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The gravel gardens continue to be happy and healthy

… geraniums, aucubas, heucheras, ferns, skimmias …


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Shrubs have been doing their own thing …

… pretty flowers on the Pileostegia viburnoides …

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and festive firethorn berries, vivid amid the conifers …

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with welcome late blossom on armandii and syringa …

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But Crocus budgie knows about my sore shoulder …

… he decided I shouldn’t tackle lawn mowing alone …

… so he sent out some Tweets … requests for help …

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Early next morning, a robin picked up the Tweet …

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and, as the sun rose, the dove cooed and twittered …

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… these Tweets were taken up by the Great Tits …

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… then relayed on to the little finches …

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… and to bigger, fatter feathered friends …

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The Tweets even travelled down below the climbers …

… to creatures camouflaged by autumn leaves …

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The first lawn helper to arrive was Conker …

… armed with his garden tool basket …

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Then Truffle …

… he was eager … couldn’t wait to get started …

… but his mower was out of control …

… Truffle, look out !!!

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… some of the spectators couldn’t bear to watch …


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be careful, Truffle .. you’re heading for the heucheras !

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Conker took over with his John Deere mower …

… much more manoeuvrable around curved borders …

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The robin stayed above, to supervise the tidying up …

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Truffle brought along his bucket-with-a-hole …

… useful as always …

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… a quick tour with the rake to clear the clippings …

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… and the lawn brooms completed the task …

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… Tweet, tweet … Great job ! … Well done !

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… evening … and time for a well-deserved rest …

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… bed time for everyone …

… except for Quality Control on night patrol …

… making a final inspection …

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Those are amazing photos. I can't believe you can get Conker and Truffle to pose for their photo-shoots so well.

With my dog, Puccini -- it would be impossible! :>)

9 Oct, 2013

 

Thanks Delonix and Puccini ...
Conker, Truffle and Crocus really enjoy the photo shoots !

9 Oct, 2013

 

Fabulous Terra, lovely to see everyone helping out :-)

9 Oct, 2013

 

Thank you Warwick ..
That was a big hedgehog visited last night !

9 Oct, 2013

 

Good to see Team Terra and the Wildlife posse making sure you rest up that shoulder TT!
Garden looking great too!

9 Oct, 2013

 

Clever Crocus to gather all his friend to help, Conker and Truffle did a brilliant job tidying up x
With the wind we have at the moment they may be busy for the next few days....

I love the last gimpses of sleepy boys, so contented with a job well done xxx

9 Oct, 2013

 

Rachel and I just loved this terra....you have really given us some real laughter and enjoyment. Thank you! Xx

9 Oct, 2013

 

Btw, your Heucheras look amazing!

9 Oct, 2013

 

Thanks Snoop, Angie, Pam, Karen and Rachel ...
Heucheras have done well this year ...

'Team Terra and wildlife posse' Lol.
Crocus did work hard on this blog ...
lots of tweeting .. and he's still chatting now !

Conker and Truffle are helping out a lot while my shoulder is painful .. xxx

9 Oct, 2013

 

Hi terratoonie looks like those dogs got a hard life (or not) great blog, Roy.

9 Oct, 2013

 

Thanks Roy ..
My pets are a great help to me :o)))

9 Oct, 2013

 

your dogs really love their owner!!! you can see the trust in their eyes....

creatures camouflaged by autumn leaves …that i really liked!!!

i loved the whole bog...

thank you... much enjoyed!!!

9 Oct, 2013

 

Hi Jane...
thanks ... kind comments :o)

9 Oct, 2013

 

Great blog! Those birds had tweeting sorted way before humans got the hang of it! lol :-)))

9 Oct, 2013

 

Lol. Lijemc ... Thanks..
yes... tweeting and twitter ...
birds have been doing it for centuries .. :o)))

9 Oct, 2013

 

Terra, this is a brilliant blog - I really enjoyed it. Your garden is looking fab, the photos are really good, especially of the dogs lending a helping hand. Thanks!

