Monthly Archives: July 2015

Mr Gaviscon, meet Mr Calpol – by B

Scabious, sash window (in need of some TLC, poor thing), Gaviscon and Calpol bottles.

Scabious, sash window (in need of some TLC, poor thing), Gaviscon and Calpol bottles.

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Oops – by B

Cosmos and ammi visnaga from the cutting patch

Cosmos and ammi visnaga from the cutting patch

So, it’s all about patience, doing big jobs first, and the long game with this house and garden. Until, that is, I saw two matching hip-height terracotta pots for half price in our local garden centre (£44 each!). So they are now sitting empty on the crumbling block paved death trap of a patio. The compost alone will bankrupt me, never mind the dahlias and spring bulbs I’m hoping to stuff them with. But I’m in love.

Exhibit A, a naughty frivolous pot purchase

Exhibit A, a naughty frivolous pot purchase

As you can see we’ve also moved the play house/sand pit to one of the shadier borders, and the slide now takes a route behind the cardoons, making it a bit junglesque for the small people (can you spot the two year old in the undergrowth?). Not very classy, but at £200 from Argos, and a huge hit with the kids, it’s a goodun (and arguably offers some structure/height to the garden, drawing the eye away from neighbours’ houses). Unfortunately, apart from my raised bed cutting patch it’s mostly tiny perennials,bare earth, dandelions and bindweed this July, but I have high hopes for next year…

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