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Latest posts by Tootles

Greenhouse cleaning

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 10:11

Infuse hot soapy water with a splash of bleach. I also use a steam cleaner to get into the nooks and crannies. 

Hate it when the water dribbles down the sleeves!!

I wish someone would invent....

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 16:53

Thanks Buttercup and Edd!


I wish someone would invent....

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:53

...gardening gloves that are thin enough to feel what you're doing, but with some sort of protective rubber (or some such material) that protects my finger nails.

I love a good dig but not so keen when my nails have that dirty stain around the edges. I have to point at plans a lot in meetings and it makes me cringe! I hate painting my nails too so no way to hide it.

I could always give up work I guess?! 


Posted: 25/01/2015 at 08:03

Thanks! Yep, the cap lock on my iPad doesn't stay down so much easier!

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 08:00

Fantastic. Will you share your progress? The more the merrier! 

How lovely to be planting for your wedding CharlieBot. No pressure then?! Are you going for a colour theme?


Posted: 25/01/2015 at 07:57

Ahhh thanks DFA! I'll get the hang of it one day! 


Great looking secateurs

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 07:55

On the telly box it showed the chap pruning with one hand instead of trying to reach into the thorny bed with two hands. He sort of carried the pruned bit away without it touching anything. 

Youd have to try and see it because my description isn't great! 

Fox Glove

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 07:50

I quite agree. Lovely plants especially when they are grouped together. Ive got tonnes snuggled up in a cold frame waiting for spring before I pop them in the ground.

Which company to order seeds and plants from...

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 07:47

Please do Victoria Sponge. I'm so glad I asked on here for advice as I'd probably just have gone for the same old stuff from Unwins. 

I have gone for;

Antirrhinum Majus madam butterfly double mix

Cosmos double click snow puff


Matthiola giant excelsior

Alyssum crystal white

Iberis candy cane

Acrodinum double giant mix

Didiscus caeruleus

Dahlia early bird mixed

Zinnia dahlia flower mix

Echinops ritro

Scabiosa perfection white

Scabiosa Beaujolais bonnets

Zinnia whirlwig mixed

Verbena bonnaries

Pheeeeew! My eyes are so much bigger than my belly! In addition to those I've ordered a load from Sarah Raven too! Quite a bit more expensive so I will look forwards to seeing if it really is worth paying more for seeds.

Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 07:36

Thanks David and Rosie - you are the voices of reason which is what an 'ants in your pants' person like me needs to be reminded of! I did think that, in the back of my mind, but strategically ignored it in order to do two of my favourite things; shopping and gardening!

I have a greenhouse but it's cold. I do have a heater that my dad bought me but I'm worried to leave it on all the time. Then there's the spare room which is waiting to be decorated so could pop a few in there. 

i think I might experiment with things like sweet peas which can be sown now and see how I get on. But I will hold my horses on some of the many seeds I've ordered!

Went to the garden centre yesterday. Other than bulbs and spuds, it just looked sooo bedraggled of stock. 

Move over January! Get a wiggle on spring!

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Crow or raven?

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Gardeners world free seeds...

Did anyone else manage to get some....? 
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Blind daffs solution??

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Hedges - anyone else noticed....

Big cut... 
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Stealing or foraging?

What do you think? 
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Pricey blooms on St Valentine's day

But lovely all the same... 
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Realised bed surprise!

Lucky me! 
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How did they get there... 
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The sun has got his hat on....

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I wish someone would invent....

Ideas to make life easier... 
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Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Anyone got any tips? 
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Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Thinking of buying one. 
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Anyone done any gardening today?

Chomping at the bit to get started! 
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Which company to order seeds and plants from...

Is Unwins any good? 
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Windy - get your pots secure...

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