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Posted: 13/06/2014 at 18:17

Lol Dove. I'll nab a  along with me hug since smiles are always welcome


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 14:40

hah. Thats amusing and thank you all for the support and good advice


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 11:38

Right! Time for a rant.

I am fuming after visiting my local B&Q store to look for some fiberglass square planters. They have some lovely designs on the website or teracotta ones, I like those too, but do they have any stock on the shelves? No!

I am just about fed up with this as its not the first time I have experienced a lack of stock or other problems.

For starters, their plant labels are so vague about the hardiness of plants that even an experienced gardener like myself is fooled into thinking that the shrub I know is acid loving or tender has suddenly been genetically improved, so I trust and I buy and the things dies on me in sub zero temperatures. 

I bought a sun parasol this year that didnt have all the parts when I assembled it at home. and I have no car, so its another long walk in the heat.

I bought a paint spray which didnt have the spray part when I took the lid off at home and a weed killer with a missing hose. How is a ditzy customer like me supposed to know it should have a hose attached?

I wanted a new soil testing kit but there are none in stock. I bought a new light with a fan for the bedroom and it came without proper instructions. Honestly!

I am boycotting B&Q from now on, prefering to walk further and support local companies instead. I've had enough of their shoddy supplies and they've had far too much of my hard earned money.

End of rant.


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 09:53

Morning all.

Another gorgeous day and another spending day. Off to buy some large pots for some needy plants, if they are in stock that is. I don't mind the walk and well, there are plants at the end of it  I'm feeling greedy.


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 22:57

hmm, just so we are clear OL, remove the husk with your finger and thumb. NO tools required


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 22:54

OL. you are supposed to let the Rhoddie blooms go over and then remove the husk to encourage healthy bud formation below.

Busy day for me today. I hopped off to one GC this morning but was very unhappy with the standard of plants, half of which were dead, the other half were half dead.

So, OH adviced me to go over the other side of my town and visit the posh GC which I did and there I found a superb choice of delicously health plants all well watered and tended to.

I bought a Clematis Koreana Brunette (nodding purple bells and amazing bronzed foilage), and Clematis cirrhosa Wisley Cream (gorgeous healthy green foilage and greeny white flowers in autumn-winter). Can't wait to see these in action!

I also couldn't resist a Royal purple Smoke bush which I know every gardener should have and I love them so much...I just wasnt sure where to put it until now.

Oh, and a Verbascum Jackie in Pink which will get some rigorous division in spring time

I'm over the moon with my choices and can't wait to see them add to my garden

Oh I love plants so much

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 08:48

Gorgeous garden LesleyK


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 18:13

Om nom...



Posted: 11/06/2014 at 15:18

re Dove. Sometimes I get a window of code instead of an enlarged photo

As for mowing lawns..that is safely in my gardening past and I am very glad not to have that on my list of jobs to do ever again

Okay, stones are not as wildlife friendly as lawns, but much like Dove's, I had two areas of weeds masquerading as grass and enough was enough


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 14:21

Afternoon forkers.

What a gorgeous day for me to be off work and in my garden.

Sooo much work to do at this time of the year which included pinning more wire mesh to my fence to encourage my Virginia creeper to creep and pinching off the side shoots of my toms and their morning watering ofc, then off out the front garden which I have to admit is a bit of a wilderness dumping ground compared to my control freak back garden.

A few reasons for this include lack of money/ lack of decent soil / lack of enthusiasm since I only visit the front garden on my way to work

So, first of all I needed to trim all the shrubs that apparently love my rubbish soil, including teucrium fruticans, a variageted conifer, an Eleagnus and my beloved Ceanothus which was mid way past my bedroom window.

It gets a lot of attention when it becomes a sprawling blue cloud in May, but really needed to be hacked back to a sensible size since the winds make it sway unreasonably, even against my house wall. It was pretty heafty work as well, that included bashing OH in the head with a falling branch  plus three bags of waste.

I also weeded while I was out there, completing my two mornings of work per annum that I usually do out the front , but then I was thinking about that and I made a new resolution: that it was about time I lavished more effort/time/money on the front garden.

Plant choices will have to stay sensible and shrubby with masochistic tendencies in this south-facing dustbowl but no reason to let it get quite so unruly in the future.

So, bath for me now and later I shall be harvesting the million strawberries I have and serving them with lashings of cream

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