So anyway, there I was in the passenger seat of the trusty old Ovlov, just looking out the window as Fereday reversed out of the parking spot and pulled onto the road.... I saw Harlow Carr growing smaller in the wing mirror.... And I found myself thinking, "Well, that's the end to this year's oestrogen mafia gathering at the famous Betty's Tea Rooms at the well-known RHS northern outpost near Harrogate...., mmmm,.... OH BUGGER.... I've come all this way to Harlow Carr and bought three… Continue
Added by Cat Fereday on April 30, 2009 at 21:31 —
I really should have added this message a long time ago so please accept my apologies.
Joining a site that already has many members can be quite daunting and in some cases, some people will find it hard to break the ice and make contributions to existing conversations or start new topics of their own.
I would appreciate it if you could all join in and welcome new members to help settle them in.
It doesn't always have to be a public message; a private message via the… Continue
Added by Phil Voice on April 29, 2009 at 17:40 —
It is very sad that in a PR driven society like England, when hard governmental, (both local and central), financial decisions are made, the easiest of targets are those costs levied against the creation and conservation of nature. Very few people will complain, after all the real cost of planting a tree for council is considerably more than what us as practioners would dare charge a client, particularly when adding in the cost of the 3rd man to stare at the work being done.
Added by Sustainable Land Management on April 29, 2009 at 0:00 —
One of the key benefits of a network is being able assist each other with products and services that you may not be able to carry out or provide yourself.
There is a facility on your profile to include a member discount but I wanted to provide a single place to view all of these in a list form for quick reference.
Please pop your details directly into the comment section below and I will add these to this… Continue
Added by Phil Voice on April 28, 2009 at 15:01 —
After having decided early in the new year to offer resin bound surfacing to potential clients,
( following very helpful discussions and advice from Stuart Marler aka TVG Landscaping)
I have been underwhelmed by the call for it. Which I believe is due to lack of knowledge of the product.
So, after a call from a friend who is after their drive resurfaced I suggested resin bound to them as an alternative to the norm. They are… Continue
Added by Big Dig Groundworks on April 27, 2009 at 10:25 —
YOU can't have missed all the talk
recently of Twitter
, a mini blogging service that works both online and via your mobile phone.
And while the service is sold as a way to answer the question, 'what are you doing?' there is so much more you can do with it to make new connections and maybe even help your own business ventures.
Registering with the site couldn't be simpler,… Continue
Added by Craig McGinty on April 26, 2009 at 22:23 —
The great news is on lawn edgings
google search 'plants from zion' is already at the middle of second page this week- that brought about extra 500 visits this week.
I changed the whole website in the probably 5th time (oohhhh) but it is far more friendly to people and search engines. I was working many hours but still lost some of the fine tuning on thee shop what seems like to effect on the sales- what a stress.
a visit… Continue
Added by Ofer El-hashahar on April 26, 2009 at 13:30 —
Yesterday I discovered just how fun skip diving can be. Ive always loved a freebie and used to enjoy taking home the plants, from the garden centre, that where going to be thrown out and bringing them back from the brink.
Since leaving that job I havent had the oppurtunity to go looking for unwanted goodies until yesterday.
Ive made some great conections at my local garden centre and was allowed to route through their discarded bits. All these things are completely useless to… Continue
Added by Shadow Hall on April 25, 2009 at 10:09 —
The next few months are going to be a very stressful time for thousands of young people.
SATs for 7, 11 and 14 year olds, GCSEs for 16 year olds and those resitting them, A Levels and those who are having to do end of year tests on their degree courses.
First of all I would like to wish you all well. All that any adult can ask of you is that you do your best.
Do try and take time to relax. Especially for the older groups, if you feel things are getting too much… Continue
Added by dgeorgea on April 25, 2009 at 8:14 —
Just a note to say that despite the cold weather back in March our famous hanging baskets are now on stream. 14" wicker baskets with no side planting but plenty of trails just £15 each 2 for £25.
These might be of interest to Landscapers and there could be a little discount for quantity.
Each basket has a perforated pot in the centre to make watering easier and we supply 6 month CRF capsules so that no extra feeding is necessary…
Added by Baskets and Blooms on April 24, 2009 at 8:25 —
The recycled raised beds can used for any shape not just for squares or rectangles.
