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Posted: 21/06/2016 at 17:49


The school was great fun; I do hope there wasn't a class trying to learn with us blasting the sirens for hours.

Cut the lawn on the highest setting; it's grown so quickly with all of this rain. I'll cut it again tomorrow on a lower setting (weather permitting).


Posted: 21/06/2016 at 07:13

Morning all. Thanks for the support; honestly it horrifies me that it's not just my mother out there just has no concept of dignity - surely as a new mum you're allowed to carry the "baby weight" as long as you want. But at 8 weeks all I'd be concerned about is whether mother and child are clean, fed, and rested!

Wonky; thank you for the offer of sharing Mother Dove! :)

I'm afraid I went to bed at 20:00 last night I felt so drained even moving my arms felt an effort. I am taking a fire engine to a SEN school today for fun and trying on uniforms so really need to be on top form. (Day off tomorrow though). Missed the moon; hoping the BBC will have pictures!

Incase I forget HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAT for when it happens! (still the 21st here).

Not technically gardening

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 17:27

The diameter (internal and external) of a square explained in one image.


Posted: 20/06/2016 at 16:59

Both twigs say they're a maximum of 3 metre (10ft) after ten years so I don't think them dwarf stock. They'll be in the ground when the vegetable garden is finished. For now I've put them both in some potato growing type sacks for ease of being dragged around (& to see if they survive).

Strawberries are potted up and drying out (stagnant water anyone?) 


Posted: 20/06/2016 at 15:34

Due to my mother having absolute no idea about my chronic illnesses (her complete lack of interest; it's not like Google is such an effort) I spent yesterday's big family party upset and most royally pissed off.

When you are morbidly obese yourself it is not appropriate to in front of everyone family or not) tell your daughter she's so fat she looks pregnant then question her on whether she's pregnant like it would be a bad thing.

HAD I been pregnant it's my decision when I announce it to the family.

HAD I been pregnant (considering my infertility a celebration in its own right) I have a 20% higher than normal chance of miscarriage and so reserve the right not to tell ANYONE until the child starts school. Or maybe university.

So to cheer myself up I let slide the no buying plants rule and now own a few yellow label specials. 5 woodland strawberry plants, a apple bramley twig and a pear conference twig.

Unfortunately I've not got the allotment that they will eventually go in. Oops! Has anyone any advice on planting twigs in pots?


Posted: 18/06/2016 at 08:00

Morning all! Flying visit. 

Wonky; I hope your weekend is glorious and 

Tiny Plants

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 13:46

Cheers Fidget: I want plants that will happily last at least six months in these pots (or a season if you prefer) so can't see nasturtiums being of any use. Such a shame when designers don't read the design specification. Such a simple mistake that causes so much confusion.

Does Viola Conte grow slowly? It seems to grow quite large.

Ladybird: I think your idea suits me perfectly. I was idling at the thought of getting some carnivorous plants that seem very slow growing to try and expand my growing skills.


Posted: 17/06/2016 at 13:37

Afternoon all. Just nipping in very quickly (too much work not enough tea) to say hello. If anyone could lend me a hair dryer I need to dry the lawn so I can cut it before it gets so long I loose the hound in it!

The birds are eating all my bird food!

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 21:45

I'm one step off just putting the 20kg bags under the apple tree and letting them help themselves; we refill three times a day.

Carnivorous Plants; UK native.

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 11:46

Reduced quality image to get around 5mb limit but here's an update on my plant (still floating happily in the pond). Aren't the flowers so detailed!

I'm hoping that I will soon be getting a Drosera Rotundifolia or Pinguicula Grandiflora (birthday present from my mother). Both from what I have read (which I hope is correct) thrieve in boggy areas so will be going floating pot style once they're established enough to live outside all year long.

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