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FloBear

I am happy that the sun came out today and I spent most of the day pootling in the garden

Hollie - part time is good, retirement great!

Woodgreen wonderboy

Definition of "pootling"...pottering about from job to job without a plan and just doing what you feel like doing, rather than doing those jobs that are shouting to be done.

Do you agree or have you a better definition?

I did not have time to read all the emailes about being happy.....but...just looking looking quickly at the photos and happymarions happy face...made me feel happy too,and.I am off to the greenhouse to sow more french beans and other seeds to put in when I have room,accompanied by Rosie coco and Boris,and I have got beautifull double petunias coming out in by baskets in the greenhouse,and, everything is lovely spring green...ad then I have to make a bakewell,as I have promised my daughter....Yes,I feel happy.especially after seeing everyone else is too...xxx...

GillyL

Beautiful blue sky,the sun is smiling and so am I.

The potty gardener

Today I feel so happy because... someone is coming to do electrics so my water feature will work

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hollie hock

I'm calling it my early semi retirement Flo but early full time retirement sounds better

I have to ask Ann who are Rosie coco and Boris?

I'm happy because it's Friday and the garden looks lovely

 

Woodgreen wonderboy

I am happy because I finally got around to planting my favourite tree, an acer griseum which has been in a large pot for years, in my garden. It has a nice central position and looks very fine, enhancing the overall design. why on earth did I not have this idea before?

The potty gardener

Today I feel happy because I am with my Mum and have seen my daughter and sisters. Have also got a beautiful new Fuchsia. Will post pics when I get home tomorrow

GillyL

Today I,m happy because we have blue tits nesting in our new bird house.

artjak

Am happy; just got back from brilliant concert in King's Lynn, Rachmaninov with v. good pianist.

Woodgreen wonderboy

I am happy (again) because I found 6 (YES SIX!!) tree peonie seedlings which i have potted up, to give away to friends.

artjak

Woodgreen, what joy, tree peonies can take up to 2 years to germinate, well done!

GillyL

Lucky friends Woodgreen

Woodgreen wonderboy

Artjak...but how long before I see flowers. by the way these are chance seedlings at the base of my plant...not much skill on my part except a policy of benign neglect

What's this - can we use it to secure our young tree plants to their stakes? Trouble is - it's so ugly! 

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nutcutlet

WW, I reckon about 4-5  years to the first flower. Sometimes a bit longer. They seem to do not a lot for a couple of years then take off. I've never had one come up in the garden though. Or if it did it got weeded out with thestinging nettles.

FloBear

Hollie, early semi-retirement was the last three years of work for me and it was great, I think everyone should have that opportunity

Woodgreen - your definition is spot on, clearly you have pootled youself

Gilly, bluetits nesting  I'm always happy when I have 'birds of my own'. My blackbirds' second brood has just flown the nest; unfortunately they got up a lot earlier than I did and I missed it.

 

Woodgreen wonderboy

Thank you wise ol' Nut. I knew I could rely on you for my answer. Your weeding regime must be more energetic than mine too. Brains and brawn!!

KEF

Woodgreen. Hope you have as many happy years looking at your Acer Griseum as my Mum has hers. Wasn't supposed to grow very big but everything does at M's. So maybe ten feet plus, about 15yrs old I think, maybe more.  Beautiful tree her fav'.

I love her Prunus Serrula..now that is a big tree but wonderful. I don't have room for trees..but a trip up the road and I can see all I need.

Woodgreen wonderboy

Thanks KEF. Griseums are fairly slow growers altho' now it has escaped it's pot who knows how much frustration and pent-up energy will be released? At least it has a good distance to it's neighbour which is.... wait for it.... a Prunus Serrula!!  It's a small world. Did you know that the Serrula is sometimes called the Sheraton tree because of it's polished bark? I stroke mine all the time... but not my Griseum which would complain bitterly. Nothing sadder than a smooth griseum.