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Latest posts by Marinelilium

VERY small garden ideas on a budget

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 22:44

Dee if you find decking a challenge IKEA sell it in tiles of 30cm x30cms in packs. The wooden bases are already under these

10’ x 10’ would need 12 packs at £17.50 each total = £210

That would leave £590 for fabulous ferns, bamboos, climbers etc, posh pots, lanterns and bistro 

A pottedgarden means you can chase the sun and shade as the seasons change. 

Talkback: Growing pears

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 17:02
Seeing that photograph reminded me that a friend's father used to place a bottle over a fertilised pear and allow it to ripen in the bottle.

When almost ripe the pear and bottle were washed and the bottle filled with a brandy and vodka mix.

Now how do you get the deliciously seeped pear out again?

Summer has arrived

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 15:31


I have been taking Libertias again. My devoted Cistus haven't opened up to me yet.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:30

Tonight I will be mostly.....on a slug safari. Torch, brine bucket and prowling about in wet foliage. 

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 09:32

Nutcutlet, I am happy to report the rigorous hammock test is ready for publication. 

RESULT. Passed

The hammock I started the test in is like a string bag and hugs you tightly (in fact diamond shaped lumps of me extruded between the holes like a salami before a blanket was put in first). When the Liquidamber shaded me I moved to the "mobile" hammock; a hammock on a frame - with a handy book and sun lotion pocket on the foot end. My looney lurcher tried, unsuccessfully,to share this with me and he is a comfort connoisseur!

The framed ones came from John Lewis about ten years ago and live most of their time rolled around the frame poles in the garage. BUT THE SUN CAME OUT!

All back in the garage today. 


What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 14:11

Testing the hammock 

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 10:36

Coffee break! Phew, it is blowing a Hoolie! 

TODAY I 'ave bin mostly.....battening down the hatches, secured pots. Soaked them with water too. Moved bits 'n' bobs I don't want to end up in next county, eg compost lid, empty plastic pots and watering cans. Tied in wisteria and rambling rose. Now untangling my hair!



Posted: 09/05/2013 at 10:23

Thanx MMP.  I found the blood, fish and bone box in a carrier bag tucked behind two paint cans in the garage....must sort those shelves out.

aldi seem to have some real garden bargains so I will look in next week when I head off to collect my free compost ( last year's  recycled green waste from local authority).

Their compost is lovely, so they must get it much hotter than I can get mine

best cherry tomato?

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 14:53

This year I have reverted back to Tumbler Tom.

The tumbling habit keeps the air flow when in hanging baskets and reduces the splash back during  downpours  ( or  my sloppy watering which is usually done with a glass in my left hand).



Posted: 08/05/2013 at 14:09



A week later..... and two foliar feeds, plus a dash of  blood, fish and bone around bases has done the job! Green leaves again woo-hoooo 

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