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Gardener come.....

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 23:31
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Steve J wrote (see)

My pic gives me away...

Male model 

Some photos of our job.

 This is the Baring Gould monuments before and after


Here is a marble one, (My speciality)


I am past retirement age but still do the odd few, it is a bit of a labour of love!. especially the marble ones where you have to be so careful because the stone is very soft, I use a toothbrush, toothpicks, anything tiny to get into the little creases around the flowers, takes several days to complete.

The best part about it is that I can sit in a churchyard, completely alone and peaceful, not many can do that in their workplace.

Why, thank you!

Proud Father

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 10:35
So now I'm going to be passive aggressively abused for posting a reasonable statement. That makes me feel very welcome.

Gardener come.....

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 23:03

My pic gives me away...

Proud Father

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 22:58

I fail to see why I upset you, I started my post with 'well done' and merely questioned why it was posted to a gardening forum. Hardly rage inducing.

Proud Father

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 21:50

Well done but unless his exams were on pruning, not terribly relevant for this forum...

More for the book of the face really.

60cm Plant Pot (For Apple Trees)

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 23:13

Depends what you call cheap, a quick google for 60cm plastic planters brought up several options that I have seen used on TV.

Cats in Gardens

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 20:51

For my two pennies worth, cats can easily be neutered before the age of six months. We routinely neuter at sixteen weeks old and this prevents any risk of pregnancy at all. Cats should be taught as kittens to wear a safe collar and this should carry at least two bells or a small ultrasonic device to reduce hunting success. For all those ranting on that cats can be trained and owners should be prosecuted, get a grip on reality!

I also take umbridge with the persistent 'astronomical vets fees' arguement. We neuter both male and female cats for around fifty pounds, not a bad deal for half an hour of the time of a skilled professional.

Pruning Leylandii

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 18:34

Or of course, you could do the world a favour and kill the darned things!

Massive Hydrangea

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 20:46

They are pretty bombproof. When I was a novice, I chopped mine back hard after flowering and they still survived but I am in Surrey and the garden is fairly sheltered. The theory is that leaving the flowers and stems in place helps protect the base. 

Massive Hydrangea

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 19:05

I did remove a third one earlier this year and it had quite shallow if persistent roots so only took twenty minutes to remove. Replaced it with a Sarcococcus so no bald sticks outside our back door in winter from now on. Instead, vanilla scented flowers!

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Buying Garden Land

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10/10 for Persistence!

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Vine Wires

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Hurry up and start spring for goodness' sake!

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This month's GW mag freebie

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Any idea what this fruit is?

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