9 Oct, 2013

 

Fabulous blog of Team Terra at their busy best watched by Crocus's tweeting friends and all caught beautifully on camera for us to share, your shoulder is bound to ease with all your team doing the hard work for you.....loved your garden quality controller too, your garden is looking tip top TT :o)

9 Oct, 2013

bjs
Bjs
 

Brilliant blog hope the shoulder improves very soon.
B

9 Oct, 2013

 

Thanks Helenium, Neena and Brian ...
Hoping my shoulder will improve soon ...
I'm lucky to have so many garden helpers ;o)

10 Oct, 2013

amy
Amy
 

A lovely blog TT , and nice to see the boys being so helpful they've made a jolly good job of it to ! I hope your shoulder soon improves x

10 Oct, 2013

 

Hi Amy ..
thanks .. hugs from Team Terra :o) x

10 Oct, 2013

 

Lovely blog TT. Your gdn & dogs look fab as always. Hope the shoulder's soon better. Hope it's not a frozen shoulder cos that takes quite a long time.

10 Oct, 2013

 

Hello Feverfew ..
thank you .. shoulder and neck have been causing pain for some while ... physio exercises not helping so far !

10 Oct, 2013

 

A very welcome blog on this cold morning, brrr, we've been spoilt this year and it comes as a shock to the system.
Lovely photo's Terra, Crocus had Conker and Truffle well organised with their tasks, I could do with their help training up my team as they haven't got the hang of it yet,they are very good at apple scrumping though...
Your garden is as lovely as ever, its a treat to see all your visitors, I listen to my robin singing his little heart out but he's staying up high whilst Caspar is still going outside and I've noticed an increase in finches visiting which is good as they were missing for a couple of years.
Didn't know you had a bad shoulder, what have you been up to??( we are a sorry pair this year)
Lovely photo's and blog Terra...

10 Oct, 2013

 

Hi Sue ... Thank you :o)
This year my garden is full of sparrows .. amazing that none of those got into this blog !

Not sure how I damaged my shoulder, but the problem is making my upper arm and neck painful too ..

Such a good thing I have my helpers to do the heavy work ;o)
I hope you are able to be fitter and more active next year...

10 Oct, 2013

 

what a wonderful blog! thanks for sharing TT; brightened up my day and, I think, a lot of other people's as well. your dogs are amazing, there must be a lot of training in there.

never seen a gravel garden with plants in pots before: will they stay in pots, or is that just to acclimatise them before planting? if they stay that way, gives me another whole new area to think about.

10 Oct, 2013

 

Hi Fran .. Thanks...
I hope your house move plans are going well.
Re. my gravel garden photos, the back 2 rows of plants are in pots, and the row at the front are planted in the ground.

It is one of my favourite garden areas.

My dogs have just finished today's tricks practice. Indoors today and VERY enthusiastic ... Both dogs rushing at top speed around the room, towing various wheeled toys. Lol.

10 Oct, 2013

 

I go up tomorrow to sign up and pick up the keys; theyn it's officailly *mine*, and the packing frenzy starts. Never been that far by train, will be a little adventure all its own. *s* moving 200 miles further north at onset of hte cold season - why could'nt they have let me know about it in the heat wave?!!

10 Oct, 2013

 

Hi Fran ..
you'll be fine ... at the moment the cold weather is in the East ! It will be lovely for you to have the better surroundings ... safe journey :o)

10 Oct, 2013

 

Thinking about you Fran!
Terra, this is probably your best yet. do your helpers have a shed of their own for all their tools? the picture of Conker at the end is a winner!

10 Oct, 2013

 

thanks, love, that's reassuring! I need to go at least once by train, just to prove to myself that I *can* - so long as someone points me to the right platforms at Euston and Birmingham on the way out! on the way back doesn't matter so much; I'll have my new house-keys and if I end up taking a slight detour, well ...

10 Oct, 2013

 

This is a really great blog, TT! I loved very moment of it! Your garden looks so immaculate, but with Team Terra to help you it's no wonder it looks so good! It's simply amazing what you can get your dogs to do & you even rope in wildlife! You are so "up to date" with your "tweets" even though they were actually done by Crocus the Budgie & the birds!

