Le Berme is located near Castillonnes in the Lot et Garonne in the south-west of France and just ten miles from me here in Piis.
Guy and Jane Robinson have established a garden maintenance, landscaping and flower and fruit production business as well as a Gite and bed and breakfast.
Their five bedroom house and gite are set in seventeen acres of… Continue
Added by Phil Voice on May 28, 2009 at 17:30 —
Fereday's birthday is on the horizon... he's notoriously difficult to shop for.... luckily for me, he's asked for what Red Letter Days would probably sell as an 'activity present'... basically, he wants to go to his first auction... I'm guessing that Ebay just isn't hitting the buttons like it used to... so we're off to Luddendenfoot to Calder Valley Auctions and then out to lunch post-auction.... aside from drawing up a small reference table of amounts in increments of £10 showing the 12.5%… Continue
Added by Cat Fereday on May 27, 2009 at 23:00 —
As in most parts of the UK, the Elm has suffered a huge demise in Cornwall and it's presence in the Cornish landscape is now confined to some very isolated patches, as well as being the obligatory dead tree in the hedgerow. Continue
The eminent forester and author Esmond Harris discovered a pair of thriving Elm trees on his estate by the Tamar, thought to be the European White Elm and subsequent seed collection allowed for a…
Added by Sustainable Land Management on May 26, 2009 at 10:00 —
Dandelions are viewed by most gardeners as a nuisance, destroying lawns and something that needs to be eradicated by careful extraction or systemic weedkillers.
These much maligned flowers are a reletive of the sunflower and with control can be a welcome edition to your garden.
To control the spread, once established, remove of the flowers once faded (dead head), this will prevent the production of seed and promote the production of more blooms.
As any viewer of the… Continue
Added by Shadow Hall on May 26, 2009 at 10:00 —
I have had the happy task of interviewing Alice Bowe for my Landscape Juice blog.
In fact it was not even a task and I had very little work to do (except the typing afterwards:(
Alice was bubbly and fun to talk to and I got the feeling that she was in complete control… Continue
Added by Phil Voice on May 22, 2009 at 17:30 —
There is nothing quite so bottom-reddeningly shameful for the long-term, committed humbug traditionalist as finding that there is a point to the new and modern..... it's like being Prince Charles and discovering you actually appreciate the Gherkin or Tower 42... being Oz Clarke and finding you've just drunk and enjoyed a bottle of White Lightening.... but it happens - and usually because the traditional just drives you away... such is my 'Road to Damascus' moment with modern, 'lifestyle' garden… Continue
Added by Cat Fereday on May 21, 2009 at 23:37 —
I am presently moderately mind-dead having decided to get online and build my own website (had a hosting account for months). I have started this blog, because by publicising my intent means I have to get on with it, and my experiences could be of use to others on the network. If only to warn of the pitfalls or to just give a good laugh.
I know this is not an IT site, but we all use the net, and even though it is a major global player at present this is going to massively expand - could… Continue
Added by John Honeyman on May 20, 2009 at 21:59 —
HAVING read that many landscapers seem to be one of the favourite targets of sales reps from Yellow Pages, thought you might be interested in the latest financial figures from Yell Group:
Earnings: Yell Group’s Online Revenue Growth Can’t Offset Print Decline
—Yell.com:: In the UK, Yell.com made online revenues of £164.5 million, a 18.2 percent… Continue
Added by Craig McGinty on May 20, 2009 at 20:42 —
After posting my last blog (see "Who's bloggin' now?" on LJN), rumours abounded that I was actually Anne Widdecombe on some weird mission to ingratiate herself with the gardening gliterati on LJN.... true that these rumours were started by the lovely Kerrie and then further stoked by myself and others, but having had our fun, I think it's time to set the record straight... (all the MPs are doin' it, apparently....). So, as proof positive that I am who I am, I have decided to present the proof… Continue
Added by Cat Fereday on May 19, 2009 at 22:00 —
What is a Gardener?
While listening to GQT a couple of weeks ago, a question popped into my head which I couldn't answer: What is a gardener? We all think that we know what a gardener is but at that moment I couldn't give a good enough definition. Is a gardener a nurseryman? Sometimes. Is a gardener a landscaper? Sometimes. Is a gardener a designer? Sometimes. Is a gardener a labourer? Sometimes. Is a gardener a greenkeeper? Again, the answer is sometimes. None of this helps so I'd like to… Continue
Added by Andrew Fereday on May 18, 2009 at 20:35 —
While 'ladies of a certain age' across the nation are settling down after the 6pm dose of Mr Titchmarsh... 'isn't Alan just lovely,.... sigh....', etc. Carla Bruni and Stephen Fry have tiptoed across my synapses met in the middle (where there's more room) and executed a perfect tango into what I'm calling 'My thought for a Sunday'.... so, let me talk you through the mental ether....
