The Land Rover Owners Wife


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Stickyweed and other nuisances

Between them, the girls did a grand job.

Between them, the girls did a grand job.

As a child, stickyweed (aka Goosegrass, Clivers, Catchweed and Robin-run-the-hedge to name but a few) was a delight to behold and provided hours of fun for my friends and I, as we each tried to cover our companions with the stuff, inadvertently transporting dozens of the sticky balls (seeds) to areas hitherto uninhabited by stickyweed and no doubt creating infestations of nightmarish proportions for the gardeners of the time. Picking the tiny little balls off our clothes and discarding them wherever we happened to be, was a necessity, if we wanted to prevent an exasperated outburst of “Look at the state of you! What have you been doing?” from our respective mothers. Continue reading

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Feed and weed

Before and after

Before and after

Wondering around my garden a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that some of my plants were looking a little yellow around the leaves which is usually a good indication that something is lacking in the nutrient department. This wasn’t a big surprise because even with the most careful preparation over winter and spring, the combination of rain washing some of the nutrients out and plants absorbing them at a rate of knots, is bound to lead to a deficency at some point and, to be fair, giving your plants a little boost every now and again, can only be a good thing.

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The wrong sort of green in the garden

A cheerful sight

A cheerful sight

Yes, I know the header picture doesn’t exactly go with the title of this post but the Flowering Cherry was looking so beautiful, bright and cheery yesterday that I couldn’t resist taking a picture and then using it in here. There is pink blossom all over the garden, making it look a little untidy but I don’t really care, as it offers a bit of relief to the barren, emptiness of the beds.

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A powerful incentive to weed ….

I'm really pleased how tidy this area now looks

I’m really pleased how tidy this area now looks

… or should that be a powerless incentive? Normally, even the forecast of heavy rain from mid morning and for the rest of the day wouldn’t have stirred me to weeding action at 9am in the morning, no matter how keen I was to tidy the garden up but the loss of power for several hours from 9.05am, coupled with the almost constant squabbling of the Mudlets, was a compelling force. Continue reading


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Getting to grips with the weeds

A bit of a difference although i couldn't quite get all the grass clumps out.

A bit of a difference although i couldn’t quite get all the grass clumps out.

Any gardener will tell you that there is nothing like a bit of rain to really get a garden going. It can be quite a struggle to keep all areas of a garden watered during a prolonged dry spell but after all the time and effort put into sowing, growing and nurturing your plants, be they flowers, fruit or vegetables, many gardeners, myself included, will spend hours watering their plot, desperately trying to give the plants enough to grow and flourish. Such dedication and yet, though they may continue to grow, flower or fruit as a result of the attention, so willingly given to them, their progress is nothing compared to that which happens following a good, steady rainfall. Continue reading