Ruby and Tango

Ruby and Tango
Me 'n' Ruby and of course Tango

Saturday, 28 May 2011

The Garden Centre

A few blogs back I mentioned that I lost a few shrubs to the hard frost we’d had, I was most saddened at the loss of a Firethorn that was maturing nicely.   However I decided to-day to go to the Garden centre to get a replacement.

I pondered on whether to choose a Viburnum, Escallonia, Holly, Laurel or what, I wanted something that would grow quickly, so Holly was out, that had flowers at some time, Laurel, out, I wanted a shrub that would be quite bushy to hopefully encourage birds to nest, as a blackbird had been eyeing up the Firethorn, they take a long time to mature so it was out too, I eventually settled on the Escallonia, in fact two, both different species,  as I have several Viburnum, they are good workhorses in the garden though.

Now I just need some reasonably mild weather to venture into the garden, the past few days have been very windy and chilly.

They also have a good line in cut price books and I spent a pleasant half hour having a browse, I got a recipe book ‘How to get the best from your Slow Cooker’ and ‘ 400 Budget recipes’, it’s a real cornucopia of goodies. I also got a nice little poetry book, a mixture of classic poets and some modern ones, a bit more light hearted than the ones I already have, though I love my them and enjoy an evening reading. I also bought a ‘Puzzle book for Gardeners’ just the Christmas present for a girl friend who is an avid crossword puzzle and garden enthusiast, She organises our quiz nights, most enjoyable they are, with some super varied questions.

Oh well that’s about it for to-day, I thoroughly enjoyed it, I’d intended buying soap powder to do some washing but ran out of money. books and plants are more important though, wouldn’t you agree?


  1. Wishing you great luck with the new shrubs. Oh, yes I totally agree books and plants are always more important than soap powder. Hugs

  2. Yes, ma'am, I do indeed! I'll be glad to send over some of our excess good weather. We're in for the first heat wave of the year in the coming week. The three H's (hot, hazy and humid) will most likely have me stuck indoors where the air conditioner will allow me to breathe. I hate my COPD but it's my own doing.

  3. I would have to agree with you about books and flowers being more important than laundry.

    The weather here hasn't been good the past few days, heat wave predicted for the next few days!

  4. Oh good luck Arlene with your new Shrubs my Firethorn has finished blooming and is looking rather sad now. Did you say that you used to breed Budgie's , mine passed away on Friday I had him for 3 years , they said he was 18months old when I bought him. Any imfo would be appreciated . Hope you and the gals are ok and enjoying a lovely Sunday. The weather isn't too good here a bit like yours. Hugs Sheila and Wile-e xxx


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