Primrose Loves Pinterest!

PrimroseUK's Pinterest Garden Wildlife board

We’ve gone mad for Pinterest – it’s such a fabulous way to organize your ideas, plan your projects, or just look at loads of neat and pretty things. Our favourite things to pin are great animal & flower photos, gardening tips, and inspiring gardens. We’ve got boards for inspirational gardens, indoor gardens, garden wildlife, top tips and more!

PrimroseUK's Pinterest Garden Wildlife board

If you’re on Pinterest, check us out! And if you’re not on it yet, just leave us a comment with your email address and we’d be happy to send you an invite. What’s Pinterest, you ask? Pinterest describes itself as a virtual pinboard – instead of tearing pictures out of magazines, you can ‘pin’ photos from any website, or ‘re-pin’ images from others. It’s great for inspiration and there’s already loads of gardeners participating! Give it a go, but be careful… it can be addictive!

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Hiring help in the garden episode 3

Well….This is getting exciting. The keen garden labourer returned.  There was still debris in the ground.  I had dug over the entire plot 30 years ago…twice and got out 2 skips of rubble.  The section at the end only got one dig over, in a hurry.  The grass that had been down there was always poor and the ground hard and lumpy. I knew it was going to be hard going in this bit of garden, hence the need for help. This chap now took to the task with a vengeance.  He constructed a giant seiving system out of an old fire guard, several spades, the legs of a dead table and a grass rake. That started to take care of the filtering out of the rubble, but he excavated a trench that was remenicent of a Time Team excavation and has discovered so far: one wheel barrow, one tin bath and a timber shaft of some kind. Tune in next week to find out what it was.   — Wendy

Cordyline in decline?

Cordyline tree

Having many yeas ago planted out my Cordyline house plant, it has rewarded me with this elegant tree.  Starlings and Fieldfare flock to the seed heads during the winter in a spectacular display.  Now however, the bark is peeling away from the trunk and new spikes are sprouting from the trunk. What will happen next? Any ideas?            —    Wendy

Hiring help in the garden…. second round

Whilst I was assessing what to do next, one of the people, who rang me last week in response to my advert at the job centre, called up to see if I wanted to try him out, I did. He came on Monday and turned out to be a great find.  Six foot two and as broad an ox, he wanted no tea or coffee, to start the day, but to get his hands on the spade and start digging, oh joy.  He laboured eagerly, still declining beverages, and began offering helpful suggestions which proved his gardening experience and knowledge.  The sun was shining and so was his forehead as he powered through the work.  He dug, sieved, cleared, swept and bagged the debris as he went, then loaded it into my car, so that it was an oddly satisfying  drive to the dump, as I was not filthy or exhausted by the work that had necessitated the trip. Back in the garden the work continued a pace, and still no beverages. I began to see that I could expand my original ideas for the space that needed revamping; I could be more ambitious because the work was not going to cost me my health.  I was just considering if I could adopt this chap, or marry him off to one of my daughters, when reality resurfaced and he had to leave early with a splitting headache.  I knew he should have had those beverages, it was dehydration I recon.

Wendy

How to Catch a Mouse

Closeup photo of a mouse

Want to know how to catch a mouse? We’ve made a fun video giving you some helpful tips.