cheap and cheerful garden centre then make sure you check out Raby Hall.  All money from sale of plants goes straight back into the Wirral Autistic Society, I couldn’t think of a better reason to buy some extra greens for the garden.

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Old ‘faithful’ works.

Today I put the Samsung to the test.  It took me a good 20 minutes to figure out each setting again, but I think I’m there.  Now, these are not 10 mega pixel quality, but hopefully the 5.1 mega pixel has captured my beautiful greens as my eyes did this morning.

Last years Strawberries, starting to flower!

How beautiful please??

Cucumber babies, still growing strong.

Herbs.

….. And finally, my Forget-Me-Nots…… The ones that I forgot all about!  Now pride of place by my front door. 😀

Photo Update.

I haven’t really done much in the garden over the past few days.  I’ve been ‘taking it easy’ and enjoying the warm weather.

So, updates so far.

I was greeted at 7am by the peeking cucumber and then just now….

Such a difference a few hours makes…. The leaf uncurling!

Managed to re-pot all 100 Lavender seedlings.

My gorgeous Peas, beginning to flower!

New Pea Planter – So chuffed with this that I might have to purchase one for the beans 😀

The strawberries we inherited last year have been trimmed back and are looking lovely and green.

And Alfie decided he’d sooner take naps in the greenhouse…..



Already ready for picking

Yesterday we picked a few of our strawberries.  Mum is really surprised that the size of them, considering when she gave them to us the flowers (fruit) forming was so tiny.  Looks like a little bit of research did them some good.  Who know’s maybe next year they’ll give bigger fruit.

Strawberries - 29-05-09

Everything else is looking as green as ever in the garden space and you can check out some recent pics out here.

We go on Holiday on Monday so the past few days have been spent panic buying and trying to pack.  Today is pretty much the same.  The weather is totally gorgeous at the moment and I really don’t want to have to shop…. Why can’t I just stay in the garden?!

Ho hum!

Pretty pretty pea

Pea - 24-05-09

Quick check-up in the greenhouse this morning reveals that the peas are loving their supports and entwining themselves around them.  They look so pretty, delicate but pretty.

On other shelves in the greenhouse:

Sage, Candytuft, Aster, Sweet Pea and Forget-Me-Nots are all doing amazing well!

And my Strawberries seem to be plumping up a bit:

Strawberry - 24-05-09

The weather is absolutely beautiful today so I plan to pinch my Mums lawnmower and get the grasses cut.  Spot of weeding and just a general tidy up.  Might even spread out a bit of grass seed on the bare patches.

Busy, busy day!

Why is it that everything looks a little greener today?

It’s either the low mega-pixel on my camera phone, or being in the greenhouse really does make things appear a lot more greener.  See for yourself!

Whats the story, Morning Glory?

Wow, they certainly speak for themselves this morning, don’t they?


Elsewhere in the garden space (or should I say – the windowsill space) the Lobelia has shot up!


The Radish is certainly loving the view from my living room!

And believe it or not, I have new leaves from the Auricula plant that I received from the Garden Swap Shop site the other day. The outer leaves look like they’re dying away a little. But they look no different to when I received it. Fingers crossed it likes it’s new home!


I’ve spent the early part of this morning (I know it’s still early) pinching the new runners from my strawberries. Apparently that’s what you’re meant to be doing around this time of year. Found a few slugs in the pot… Must remember to add some kind of slug repellent, any recommendations? Strawberries must love their sunny location though, as the fruit is starting to form (only really small) and turning red. Doesn’t look like we’ll get healthy size strawberries this year.


List of things to do today:

Plant some Agapanthus White African Lily seeds
Re-pot Peppers & Chilli Peppers
Re-pot lavender
and possibly re-pot the Morning Glory (but might wait a few days longer)

P.S: The postie has just delivered a lovely parcel from Dobies. Ooh it’s like Christmas!
I’ve got: Aster, Candytuft, Agastache & Sage *big grin* – Now…. where to stash them?