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Jan 09 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Products, | 1 comment

My Gardenias and insect repellent

Gardenia

I thought I was finished for today, but then I had some more I wanted to say … remember that discussion we had about the insect repellents and how toxic they smelt (and felt)? Today I had to do some major spraying because I found aphids on quite a few of my Gardenias – also on the Camellias in the garden. So I got hold of Ludwig’s Insect Spray to try. It [...]

Jan 09 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening | 1 comment

My “back garden” make-over

Back Garden January 2011

I’ve been going through hundreds of old photographs to find before pics to show you of how the back area of my garden looked when we first bought this house. It really was not attractive – it was already overgrown and was dominated by ivy, ferns and the trees! The only thing I regret is that the “gardener” I got to mow the lawn and “tidy up” the garden destroyed a huge, [...]

Jan 08 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Trees, | 1 comment

The Willow Tree – then and now

Willow Tree after - January 2011

I have a huge Willow tree in my garden – as you open the front entrance to the property it is in fact the first thing you see. I have no idea how old it is – I’m assuming it’s pretty old because it is really large. I love willow trees – I think they are quite gorgeous, but this one does throw a lot of shade onto the front garden. I [...]

Jan 07 2011 by in Barbie's garden | 1 comment

Barbie’s Garden

The first pic of the house when we bought it

When we decided to move to the country in 2005, it was quite an adventure. From a flat in a real urban environment where your next-door neighbour was within arms reach, to a house with a garden, surrounded by wheat fields and your neighbours are cows, sheep and horses. You can’t believe what a change that was. From traffic noises at night to complete stillness! We could not sleep those first few [...]

Jan 06 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening,

Christine’s Garden – as it was

Baby Dexter, December 2007

Where do I start … well, when I bought my house 3 years ago, the existing garden was nice enough – except that it was basically full of overgrown trees that blocked out all the sun and all that would grow (and grow they did!!) was Ivy and ferns and some nasty ground cover. You couldn’t see anything for Ivy, it was everywhere … in fact it was trying to get into [...]

Jan 06 2011 by in Gardening, Miscellaneous

Setting up a gardening blog

Lavender

Setting up a new blog is indeed quite a challenge for me. First you have to decide what you want to do with your blog, then there is the choice of blogging software, then you need a theme (design) and then you need to set it all up and add some blog posts to get it going. For this blog I chose to use wordpress (only because I know it faily well, [...]

Jan 06 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening

The Gardening Blog begins

Sunflowers

A life-time of friendship is indeed very, very special. Anyone who has one will agree – there is nothing quite like having a very best friend that really knows you through and through, has been witness to all your life’s successes and failures, been with you through the ups and downs and remains … your best friend! I consider myself very fortunate to have such a friend in Barbie. We’ve been friends [...]