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Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

Just a light hearted thread, what have you been told over the years that stuck in your mind or made you smile?

My Dad told the story about a vicar leaning over the garden fence and saying what a wonderful job God & man did in a garden. The old chap replied Tha should have seen it when God looked after it his sen ! ( self for non Yorks folk.) Always makes me smile.


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,367

    "A garden is never so good as it will be next year."

    When I look at my garden I always imagine what it will be like (hopefully!) so even when there's just earth in winter I'm always looking forward.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 13,019

    Spend as much money on the hole as on the plant.

    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.
  • daffygardenerdaffygardener Posts: 109

    The smaller the plant the smaller the shock.  A pearl of wisdom from a smallholder about his plant transplanting ethos - not lighthearded, but he made me smile image

  • bluejanbluejan Posts: 80

    Ne'er cast a cloot till May be oot. I go by that saying for tender plants

  • Val40Val40 Posts: 1,377

    God made rain so gardeners could get housework done.

    Found it, not mine!!

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 13,019

    "Plants cant read". This refers to not necessarily following the advice given on the labels on plants in GCs. Something that says full sun in well drained soil may grow well in semi-shade in a bog. If you grow  your own from seed it is often worth taking a chance. You may get brilliant results. The lupins that flower best in my garden are those in a boggy bed.

    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.
  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    We had a large garden that fed us the animals and extended family.
    Dad a keen gardener would say as he planted or cast seed in regimental rows rotated year by year, "A row for the beasties, a row for the animals and a row for us with a spare", we never went hungry.


  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    "When you hear the cuckoo shout,

    tis time to plant your tatties out"

    Not sure where this originated ,but have known it for years.

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