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Latest posts by Tootles

Do you know where your pets are tonight?

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 20:26

I'm with you pansyface.  As much as it can be really pretty and a nice way to spend a frosty evening outdoors, I do feel that it's just money up in smoke. Perhaps once every few years would be better. It'd make it more special maybe.

My kitty is oblivious! He's waiting for the apprentice to come on.

A "how much?!!?" moment.....

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 20:57

I think I'm going to do just that pansyface. A nice little project. I think I drive past one on the A1 when I'm heading south of Nottinghamshire. If I give up my morning coffee I could have enough for one in a few years! If anyone knows of any fab reclamation yards pls do let me know.

Thanks for the heads up on the stone types Lyn. I've googled stone masons and its clearly a very skilled profession. Massive saws!

A "how much?!!?" moment.....

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 20:40

I guess I'll be dreaming on then! Unless I have a lottery win! Ah well, it would have been too heavy to slip into my handbag anyway 

A "how much?!!?" moment.....

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 20:28

Hello, has anyone out there ever purchased a stone garden bench? A real stone one, rather than reconstituted stone.... I was at a local reclamation yard today (albeit a fancy one behind a local garden centre) and I spotted a cute little stone bench. It didn't have a price tag on. It looked roughly cut, which is what I prefer. Just three blocks of stone that were just the right size to make a bench. I thought to myself, "if they tell me it's priced at 60 quid, I'll offer them 50"......

I nearly fell over when the chap said it's £395! 

He told me all about how it had been put together, and how rare stone is...but still, £395?!

If I found a stone mason, do you reckon I could get one out together for a better price...or should I just 'dream on'!?


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 20:17

Good luck Clarington! Sounds like a fab little gardening adventure. Good on you. Pls do let us know how you get on. I love the idea of having a go!

Always read the label!

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 15:46

Last year I thought I'd been a genius by propagating geums. Watered them, fed them, gave them pride of place in the greenhouse....turns out I'd actually propagated wild buttercups, commonly referred to as weeds! Great big fat thick healthy ones though! Doh!

pictures have gone

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 10:26


No trick and treaters here this year, but lots of pumpkins with some amazing carvings. 

birdbaths in sale ?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 10:24

I've seen them in sales in places like b&q and focus. Also, worth going to gardening centres at the moment, as one of our local ones had a whole area dedicated to 50% off. They'd had to make room for their Christmas display so were clearly having a clear out.

I've just grown this in my oven...

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 10:20

I'm slicing up now! Plenty to go round. 

Old recipe for Devils Food Cake. Weirdly it's got vinegar in it to curdle the milk; sounds grim, but tastes scrummy!

I've just grown this in my oven...

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 07:27

Morning gardening friends! Early Saturday morning baking instead of gardening has resulted in this calorific mountain! Bang goes the diet! It'll be my reward as going to tackle a sorry looking flower bed today. It will also be fuel as going to a Gardening Quiz tonight. Am very excited! Hope you all have lovely plans for the day (which is very very warm so far here in Nottinghamshire) !



Discussions started by Tootles

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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Gardening clobber...

Faithful favourites.... 
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Last Post: 05/01/2015 at 20:38

Has anyone successfully stopped a planning application before?

About to get wildlife habitat amongst other things destroyed.... 
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Last Post: 31/12/2014 at 19:57


Oh the weather outside is frightful..... 
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Last Post: 31/12/2014 at 08:38

See you later work, two weeks off!

Smiling from ear to ear! 
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Last Post: 22/12/2014 at 00:25

Hey Good Looking.....

Whatcha got cooking...... 
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Last Post: 15/12/2014 at 10:07

Crikey! Who pressed the freeeeezing button?

Getcha long johns out! 
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Last Post: 26/11/2014 at 19:27

Composting - where am I going wrong pls?

Dry and twiggy... 
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Last Post: 13/11/2014 at 19:33

Lovely little lupins - is it best to just leave these pls?

What to do next and what to expect... 
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Last Post: 09/11/2014 at 16:03

What do you do next with cuttings that have taken pls?

in the greenhouse... 
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