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The established Garden.

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 10:51

Out of curiosity I am wondering (not sure what generation I belong in being 29) whether the extending homes into gardens rather than having gardens in their own right stems partly from the fact that houses now seem *TINY*.

My parents house is huge - we phone each other up to see who is in the house, and so is the garden (I have been known to call the neighbours to see if they can spot my mother through the hedge). But we never go and eat a meal in the garden because... well there's the dining room, kitchen table, and conservatory to choose from and by the time you've traced father down the meal is going cold.

Our house is a 1960s council build and "modest". But the new houses we looked at when trying to buy a house where TINY. I felt trapped with just the two of us walking around how could I even start to imagine living in this house with teenage children, their friends, the dog... the bedrooms were so tiny that you could barely get a bed in much less wardrobes and if you wanted to entertain your teenage friends in there... well you had to be prepared to get to know them very well. So who takes over the lounge? No doubt much "huffing" and mini tantrums are had about parents being so embarrassing and children so inconsiderate when they commandeer the sofa insisting parents are pushed into the kitchen and not seen nor heard else their mates (who obviously have model parents who hide in their bedroom) tease them.

So what other space is left in the house? The garden. Suddenly its the only space you have to relax with friends of an evening and by the time all the garden sofas and entertaining tables / BBQs / whatever else IKEA convinces you that you *MUST* have... there's no room for what you would consider the more traditional flowers.


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 07:22

Water pistol. 


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 07:11

It seems a shame to spend a day like this in the office (especially when my garden has a huge to do list!) Dove

I hope it at least lasts til late evening so I can potter about tomorrow before the storm hits!

Garden up Sheffield

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 07:09

Oh dear its not looking good is it. 

Does anyone know if there's parking nearby available? I don't like the idea of walking from the train station through a thunderstorm! 


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 07:02

Up early to enjoy the lovely sunshine.  It's glorious out there!

Now back in bed with a cup of tea. Just work to get over then we're done for the week. Yay!

Garden up Sheffield

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 22:25

Oh!! I'd forgotten all about this!


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 22:25

That's me to a t Rosemummy!  Being around his family is hard work as they have no concept of NOT SHOUTING over each other and talking loud enough to wake the dead (they must think my family terribly quiet and "seen but not heard" in comparison! ) - I'm happiest on my own in the greenhouse with filtered natural noises or my odd choice of music on a low setting. Come Christmas when we're trapped inside with all the family I'm a complete wreak. Must learn some coping techniques it can't do grandma any good getting her tipsy all week so she falls asleep.

I keep trying to give my friend plants but only the lavender has ever survived which is more luck than anything else. They're just too busy at the moment - but at this rate she'll be getting an iou!

Lesley - plants seem to love some well rotted horse muck and its so much cheaper than trying to condition the soil with fertiliser or bags of compost. Plus I really need the exercise! 

Right. Time to climb into bed and hope the sun is still around in the morning.  Sweet dreams all!


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 20:29
Went to Homebase to look for a friends birthday gift.

Came out with 12 strawberry plants, 2 garlic chives, and a blackcurrant "stick" for ??3... and no present for my friend! Women are so hard to shop for! Why can't they all like herb gardens?!

Also - my hearing is TOO good! The reason I can't hear is because (we think) my brain just can't process all the noises its bombarded with!

Right. I'm going to have another pottle around the garden - the sun has popped out and its lovely!

Talkback: Growing chillies from seed

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:37

Norfolk Chilli Farm.

Have you any advice on over wintering chillies? I know a few of us may be giving it a go this year.


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 15:02

Sorry what was about wet salad that Mrs G? Really hope your CV writing goes well - there's loads of websites out there to help (I have a template for the CV bit but the covering notes are awfully hard work!)

Lesley - The migraines have been put down to food intolerances / stomach issues and you'll be pleased to know have almost completely gone now I'm on a restricted diet. My GP is very good when I can get to see him but its very hard to get an appointment so I tend to use private companies as the first port of call and then see the GP if it needs following up which I think I'll do if I don't pass the test - bonus is that I don't have to miss as much time off work!

Lesley - advantage of moving horse muck in the rain is that no one can tell how much you're sweating! Plus it means when the weather is good I can do "fun" things in the garden

KEF - gosh they must be good because I can neither sing nor dance! It would be nice to be able to sing a little, just enough not to get frowned at.

Stacey - I had enough difficulty not imagining the lights when they tested my periphery vision! I saw the damn things the whole way home!

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