How often should I post on my blog? Thoughts, facts, and some common sense. Some of us set up blogs for fun, some for the challenge, some because we have something we want to share with the world, some in the hope of making money. (This post is part of Changing Lemons’ ‘be nice’ ethos). … Continue reading How often should I post on my blog?
Willow catkins keep fallin' on my head But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turnin' red Cryin's not for me… Actually, while I (thankfully) have never suffered from hay fever otherwise, there is something about willow catkins that does trigger mild symptoms if I sweep them up. I suspect it’s simply the sheer … Continue reading Cascades of willow catkins
The seed blizzards have well and truly begun! The annual dandelion seed blizzard started here about ten days ago. It’s the second of the quartet of natural nuisances here each spring. I love this time of year. The days are getting longer, the bluebells are flowering, so are azaleas – and all sorts of fruit … Continue reading Annual seed blizzards
Ash seedlings are a menace. Admittedly, not in the same league as Japanese knotweed, or giant hogweed. And the trees are native (to the UK), and in the right place, perfectly pleasant. But every spring, they are the first of a trio of nuisances for gardeners. The second being the annual dandelion blizzard, and the … Continue reading Ash seedlings, an annual nightmare!
If you are looking for a shrub that is showy, evergreen, thrives in acid soil, needs very little attention, and gives you double 'wow' for your money, try pieris. I say 'a shrub,' but in fact there are a wealth of pieris to choose from, from compact varieties to some which are really trees rather … Continue reading In praise of pieris
Tulips – and all plants grown from bulbs – are perhaps the best example of Nature at work. And they are also like a children’s surprise treat. It’s amazing watching deciduous plants show buds, then blossom and/or leaves. But they been there for all to see all winter. With bulbs, there is something magical about … Continue reading Magical tulips
We’ve all been there. Planted out bedding plants or veg seedlings, only to find what we’ve done is put out slug food.... Having this week planted out my broad beans from the greenhouse, here is part 2 of my experiences trying out all the supposed ways to tackle the pesky pests that like to munch … Continue reading Slugs – more ways to deter them
Thanks to the most-boring holiday in the world ever inflicted on a nine-year-old, I have since then had zero appreciation of canals. Chugging along all day, at 5mph, unable to get off the boat, I spent the whole week with my nose in books. The only interest came when we went through locks. Meeting a … Continue reading A belated appreciation of canals
Looking for a new job can be a daunting and dispiriting experience. Understanding how the system works is a case of 'forewarned, forearmed'. Even if the armour is purely defensive. It's a crowded market Job agencies try to entice applicants with jolly adverts about not judging by appearance, and how there are loads of employers … Continue reading Truth about job agencies
In a world of extremes, here's to the middle-of-the-road, the average, the tolerant, and the nice. It’s Good Friday and people who gave up something for Lent will be looking forward to indulging in it again in a couple of days! I’ve only ever done it once before this year. A friend decided to give … Continue reading Let’s celebrate moderation