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Sentimental Tool

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 08:43

Not a thread about me (!), but about about any tools (or other things in the garden you have) that have sentimental value.

Before we got married in the early 90's, my great-aunt decided that she couldn't look after her cottage and garden anymore, and decided to live in a OAP's home. She was 94. She had a beautiful garden, split to look look lovely and also feed here. I was given a rake that she had used throughout her life there, to use in the garden when I got married.


Nearly twenty years later, I still use that same rake. I have no idea how old the rake is. The head has 'Vaughens' cast on it and wooden handle is smooth wood. It's been used so much that the handle has thinned where it slides through your hands when raking. I often think that my great-aunt used it for at least sixty years, so the rake probably knows more about gardening than me!

Aunty Alice's rake is part of my family history and it feels good to use it. I hope my sons will feel the same.

Bluebells - White and Pink?

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 13:04

Shame they are Spanish but they are very pretty!

Van Meuwen

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 11:31

I had 75 mixed perrenial plugs from Van Meuwen, which were delivered about 3 weeks ago. They were small, but as expected having bought plug plants for my planted aquarium in the past.

They are growing OK, but not as fast as I'd expected. Delivery was also delayed by a month, but as mentioned above, I put that down to the bad weather. 


Overall, I'd buy again from Van Muewen, but after getting the 75 planted up, I'm hoping that I'll have filled the borders! Mind you, I can always make them bigger 

Bluebells - White and Pink?

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 10:48





A couple of pictures


Bluebells - White and Pink?

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 10:31

Behind our garden we have a lovely little wooded area. Ealrier this year the floor was covered in snowdrops, which have now given away to a lovely carpet of bluebells.

They are lovely to look at, making for a lovely little secret glen. What I have noticed is that amongst the blue is the odd clump of white and pink 'blue'bells.


Is this a normal variation? I did'nt notice them this time last year, but as we'ed only just moved in, I didn't have my 'Garden' head on!

propagation boasts and failures

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 12:05

We had a lovely yellow rose in the front garden of our old house. When we knew we were moving, I decided to try taking some cuttings - I was advised by several people that the cuttings I was taking in September would not take. Chopped a length into four 6" lengths and popped them into a 9" tub with compost and a few handfuls of sand.

Anyhow, 1 year and a winter later two of the new plants are in sunny posisitions in our new house, 1 has gone to a friend and the last to the old chap up the road from where we used to live. He always used to stop and smell the roses, so I thought he'd like his own.

Ground elder

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 21:41

I had a 20m x 3m bit of garden here when we moved in that had very established elder in it. I went the dig it up route and was quite succesful. A year later I've not seen any elder at all.

It is a lot more difficult when there are plants established, but how would putting down heavy duty sheeting over the top of the elder work? Leave the established plants above the sheet and block the leder form the sun. I don't know if it'd work for elder, but it did on a section of lawn that I'm going to turn into a sun patio.

Going to try the theory of 2 cuts a week

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 19:23

I'd dig out each clump, back fill, etc. it'll make for a more consistent lawn. No harm in mxing a bit of general fertiliser of blood/bone into the compost as well, to help the new seed along, Thats all they do in the 'patch magic' type stuff

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 09:52

Grey at the moment, but forecast to be dry at least.


Definite sunshine around tea-time though - went to visit my Dad yesterday and came back with a pie-full of Rhubarb, so  rhubarb crumble for pud today


Posted: 11/05/2013 at 21:16

The Verdone stuff that Dan2012 suggested is good stuff. I used the concentrate at our last house and also here at our new one. One treatment a year, about now, will get you a good start. If you only have a few weeds in the lawn, the pre-mixed spray might be better.

It's also worth looking at Vitax Lawn Clear, as it has alternative weedkillers in it that can target other weeds. A strategy of using both - a full lawn treatment using one brand concentrate once a year and then spray using the other brand throughout the rest of the year should cover most problems and lead to a weed free lawn.


Mind you, a sunny day spent sat on the lawn cutting out the weeds and back filling with a fine soil mix and seed is not an unpleasant thing in my mind 

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