Latest posts by Clarington

A Gardener's Hands

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 09:09

Ha ha Fairygirl you can tell when I've an important meeting as the dark nail varnish comes out! I'm afraid with gardening, diy, owning a land rover... try as I might these hands look awful. I struggle with wearing gloves asI just can't find a pair that fit properly. Funny enough I was thinking of attempting to find another pair today. 

I'm actually finding cheap hand cream from Aldi best; I think it has to do with the fact that its so cheap you just slap a load on without thinking much about it while the good stuff is delicately applied and you are reluctant to keep reapplying just because you've washed your hands. The Aldi stuff I reapply at every chance while I'm working (I.e. toilet break, tea break,  biscuit break, tea break, can you just come and hold this break...) 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 08:59

That is a beautiful wallTootles but like Hosta I worry if the border is a little narrow. What are you planning on planting?


Posted: 22/02/2016 at 08:57

That's shockingly awake Hosta! I have so many plans for the garden;  they just keep changing! Now with 7 metres of garage to hide I'm busy changing it all again...

Wonky: its nice to have the option to drive even if you don't have too. Two hours on a bus is awful: that's why I don't get the bus to work. It would for me be a ten minute walk, an hour and a half on the bus, and a twenty minute walk... or 45 minutes in he car (30 on a good day). No contest. 

I have a huge to do list to try and get through today... I'm thinking it would be easier to just loose the list.

Wild Pond

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 08:48

I am also with the keeping water mint in a basket! Mine is in a basket and twice a year I trim it (and the roots / runners that take over that quarter of the pond. It does smell good and the frogs are always hiding in it so they must be keen. Oh and when it flowers the bees love it!

To add some height I have Typha minima - dwarf bulrush, it only seems to be going up rather than out  so doesn't take much space up but you often see finches clinging onto it dipping for water or waiting for the bird feeder nearby. You'll find the frogs here too. In the winter I leave the brown leafs (?) Uncut so the area doesn't feel bare.

Because my pond hasn't much edge (its a preformed deep ornamental) I have floating baskets to create some shade; in them I have a carnivorous pitcher bog plant and a Fibre optic ever green grass (can't remember the proper name) that wander around the pond in the breeze. I can't say what good the pitcher plant does for wildlife but you get lots of dragonflies using the ever green as a landing pad.

I do have a dwarf lilly but it only appears late in the season (May) and disappears long before the warm autumn days are over so I think my floating plants do more of the shading work! This could be because my pond is on the deep side and it takes a while for it to warm up. I might raise it on bricks this year to see if that helps if I can brave getting in the cold water with my snorkel.

In the final edge I have purple and yellow iris: they add some amazingly striking colours to the pond which is more for my pleasure but the bees show interest.

My hornwart seems bomb proof (I have fish that seem to think it a delicacy) and is where you'll find the frogs come mating time.

I hpe that helps


Posted: 22/02/2016 at 08:27

Morning all! I shall skip over my February wages being late (due Saturday)  and start with happy news that tomorrow the awful asbestos garage is going!! I have to say I'd expected it to blow down several times during storms so I'm do glad we can wave it good bye. It's low grade asbestos but I'm having a professional company in regardless; it troubles me to think of all the DIYers double bagging it and taking it to the local recycling place.

This means we'll be measuring up the garden for the new workshop. We guess what with saving up it'll be at least 20 months of devastation for the garden and house (since we'll now have space to put a skip on the drive to rid the house of the awful plaster) so that's something to look forward too!

Had a good walk around while hacking the hedge back (my body is in shreds: it is definitely an intruder deterrent! ) gain extra access to the side of the garage; there's several bulbs I thought I had lifted coming through (mainly crocus) which is a nice splash of colour. My daffodils seem to be rather awol though as all of the ones I see on my walks are well out but mine seem to have stalled. Oh well; hopefully it'll mean more colour later on. 

Anyone for tea?


Posted: 19/02/2016 at 15:15

Verdun I'm thinking a nice holiday some where sunny. What's it like down your way? 


Posted: 19/02/2016 at 14:40

I'll have a huge Dove! 

I am trying to decide why I bother to have my classroom "looking nice" when its not in use because people keep coming and making a mess (read it smelt of dirty nappies and the floor was so bad I had to deep clean it) meaning I've then got to scrub it back up for the group it was originally cleaned for.

Perhaps I should leave it a bare empty room: it would at least be easier to clean!

Unfortunately like all things in life a bare empty room doesn't sell itself and I really need to start selling my room because after March my diary is looking very empty

Still the rest would do me good...


So if Dove is offering hugs I'd best start getting the cakes out. Anyone for an iced bun?

App for garden design

Posted: 18/02/2016 at 14:21

I'm afraid Eleleanor I find pencil and paper the best having looked at several apps and websites!


Posted: 10/02/2016 at 11:40

PunkDoc: stay in the warm and rest. Don't expect any of us to feel sorry for you but seriously unless you've been out in your all-together in the garden I really can't see how its self imposed. 

(And if you have... you fool! In this weather? Frost bite can damage certain areas you know!!)

I've a group of VIP children attending the museum tomorrow afternoon for a special treat. So most of today is being spent trying to work out what *else* I can do to make the day extra special. It doesn't help that they are completely out of my normal age range and thus are total mystery to me. Are balloons appropriate for 8 - 12 year olds? I hope so because I just want any excuse to fill the classroom with balloons! 


Posted: 10/02/2016 at 07:29

Oh my this having money is such fun!! I have already splashed out on £80 of fuel, a lemon AND some ice cream.

Only trouble was... I had to ask my partner for my pin number its been so long since I used it  

Jimmy my garden is most confused with the weather. I'm a little concerned that all the bulbs on the left of my pots are coming up... but not the right sides. They're not even big pots!

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