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Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 09:54

Lovely pics Dove - I will have to make my way over there soon. Pleased to see the coffee & cakes tradition is being maintained!! 


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 23:18
Runnybeak - TWIGS stands Trips with Iceni Gardeners
The Iceni Gardeners are those of us who arrange gardening based days out in & around East Anglia. There is a small core who go regularly but the trips are always well advertised & open to anyone to come & join us.
The TWIGS were at Cambridge Botanic Gardens today - sadly I couldnt join in this time but hopefully will next time
(The Icenis were an East Anglian based Iron Age tribe - Boudicca & all that - but we are much friendlier )

Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 20:46
Looking forward to seeing the photos - sorry I missed it. The weather was nearly the opposite of the forecast wasn't it? - hooray

Did anyone buy anything other than cake? ????

Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 18:41

Nut .


Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 18:40

Busy Bee - you can buy them online (& replacement bulbs for older sets) - got the address somewhere if anybody wants it. 

Feel better for having the little rant above.... 

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 18:16
Busy Bee said:
The one thing the shops always seem to have run out of by mid November seems to be plain fairy lights, so I guess they are worth buying early. 

Now you would think (wouldn't you?) that manufacturers & retailers might, therefore, realise that more than a few of us prefer a few tasteful pure white non-flashing non-'musical' lights and put a few more in the shops. Or perhaps, because they're cheaper, they would prefer us to buy the more expensive stuff instead!! (Am I a cynic or what????)

But am I the only one who gets wound up when I ask for something in a shop & am told "we've had a couple of people asking for those - but we don't stock them because there's no demand!!!"  


Posted: 10/10/2014 at 13:21

I never sieve my compost Matty - I just spread it around or dig it in if I think it's going to produce lots of seedlings .

I do, however, pull out any larger bits of woody stuff that hasn't broken down & throw that into the bin I'm filling at the moment. I often pull out plastic plant labels (some reusable) and occasionally find the odd gardening glove / scissors / knife etc ....

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 13:11

Sorry to hear your news Lyn - hope the medics are able to keep your mum comfortable. Macmillan nurses do a wonderful job & I'm sure they will give you lots of support as well as your mum. There's usually someone looking around this forum if you need to chat.

Try to find some time for you this weekend.

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 12:41

I have 11 birthdays in December to sort out (fortunately 5 involve just a card) including my OH (21st). Worse thing is trying to book a special non-festive dinner out for him - everywhere seems to have 'special menus' on and we often get caught up with office parties - dire if you're not part of it! Usually end up with me cooking beef wellington(or similar) or visiting our favourite curry house. 

Was in GC yesterday - nearly driven mad by a particularly poor, tinny version of Jingle Bells on permanent loop emanating from some plastic decoration - interspersed every 30 secs by "Ho Ho Ho" from a plastic Santa. Who the heck has these bl***y things in their home!!???



Can anyone recommend a good lawn edging tool?

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 12:23

When I'm edging along the paths I use the half moon edger to actually cut through the turf where I want the edge to be, a spade to scrape it off the path into my bucket & a hand L-shaped patio weeder to rake out a clear mini-trench between the grass & the lawn. The mini trench - about 1" wide and 2" deep - stops the grass growing over the paving again quite so quickly & means I only need do this rather onerous task every other year.

Makes the whole garden look neat & tidy when it's done 

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