Archive for 13/08/2014

WP_20140812_002I mentioned the sunflowers in my last update from Old School Garden. I sowed a few different varieties and the big ones are now coming into their own, though the remnants of Hurricane Bertha have done their best to topple them in the last couple of days. In case of disaster I thought I’d better capture them right now, especially so that I can enter the title race(s) for the tallest, largest flower head and thickest stem….

OK, I got it wrong yesterday when I boasted on Twitter that I had a sunflower 20 feet tall! Still the actual measurement is still pretty impressive, if a bit short of that figure; 14 feet to be precise. That and a couple, of others have stems 2″ in diameter, and the largest flower heads are 10 “- 12” diameter.

Here are the pictures as promised….how big are yours?

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happy-manWhilst on holiday in Suffolk recently, I ventured into one of several Charity Shops to look at the books, especially those on gardening. I came across a little paperback which takes a ‘sideways look’ at gardening and bought it (for the princely sum of £1) in order to share some of the best little offerings with you. For a 1990’s book it sounds a little quaint, I think, especially in relation to gender stereotyping in the garden (and elsewhere)! Tell me what you think…

“1. Never plant anything in the garden that can subsequently be held against you.

2. Birds can be fooled once… the family pet, never.

3. A man who helps with the weeding is up to something.

4. Men who have difficulty making a start in the garden have no trouble at all with the motorbike or car.

5. No matter who plants it, you’ll end up peeling it.

6.’Popping down the road to borrow Fred’s tools’  translated means, ‘Popping down the pub, and should I by chance see Fred I’ll ask if I can borrow his tools.’


Fred is always in the pub.”

From : ‘Mrs. Murphy’s Laws of Gardening’ – Faith Hines (Temple House books, 1992)

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