Latest posts by CurlyCarly

suitable lawnmower for lady gardener

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 20:46

Have you thought of as battery powered one? A friend of mine started doing gardens to earn a living and bought one plus a spare battery. She swears by it. I think it was a Bosch but will ask her next time we chat.

We have a petrol Flymo hover mower at home and since buying it mowing has definitely become a 'man's job'. Even if I could get it started (I don't seem to have the wrist action) it is extremely heavy to use - and I'm no weakling.

Where's my tidy gene?

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 12:14

...don't forget the bears Susie

Where's my tidy gene?

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 21:56

Susie61, I have a climbing rose 'Malvern Hills' growing all round my sitting room window. I think it may be a David Austin one. It flowers more or less non stop and has a most exquisite perfume that carries a long way.

I have it on red brick and it looks really good.

Since my initial post I've been to another garden that will be opening next week. Here the gardener has a much more laid back approach and I found it quite liberating. She allows things to self seed and says she initially used bark chippings to keep down the weeds before the clumps grew together - hardly any soil showing.

I've concluded that, more than I ever imagined, gardens reflect the personality of their owners. I'm definitely in the let it all hang out/devil may care category. I would be a nervous wreck if I thought I had to tackle every weed and would end up selling up and buying a flat

I have decided not to try to compete with the neat, trim, manicured lot and let my inner hippy come out. Chill woman!

Where's my tidy gene?

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 22:35

Oh Susie...weeds is my middle name. Actually I like the idea of  'selective weeding'. There was someone on tv some time back who said she tended her beds in the manner of a grazing animal, chomping a bit off here and there with her hand. Has anyone tried that approach?

Following on the fridge magnets theme, the one I like is 'you can look at the dust but please don't write in it'


Where's my tidy gene?

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 21:19

Thank you all for your really helpful comments.

Mulching sounds a good idea and keeping the lawn cut well and edged , yes every time. I'm in the process of training my husband on the edging. He hasn't quite got it yet....we've been together for 35 years but I live in hope.

I'm starting to wonder if one should actually go for opening ones garden. I confess to being reactive, not proactive (the genes I expect - blame my mother) so perhaps that's the answer.  On the other hand, life's a bit too short to get fretting about a bit of bindweed....and nettle...and bramble...cleavers....ground ivy and all the rest

Where's my tidy gene?

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 21:19

Oh dear,

I've spent the last few days going round gardens that are opening to the public.

How do folk manage to keep on top of the weeds and have everything looking so pristine? I've been told to tackle one bit of the garden at a time then work on the next. The trouble is if I turn my back for a day the weeds seem to be making a come back!

Apart from employing a gardener, which is out of the question for me, does anyone have any tips?

Speakers for the club

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 22:00

Well said Mike. Our group are as most a mixed bag. Some very knowledgeable, others complete beginners and most somewhere in the middle. We've had some very entertaining speakers who manage to appeal to all - a hard act to follow every time.

Onward and upward.

Speakers for the club

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:35

Thanks everyone. I should be up to speed for the next five years soon

I've been in touch with Carrie Thomas  

It's a long way for her to come for one meeting. We meet on the last Thursday of each month. Carrie suggests there if there is another club in the West Midlands/South Staffs/ Worcestershire area that meets on the last Wed or Friday we might be in business. Is there anyone out there???


Speakers for the club

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 21:54

Thanks Dovefromabove.

I looked at her site and would be very interested. I think Swansea may be too far away (we're in South Staffs) but I will contact her to check.

Thanks again,


Speakers for the club

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 20:48

Thanks Nutcutlet, you've given me some good pointers there.


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