However do you manage to train your dogs so well? It amazes me what you can do with them!

I really hope your shoulder gets better soon. I have a similar problem but in my case it comes from hauling too many too heavy bags of produce home from the allotment during the last few weeks.

Glad to hear you are getting the keys to your new house, Fran. All the very best as you set out on your travels!

10 Oct, 2013

 

Hi Terra Another prize blog. Crocus, Truffles, and Conker expressions took the biscuit. Tubs gets around also (LoL). Take care Tony.

10 Oct, 2013

 

Hi Balcony .. Thank you !

I hope your shoulder pains disappear quickly.
You did well with your allotment this year ...
lots of produce !

Thanks, Tony ...
I hope you get Tubs on camera soon !

Hello Stera ...
Glad you like this ...
Conker and Truffle have more garden tools than I do !!

11 Oct, 2013

 

First rate blog as usual TT, and your garden is looking amazing. Hope you get some respite soon from your painful shoulder.

11 Oct, 2013

 

Hi Stroller ..
Thanks for visiting ...
Hoping my shoulder eases up soon ...

11 Oct, 2013

 

TT I love your Blogs, especially when your 'helpers' are involved, and this blog is no exception. Super pics, wonderful captions. Hope your shoulder is better soon.

11 Oct, 2013

 

Thanks Waddy ..
We enjoyed making the blog .. fun taking all the photos, and writing the captions :o)
... if you know any beefy physiotherapists/masseurs, please send them my way ;o)

11 Oct, 2013

 

Lol! if I find any...consider it done!

11 Oct, 2013

 

Thanks ... several all at once is okay by me ;o)

11 Oct, 2013

 

I'm glad you've got help from some expert gardeners :o) No wonder your garden is looking happy and healthy ! I'm sorry your shoulder is sore, but you are in good hands ... sorry PAWS ! :o)

11 Oct, 2013

 

We have a beefy masseur living just round the corner so if you fancy a trip to Pembrokeshire...

11 Oct, 2013

 

... Pembroke here I come ... ;o)

Thanks Hywel ..
Paws are doing their best to look after me very well. :o)

12 Oct, 2013

 

Absolutely brilliant Terra, as usual. You have some lovely plants there ! I was wondering where all our birds were, and the other morning watched our resident sparrows ( at least 20 , who nest in our pyracantha ) come out and cleared other birds off !

12 Oct, 2013

 

Thanks Rose ..
Lately there are about 40 sparrows in my back garden ...
... but they stay away from robin's special corner :o)

12 Oct, 2013

 

I always enjoy your blogs Terratoonie. You have a wonderful team to help you. Take care about that shoulder .

13 Oct, 2013

 

Hi Klahanie ..
Thank you... I'm hoping my shoulder will stop hurting soon ..with the help of Team Terra :o)

13 Oct, 2013

 

You're so lucky to have all these helpers Tt, no wonder your garden looks so fabulous in every season:-)

13 Oct, 2013

 

I missed this one,Terra..off on a short break for a couple of days,so just catching up..Lovely blog and pics as usual..the boys must be a great help,and I think Crocus is keeping watch over those birds..in HIS garden :o)
One can't be too careful Lol.You seem to get a lot more birds than I do.I love all your pots,and borders..:o)x

13 Oct, 2013

 

Hi Sandra .. Thanks ..
shall we go off and find that masseur in Pembroke ? ..
would be interesting .. Lol.

Yes.. plenty of birds around here ... quite a lot of trees in the neighbourhood .. :o) x

13 Oct, 2013

 

Thanks Bornagain ..
I try to include lots of evergreens for all year interest.

