Gary Hobson

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How tidy is your garden?

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 09:16
Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

... how tidy should I keep my garden ...

The important word here is should.

A gardening philosopher (Mara Grey) once said that the worst disease in any garden, worse than any slug, or virus, is 'guilt' - the feeling that the gardener must do this or must do that.

It's your garden and you can do whatever you like, providing that it doesn't upset the neighbours too much.

Tidiness is not compatible with wildlife. Nature would like you to leave things alone. Obsessive tidiness can be a symptom of OCD - obsessive compulsive disorder - it's a form of mental illness. The desire to regiment and control plants in the garden may extend to the desire to control other people.

Chill out, man.

One very happy Birthday Girl:))))

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 08:47

It's nice when someone is thrilled and happy about something, and wants to share their joy with others.

Fork Handles

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 08:23

The frog chorus...

Short version...

This is the longer feature that the short version is taken from...

One very happy Birthday Girl:))))

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 08:01

Well, it's Mothers Day on Sunday.

So it's not too late for all other lady gardeners to be similarly showered with welcome gifts. 

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Posted: 07/03/2013 at 07:11

Morning forkers,

It's damp here. Not exactly rain, just a fine drizzle at the moment. Ideal for gently watering stuff in. I'm wondering when the slugs will start to appear.

Lots of croaking coming from the pond first thing.

Anyway, a jolly good excuse to take it easy today. I have Tesco man coming this morning too.

The photos thread seems to be going nicely. I think Pam needs a separate thread for cake photos.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 15:12

Some snaps in my garden, taken today. Hellebores, snowdrops, and primroses...

Ideas wanted for feature pot.....

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 14:55

There was a thread, last week, about colourful plants for large pots. There are several suggestions there, along with a couple of photos....

Although perhaps you want a more permanent evergreen.


Posted: 06/03/2013 at 12:57

They do benefit from a rich feed. Any general purpose fertiiser will be OK.

Storing in a shed/garage would be fine.

A 16" pot full of damp compost will be very heavy. I'd put the pot in place first, and then fill it. Moving it inside will be a struggle. You may need to pull it along the ground.

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Posted: 06/03/2013 at 11:50

My camera is quite an old one, so doesn't take as many gazzilion pixels as the latest cameras. It actually takes 4288x2848.

But for all the photos I upload onto here, I reduce the size down to 900x600. Uploading huge photos onto here just slows down the pages for people who don't have fast connections.

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Posted: 06/03/2013 at 11:09

Good idea starting the gardens thread. Things were a bit of a shambles last year - with some people posting on the monthly thread, which were all effectively lost at the end of the month, and just a few posting on the garden photos thread.

There are plenty of good garden pictures buried within this thread too - if anyone can find them. It would be much better if they were all collected together somewhere.

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