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Weekend 22 March

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 17:59

OH's mum had a 25yr old Kenwood that needed fixing so I wasn't allowed it when she died.   I live in hope of a proper jobby in the sales one day.

The recipe is here if anyone wants it - I fold in th epistachios rather than messing about with layering and i've done it with frozen (thawed) morello cherries when I couldn't get fresh cranberries.   There's a cracking recipe for chocolate raspberry brownies on that site too and not to heavy on the calories.

Is it worth having a garden professionally designed?

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 17:48

I wanted a garden with plants and that eveolved to suit my available time, budget and changing family needs so no designer fo me.

I do love the look of some designed gardens but they mostly have too much hard landscaping and too few plants and are more oudoor rooms than places for plants and wildlife to thrive.   I love seeing the show gardens at Chelsea but I'm interested in the plants used rather than the hard stuff so am often disappointed by the big ones - except Chris Beardshaw who always has mostly plants, Cleve West who does sublime plants and Diarmuid Gavin does wonderful planting schemes too if you can see past the whacky, distraction of his design.

Weekend 22 March

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 17:34

I also have dyslexic fingers.  Sorry about all the typos.

While OH is out I shall pot on my tomato and chilli seedlings in the kitchen where it's warmer than the garage.    I can soak and clean pots while I'm at it.

I have a cranberry and pistachio chocolate brownie cake in the oven for tonight's dance club committee meeting.  I've told OH I need a Kenwood or a Kitchen Aid soonest.   At the mo I have to make do with a hand held mixer and a food processor, depending on what I'm making.

Weekend 22 March

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 16:30

Paum hollywood is indeed attractive and so are his recipes on his new Bread show. 

As for washing pots, I cheat and do it indoors when OH isn't looking.  he's playing golf tomroorw - yes, I know, barking - so I can get some done without him fussing about teh sink and the drains and the dishwasher if I use that too.

Naughty Obxx

Weekend 22 March

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 14:46

I suppose we could all be good and wash pots and trays ready for when it's warm enough to sow more seeds and pot things on and lift and divide plants but right now I'm with Genie Bunny and think hot chocolate and some plant pondering is the way to go.


Posted: 22/03/2013 at 14:40

I have about 30 different hostas which used to be in pots but I'm gradually turfing them out into the garden now they're outgrowing the pots.  Also, it's a lot easier without the spring and autumn job of heaving them all under shelter for winter and then getting them out again for the first warm sunshine and then moving them to the shadier side of the house for the summer.

I like Revolution, Sum and Substance, Royal Standard, Frances Williams, June and many more.  Gold edger is a good compact one that copes with sun and can be used as a border edger and I think often of maybe starying a collection of the tiny ones and keeping them in pots on a display stand but my favourites are the big leaved ones.

Weekend 22 March

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 12:52

I had mine outside the back door of the garage right next to an electric socket for heater and propagator and a tap for watering.    All very convenient except it was the north side of the house and had a 3'6" retaining wall round two sides so lilmited light and heat so last year we moved it to the front south east corner of teh garden where it gets loads of light and is sheltered from prevailing westerlies by an 8' hedge.

Great in summer but so far no direct electricity or water so less easy to manage.   These will come some time this summer I hope and then it'll be easier.

Right now it's too cold for babies so I have seedlings starting to get leggy on window sills.  I just hope next week is abit warmer so they can go out.

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 12:27

I couldn't bear Tony B's presenting style or his lackof care and repsct for plants and tools.  I also thought Greenacres itself was ill conceived and most of his projects like that pond stack and the fake front gardens were risible.

Barsndale may not have been Geoff H's own back garden but he made all the different sites within it feel as though they were and showed planting styles and designs that were do-able or adaptable by most people however large or small their plot.

AT bought extra land to accommodate new projects for GW and, whilsts most have us have neither funds nor space for a grove of tree ferns, he did other projects which were adaptable and informative.

I really do feel that Monty is not, and never has been, in touch with ordinary gardening mortals and the amount of time, money and psace they have so his gardnen projects do not lend themseves to ordinary gardens even when the advice is sound.

This new series has not yet got me excited about gardening again when the weather improves which is pretty damming given how long it's been sicne I could get out there.

Beechgrove is, like Barnsdale, laid out as a series of smaller themed gardens and it has a veggie plot with normal and raised beds plus polytunnels and greenhouses so they can show all the different planting and care techniques and the advantages of each.   They also have trial beds, give good practical info, ackowledge the gardening team behind the show and there's a fact sheet too.

GW - look to your laurels!

rabbit proof plants

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 10:48

The RHS suggests the following list of plants as being rabbit resistant.  Some arther good ones in there - 


Posted: 22/03/2013 at 10:04

E-bay?  freecycle?  Local ads?

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