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What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: Yesterday at 19:59

Started off as a fireman some 25 years ago and came out the service due to part ill health , but nothing serious.

Tried a few things but decided to start doing a horticultural course about 5 years ago. I combined this with doing some landscaping work and gardening 

Then got into designing gardens and that basically thats my full time job now.Enjoy it immensely and really wish I had got into it earlier. From design to completion of a garden takes a lot of time and patience with most clients having ideas that compromise the original plan but the balance on the design is always with the client 





All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 18:20

I was always told that ifnyou throw a snail out of your garden it will finds it way back there eventually. So possibly a waste of time tossing them over your neighbours

New House, New Garden, New Problems!

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 21:54



The oak tree will effect what can be grown near and a feed would but long term the beech hedge will be effected because of the close proximity. Could you remove the effected beech hedge and plant something there that would not be in such competition with the oak tree. Obviously this could compromise the look of the beech hedge, but there are small shrubs that could be planted there that would compliment and thrive in that space. Whatever you do improve the soil in that location and water regularly

What do you do with grass clippings?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 21:35



As Dove stated mixing the grass cuttings with the rest of your compost mixture is essential to creating a good compost, if you just throw it top of the rest of your compost it will  just turn in to a slimy mix that will pong a bit

i would always mix in small heaps with the rest of the compost mix and give it all a good watering to get the heat process starting. As a rule, turning your compost so that you mix thoroughly and get air in to it will speed up the process. I do this about 3 times a garden season






Flower or Weed?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 16:45

No easy to say but would say its a weed , what type , no sure

Best multi purpose compost this year ?

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 20:50

I find Homebase MP possibly the best from a large retailer.BQ seems to have improved but not for seed has it has too much woody bits in it.

Used a composts called Jacks  Magic for my baskets and containers last year and had great results

Sentimental Plants

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 21:30

Its amassing how gardening makes us think about the loved one we have lost.When my dear dad passed away , my wife and I decided to plant a purple acer in his memory.I was a bit worried that the frost would take it so in winter in went in the GH.But ever year it has got bigger and better and now it holds a special place in my garden. My dad was not a lover of gardening but he admired how people made the great effort to garden and produce beautiful gardens

The acer was brought in memory of my dad but the memories are always there.

God bless you dad


ID please... bit vague

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 22:17

It appears to be a ceanothus shrub with its dark gloss leaves and blue flowers.Definately not a tree

ID please... bit vague

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 20:44

Hi sweet pea

Are you sure it a tree ?

The reason I'm asking that is because you have stated its not a large tree but well esbablished

Could it be a shrub and if so it could be an evergreen type


Plant IDs Please

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 20:42

Apologies , I did not realise it was unrelated photos . but photo no 4 is a spirea gold flame 

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