13 Oct, 2013

 

Yes indeed,Terra...:o) I know where Sue lives, ,so I will ask her to have the kettle on..she might regret giving it to me! Lol...looks like we might have to share the one beefy Masseur ? :o)) x

13 Oct, 2013

 

Lol. Sandra ... :o) x

13 Oct, 2013

 

Oh, what a great blog. I would love them around my garden. ;o)

13 Oct, 2013

 

Thanks Alex ..
I'm sure my dogs would enjoying helping you with your gardening. ;o)

13 Oct, 2013

 

I love those working dogs of yours. I bet they make your gardening fun and speedy. The 'night' patrol guard is ship-shape too. Very good reading.

14 Oct, 2013

 

Hello GMRainbow ..
Thanks for visiting.
Yes, you're right ..
...my helpers do make every gardening task fun.
... and the Night Patrol is doing a good job of reducing the slug population... :o)

14 Oct, 2013

 

Your dogs are so well behaved and well groomed as is your garden. It looks too good to be true. I know that people tidy up before they take pics, but yours looks as though it were always perfect. Good job all around! I forgot to say how I laughed when going through the shots....

14 Oct, 2013

 

So excited to think you two are coming for a massage - we have a spare room!

14 Oct, 2013

 

Nice to get lucky now and then Sue :o)..we will behave impeccably..I think..maybe Terra will,more than me, but I will try my best...Could you arrange a home visit for the Masseur? you might as well have one as well :o)
Three birds with one stone,so to speak...or a few stones between us,is more accurate Lol.

15 Oct, 2013

 

Hi Wells ..
Thank you .. I'm really pleased that you enjoyed the blog and photos ... I try to keep the garden tidy ... lots of leaves falling right now !

16 Oct, 2013

 

Stera/Sandra ...
Not many stones on me ...
... not many pounds either ...Lol.
Three for two sounds a good deal ... ;o)

16 Oct, 2013

 

Not many on me either,Terra,so there won't be a lot to massage :o) x.

16 Oct, 2013

 

lol get a pysychic to do it - don't they say "the medium is the massage"??

16 Oct, 2013

 

Lol... Fran .. and Grease is the word ..
... anything to mend my shoulder .. ;o)

16 Oct, 2013

 

Lol Fran. For three of us a home visit should be no problem. But we would have to carry the massage table round and up the hill unless you want to lie on the floor! Is your poor shoulder no better TT? What have you done to it?

16 Oct, 2013

 

Erm,I don't think that would do us a lot of good Sue..would we have to carry the Masseur up as well ?? Lol.
have you got a good strong garden bench? we all know how to improvise :o)

17 Oct, 2013

 

wouldn't a masseur who does home visits have a folding bench as part of their kit, so to speak? or if not, might they be able to borrow one for the occasion?

my hypnotherapist has a folding bench, for people who can't relax properly in a chair; he can lift it with one hand, so it can't weight too much.

17 Oct, 2013

 

I don't think he does home visits actually Fran. It would really be a lot easier for us all to pop down the road! Plenty to massage on me so I can make up for you two skinny ones. I am due a visit actually as I was promised a session for my birthday! So let me know when you are coming...

17 Oct, 2013

 

Ok,Sue..anything for an easy life :o)..I'm alright going downhill..been doing it for a while .Lol

17 Oct, 2013

 

Very entertaining blog Terra ... aren't your helpers just priceless?!!! Hope the aches and pains have eased off ... :o)

19 Oct, 2013

 

Me too Sandra, and seem to be accelerating!

19 Oct, 2013

 

Thanks Shirley ..
Aches and pains still not good ...
... but my helpers are a blessing ! :o)

20 Oct, 2013

 

:o)

20 Oct, 2013

 

Hope your shoulder soon improves TT. Your gravel garden is very pretty. The team look so spruce and elegant and very helpful too. Try an osteopath, perhaps. In my case for a sore elbow....expensive but effective.

21 Oct, 2013

 

Hi Dorjac ..
I'm glad you like my blog and garden ..
Unfortunately, my shoulder is still causing trouble ...
Thanks for your advice.

21 Oct, 2013

 

That was brilliant fun! Thank you :)

22 Oct, 2013

 

Hi Kimberly .. Thanks ...
Glad you like the blog ..
it was fun making it :o)))

22 Oct, 2013

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