Latest posts by Tootles

What to grow in a narrow border?

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 08:05

You could go for a Stipa or other tall decorative grass. They seem to grow anywhere and given its a narrow spot some plants may struggle. The grasses make a lovely feature for much of the year and they also make a really nice subtle noise when the wind blows, or even a breeze goes through them.


Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 07:47

The wild flower meadow looks beautiful.

i bought my mum two,lilacs. A miniature white type and a standard purple one. Spent some time in the greenhouse. Sowed tomato seeds, lambs lettuce and basil. 

Beautiful day.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mums today X 

pet companions

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 13:12

He does sound lovely Buttercup. Did you rescue him or was he from a home that rescued him?

Sadly the man wasn't there. I'll go back again tomorrow though. 

pet companions

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 05:58

Back to Chancery Lane today. Feeling a bit nervous about whether or not I find him. 

Hope everyone is well and your pet companions are as lovely as ever. 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 05:35

Planted a few more seeds. Giving them a go on the landing window ledge rather than the greenhouse to see if they germinate better there.

It has rained overnight so a bit wet out there at the moment. 

Daffs are all out and the tulips are waiting to burst. 

Growing onions from seed which I'm excited about. Last time I tried they didnt come to anything. 

Hyacinths look wonderful. I plant out indoor bulbs rather than throw them and they come every year and look amazing. 

Great created newts must go!

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 17:01

Good luck Helen. Well done you for seeking advice. 

I had newts in my garden, in the compost. I reported them to the council as a planning application was in on the land adjacent to my garden, where there is a culvert. The council ignored it, and relied on a report paid for by the developer that said any evidence of newts was inconclusive.  

Hope Attenborough calls you back. I love it there. 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 16:49

Treated myself to a fig, brown turkey. Very excited!! 

Bought some new compost and a bag of manure. 

Its raining now and we're out to dinner with friends later so inside now catching the amusing end to the France Wales match!

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 17:37

Rescued a few chives that something had dug up. Mum n dad popped over with a big pot of them that they had kindly dug up for me from their garden.  Wonder if it was a bird or a squirrel.

Did a bit of reading up of when to sow my runner beans. Might wait until April. 

No signs of my onion seeds germinating. 

pet companions

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 21:34

Went back to Chanery Lane yesterday and spent a couple of hours looking for the man but no sign. Have left my details with a few people in shops around to call if they see him. A lady with a food stall said she had seen him there a few times with cats and dogs but she wasn't sure if they were different animals each time.

i commute to London from Notts and am not back down there until Monday. Didn't get much sleep last night for thinking about the kitten. I could kick myself for not just taking it - which I know is wrong but can't help it. 

Will be back down on Monday and at Chancery Lane as I have the same meeting every week so hoping he's there.

pet companions

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 20:43

Can't get this out of my mind. I was walking to Chancery Lane tube station on Monday having just been to a meeting when i spotted a man begging with a tiny kitten on his lap. The kitten was panting - he was sitting in direct sunlight. 

I asked the man if the kitten was ok and he said it was fine but I could see it wasn't. He said he had bought it for his girlfriend but she had chucked them both out.   I gave the man a couple of quid, some water and then ran to sainsburys and bought some cat food (they didn't have any kitten food). When I got back to the man he had put the kitten in a cat carry case. I gave it some food and the man asked me to wait with it while he went to Starbucks.

i thoroughly regret not asking the man if I could take the kitten and look after it. I just can't help but think that's no life for a tiny kitten. 

I think I'm going to go back tomorrow and see if the man is there - perhaps it's his regular spot. If he is there I might offer him some money to hand the kitten over. I'm worried though that he'd just by another to beg with.

what has this world come's so sad. I feel so mean that the man might love the kitten but I just keep thinking about it and feel I could have been its chance 😔

Last edited: 14 March 2017 20:46:54

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