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Down among the chrysanthemums

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 16:49

I wish I had got back to you sooner.
I took a pair of salad tongs and removed them from the tub and left them on a short brick wall.  It rained heavily that night so I wondered what would happen - I had it in mind that snakes might come out of them or something like that.

What was really odd is that they turned out to be bon bins - you know those toffee sweets with the flavoured sugar coating! I couldn't believe it. None of us have ever brought those sweets into the house, and how they got there to this day remains a mystery.

Help to find Narrow Weeding Hoe.

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 16:38


I bought one of these to use in my previous garden to weed in between plants. I found it excellent, it saved my back too!

New home old weeds

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 15:54

Hi there,

I hope to benefit from your experience.
I have just moved house and have a very small front and back garden. The soil is heavy and compacted with clay less that a foot beneath the topsoil, it doesn't look as though any work has been down in the garden for years.

The fron garden is overgrown with bulbs, helebores, valerian and heuchera, but it looks goood in a wild way, the back garden is my biggest problem.  I want to get it looking nice but am finding it such hard work.  Though a young man with a lot of enthusiam (if not much sense) for gardeningI have a back injury that means crouching, reaching and digging become very painful after 10 minutes or so. I find I am most comfortable sitting on a low stool working the ground in front of me.  However, the borders in my garden are completely given over to weeds and grass and the soil is heavily and compacted.  I want to remove the grass and weeds to start almost with a blank slate into which I want to plant rose trees to be the main feature.

I want to encourage birds and bees and butterflies into the garden and have a plan to dedicate a corner to herbs that will attract them and have a culinary use too, but I want to avoid using pesticides and weedkiller. In my attempts to clear the border I am digging and turning the earth in the hope that exposing the roots or turning the tufts of grass upside down will kill them.  I also hope that the rain will soften the clumps of earth enough to break them down.

I am using a garden fork and spade for this work.

Can anyone suggest simpler, easier ways or removing grass and weeds with different tools or other techniques?

Down among the chrysanthemums

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 15:04

In amonsgt the stalks of a tub of Chrystanthemums I discovered these three object. I've know idea where they came from or what they could be - they were not there a the weekend.
The are almost spherical, 1 pink and two yellow.  I tapped them with a cane and they felt quite solid.

Any ideas?



Plant without papers

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 16:19

 flower buds on unnamed plant

Lupins laid low with infestions

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 16:17

these blue ones had a lovely fragrance along with the pink ones

Lupins laid low with infestions

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 16:16

Lupins laid low with infestions

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 16:14

Lupins laid low with infestions

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 16:09

Lupins laid low with infestions

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 16:08

They are Russell hybrid lupins, which were not in very good condition when I purchased them last year but which provided me with months or lovely blooms. I shall post some of last year's pciture, thise year the plants are large, but we are yet to see the blooms

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