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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).

GTech Cordless Strimmer – Product Review

The lovely people at Gtech recently sent us a cordless strimmer to review, and typically, it’s rained ever since. Thankfully we had a break this past weekend so finally got to road-test it, let’s just say it had it’s work cut out – here’s how S got on with it.

Assembling the strimmer out of the box was very easy – there were only a couple of pieces which clicked together easily, and which didn’t even require instructions.  My first impression was how light it was.  The battery had been charging before this point and even after pushing that into place at the head of the handle it made no difference to the weight and feel of it.  The cutting blades were also amazingly easy to fit – no cartridges needing plastic wire threaded through here – instead, just a small plastic blade which you pop into the head.

 

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Yes, that’s really how bad it got!

 

So, with that, I was very keen to try it out.  I was wanting to level out a small patch of lawn, which had got very long and thick (20+ centimetres in bits).  Starting it up was easy, with the safety switches not requiring you to change your grip on the handle at all.  It performed very well, there was plenty of power and, because it is so light, was very easy to precisely cut through to the right length.

 

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S in full strimming action

 

While using it the blade pinged off a couple of times (and had to search for it in the long grass), but that was due to getting too close to a rock on the border.  However, there is no worry at all about the blade getting broken and jammed in the rotating head – it just can’t happen.  I got through a couple of blades, although did not do too much experimenting with how much life you can get from one use.  The plastic did not have a particular cutting edge as such – and could be inserted either side up – but did get a little rough and flattened round the edges, possibly from hitting the stones and rocks. But, again, it was easy to pop another one in and so much better than some which use plastic wire.

The plastic did not have a particular cutting edge as such – and could be inserted either side up – but did get a little rough and flattened round the edges, possibly from hitting the stones and rocks. But, again, it was easy to pop another one in and so much better than some which use plastic wire.

 

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That looks better!!!!

 

I used it for about 45 minutes in total until the battery was used up, but that was plenty of time to do several passes over the surface, cutting down to the right level, and through some pretty thick and long grass.  I didn’t try out the option to rotate the head for edging.  That wasn’t quite so straightforward to push the sides in to allow the rotation.

In conclusion, I’ll be using this each time, since it is so light, easy to use and handle and makes doing the chore much more appealing!

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 To find out more about GTech’s range of cordless garden equipment you can check out their website here