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"The Dicentra was still flowering late into the season last year, mainly because it was planted up late. This year, it must be entirely the result of my gardening prowess..."
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"Hi James, I posted this quite a while ago. Looking back on the episode, it's not so bad and quite amusing really. Just keep thinking 'The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step...'   Good luck with the…"
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Posted on May 6, 2011 at 8:30 2 Comments

Well as usual, it's been a long time since I've blogged.


What an incredibly awful week it has been. I turned up at work on Monday. It had been a windy weekend and a lot of stock had fallen over, so I started the routine of standing up some of the stock and beginning to water. There were some leylandii which had blown over at the back of the nursery, so that was where I started. As I lifted up the first tree that I came to, I felt a sharp pain in my head. Out of the corner of…


Volunteers, RHS Medals and a New Career...

Posted on June 19, 2010 at 8:52 4 Comments

It's been a busy week in the Fereday Household.

Having been a featured member last week, I thought it would be a good time to write a blog and update everyone on what's been happening since Cat and I moved down to London. Ideally I would have liked to blog while I was still a featured member, but it's just been such a busy week that I haven't managed it until this morning.

So, enough of the introduction and apologies and on with the story... I've managed to find gainful… Continue

Watch out London, Cat and Fereday have landed.....

Posted on February 18, 2010 at 16:26 2 Comments

It's been a quiet week in the Fereday household.

Well, we finally made it. Cat and I are now settled properly in Coulsdon. That's just south of Croydon and about 5 miles away from Caterham (where they make the sports cars) if you don't know the area. We found a gorgeous flat, then lost it, then got it back again just after Christmas. It's a long story which is probably best told by Cat. She has the writing talent in the family. We're hoping we'll be able to keep the…


Autumn has well and truly set in and we're still no closer to London...

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 21:51 0 Comments

A lot of you will know that Cat and I are planning a move down south after Cat got a promotion earlier in the year. That was in July and we still don't seem to be any further down the road to relocating than we were back then. September has been a month full of distractions - every weekend has been taken up with doing something for someone and we've hardly had a moment's rest. Cat's now travelling down to London on a weekly basis, just two days / one night a week but it seems to really tire… Continue

Some interesting statistics from a day in the garden.

Posted on August 12, 2009 at 21:30 6 Comments

Not strictly speaking mathematically significant but anecdotally insightful for anyone who has the idea that gardening is a very romantic and easy career:

* Dimensions & type of hedge cut: 60m length x 10' height - Hawthorn / Beech / Snowberry / Holly / Rose / Nettle

* Weight of petrol hedge trimmers: 6kg

* Time to cut hedge: 5 hours

* Number of cigarettes smoked: 8

* Estimated calorie usage: 2000

* Calories consumed: 1000

* Number of hawthorn… Continue

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Irrigation help needed!

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Taking on a new employee

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Steele Sep 15, 2008. 9 Replies

The Journey of a thousand miles

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cat Fereday Jun 21, 2008. 1 Reply

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Started working at a garden centre while studying for a PhD in Sociology. Funding dropped out of the PhD, I ended up as the plant buyer and a couple of years down the line I decided to set up my own business.

I specialise in border renovation and maintenance and with the background as a plant buyer I am more of a plantsman than a landscaper. I firmly beleive that almost all gardens can benefit from soil improvement every spring. I feel like I'm a fraud as almost all of my work in getting borders to look fantastic is in preparing the soil in Spring. Nature tends to do the rest...

I love the nursery aspect of gardening - dividing, replanting, tidying plants up & pruning and generally looking after plants. It's not so much the specific act of looking after the plants as much as seeing the end result, which I know is partly due to my management. Gardening is, after all, all about the plants (although Diarmuid Gavin and his followers may disagree...). I think it's knowledge of the plantcare aspect that seems to give you guru status, even when you can only expect to know how to look after a tiny proportion of the enormous world of flora.

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At 8:56 on May 18, 2008,
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Phil Voice
Hi Andrew and welcome

I do not think you should feel like a fraud and maybe you will get more people to consider your approach than you appreciate.

So many people buy a plant looking turgid and healthy and ignore it's needs and wonder why it never looks the same again.

Soil is the plant engine room!

Good luck and thanks for joining:)

At 9:20 on May 18, 2008,
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Phil Voice
Hi Andrew

I think the mood is changing here (especially as there is a very high English population in various regions now)

Garden centres are changing from life centres to lifestyle centres with more emphasis on leisure than growing (deja Vu?)

Whilst there are still many people with vast veg areas, ornamentals are becoming popular too.

I think it is the same here as it was in the UK twenty years ago.

At 12:06 on June 13, 2008,
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Phil Voice

I am so envious that you can where that straw hat and look cool! (I mean fashion cool and not temperature)

I love wearing a straw hat and the tattier the better but when I look in the mirror I feel ridiculous!
At 15:25 on June 13, 2008, Andrew Fereday said…
Ah, having very little hair makes it essential in the middle of summer (even in spring!). I did feel a little ridiculous myself at first but then I realised that I do have a sense of humour!
At 21:22 on June 13, 2008, Cat Fereday said…
That's a very nice photo of you (and your hat), dear .... did you employ a professional to take that?
At 9:47 on June 15, 2008, Cat Fereday said…
Ahh, thanks love. Do you think it says something about our marriage that we're communicating via a comment wall? Do you want salad with your lunch?
At 14:03 on June 20, 2008,
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Phil Voice
Andy - if you win the holiday I will let you dig over my veg patch ;-0)
At 10:22 on June 21, 2008, Cat Fereday said…
Thank you for helping to sort out my pages.... and for my new trowel, fork and secrateurs set... it was very good of you to buy some which you wouldn't be caught dead with so that they don't "go walkies" from the kitchen.
At 22:09 on July 14, 2008, chris said…
Andrew do you think i have made a mistake calling my company Blades rather than my own name?
At 19:35 on August 20, 2008,
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Kerrie John-The garden design Co
Is there a shop one could buy a clone of you? Not only do you do Cat's ironing but take care of all the admin too!

I'm sorry that the Cat is finding work a challenge at the mo, she did tell me that all was a bit 'up in the air'. I'm sure that she meets all challenges head on, and will win!

We are all looking forward to blogs from around your house, could be juicy if a Midsummer Murder theme was adopted, along with your permanent disfiguration.

Take care, and look behind you at all times!

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