This morning, Radio 4.... Lady Antonia Fraser .... chap from the Telegraph (this month's 'Official… Continue
Added by Cat Fereday on May 17, 2009 at 21:30 —
The continual search for the perfect edging material for lawns is an ongoing process. Iron, cement edging, wood borders - all have been used as those necessary elements to demarcate and define the borders of our gardens. The tendency for grass to "rhizome" itself into the gardens and the general root expansion of the always-voracious grasses and imperialistic lawns is a common problem often requiring substantial hand work and labor to maintain a good, separate edge. Indeed, this is one of the… Continue
Added by Ofer El-hashahar on May 16, 2009 at 19:00 —
Now I am very computer literate, familiar with digital photography and its associated colour management. However when it comes to garden design - I believe listening to the client is the key, I do this, translate this to them verbally, with sketches on the back of anything that comes to hand. I communicate my concepts with my passion for the project, but maybe need to start being more professional (might get me more commissions) and produce eye catching CA Designs.
Now there are… Continue
Added by John Honeyman on May 16, 2009 at 11:03 —
The title of 'gardener' is a pretty broad brush and it is to some extent, a title that drums up a preconception that anyone who carries out gardening as a career is still pretty much a labourer and second class.
I am sure we have all experienced a certain type of social stereotipcal pigeon holing. Maybe at a social gathering or filling in a form. Your introduced alongside doctors or bank workers and the others puff up their feathers, appear interested bit invariably end up talking… Continue
Added by Phil Voice on May 16, 2009 at 10:14 —
On the Landscape Juice magazine
site I like to run regular tips and advice features aimed at assisting beginners and amateurs (and maybe the odd pro) with aspects of their projects.
Lawn care has been featured regularly over the last three years as has paving and other garden maintenance tips.
At the moment,… Continue
Added by Phil Voice on May 14, 2009 at 7:30 —
Wednesday night and Fereday is packed off to Morris Dancing practice, leaving the rabbits and I to watch Sir Alan rip some git a new one together before I go up for a bath... so there's a short spot for blogging. Seeing as I don't have a particular Fereday foible to relate and thereby have nothing to add to the cannon of Fereday lore which is slowly building to biblical proportions on LJN, I thought I'd just give a short round up of what's going on in the garden and round the… Continue
Added by Cat Fereday on May 13, 2009 at 20:30 —
I want to let the network know about my blog, Urban Gardens (www.urbangardensweb.com) and ask if there are any of you out there who would like to contribute a guest post about vermiculture and composting, or any other subject of interest for that matter.
I have recently written about urban agriculture, including a post about the Boston Food Project, a sustainable food program that, in addition to produce, also cultivates youth leadership.
Would love to collaborate with other bloggers,… Continue
Added by Robin Horton on May 10, 2009 at 16:07 —
Fereday and I spent a couple of hours yesterday weeding on a friend's allotment. I haven't been on an allotment since living at 'husband the first's' mother's house, a period I have largely blocked out of my memory, so I don't really recall what it was like... so, my first outing onto a proper allotment site was really great. Here's some things I noticed:
- an old bathtub is completely de rigeur, those who have them treat them with studied disdain (like owning a Merc, but never… Continue
Added by Cat Fereday on May 10, 2009 at 11:00 —
The 1st of May was a bit of a landmark for me this year, it was the first time I'd seen the dawn from 'the early bird' side... previously, the sun popping up has largely been a feature when I've stayed up too late rather than something which I got up to see..... Fereday and the Morris Men were dancing up on Castle HIll in Huddersfield at sunrise.... it's tradition, you see.... mind you, it's a personal tradition of mine to squeeze as much time under the duvet out of the miracle hour between 8am… Continue
Added by Cat Fereday on May 9, 2009 at 9:00 —
I have personally been bearish as far as general markets are concerned and I suggested that recovery would take place in the second half of 2009.
Have a read of this item - I share the outlook for the UK market and believe that landscapers and garden maintenance operations will benefit greatly in the next four years.
" US demand to grow nearly 6%… Continue
Added by Phil Voice on May 8, 2009 at 20:34 —