"you sent me the garden raised beds kits
two weeks ago" the lady said on the phone " and they're great- look so good with the curvy shape that I will send you a photo this week and another one later on with the plants. "And, " she added proudly, " I did it all by… Continue
Added by Ofer El-hashahar on April 23, 2009 at 0:00 —
On David Channon's recommendation (and another ex-Tadpole shareholder!), I have signed up.
Two things to which I would like to draw you and your member's attention - next year is the centenary of the birth of my mother, Barbara Everard, and to celebrate I am developing a virtual exhibition gallery. Not to take up too much of your time, log on to www.barbara-everard.com. I am looking for sponsors of the website, weblinks to interested parties and, anyone who has… Continue
Added by Martin Everard on April 20, 2009 at 10:56 —
Well May is nearly on us and its time to put pen to paper and let everyone know how the Sandringham show garden is progressing.
So far it has been going slowly, as have I, trying to walk when your in the latter stages of pregnancy is difficult enough let alone trying to pull apart large heavy wooden pallets. Despite this I have managed to construct several areas of the garden as well as securing donations of wood chip from MJ Tree services who do the tree work for Sandringham (I… Continue
Added by Shadow Hall on April 20, 2009 at 10:30 —
just to report my first swallow, the view at mochdra, colwyn bay north wales. why, it might mean the flies and bugs on the move as well. so as an early warning for any flower person.
Added by danny coulton on April 19, 2009 at 21:14 —
I have received a letter from Teresa who has a friend afflicted by Multiple Sclerosis and she would dearly love to help her improve the quality of her life.
Fiona Lives in Shoeburyness, Essex.
If there are any members who are able to help out I would pass your details on to… Continue
Added by Phil Voice on April 17, 2009 at 10:00 —
We stuffed ourselves with chocolate before Easter and we did it throughout the long weekend.....Luckily we're going to be running around like mad this week, so off it comes....she says. My turn now to blog, as Geraldine is busy organising Milan, she speak Italian and I don't, so she gets the enviable job of phoning and checking all reservations. No easy task as I understand it in Italy.
We will be visiting all the Italian furniture manufacturers as they have some fab new lines… Continue
Added by Francoise Murat on April 15, 2009 at 19:30 —
Trees are rarely valued properly, there are numerous factors to take
into consideration and as such the real or financial value of a particular tree is hard if not simply impossible to ascertain. Following on from work carried out by D R Helliwell and latterly the CAVAT system and in light of growing academic research, (particularly into the sustainable attributes of tree planting, which has yet to have penetrated the psyche of the average layman and thus rarely gets any serious… Continue
Added by Sustainable Land Management on April 14, 2009 at 11:00 —
In England, there has been a distinct lack of cultural linking with trees. yet the UK as a whole is one of the best placed countries in the world for a biodiversity of tree species, differing woodland types and altogether favourable growing conditions for a melange of foreign imports. No one is to blame for this general apathy, but the results are that most of our urban trees and woodland are in poor, more usually neglected management.
The truth is simply that when planting or when… Continue
Added by Sustainable Land Management on April 12, 2009 at 16:00 —
We planted 5,000 snakeshead fritillaries last autumn as part of a rural garden design in the Saffron Walden area. As with all bulb planting, it's one of the few garden jobs that you see no difference in at all until they start coming up months later. The success rate was high and we were eagerly anticipating their beautiful chequer-board flowers this Spring when the leaves started to poke through earlier in March. Horrors!! Without exception all the flower heads have been eaten or broken off!… Continue
Added by The Perfumed Garden on April 12, 2009 at 14:15 —
Following an incident recently when a large (3') adder in my path, decided against the common perception that they are meant to be more scared of us than we of them and headed straight for me; it is perhaps sensible to advertise what can be dangerous to us in the trade.
'It is safe to put your hand down anywhere in the British mainland, without fear for being bitten' - I have heard this several times and know it to be utter nonsense. From the age of 8, when I was bitten by a slow… Continue
Added by Sustainable Land Management on April 8, 2009 at 17:30 —