I thought the best medicine for a bad back was walking round the garden centre collecting plants to brighten up the garden and then sitting planting. How wrong can you be, but more about that later!
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photographs copyright 2007
We have some lovely garden centres nearby but Newbank, Bury is my favourite. They sell everything you could possibly want for your garden and more, and they have a large fancy goods department which I can't spend too long in because I spend too much money!
They have a huge variety of plants, trees, shrubs, garden ornaments, furniture etc., etc. It's an enormous place but the staff are really helpful
I went a bit beserk and spent £67.00 (ouch) but we did quite a lot with what we got.
Whilst MWM planted the alyssum, lupins, foxgloves and antirhynums which he says attract butterflies and bees, I sat at the table in the sunshine and planted up the various pots.
I can't remember the name of these lovely daisy type flowers but apparently they flower right through from March to September, and they look lovely sitting outside the kitchen door.
We got some herbs as well - flat leaf parsey, curly parsley, sage, mint, thyme, rosemary - I love fresh rosemary stuck in my leg of lamb when it's cooking.
I planted this strawberry pot up with busy lizzies and petunias - it sits in the arbour. MWM put some Lavender in the troughs in the arbour, nestling amongs the ivy.
We also got a lovely Clematis Pixie for this tub outside the kitchen door, hopefully it will climb up the trellis next to the lion's head water feature we have there. I'll take some picture of that when MWM has cleaned it out!
I also tidied up all the patio containers, raked of and moss and and inch of topsoil, put some slow release food pellet and new compost and put a layer of gravel on the top - apparently this stops moss from growing and stops the plants drying out. You learn something new every day!
Now MWM just has to mow the grass and it will be all ship shape and Bristol fashion. Hopefully he will find time this weekend to do it.
Saturday 14th April
Knee is doing great. After sitting for over 2 hours planting, my back decided it
was knackered had had enough and went into spasm mode! I could hardly move. Anyway this morning it seems to have recovered a bit, still a bit iffy but if I'm careful I think it will be ok. No more gardening for me this weekend!