Well, it's nearly July and I haven't blogged since mid-June... we've been so busy.... so much stuff is happening....
Wimbledon started... Andy Murray is officially 'British' for a fortnight ... unless he's loses, then there'll be another 'Devasted Scot' on the media's shame pyre burning gloriously alongside Gordon Brown and Fred Goodwin....
Glastonbury has come and gone, though we're all still sniggering like schoolkids over the weather reporter who described it as a… Continue
Added by Cat Fereday on June 29, 2009 at 20:47 —
It might be of interest to some landscapers to know that here at Baskets and Blooms have reduced prices on Hanging baskets, bedding and baskets plants.
The hanging baskets are the real pull, these are not tired, hungry ones but good fresh stock full of potential. We reduce the price because we acknowledge the fact that summer is about one third gone. So, if you have a show house to brighten up or baskets to replace that have been stolen or neglected come and see… Continue
Added by Baskets and Blooms on June 24, 2009 at 8:53 —
My son is based in Sheffield working as an architect and has become a victim of the recession.
His hours have been reduced and he's looking for some part time and/or weekend work - particularly in the landscape maintenance and/or garden design industry.
He's worked with me before casually during holidays and so forth so he knows all about hard work.
If anybody has any opportunities please just get in touch with me and I'll pass on his details… Continue
Added by Costello Landscaping on June 23, 2009 at 11:40 —
For part of my teenage years, I was lucky enough to live in a beautiful old farmhouse in Cobham, Surrey. Set back from the road, screened by a mini-forest, Sheepbell Farm was one of those higgledy-piggledy kind of places - the architectural equivalent of a variety pack of crisps, with bits from the 14th century through to the 20th... though by the 20th century, additions were largely of an 'icing on the cake' variety like an internally fitted vacuum system.
A short digression here,… Continue
Added by Cat Fereday on June 15, 2009 at 19:01 —
It’s nearly 9PM on Friday evening and BGS minor who reminded me she is in fact 14 and not 13 as I have previously stated on one of my previous posts demanded to know if I have booked her flight ticket to the States!
Unfortunately not as it has been a busy day – no time to discuss it as she requires a lift to a party.
These days the normal mode of communication is via MSN, face book, Email or TXT message etc.
So here’s how my day went.
Up at 6AM and… Continue
Added by Graeme @ BGS on June 13, 2009 at 18:18 —
There have been several discussions on this topic so I thought I would add my methods.
A wildflower meadow or lawn can be a beautiful addition to any garden. No matter what the size of your garden it is possible to create a wildflower area.
As well as being pretty to look at the flowers used provide an important habitat for many species of insects and small mammals which in turn contribute to the food chain.
A wildflower meadow or lawn looks wonderful but they can be… Continue
Added by Shadow Hall on June 13, 2009 at 10:04 —
Having just completed a sizeable project for a firm like ours, using reclaimed timber sleepers, we were wondering just what other 're-usable' materials can be incorporated into landscape schemes as more than just 'features'? Any ideas anyone?
Incidentally, we used the reclaimed oak railway sleepers to form a low retaining wall structure, framing a new patio area. The dark colour and texture of the sleepers sat very wall with the amber patio slabs.
Added by Costello Landscaping on June 11, 2009 at 12:41 —
There have been quite a few postings on the network recently regarding moving the business to the next level and in some cases the work has dried up.
I think we all agree that our industry is very competitive. If we are honest gardening is an easy level of entry into business and with the general downturn in other trades and services we are and will continue to see more one man bands with B&Q mowers in their estate cars.
I don’t want to drum the industry down but the… Continue
Added by Graeme @ BGS on June 9, 2009 at 10:47 —
We spent last weekend through the early part of this week as the Gardeners' branch of the Samaritans, unrolling the hose every other day to fully soak the garden and watering the seedlings every morning and evening.
Some days it was so hot that during and after watering, the steam was rolling off the garden like an early morning mist. The water dripping from the hose and soaking your feet was a welcome relief... and then walking on the damp grass barefoot you just had to scrunch your… Continue
Added by Cat Fereday on June 6, 2009 at 21:00 —
A Forest School and WIN a Wildlife Garden Design!!!
We read this in our local Wildlife Trust
newsletter so we thought we'd share as it's a great idea. We saw this on a programme a while ago and we talked about it in the office at length as we were thinking about doing some kids workshops in the Autumn such as fungi foraging, wildlife photography etc.... one of us thinks the programme was a while ago on TV and it began in Scandinavia. We… Continue
Added by Francoise Murat on June 5, 2009 at 18:00 —
The Press launch of Future Gardens is this Thursday cant wait will be taking great interest in the 13 gardens on show www.futuregardens.org
I will be taking lots of pictures & posting them here & on my site www.quercusfencing.co.uk
The Quercus involvement is that we have supplied the structure to house all the show gardens so it's going to be the dream photo opportunity for our fencing.
I will be dusting off my partner Adam -top… Continue
Added by QUERCUS on June 2, 2009 at 17:45 —
The term 'Sustainable Landscaping' and a sustainable landscape thereafter can often be misinterpreted, principally because the use of the word sustainable has been slightly stretched beyond its dictionary entry for many business sectors, (a good example of this is sustainable tourism - which is simply an oxymoron - surely environmentally aware is much better suited). This is understandable but has led to increasing amounts of clients, particularly new clients asking why is what we do termed… Continue
Added by Sustainable Land Management on June 2, 2009 at 10:00 —
Regrettably, it's time to share the not so fabulous side of being a gardener's wife.... well, this is supposed to be warts and all.... It's true that 'Rubenesque' is a beautiful word, but no one really wants it to be used in a description of themselves, so it's in with the Special K and skimmed milk (skimmed of all the taste) and Fereday eating extra Chorizo with everything.... It's sod's law (or possibly Cat's Conundrum) that at precisely the time of year when I need to be… Continue
Added by Cat Fereday on June 1, 2009 at 22:00 —
The food festival from Hampshire Fare is upon us!
We've running a competition - very exciting and we're helping Karen last year's winner finish off her garden.
Download the Hampshire Food Festival programme for 2009 here! http://www.hampshirefare.co.uk/pages/food-programme.asp
We have also included a link to Susie Carter's fantastic recipe for smoked trout and watercress tart- Susie won the ITV Britain's Best DIsh competition in 2008 with this dish. We… Continue
Added by Francoise Murat on June 1, 2009 at 15:09 —