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Belfast sinks and their true value?

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 11:52
SweetPea93 wrote (see)

They sound magnificent Kezza, do you have any photos?


I'll try and take some pics, no promises though, as I tried to upload some pics the other day of a plant I want ID'ing, and they wouldn't upload

Belfast sinks and their true value?

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 14:29

Hi all

I found an old belfast sink at the bottom of the garden in a house I owned in Yorkshire years ago.  I think they're lovely for planting up - each to their own.  When I moved to Scotland, I insisted that the sink was taken into storage, the removal guy looked at me as if to say no chance, but I just said yes chance !  It's subsequently been moved from Yorkshire, to a cottage in Scotland, moved again by me to another house in Scotland, and moved again to my final resting place 10 miles down the road !  I've just replanted it last night as it happens !  taken out lilys that never performed, and planted a couple of smaller plants, and a layer of fine shingle.  Much nicer looking.  I also work at a hospital, and during renovations, an old belfast sink had been thrown out, it has a high back to it.  I asked if I could have it "for my garden to plant up", but when I re-do my kitchen, it's going in there instead I much prefer the traditional look, to the stainless steel one that I have now, which incidently is stained !!!!!


I also found, whilst driving through the Scottish countryside, a large double belfast sink which was just dumped on the corner of a farm yard.  I went back a week or two later coz I couldn't stop thinking about it, and though it's a bit bashed and bruised wanted it.  The guy let me have it for free, and it took us both a lot of shoving to get it into the back of my car, yes, a double belfast sink that weighed an absolute tonne, in the back of a Volvo, with 2 German Shepherds !!!  When I got home I had to manoeuvre it out of the car, sliding it on a couple of old interior doors.  A lot of effort, but worth it !  It's planted with a grapevine on one side, and a creeping succulent on the other, and a climber and sweetpeas .  This double sink measures around 4ft long, and nearly 2 ft high - so you can imagine the weight in my car !

Hanging baskets.

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 16:19
L Bennett wrote (see)

I am no expert, but when mine get flowers only near the ends I chop the stalk back by half. I don't do this all at once though, kind of stagger it so there are always flowers.

It seems to work and makes them 'bushier' no idea if I am correct!

I've been planning to give this a bash too, as my petunias in my hanging baskets are long and lanky with just the last flower at the end waiting to flower, once that's done, they're getting the (semi) chop !! 

runner beans

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 14:24

mice ?

I'm really sorry...

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 14:23

could the first one be scabiose blue jeans ?


I've got these in my garden ......

ID for 2 plants. please.

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 14:07

don't know the first one, second one is definitely heuchera - I'd guess palace purple - as I've got them in my garden


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 13:33

Cuckoos alive and well in Moray in Scotland


I wait for them to call every year and have heard them the last 3 years in a row.  One of them was going mental this weekend, to the point I was gonna shout "shut up", he liked the sound of his own voice echoing off the trees me thinks !


I could see him across the way, at the highest point in the tree shouting his head off.

What do you think this is?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 13:59

Definitely Leycesteria.


I brought one from my last property, and it stands at 5 foot high, beautiful pink and white bunches of flowers.


Enjoy it ! 


NB:  I've just taken some soft wood cuttings, non-flowering.  I've just shoved a few in a pot of multi-purpose compost and will leave them there til they root / show signs of growth.  Saves my sister ripping bits off my plant when she visits !!!! 

What tree/shrub is this?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 13:10

if you click on the picture, it should open into a new window, where you can zoom super large on the plant, the white flowers are long trumpets, and the leaves look glossy and slightly spiky round the edges, however, I don't recognise the plant / know wot it is myself - sorry.

Not sure this is appropriate here, but you should all know!!!

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 15:14


Thanks for the info, I'm gonna forward it onto my mum who will most likely be unaware of this

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