My new favourite bit of gardening kit

I’ve been keep seeing offers on the voucher sites like Groupon and Wowcher for these lightweight, non-kinking hosepipes and I’ve been pondering on getting one for ages now. I HATE trying to lug around our big old heavy thing, that keeps getting tangled up, not to mention knocking things over and battering them about.

We usually have so much rainfall that it’s never been a priority, however, the past couple of months have been exceptionally dry here in Scotland and we’ve been putting in a lot of new plants (if you read my previous post, you’ll know exactly how many!) so watering them ourselves to help them get established has become critical. We saw a stand selling them at Gardening Scotland last weekend and decided to just go for it – £20 for a 75ft one seemed like a decent price and probably comparable with the voucher sites once you’ve added on P&P.

Yesterday, after the forecasted rain still failed to materialise, I got around to trying it out – OMG – what a brilliant piece of kit – I LOVE it! It really is ridiculously lightweight, even when it’s full it’s easy to move around. There are a number of spray settings for the head and you can also lock it open or have it working via trigger action only. It leaks a wee bit at the tap but I’m pretty sure all our hosepipes have done that.

If you haven’t already got one of these I highly recommend them – I would never go back to the big old heavy one now. It’s also pretty cool when it shrinks back up after letting the water out once you’ve finished using it. Now I’m very happy to run it from our tap in the back garden through the house and out into the front garden – it’s just no hassle at all.

NB – I am in no way affiliated with the manufacturers of these products or their PR, just one very happy customer  feeling the need to shout about something I wish I’d done much sooner!

A Planting Extravaganza

I’ve just realised that we’ve spent the past few weekends revelling in the extended period of dry, warm and, (mostly) sunny weather and I haven’t recorded any of our labours. Rather than trying to remember everything we’ve done I’m going to cheat by going through all the cards and seed packets to see what we’ve sown/planted so far this year – it’s quite an impressive list!

Hopefully, we’ve now sorted out a few problem/bare areas that were needing some attention – time will tell…

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  • Allium Mount Everest (x 3 bulbs bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Allium Purple Sensation (x 9 bulbs bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Aquilegia Blue Barlow (bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Aquilegia White Star  (bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Arenaria Balearica (x 2 for our ‘half moon’ in the back garden)
  • Astilbe Chocolate Shogun (bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Astrantia Carniolica Rubra (front garden)
  • Astrantia Major (front garden)
  • Aubergine (x 2 back garden – not sure they’ll ‘work’)
  • Aubretia Rich Rose (front garden)
  • Bay Laurus Nobilis (back garden)
  • Borage (front garden)
  • Broccoli Romanesco (back garden)
  • Bunny’s Tail Grass (x 3 bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Calendula Snow Princess (front garden)
  • Cauliflower (back garden)
  • Calla Lily Odessa (x 2 bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Calla Lily Picasso (x 2 bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Calla Lily (unknown variety cream with a purple top x2 bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Chard Rainbow – Bright Lights (back garden)
  • Chilli Pepper Scotch Bonnet (conservatory)
  • Clematis Ruriokoshi (for our new arch trellis over the front gate)
  • Climbing French Bean (back garden)
  • Cosmos Brightness Mixed (front garden)
  • Cucumber Crystal Apple (conservatory, may try outside if weather stays warm)
  • Dahlia Happy Days Bicolour Red (x 2 front garden)
  • Dahlia Happy Days Cream (x 2 front garden)
  • Dahlia Happy Days Purple (a rogue ‘accidental’ purchase front garden)
  • Dahlia Happy Days Yellow (x 2 front garden)
  • Geranium Rozanne (under beech hedge in back garden)
  • Geranium Wargrave Pink (under beech hedge in back garden)
  • Geum Lady Stratheden (front garden)
  • Hyssop tricolour Mixed (front garden)
  • Ivy (x 4 in ‘wells’ on front of house, x 4 in conservatory)
  • Lady’s Mantle Alchemilla Mollis (x 2 under beech hedge in back garden)
  • Leptinella Platt’s Black (x 2 for our ‘half moon’ in the back garden)
  • Lettuce Freckles (back garden)
  • Lettuce Little Gem (back garden)
  • Lettuce Lollo Blondi (back garden)
  • Lettuce Lollo Rosso (back garden)
  • Lettuce Red Salad Bowl (back garden)
  • Lysimachia Golden Yellow (x 3 hanging baskets in back garden)
  • Lysimachia Midnight Sun (x 3 hanging baskets in back garden)
  • Marigold French (front garden)
  • Mexican Sunflowers – Tithonia (front garden)
  • Mizuna Green – Kyoto (back garden)
  • Mountain Fire Pieris Japonica (bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Nasturtium (front and back garden)
  • Ornamental Thistle Cirsium Rivulare Atropurpureum (x2 bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Patty Pan Squash (x 2 back garden- not sure they’ll ‘work’)
  • Petunia Blue Vein (x 3 hanging baskets in back garden)
  • Petunia Happy Magic Charcoal (x 3 hanging baskets in back garden)
  • Poached Egg Plant Limnanthes Douglasii (front garden)
  • Pratia Pedunculata (x 2 under beech hedge in back garden)
  • Polyanthus Mixed Large Flowered (front garden)
  • Rock Cress Arabis Alpina Snowcap (x 2 under beech hedge in back garden)
  • Rocket (back garden)
  • Rock Rose (x 2 for our ‘half moon’ in the back garden)
  • Russian Vine (on obelisk in back garden)
  • Sage – Growers Friend (back garden)
  • Scabious Caucasia Perfecta (x 2 bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Spinach Perpetual (back garden)
  • Sweet Peas (on obelisk back garden)
  • Sweet Pepper – Sweet Banana (x 3 conservatory)
  • Thyme Russetings (x 2 for our ‘half moon’ in the back garden)
  • Tomato Cherry Drop (conservatory)
  • Tomato Gold Krone (conservatory)
  • Tomato Moneymaker (conservatory)
  • Virginia Creeper (x 2 for our new arch trellis over the front gate)
  • Wallflower Mixed (front garden)

Wow, even I hadn’t realised quite how much this was until I started writing it down – it doesn’t even cover the new succulents and indoor plants we’ve bought either.

Fingers crossed, we’ve chosen the right plants for the right places this time (RIP Beth Chatto 1923-2018).