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Posted: 15/08/2014 at 13:49

I'd agree with Berghill - just pot them up for now. They do quite well in pots anyway if you give them the right attention. Just watch the level they're planted at for the reason already stated. 

Music in the Garden

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 13:46

They just played the Stones 'Satisfaction' on the radio doc - made me think of you 

Mott the Hoople were quite underrated I think. 



Posted: 15/08/2014 at 13:41

I've got two loads of washing out Dove - please keep that rain's looking very black and ominous here...

Verd - you're right about getting taken in - I thought you were a sensible, decent ,upright citizen, but you really just wanted to steal my plants and eat all my cakes....

Having a small lunch break before more 'stuff' outside. I'll have to stop at half four to clean myself up for going for dinner and theatre. Anyone got any black nail varnish? 


Tools keep breaking

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 12:01

I use a border spade Victoria because I'm small and it's a better size for me than a standard spade.It has a narrower blade so it's good for getting into awkward places, and I have plenty of those! I believe AlanT uses a 'ladies' spade for the same reason. I think it's more or less the same thing. I have dodgy wrists so I've found that spade has been perfect - not too heavy but very sturdy. I've also dug post holes with it  for fences etc and I've just been digging a small pond out so I was down into sticky blue/grey/yellow clay and it's done the job well.

I've also used a pickaxe to remove rocks and and big stones when creating borders in solid ground, but I'm getting to the stage when my body complains too much about it! 

Tools keep breaking

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 11:12

I've used mine for all sorts of things - from mixing concrete to creating borders where there's only been grass.  I hate to think how much turf and clay I've lifted out of the ground in various gardens in the last twenty years!

And of course - I've done the occasional bit of hole digging for planting... 

Christmas tree

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 11:07

I think I'd take a look at some of the online tree/hedging nurseries Jacki. They'd be the likeliest place to try first . 

Tools keep breaking

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 10:29

I've used Spear and Jackson spades and forks which suit me well as I can get smaller sizes, and I've only recently broken the border spade which I've had for over twenty years and which has suffered a fair bit of abuse with the amount of work it's done in that time. I noticed many GCs and other outlets have been pushing these Joseph Bentley ones Victoria, but I didn't like the feel of them. Mine are the never bend range and have steel blades, wooden shafts and comfortable plastic 'D' handles but I had difficulty finding the same ones when I looked online.  Instead I  bought a new spade locally but have resorted to gaffer taping the handle of the old one because I like it so much! Don't like my new one 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 10:19

Gardens are looking great ladies 

I think you're getting typically west of Scotland weather BL - you might as well move here! 

Love your Lutyens bench Lily - I'm a big fan of Ned and his beautiful landscaping.


Posted: 15/08/2014 at 10:12

I used to fall asleep in the bath OL - that's why I don't like them  I used to read in it so I had a lot of  very wrinkly books which were swollen to twice their proper size...

I haven't forgotten about the hydrangea cuttings OL - there's more growth on the one that isn't flowering yet so I'll see if I can do a couple of cuttings soon. 


Posted: 15/08/2014 at 09:51

doc - no need to apologise. Many of us were misled, and I like to think it's kinder to give people the benefit of the doubt until proved otherwise. That's all you and OL did.  

I just stopped posting. Easier that way.

I'm good with a set of pliers - and I can guarantee I'd be cheaper than the dentist...

What crocus do you fancy? Mine are mainly white through to cream but I'm thinking of some dark purples for the areas where I have early purple planting - pasque flowers and  drumstick primulas etc.

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