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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,002

    What a wonderful story Berghill and written so beautifully. It sounds a bit severe for travel sickness though, sure it wasn't gastro-enteritis? Anyway, what a result, very enterprising.

    Franco, whenever I look at a bare bed in winter I don't see it like that - I see it how it will be when all the flowers are coming out.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Caz WCaz W Posts: 1,353

    I have read all your lovely stories and wish I had a good one to tell but, like Nutcutlet, it just sneaked up on me once we bought our own house and since then I haven't stopped.  The main thing that drives me on is to see how much wildlife I can provide for and encourage.  I don't try too hard to "tame nature" - just try to grow whatever is happiest there and "go with the flow". 

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,043

    Definitely travel sickness. I still get it exactly the same now when I am not the driver.

    Fascinating how many folks were led into gardening by their parent/s. My Father did not like gardening at all and my Mother was always far too busy to do it.

    I will confess, that I actually do not like 'gardening' I like messing with plants, propagating, potting up, growing on and even once upon a time showing them. But the nitty-gritty of weeding, pruning,  grass cutting and so on, leaves me cold. I do it becuase I like the place to look nice for my wife, but if I could afford a gardener.....................

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,989

    I share your thoughts on gardening Berghill, it's growing plants that I enjoy. Don't mind a bit of pruning. Hate the clearing up afterwards though. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • I got my 1st garden when i moved in with my boyfriend we have now been married 25 years. As my health as got worse and was unable to work i looked to the garden. I cant put into words how much enjoyment i get from it. On a morbid note all my cats are buried in the gaden and i always have a chat when im out there.Last year i got a greenhouse and on sunny days during the winter i take a chair and a cup of tea and sit in the sun. I get to this time of year and im itching to get out there again. Vring on the spring i say.

  • Back in 1967, I was only a Bearn! at the time we lived in a typical  Bradfordeon council house! Parents had split!

    3 young lad's, Mouths to feed, Money short! n a single Mum!

    Back then council house gardens were huge! n probably still are! n remember my old dear setting up a veg patch!  n it served us for years! 

    We Grew to eat! or she did!  n i'll alway's remember the advise given! 

    Time moved on! n n she got a garden where it needn't serve a purpose, but display! n what an absolute dream she made of it! 

    Then she fell ill in 2008! I really tried! n didn't do a bad job to be fair!  n proper got bit by the bug!  now an allotmenteer! n love it!!!!  Happy New year all!!! 




  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802


    I think I was still at school and weekends were precious-one Saturday morning-I was told I had to dig a trench for runner beans-might have been around 14 or so-so rather reluctantly did what I was told-then I was told to put the bean sticks upimage

    A few weeks later I was amazed than one seed produced all that growth and a bean to eat- and some seedimage

    That was it -this was magic-had my own little patch-nurtured a potato by feeding it near bio-baby ever day as I thought it would make it grow better-twitimage

    Married-then we got our first place-small flat -it had a tiny patch-used to sit in the bath and watch Percy Thrower on a Friday evening on GW-so nurtured my tiny patch-doing stupid things like feeding tomato plants in the rain-because it said you must feed them once a weekimage

    Then ended up here have an even bigger garden,greenhouse etc- and still grow runner beansimage

    So I blame my Mother -gawd bless her-for this obsessionimage


  • My mum was a very keen gardener and my childhood memories were of our backgarden filled with dahlias, roses, and lots of bedding plants in the summer.  My dad always loved the lawn to look prestine and we had a beautiful large pond filled with koi carp.  Our front garden was very long it it was planted with white alison, red salvias and blue lobelia.  I also remember we had burning bushes which I think were also annuals.   I did not really get into gardening until I had my own garden when I got married in 1986 and it was just a very small patch.  Sadly my mum passed away when she was in her early 40's but so many plants remind me of her.  We had moved to a new family home and she had planted a flowering cherry tree but sadly she never lived long enough to see it flower.  Therefore I always plant a flowering cherry in my gardens as a memory to my mum and obviously its a very dear tree to me.  I love every aspect of gardening.  I too remember my mum watching GW Percy Thrower but I have to admit in those days I found it all so boring.  It is not until you get your own little bit of garden and you want to turn it into something beautiful and you realise what all the fuss was about.  It saddens me when I think of all the happy gardening times I could have had with my mum.  My sister and I visited Chelsea Flower Show last year and both said how lovely it would have been to have taken our mum with us.  So looking forward to 2013 and the new gardening year, cannot wait for spring to arrive.

  • I was brought to gardening by my Parents when I was 9 and I enjoyed the idea of growing and here almost 5 years later I'm sharing my experiences all of these posts above are a great read!


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,002

    Hello again Huw. I looked at some of the videos on your other thread. The pond was good. I wish more of us had replied, but you posted it on New Year's eve and it's early days yet. I can see you in the future presenting a programme like Gardener's World. Happy New Year.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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