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Latest posts by Lilylouise

Depression and how gardening saved me

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 15:55

About 20 years ago I had a breakdown and didn't leave the house for a few months -  I suffered anxiety attacks and agoraphobia. When I was feeling a little better my friend asked me if I would go with her to study for the Flower Arranging City and Guilds which was a 3 year course.I said yes and never regretted it.My confidence gradually came back and I eventually got a job in a garden centre which I loved and stayed for 15 years until I retired. I also studied for the RHS general exam which was paid for by my employers.Plants,flowers and everything associated with them were my salvation so I know just what you mean.I still have bad days occasionally. I am so pleased you are feeling well now - gardening should be available on prescription

Pam x

what should i do

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 09:03


Tomatos not growing well

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 08:59

My Tomato plants came to a full stop as well but they are moving a bit now  I put it down to the weather!

Pam x

May In Your Garden

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 11:03

Your garden sounds lovely figrat  Barry always says that if we won the lottery he would love a walled garden - like the one featured on the programme The Victorian Kitchen Garden

Humph!!! I was just getting stuck in to some planting and guess what - it's flippin' raining

May In Your Garden

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 10:08

Hello Woo2 - I am in Surrey.

I am looking forward to seeing your garden

Kate - I am looking forward to your 'after'

I am going in the garden now - surprise,surprise - it isn't raining - yet!

I am going to make up some more tubs and baskets

Pam x

Container gardening with children

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 18:58

You could put a Cherry  Tomato - Sungold is a good one- in one corner and 3 canes tied like a wigwam with  dwarf mangetout peas at the other end - Mr Fothergills sells seeds- and there will still be room for some lettuce leaves and radishes in front .You can buy mixed pkts of Lettuce leaves that grow in a few weeks !

Pam x

Garden arches planting - help needed

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 18:48

I think Akebias are quite robust plants - ours is on the fence by a gate which is north facing and it gets pruned regularly  to keep it in it's place so over an arch it would have more space .My son gave it to me a few years ago instead of an Easter egg - it is also called the chocolate vine and is supposed to smell of chocolate

Last year I bought Akebia 'Cream Form' - it has had a few flowers this year - much smaller than the other one but very beautiful

Pam x

Garden arches planting - help needed

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 12:48

Here we go figrat  Good choice by the way

Garden arches planting - help needed

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 05:53

I have Clematis on both our arches. By the front gate - Comtesse de Bouchard and in the back garden Etoile violette. Trachelospermum is evergreen with a gorgeous perfume but it may be too strong a grower for your arches.Clematis armandii is also evergreen but too rampant.If you didn't mind bare arches in winter Morning Glory and Cobaea scandens are wonderful for covering an arch.

Comtesse de Bouchard

 Etoile violette

 Pam x

Garden Gallery

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 18:35

Beautiful photos - I love the Hosta one

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