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Some information about me


No photos yet, as I´m not sure how to do it, but as soon as I find out, I´ll put some on my site.
But firstly, I am not really a proper gardener, as I don´t know the names of many plants and haven´t a clue when or how to care for a lot of them! However I had a lot of fun when I created my garden in Spain and transformed barren land into a beautiful garden, over a period of 5 years. Quite a lot of my plants were cuttings from Janey who is the friend who recommended me to the site. I´m also the person who had the gorgeous stray dog that Janey rescued and who I named Toto. Toto is a lot of fun and loves sitting by me whilst I´m kneeling pulling up weeds.
I am married to Rob and have 2 children, a son who lives in the UK and a daughter who lives 3 hours away from me in Spain with our gorgeous grand-daughter, Jamila, who is 8 1/2 years old. Jamila has her own very small flower bed where she loves to grow things.She is also obsessed with stones and is always finding ones that look like crystals in the garden gravel, which she arranges very artistically around plant pots, in front of a garden Buddha or on the window cills.
We have over 2 acres of land which is mostly olive trees and carobs. Currently most of my time is spent gathering up the Carobs to take to the Co-operative, where I get paid a pittance, but the money is saved and used to purchase items for the garden. Fortunately my husband does all the hard working keeping the land clean and pruning the olive trees which leaves me free to concentrate on the garden area I have created around the house.

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Hi Jeanette, hope you enjoy being here on GOY.
im like you , dont know half the names of the plants . a lot of gardening is trial and error but i think if your having fun gardening then your doing it right.

16 Oct, 2008


Looking forward to the photos Jeanette. If you still have questions there are folk here who are very good at answering? Since you garden in Spain I guess you have dry hot summers. I will look forward to seeing which plants you have had success with in order to get ideas for my garden in Hungary! Welcome to GOY.

16 Oct, 2008


Welcome Jeanette many here like you whose passion overcomes a lack of knowledge .However if something grabs my attention then find I like to know more about it.

Thats the joy of this site something to suit most tastes from the knowledgeable to the daft .You ll get a range of replies and a few smiles along the way.Where does it hurt by the way?

16 Oct, 2008


Welcome to GoY. Enjoy. :o)
I've seen photos of your dog Toto. Really lovely.
I have two dogs and budgie.

Young Jamila sounds wonderful.
Eventually, when you're into the photos, maybe we'll see her garden Buddha and pretty stones.

Any friend of Janey's is a friend of ours!
I have placed the picture of her dog, Finn, on my GoY favourite photos page.
He's just gorgeous isn't he.

Looking forward to more of your news. :o)

16 Oct, 2008


Hi Jeanette,
Welcome to GoY.
I don't know what you mean by a 'proper gardener ' but if you enjoy it then I think you must be one.
All the best, Hywel.

16 Oct, 2008


I guess when we're doing garden jobs we don't like, that's 'improper' gardening ? :o)

16 Oct, 2008


Hey Jeanette,'ll love this site everyones so nice and friendly. I bet your garden looks great now, it did two years ago, looking forward to seeing your pics. Love to all XX

16 Oct, 2008


Welcome to this friendly gardening community.

16 Oct, 2008


hello jeanette, im like you i didnt know a daisy from a dandelion but ive found out loads on goy and you meet some of the nicest people. im no gardener i plant things that i like where i like and stand back and watch it grow :-)

16 Oct, 2008


What's a 'proper' gardener? If you get dirty and have soil under your nails, I reckon you ARE one! I'm glad you joined us!

16 Oct, 2008


Hi Jeanette, Welcome, this is a lovely blog, can't wait to see your garden in due course!

17 Oct, 2008


Hi Jeannette in Spain. Welcome here at GOY. There are some more members who live(d) in Spain and we see how dry the place in summer can be. It would have been a great challenge for you to transform the 2 acres into a beautiful garden and in doing so you have proven yourself and to us that you are a "proper" gardener. Who cares if you don't know the names and have to find out the hard way, you learn a lot in doing so and whatever you do is for yourself and for fun. All gardeners are satisfied people, because hard work always pays off, even if it is just weeding a patch. Much better than housework anyway, because that is ungrateful, especially when you have dogs. I have two dogs and they can go in and outside as they please. I live in a warm place with doors and windows always open, but contrary to your climate it is quite damp here in the rainforest.
Hope to see some pics of your work soon. You are already able to put a blog in, the pics work the same way. Just click on add photo's and follow the instructions. Browse means the little program goes into your computer's picture files and you just choose one of them and then upload or add picture or ok, or whatever the dialogue says. Good luck, I am sure you can do it.
Nice reading you have some family around you. That makes life so much easier in a different country.

17 Oct, 2008


Hi Jeannette welcome to GOY i love gardening, but have to admit there are names of plants i cannot remember.

17 Oct, 2008


Hi Jeannette , welcome to GOY ! if you enjoy your garden thats good enough for us , if you are a friend of Janeys then you are a friend of ours , I wouldn,t mind betting that she taught you a thing or two in the garden .
We look forward to seeing your photo,s .

17 Oct, 2008


We used to share plants Amy especially those agaves that grew like weeds there but cost the earth here! I remember once coming home with a box full stuffed inside toilet roll inners so the spikes wouldn't get us!!

18 Oct, 2008


You sound like an expat I met on holiday (except it was in Cyprus) who told us he was not a proper gardener either. His little plot of land on his terrace was filled with flowers where most other people had barren-looking tiles - it was lovely. Everyone learns by trial and error and if you're having a good time doing it, chances are that you're learning more than you think you are.

20 Oct, 2008


Hi Jeannette, welcome to GOY, you are certainly in the right place for insparation and ideas, and the advice is always good. and as some of the others have said it is mainly about the love of it not the knowledge. knowledge can be obtained a long the way. just enjoy thats the main thing!

21 Oct, 2008

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