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Nov 29 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Products, | 3 comments

Grow bag with style

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Thank you so much, Chris, for this lovely new addition to my gardening arsenal, which you brought back for me from Munich. This very attractive grow bag is from EMSA – Germany and is versatile and stylish for indoor and outdoor use. It is waterproof too and with a big feel-good factor they have already taking continental Europe by storm. EMSA call these wonderful products – Soft Bags. Plants also need sufficient drainage to [...]

Nov 27 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Miscellaneous, | 12 comments

New Back garden area

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I am so amazed at how we, my hubby and I, have been able to get this new area as part of our garden again. It was the chicken run for so long and now we are going to take it back!! We erected a new wall and now in the sequence of photos you will see the taking down of the temporary (was up for at least 4 years) shade cloth. [...]

Nov 25 2012 by in Bugs & Pests, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 9 comments

Mole control

Mole Control

Tired of moles digging up your garden? Fed up with voles burrowing up your plants? Then you’ve probably tried all types of remedies that range from the moderately useful to totally useless – in the form of pellets, solar mole repellers, camphor blocks, garlic cloves … and still the moles return. I’ve given up with trying to control or get rid of them. Nothing I’ve tried has worked. Until … The best [...]

Nov 22 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, | 14 comments

Bugs galore

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Not only is my garden overgrowing, the good, the bad and the ugly have also arrived! The bugs are having a party in the veggie patch and the rose bushes, but the army of ladybugs have taken control. I have left the aphids alone in the Artemesia – Powis Castle. I think it acts as a trap for them as they seem to do no harm to the bush. Within a week [...]

Nov 20 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, | 7 comments

New back garden wall

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It has taken us so long to get this wall up. Every time we made a decision to build it we hit a snag; the weather was wrong, the design and construction issues, time factor, did we feel like tackling it and so on. So for two years it was off and on. Then this year it happened!! We did it! The back wall/fencing has been built. Zincalume corrugated sheeting, 2.7metres high [...]

Nov 16 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 11 comments

End-Spring in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

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It is not easy to say that our Spring in coming to an end. It has been a favourite time with tons of flowers and colours. It is the season we all know well for “Spring Cleaning” and we both know what that feels like. Busy keeping the growth under control and watching for the next surprise! Here’s what’s blooming in Christine’s garden in November 2012 It’s not been as “florific” a Spring as [...]

Nov 11 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 10 comments

Just call me Daisy

And I have them in pink!

A few months ago I saw a little four pack of seedlings marked simply “Daisy” at a local nursery. They were really small, as seedlings go, but I liked them and brought them home. Not really knowing what they are (try googling ‘daisy’, you’ll get hundreds of results, none of which helped identify the seedlings I’d bought), I planted the four “daisies” in different spots, shade, semi shade and full sun. The [...]

Nov 08 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Perenniels, | 9 comments

Bugs alive

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I guess with the sunshine and the great goodies the garden has to offer, it is not surprizing that I will be seeing more and more critters taking advantage of the flowers! But, I have seen less bugs, so far, than last year. The ladybird beetle is back and she loves the celery and coriander bushes. Aphids are still my archrivals. They are in the roses, lemon tree, brassicas and now I [...]

Nov 06 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bloggers Harvest Day, Gardening, | 11 comments

Garden Bloggers Harvest Day in November

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Sorry to have missed posting yesterday, but I got carried away in my garden … Warm and sunny days are becoming the norm on our eleventh Garden Bloggers Harvest Day in Spring in the Southern Hemisphere.  Two Gardens are going to make it a habit of spending time in the garden! With last month’s rain and the sun’s happy rays washing over the plants, all our plants are stretching heavenward. Let’s see what can be [...]

Nov 04 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Reviews, | 7 comments

My Visit to Seebauer Garden Centre in Munich, Germany

This was my favourite display - 'Heide'

I’ve just returned from a two-week trip to Munich in Germany which included a two-day stop in Paris on the way home. Of all the fabulous things we did and saw over the two weeks, for me, a visit to Seebauer Garten Center was one of the highlights. Even if you are not a plant-nerd, this Nursery is impressive, not just for the sheer size and scale of the offerings but for [...]