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2014 - The year of the garden

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 21:21

I'd agree with Verdun (on just about anything really, but specifically about digging the water feature first). You're inevitably going to end up with a huge heap of soil, which then could become your raw material for borders, beds and/or a rockery. It's going to be difficult to move that soil around without making a 'mess' so better to get that out of the way first imo.  Can't wait to see the in progress photos!

Glove for long fingers

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 21:09

Garden girl don't have a shop but they are really lovely, friendly people if you phone them and are more than happy for people to visit their warehouse by prior arrangement. Be warned though that their kit is addictive, I have spent a small fortune with them over the last couple of years  Oh, and they have a ten percent off offer at the moment ( which proved pretty fatal to my credit card last week).

Winter Pots

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 13:49

 I just did a planter with Gaultheria covered in pink and white berries ( a male and a female, apparently, which is necessary for future berries), with heathers in the same colours and a back drop of a couple of small evergreen shrubs. I really wanted the Gaultheria because I understand the berries last all winter and since they are ericacous and my soil is definitely not, they required their own planter and since I could only buy a large bag of ericacous compost at my local GC I bought a half-barrel and allowed myself consequently to buy plants that need a fair amount of growing room.  It looks absolutely beautiful, so very cheerful and colourful.

Buried treasure

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 20:46

Just remembered,though, on a more positive note... As I was digging out the footings for my new pond which is a lot nearer the house than the roof fiasco, I found an old handmade footpath that had been lovingly constructed a century ago out of thousands of tiny mortared pebbles but had somehow been buried and turfed over.  It was such a lovely discovery that I changed my design plan to incorporate it.

Buried treasure

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 20:38

I found a roof.  Seriously. Our Victorian house was renovated by cowboy builders who decided to bury the entire old roof instead of paying for proper removal.  As soon as I started digging I discovered the horrible, asbestos-laden truth.  Suffice it to say it was the financial reverse of finding buried treasure 


Posted: 25/11/2013 at 20:17

Thanks so much for all the answers. I suspect I have definitely let them grow too large to eat but I think I'll try the wine recipe and cross my fingers. By the time it's ready to drink I'll have eaten so many mince pies that I'll probably be in a good position to test whether it really does work as a slimming aid 



Posted: 25/11/2013 at 15:27

I planted some fennel seeds, just because they were free with a magazine and I had a bit of spare room after harvesting my potatoes.  Most of them germinated but were promptly mown down by an over athletic fox who has decided that particular raised bed is the best place to jump our hedge.  So only three plants survived and, frankly, I forgot all about them until now.  Exactly how big are they supposed to get, anyway?  The bulbs are at least 12 inches wide and nearly twice that high and the foilage is like a bush.That definitely seems to be a lot bigger than any pictures I'm seeing. Why am I looking at pictures in the first place? Because I have absolutely no idea what to do with fennel anyway so was googling for recipies... Does anyone know whether you can make fennel wine? 

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 14:05

Because Monty said I should in the last GW program (not to mention the fact it was the last green waste collection weekend of the year and my compost bins are already heaving)  I've taken all the cosmos et al out of the back garden and replaced it with wallflowers and bulbs ready for the spring, but it felt really bad pulling out flowers that were still blooming.  I still have an awful lot of roses in bloom at the moment and the bright orange of the chinese lanterns is very vibrant now the backdrop is mainly greens and browns. In the front garden though, which is south-facing and very sheltered, I still have trailing surfinia, dahlias and holyhocks in full bloom which looks lovely with the masses of white bacopa that is back to full flowering again.  I've moved my begonias into the greenhouse to avoid the frost because they are also still fully in flower and it would be sad to curtail that prettiness too soon.


Posted: 18/11/2013 at 16:02

No fear, Welshonion. They are definitely English  (both the smelly bulbs and the not). Because I am on the edge of a National Nature Reserve and most of my garden is a very active fox run, not to mention home to gadzillian squirrels, I am very conscious not to introduce invasive species of any variety.  At least 50% of what I plant ends up digested and who knows where it eventually ends up, if you know what I mean

I do plant in quantities allowing for the theivery of my four-legged neighbours, btw, so I'm pretty laid back about just wandering around the flowerbeds of a morning, popping soil back into the holes dug the night before. 

Life is too short to stress over what can't be changed.


Posted: 18/11/2013 at 09:19

My bluebell bulbs from T & M smelt mouldy.  They looked okay, if a bit damp, but they stunk my car out driving them home (I had them delivered to work).  Funnily enough, on the way home I stopped at Aldi and they had bluebell bulbs on sale for £1  a bag.  So I bought a bag of theirs (dry and not smelly) and have planted both as an experiment.  Who knows? Maybe bluebell bulbs should be damp and smelly rather than dry and smell-free... I'll let you know in the spring

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