Friday, May 23

Replacing the missing watering can.

Do you remember that I mentioned that a watering can had gone missing from our plot greenhouse? As we had started to need to water regularly on the plot and carrying two watering cans is more productive and balanced that one, we decided to pay a visit to a local garden centre to buy a replacement.

Whilst we were there we decided to have lunch in their café after which we had to look around the plant area. It's compulsory isn't it when at a garden centre? Actually I did need (yes really need) some more plants for the pebble garden. There was still the lower 'shelf' to plant up.

The small 'alpine' type plants were priced as an offer if you bought six and so we chose six small plants. Then I remembered that I needed to replace the laminum that died off from the base of the birdbath in the blue and white border. I decided a spreading campanula would work. I decided I'd buy one of the larger plants for this area but when I found the campanula it was sitting close to an ajuga which would also fit the bill. I couldn't decide on which one so bought both. Then I noticed that these plants were on offer if you bought three so - you've guessed it haven't you?

Nine plants in our baskets we headed into the shop for some other bits and pieces and then quickly escaped.

We bought Achillea Tormentosa, Ajuga Rainbow, Arabis  Blepharophylla Rose Delight, Campanula Garganica, Erodium Bishops Form, Geranium Vision Violet, Mimulus Highland Red, Pulsatilla Vulgans White and Saponaria Ocymoides 
The six small ones have been added to the pebble garden 'shelf'.
As these won't really get sunlight for the whole day and also if the pond fills with too much water some does trickle down and wet this area. I am hoping they will survive and grow well. The mimulus is in the bit that will potentially suffer most from pond trickle.
Can you see the brown dry plant third from the left on the upper area. Birds have now decided to pull this out for nest building so the tiny spark of life has been snuffed out. I think I'll need something to replace it. I also wonder whether I 'need' another plant for the far right of the shelf? Oh and don't you have to buy six plants as they are on offer?
The upper area of the pebble garden is filling well.
Guess what we forgot to buy during our visit? That's right - we came away without a watering can, however, Jan a plot neighbour found our missing can three plots away, seemingly just thrown on another plot but missing the rose. It must have gone exploring - isn't it strange how inanimate objects can do that?

Update: The watering can, Jan found wasn't ours - the plot owner hadn't put it away and so it has been returned and ours is still on the run.

24 comments:

  1. The pebble garden is looking really good!
    Garden centres will sell you a watering can rose separately, won't they? At least it's worth a visit to check..

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    1. I don't know, Jessica but different cans need different size of rose s we would need to take the can with us to have a fitting. As it is both the ones on the plot are the same so we can carry both cans filled with water and them share the rose for both. I guess the rose could still turn up. A long shot though.

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  2. It looks good & there is always the need for extra plants, any ideas how your watering can went missing, a two legged rat perhaps!

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    1. I am guessing a two legged rat, Jo. I don;t like the idea of someone messing about in our greenhouse though. The problem is we have some people who won;t lock gates on the one hand and the council don't maintain fencing on the other.

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  3. looking good in the garden. I'm not allowed by my hubby to buy anything I can't carry, baskets not allowed.

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    1. Martyn is as bad as me, Phyllis. I say which plant shall I have and he says why not have both? By the way have you a blog?

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  4. The word "incorrigible" springs to mind...

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  5. Well Judi buys her Art equipment on a regular basis, so no problem when we go to the garden centre, sadly thats not the case in the camera shop

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    1. We all have our weaknesses, David.

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  6. Some lovely plants, and a really pretty spot around the pond. I'm glad your watering can turned up. A shame about the rose though. It might be worth a good hunt around for it, it probably hasn't gone far. I hope you have a good weekend Sue.

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    1. I'm going to ask the person on the plot were it was found to keep an eye open for it, CJ

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  7. The new additions seem perfect for the pebble garden 'shelf'.

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    1. I just hope they like oit there Alain.

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  8. You can't go to a garden centre without coming away with things you didn't go for, it's law. You got a lovely selection of plants there, and a good deal too. The pebble garden's looking great. Nice to see your little roof top garden filling out too.

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    1. And I'd just hate to break the law, Jo. I have a post coming up on the living lid.

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  9. Beautiful garden! I like the lay out.

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  10. Thank you, Endah. Glad you like it.

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  11. Ooooh I love the gravel garden.
    I have an Ajuga too and I have to say that this year I am loving it, those blooms really are an electric blue and I think I'm going to be planting it all over - that's the good thing about Ajuga, yank it out, stuff it in and it grows happily.

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    1. I thought laminum would grow like that, Linda but after putting on lots of spreading growth it died off

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  12. Ha! I loved the fact you forgot to buy a watering can! I often do that kind of thing.
    I love your purchases adn the pebble gardens are lovely.xxx

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    1. It's a good excuse to go back. Snowbird.

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  13. I really like your pebble garden Sue. I wonder what adventures your watering can could tell you about. I lost the rose on one of my watering cans, and found a replacement of the same make, but it doesn't really fit properly, so it keeps falling off and then I flood thinks I am supposed to be lightly sprinkling! I am currently refusing to buy a new one though, it seems stupidly wasteful.

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    1. It turned out that the one found wasn't ours, Janet so it's still on the wanted list.

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