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Highland Jeannie

Latest posts by Highland Jeannie

Designing a Garden Centre from scratch

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 23:49

We have a couple of GCs round here, but at least 4 "nurseries."  3 definitely grow a lot of their plants, the others I think grow-on some.  None is specialised & sell a good variety of things, but at least if something's grown there then I know it's suitable for my conditions. So if you're growing your own plants then it's a good selling point for the local market, as people will know that they're suitable.

Knowledgeable & friendly staff would certainly make me come back - I'd rather pay a little bit more & be treated in a friendly manner than go to somewhere cheap & just be regarded as another "punter."  Also if a proprietor treats their customers well, then they probably look after their plants too!

I'm 100% with fidget re what to sell or not!

One local nursery has started grouping their plants into their suitability, eg windy, seaside, boggy, etc.  I suppose it's good for people who don't have much gardening knowledge, or time to read labels, but I prefer things in alphabetical order - having done some research first.  I found it most confusing.


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 10:40

The end of our garden borders a single-track road with untouched verges which just now look very shaggy in an attractive kind of way. However yesterday I leaned over & removed the seed-heads of the cow parsley having read dire warnings on here about getting them into the garden! 

We have a drystone dyke, 3' high, so I'm deadheading things taller than that - there's a thistle about to flower; need to monitor that as we get loads of those seedlings in the ground anyway.

Don't seem to get many "pretty" weeds, unfortunately!

worst job in garden

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 23:15
Sara 4 wrote (see)

Looking for the trowel/secateurs/string/watering can that I had in my hand a minute ago. 

 How true!!

Afraid I don't wash pots either; did it once, got cold, wet & bored.

I used to enjoy pruning a huge pyrocantha we had along the end fence at our previous garden, & OH had fun feeding it to the muncher too  (boys' toys!)

My current pet hate is weeding tiny clover plants from the beds - they don't come out easily & I have to get an old table fork under each one, wiggle (the fork, not me) then grip firmly & pull. There are hundreds there, too, probably because it was just a field a few years ago.

wilting and dying bedding plants

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 21:42

Could it be vine weevil grubs having a munch on the roots? 

I've had this sort of effect with heucheras & saxifrages, although not bedding plants (yet.....!!)

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 12:52

Yes, a well done from me, too Woody, & how great to meet folk from here.

If you were closer we'd have been there, we love garden visiting.

weed or not..

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 21:23

Watch our for the babies next year!!

At least they're easy to identify & pull out.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 19:48

Warm, bit cloudy, occasional sun.  Fine for pottering.

Something for the weekend.......enjoying gardens and flowers.

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 23:24
Gardengirl.. wrote (see)

I have had a look at the website thanks, think I might be going for the cake

You're talking my language there Ggirl!!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 21:44

Cloudy & fairly warm this morning, sun came out in the afternoon & the sky's clear-ish now.  Only a little breeze.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 20:44
Fairygirl wrote (see)

Your bit about your lupins reminded me of the Monty Python sketch - a spoof on Robin Hood but he was called Dennis Moore (!) When he stole from the rich, instead of saying 'your money or your life',  he said  'your life or your lupins'. I always think of it whenever I hear lupins mentioned  

My OH often complains that they never repeat that one, I only vaguely remember it.

He thinks it was a highwaymen who stole the lupins then took them to the poor who complained "All he ever bring us is lupins, never anything useful like money, oh no, only lupins; the house is full of them"  Then off he'd gallop to get some more!

If he turned up in our garden just now he provide ample for the poor!!

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