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annual pick me up and inspiration removed from u tube

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 17:30

Every year before the nice weather comes and before i get going in the garden I watch the old channel four series Fork to fork its great to just get me inspired. Haven't watched this year as been ill and not bale to garden.

Seeing Monty weave his raised beds last night on Gardeners World made me think of logging on and watching this series, but its gone been removed from you tube and as i don't think it ever went to video my veg gardening inspiration is lost.

I understand its probably copy right etc but as its not on video does anybody lose by putting it on youtube ?

new neighbours, thoughtless people, no more sun in the sunny bed

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 17:17

Oh your all so sweet Lou12, dovefromabove and shirley Kennedy big hugs

Suffolk is lovely my great grandmother who i never met lived in Ufford , had loads of children and grandchildren none of whom I have ever met. but I love the area . my g grandmothers house was one of the pink houses with icing i have seen pics apparently some american lives in her house now has extended loads but still the same from the front. 

Its funny how we fall in love with places, Suffolk for me seems to be the opposite to all Rickmansworth in hertfordshire is and it is about real people love of gardening love of food and so much beauty without pretentiousness,where as Rickmansworth is about pretence and career minded met line loving cold  money worshipping . 

I know parts of suffolk are getting a bit city slicker but i intend to stay away from the good train lines. 

Buying veg plug plants online

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 05:30

rocket gardens excellent organic veg supplier of plug plants and any issues they will replace or refund. Only issues I have ever really had have been  due to weather etc and out of suppliers control. I must say the plants have been far better than local garden centres and far far better than the diy stores. Also certified organic at rocket, huge choice of veg as well

OOh advert over but am a big fan

new neighbours, thoughtless people, no more sun in the sunny bed

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 05:07

Tim where do you get the 1 meter away from the boundary from.


 Dove and lyn


Devon and cornwall are lovely but Dads family are from Ufford in Suffolk and pink houses piped with icing like german biscuits make me smile. Besides east anglia is cheaper than west country which was hubbies choice.

new neighbours, thoughtless people, no more sun in the sunny bed

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 17:06

Thanks all feel better today , well less like an irrational  lunatic thanks to your kind comments.

still very cross planning trellis climbers and maybe tree lillies.

Where next door had there old shed which is coming down it was next to my garage, (ugly building circa 1900)  which I am now thinking of painting the wall looking onto next door bright orange . and writing on it you know when you've been tangoed everybody needs good neighbours.that way they will feel how i do.

As for the move we have been looking and planning for some time husband just keeps putting off so we are near his elderly mother . Around here extensions and or loft conversions add hundreds of thousand its silly lala m25 met line land

thanks all

new neighbours, thoughtless people, no more sun in the sunny bed

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 21:07

Thanks all 

What can you do , ..............................

Need to calm down and think of something legal first, (but my chill out spot has a horrible orange shed behind it ) Can i spray it with Tango ?

it looks like it has already been tangoed who would know ?

On an up note my husband who is not a gardener has been encouraged by the orange shed to say sod the neighbours we will build the whacking great extension we put off and sell at a huge profit and move to the middle of know where somewhere in east anglia. Which is my dream.

People are nicer the further you get away from london

new neighbours, thoughtless people, no more sun in the sunny bed

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 19:58

lovegardens many thanks.

not sure why i posted , just a real case of heartache and as a bit of a recluse i do not see people to share with and i  needed to share this which is unusual for me.

Can you have too many different plants?

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 19:55

One day I will move to the country side and buy my dream house with five plus acres and plant gardens like a designer with a few varieties in each garden but lots of gardens sectioned off so i can have lots of different plants. but for now i am cramming in everything into a  town garden and lots of pots. 

I will move , i will section the garden off , but realistically not sure if i am chique enough for designer gardens with a few varieties in each. 

new neighbours, thoughtless people, no more sun in the sunny bed

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 19:46

My new neighbours have moved in recently after 6 months of builders banging and the owners coming in weekends and evenings banging and not a word of "we are just doing this I hope it dosen't disturb" or a "hello we're your neighbours". They have moved in.

A month in and a glow in the dark orange shed gets delivered , oh well i think prob just replacing the old one which is out of my eye line , so who cares. 

Then I go down the garden and where we have a wire fence and i plant all my sun lovers for sun from 6 am till sunset next to the fence is the orange monstrosity.

Neighbours are knocking their other old shed down just don't want new one in same place as they can see it from their kitchen and dining room.

I ask politely if thats where the sheds  going , i say half way down the garden is an odd place and explain my garden was only planted up in the  last two years and lots of work and expense gone into the bed including two -four cubic  yards of manure and the plants will not be happy .

He says no where else to put it.

I suggest on the hard standing at the end of the garden rather than half way down.

he says it wont fit.

i know hard standing at the ends larger and it will fit but i dont say.

I say but my plants, can you move it just a little further over please i tell him i know i have no rigt to ask but I would appreciate it.

He moves the shed  3 inches and says you will get plenty of sun , you should get sun by about half eleven on most of the plants.

I explain thats not enough . and i leave 


I go back an hour later to look and its worse than i thought and the three inches he moved it away from my garden it has now moved back plus another 12 inches nearly upto the fence. just a narrow gap between the fence and the shed for the weeds to grow.


I have been so ill the last few years and building that flower bed is what has helped me through and recover from loosing my Dad, many of the plants are from my Dads garden or plants my Dad loved. Gardening is something Dad loved , including my dog and cat who are buried there . Its where i have my early morning cuppa in the sun and chat through the nightmares. Now no more , the focal point mid flower bed is big orange shed.

I know theirs  nothing i can do it is just a thought that today many buy a house do what they want as they are entitled and then move on. Thought is never given to those that live next door and how what you do effects them. 

My old neighbour who has now passed and i would always speak if doing anything even on the other side of the garden as in places there is only a wire fence , its not something you have to do but it is just considerate and good manners.





Flippin' pigeons

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 18:51


They love my currents amongst other things and have given me the most annoying funny memory of the summer. After chasing them off the currents umpteen times creeping up and shouting bang over a few weeks or sometimes hose pipe in hand .

I went out one evening crept up behind one and shouted bang (as I do)the pigeon fell off the bush and proceeded to waddle, like an overweight duck, up the garden path with me in hot pursuit it struggled to flap onto the fence. the monster sized pigeon was so stuffed with pink currents it could barely fly.

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