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Posted: 16/06/2013 at 23:25

Turned out nice - just like the morning promised.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 23:18

Planted out 10 snapdragons (Tutti Frutti) This evening.

Not sure whether they should be as thin and 'tendrily' as these are. They have put out a nice lot of new growth but seem a bit thin to support their own weight. Wonder whether they will a thicken up and straighten up with more space now for their roots.

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Posted: 16/06/2013 at 15:07

skyrunner: thank you so much for the trouble you've taken rummage,  photograph and generally explain how your your crazy paving path mould works. Yes, it will help when I decide where I might want to use it - I have a couple of ideas! 

Once in a while someone markets a really good idea and I think that was one of them.

I say 'was' because the good ideas often save shoppers money and therefore, I suspect, could lose custom for the specialist firms, thereby leading to pressure to discontinue the money saving good idea. I know it sounds cynical but I think it happens. I've never seen this product but maybe it's out there somewhere.

On a similar theme, I remember, Geoff Hamilton on GW many years ago, showing how he made garden 'rocks' from left over concrete mix. I tried it very successfully with my own twist. 

Basically, you just put the concrete into plastic bags, and roughly push them into any shape you want. My twist was to line the bags with bits of garden rubbish - old stalks, fern leaves, grass cuttings etc. Once the concrete has set, or partially set you can pull the bags off and enjoy the randomness of the unusual shapes and textures.

I found the organic elements weathered down, or wore away leaving quite naturalistic looking stones to build a 'rockery'. You just have to take care not to allow plants in contact too soon until the 'rocks' have leached out most of their residual cement ingredients.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 14:13

LeadF: tell me about it... Emptied more of last years pots yesterday, sieved out weeds and rubbish to fill up a wheelbarrow and off to the other side of garden to spread it over as a mulch... Then started to notice the ground elder where I wanted to put the spent compost... Then saw the couch grass, been so obvious for so long that I'd stopped noticing it, then realised the whole of the bed needed clearing properly before mulching... Doesn't it go on!? 

Ended up with an old back strain coming back from the extended stooping and decided to call it a day. Old compost is still in the barrow waiting for the weeding impulse to return. Mustn't complain, ( even though I know I will! ) - I really know the garden is a blessing even though the weeds seem like a curse .

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Posted: 16/06/2013 at 11:24

Skyrunner: I don't usually 'gush' about paths but yours is perfect for its position. What a brilliant idea! It appeals to the creative side of anyone who does not want to stay with rectangles. 

how did you get the nice rounded edges? Did you brush the concrete once it had half set? Also the colour isn't that bare white or grey that concrete often has - did you colour it in some way?

I bet a lot of us gardeners would be interested in doing the same. Do you remember the name of the product or was it just called something like 'path frame'? 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 10:32

Norfolk: Lovely start here, bit breezy but fresh after all yesterday's rain and not at all cold. Strawbs and goosegogs loving it.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 10:27

LF: 'Your (butter)cup runneth over...'

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 17:49

Norfolk: Blue sky start (6:15) then gradually got windier and windier. Sun replaced by clouds and showers then a lot of rain for a lot of the afternoon.

Only started clearing up about an hour ago.

Quite bright and ('innocently' ) sunny now!

My experience of "customer service" .

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 22:42

Sara 4: I had exactly the same problem with late plugs for baskets etc but I put this down to everyone being caught out by the severe winter, including the plant firms.

Like you, one of my orders was badly delayed by the weather holding back plant growth it but came eventually. 

I totally agree, however, with your frustration with the inordinate amount of time spent nowadays on 'telephone options'.

My experience of "customer service" .

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 17:46

Thanks Bev, I will look at that Canny Gardener thread.

I suppose it could be argued that, although 'lucky' with my complaint, for my first order to go wrong was either unlucky or, by other customers' experience, just typical of what they experienced with that firm. I can only go by my own single experience which admittedly is by no means a reliable 'yardstick'. 

I think my point still applies, however: that if customers courteously but firmly direct justified complaints straight back at the company responsible for poor goods, the company will either rise to the challenge of putting things right (as in my case) or reveal its unreliability -  thereby losing customers.

Now I come to consider it, I believe customers have almost have a duty to each other to complain (where there is justification) in order to keep standards of customer service high. In the end it's about honesty - companies have a duty to supply at the advertised quality and the customer has a right to receive what they paid for.

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