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Posted: 27/06/2014 at 09:45

Well done Phillippa - that's quite the gift you have there! I think I'm going to refer to them as my engagement aloes from now on!

Fairygirl - in less than a minute of telling my mother she had changed the subject onto how worried she was that my brother didn't have a girlfriend (or boyfriend for that matter). I think we can all guess whose the favourite child!

Still, at least no one has asked if I'm pregnant.


Have a lovely weekend OL!



Posted: 27/06/2014 at 09:03

We wont be setting YEAR let alone date for a while yet. A friend is getting married in August so we wont be doing anything until they've had their moment in the glory as it just feels rude to take attention off who is currently a very stressed out bride.

Neither of us have ever really discussed weddings before so I've no idea what kind of plans - if any - Steve has about the day. It'll be interesting to find out!

As for shouting it out at the roof tops - I'm knackered just having to field questions from family and close friends (do people's brains just loose all common sense?) I think a press release is the way to go when we announce babies and such like this is too much melodrama! Very weird having to contact family members who we've not seen / really heard from in over 10 years to tell them. Almost a - well would they really care if they heard about it on Facebook?


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 07:46

(Thank goodness it rained last night!!)


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 07:45

Morning all.  No celebrations last night as he went to his parents for a dental appointment in the morning so I went to the museum to ready vehicles for the weekend. I've only actually seen him for fifteen minutes since the question was popped!

Slowly telling all the family (I think posting it on Facebook is a little crude) and close friends. Feels a little surreal. 

Got home very late to find my lavenders - oh my gosh the smell when I opened the box was incredible! I can't wait to pot them all up and label them properly. 

I also got my little aloe babies from Phillippa which I'm so excited about!

Also - found a little hedgehog on the drive last night : I couldn't see him when I reversed up thank goodness I missed them! He looked very healthy free from ticks so I watched him wander off down the road. First job this weekend is to make the gardens more hog friendly! 

Partner left me some roses by the bed when I got in too. Only as I often do I didn't bother turning on lights in the house so almost missed them! 


What a day! I hope today is quieter!


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 16:55

Dove you'd be amazed at plant pot tetras going on in that pot! I can never "just" get one pot out its a right challenge (and the lid doesn't exactly go on).


Maximum yield of spuds

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 16:53

You know Edd I saw you posting in this and I was half expecting you to have come up with an ingenious way of growing potatoes in the compost bins - sorts crop rotation problems and space in one easy go!


Those beloved bargain bins are wonderful aren't they!!

Free Lavenders / Free Perennials

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 16:49

If I take cuttings of my lavenders I'll end up with the same colour throughout, my family all live too far away to comfortably pinch bits out their gardens and my friends are not... well flowers are a bit of a grey (brown, dried, sad looking) area (also they're normally filled with cuttings that came originally from my own garden so we're back to the beginning).

This way I get a few different varieties to add a little more interest into my garden without having to spend too much cash - something that's rather dear to my wallet (well; we are in Yorkshire and I do now have a wedding to save up for!)

Yes it isn't the quickest nor easiest way of achieving the lavender hedge I want along the length of the lawn but I guess that's the fun of gardening we all have different needs and whims.

I'm going to have to try to remember the paint idea - I've been trying really hard to label things PROPERLY this year but I've still managed a few "plantus unidentifidus"


OL - like you I've not ventured into the taking cuttings yet. I really must do something and get my rosemary plant "harvested" so I'll have fresh ones to put out in a few years when it gets all woody.


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 16:32

Dove - I have a dustbin full but I daren't throw even the broken ones away. They'll come in useful for something I'm sure!


Lesley - I've often thought that a cup of tea and jam sandwich would be ideal after labour. I hope Fairy remembers the milk.

Free Lavenders / Free Perennials

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 15:21

Ha ha. I meant that we were expecting several different coloured lavenders. I just wondered if they had marked them out so you'd know ahead of planting.

Or would that be too easy?

Free Lavenders / Free Perennials

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 14:42

I do feel sorry for people who buy them expecting a dedicated lorry to appear with masses of green for less than the cost of a few pints. OL - have they labelled which ones are which? (Not that I imagine even with the most delicate of touches mine will have labels in come the end of the month!)

I hope I've enough pots!

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