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Charlie November

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wooded handle grass shears

Posted: Yesterday at 14:09

I know the ones you mean. I've seen a pair ... years ago. If they're still around, they're antiques by now.

You mean these, don't you?

Well, those are steel, not plastic, but that's still not wood.

I've found a Chinese-made pair with little wheels like a child's bike to make it even easier, but they've telescopic hollow handles again.

Why wooden, anyway?

The only thing I can suggest if you *must* have wood is to get a pair with modular construction, try them and, if you still insist on wooden handles, take off their handles, set them aside and fit two broom handles. I know you can still get wooden broom handles and wooden curtain rails. Shave or lathe the ends to fit, slot 'em in, drill and screw 'em and there you go, wooden handles.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: Yesterday at 11:56

 Thank you, builders, for your generous gifts of a breeze block, some tarmac, some pieces of plastic pipe, some bits of roof tile, some broken glass, some chunks of concrete, a few lengths of mains flex, a plastic sack and the wrappers off your lunch.

That pit's not hip-deep yet, no maybe I'll find some more relics yet. Still not hauling those infected roots out of the ground. I hope enxt door doesn't collapse when I do finally get them out.

Also unearthed a few lily bulbs, adult and baby, so they've been moved up the garden into the flower bed. They have shoots on them already, but they hadn't reached the surface yet. One of the lilies in that flower bed has, and is 6" tall. April, and I have a 6" lily. Time to start patrolling for red beetles and s__t-covered larvae.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 20:14

Have failed to remove tree stumps. When honey fungus killed off both ends of the hedge, I didn't remove the dead trees like one should. Instead I left them cut off flat at chest height. Now I use them as bird tables so the birds aren't all fighting over one little bit of wall top. Today I had another go at digging them out down at the far end. Last year's leaves added to the grass cuttings on the compost heap. A couple of armfuls of rocks put along the back of the living part of the hedge to protect the fence. Shovelfuls of soil (and gravel) thrown under the hedge behind the flower bed so I can add another layer of compost without it rolling off the back. Hole made longer, wider and deeper. Trees ... actually shift, just very slightly, now. By pulling hard on the top 1.5m up I can move the bottom about 5mm. Found some bulbs in odd places in the process, and moved them to better places. If I ever do get these dead trees out, I'll be able to bury a few bodies in the bottom and still plant mature fruit trees in the hole on top of them. Anybody know where I can find Ched Evans? Going to be hard to get dead trees out without killing the ones next to them, of course. Likely to need a ridiculous amount of compost, sand, fym and topsoil to fill in afterwards, too.

Camera Corner

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 20:03

Is it my imagination or does that tit look really p____d off with you?

Tufted duck: I remember when that hairstyle was in fashion (yes, I'm old).

Smew: kind of nice, in a "bird impersonates cobra" way.

Turtle dove: I should be so lucky. Around here it's feral pigeon, feral pigeon, feral pigeon, feral collared dove, feral pigeon, feral collared dove, feral pigeon ...

Avocet: Yay! One I've seen too!

Nice pics!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 16:44

Runnybeak, what film? If it's one of those really intense ones, you may need to understand it for it to make sense, but if it's like Hero you may as well not even watch let alone listen and if it's anything like Iron Man 2 you can get the whole plot, dialogue included, by watching it in Thai and just mentally saturating the soundtrack with ham and cheese.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 10:21

Rained since before the GC opened, so ...

Compost acquired. Rose filled to level. Bucket refilled. Honeysuckle pruned. 9 cuttings dipped in rooting hormone (never used it until this spring) and put into bucket. Soup pot of water added for humidity. Sticks added to hold bag. Bag added to retain humidity. Bucket with others against house wall. Tools put away. Shirt, trousers and socks damp. Time to drink Southern Comfort and sing Abba.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 18:38

Gave up on the woman who said she'd come and pick up one of my layered roses. It was up against the top of the bag and really needed freeing from the bag before the leaves started to rot. I thought it made sense to keep it bagged for transport, to protect the car, but the bag had to come off ... so I planted it here.

 After I'd dug the hole, I found that its roots were all down at the bottom, so maybe it's deeper than it needed to be. Glad I put it so deep, though, as I ran out of compost. Must get another bag and finish filling that hole tomorrow. Then I can re-use the bag, sticks and bucket (yes, a 10l bucket with holes in the bottom) and use some more of tomorrow's sack to take cuttings of ... hmm ... the "Late Dutch" honeysuckle, maybe?

Camera Corner

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 17:47

By "don't be brutal," I take it you mean "give feedback," so here goes.

I like the blue theme and the way so many things are so many shades of blue. That definitely works for me. Very crisp detail on the windmill, no shake or motion blur, and good light all over, nowhere burned or gloomy. The top edge is good, with the cloud fully in the picture like that and the gull detail top-left. The only thing I'd change would be the horizontal positioning and/or scale. Your left edge chops through a building that's quite large relative to all the other features. It may have been better to either pan further right and zoom in a bit, leaving that building off altogether and getting a bit more open space to the right and a bit less sea and sky, or zoom out a bit and include all of that building as well as more space to the right and a little more sea and sky.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 17:41

Does making cakes count as gardening now? I can do that. I can even order the ingredients online rather than trekking 400m to the shop.

No gardening done today, but if the woman who wanted this rose doesn't come and get it tomorrow I'm planting it right here this weekend. It's up against the top of its bag and that's not good for it.

What can I plant in a shaded north facing garden?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 17:37


"vinca (periwinkle)"

This the one?

 That's growing in a south-facing bed here, currently looking very happy about it. It's about ankle-deep, so you could plant the bigger shrubs then let it fill in between them without worrying about it overwhelming them.

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