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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Spear & Jackson Traditional Garden Spade - Product Review

Feast your eyes on this….
…a thing of beauty.
A Spear & Jackson Traditional Garden Spade and, fresh from the packaging, one could have applied one’s ‘lippie’ or shaved one’s beard (if one was a bloke!).
Now this spade arrived in the nick of time as big plans were afoot in the front garden (see posting here).
The weight was perfect, light enough to make hard work easier, the wooden handle was smooth & comfortable to use and the polished, stainless steel, rust resistant blade cleaned up beautifully afterwards.
I certainly put this spade through its paces shifting 1.5 tonnes of soil, hard-core & gravel with Mr TG and after a damn good hosing it still buffed up like new (…the spade that is!)
Old heavy spades have now been cast aside, this is a fine specimen of ‘toolhood’ and you can get it here at Argos.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Spring Cut Flowers


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I needed a bunch of flower to cheer somebody up today.
k goodness I’m a plant-a-holic!

Spirea & Fern Foliage, red & yellow Geums, white Dianthus (Pinks), red Valerian & a selection of Heuchera flowers.

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Saturday, 24 May 2014

It’s Written in the Stars…

They say…”It’s written in the stars”

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In my daughter’s case…it was written in tonight’s Chinese Take-Away fortune cookie.
After yesterday’s posting this is a bit of a worry.


Friday, 23 May 2014

Change of Plan


I’m not sure I’ve ever blogged about our front garden before.


Probably not….at the beginning of last year it was…well…boring.
There, said it….boring. Boring… but tidy.
The bed under the windowsill was a Euonymus hedge…..yawn…but last spring out it came & a floral frenzy was planted.


There was , however, one part of the garden that we’d never touched.


The pathway down to the house was lined with large conifer balls and they bothered me.
They’d been planted by the previous owners, we’ve lived here for 16 years & just lately they’d started to look tired. On further investigation it appeared that only the final inch was actually green & their bottoms were positively dead, probably helped along by passing male moggies.


Having convinced Mr TG how much more beautiful another floral frenzy flowerbed would look, it was agreed that the balls would go & the bed would be redesigned.
Armed with a variety of saws, loppers, forks, spades & a pick-axe (Mr TG’s tool of choice), the conifers were removed, as well as a couple in the border along the main path, an overgrown Hebe, a hideous Aucuba and a spindly Camellia.  A visit to my favourite plant suppliers followed & a whole heap of gorgeousness purchased.


It was at this point that the plan changed.
As I stood trowel in hand, surrounded by bags of fresh compost and plants eagerly waiting to be planted, Mr TG spoke.

”Flowerbed or additional parking?” he said.
Huh? I replied.

”Flowerbed or additional parking?” he repeated
”Where the heck….” (this is the polite version)…”am I gonna put all this lot?” I replied in an oh-so-lady-like way.
”Sell it!” he suggested, clearly unaware of the ‘bond’ the plants & I had already developed.

With our daughter fast approaching her 17th birthday (I know…. how can I still be 21?!), Mr TG pointed out that maybe, just maybe we ought to consider more parking spaces should fav’ daughter get a car one day.
My suggestion of a multi-storey car park to the side of the house was quashed within micro-seconds.

So here’s the result…. we dug out a couple of tonnes of soil, re-filled it with hard-core, covered the area in driveway membrane, laid plastic, porous paving from Ecogrid, filled with shingle and edged with block paving.

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Definitely the right decision!


Not sure we will be taking up a career in driveway creations…. bloody hard work.


A new corner bed for a few of the plants I’d bought.
A Heuchera ‘Cherry Cola’, Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ which will be architecturally sculptured (sounds fancy ay?), Centaurea ‘Purple Heart’ and a pink Silene.


Job done….and if I may be so bold…a flamin’ brilliant job done.


Monday, 5 May 2014

Simply Fabulous!



Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’

The sweet scent of BBQs fills the air tonight.


Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’

It’s been a fabulous spring bank-holiday weekend.

Pulmonaria 'Lewis Palmer'

Pulmonaria ‘Lewis palmer’

I hope I’ve not left you feeling blue.

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