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07/04/2014 at 15:01
Getting rid of the white is next lesson lol.


08/04/2014 at 19:40


At just under a metre high, this is probably the biggest lump of amethyst I've ever seen....I spotted it during a visit to Chatsworth House. 

08/04/2014 at 19:55

That is brill David, been to Chatsworth many times but didn't see that. I love the long gallery with marble statues. Farm shop not bad

08/04/2014 at 22:12


Thanks, KEF.....this is it tidied up.

08/04/2014 at 22:54

I've never been to Chatsworth but think I might next week while I am off, I've heard the Farmshop is excellent 

Good pic KEF, did you alter the colour or is the red that bright? 

09/04/2014 at 08:00

David it looks even more impressive tidied up.

OL alter colour lol, can't crop pics properly yet. It was that colour. Farm shop is very good, don't forget to take a chiller bag.

09/04/2014 at 08:53

Thanks, KEF.....although it still doesn't give an accurate appreciation of the size of it.

Tracey - Please do try to visit Chatsworth if you get the chance....I've visited many of these country mansions in my time, but Chatsworth is the very best......breath-taking, inside & out.   

11/04/2014 at 23:15

I am new to this thread but here is my decking and part of my garden in spring.

 It looks better in the flesh,it's difficult to take a photo on the kindle.

I have planted some hellebore seedlings down the back of the play house with cow parsley. In summer I am hoping that sweet peas and clematis are all over the house.

I love my pots. Last year the tulips were up in the middle of June! I have crocuses first then lots of tulips with the odd hyacinth. Good old lasagne planting. It pleases my wife every day looking from our kitchen window.

12/04/2014 at 12:30


It's the weekend so just had a cup of tea in the garden and took a few pictures on my iPad mini.

 My lovely new hosta mouse ears. Been looking for one for ages. It's so cute!

 Sambucus I think but beautiful plumage !

My Belfast sink. It's not really upside down but I'm having trouble with my photos. Buds seem to be appearing on everything

12/04/2014 at 13:57

Great pics Jac.

I got a new ( well old) belfast sink at the end of last summer and need some inspiration as to what to plant up in it. I'll be delighted if it turns out as good as yours.

12/04/2014 at 14:52

Hi Jac, love your sink garden, whats the white flowered one, its so pretty, love white flowers. I'm also after a sink, but even 2nd hand ones are so expensive around here.

12/04/2014 at 15:01

I was really lucky and got mine on Freegle Lily

12/04/2014 at 15:07

Potty, whats freegle, sorry don't want to sound dim.

12/04/2014 at 16:06

Like Freecycle, Lily.

12/04/2014 at 16:14

Looks like a  phlox lily. They're pretty wee plants. You'll get them cheaply in GCs or usual places as little alpines 

12/04/2014 at 20:00

Great pictures everyone

I took a couple of quick pictures on my phone today at springfield park in rochdale.


13/04/2014 at 09:46

Thank you fairy.

13/04/2014 at 14:59

I covered my old enamelled white sinks with a "tufa" mix several years go.  Cement and peat.  They look like old stone troughs......have been offered nice sum for them. 

I think alpines ...the smaller compact ones....look good in them with shingle and odd pebble.  

However, Phormiums,,aeoniums, grasses etc look good. Or pelargomiums of same colour, osteospermums, diascias, auriculas all do well in troughs.

13/04/2014 at 15:33

I think I might have to start a sink thread with 3 to fill 

15/04/2014 at 19:30

Bluebells in Flaxley woods today.