Green-fingered goddess – not I!


Set of strawberry roots Oh my gosh you’d think I’m pregnant - last week I piled through all kinds of flavours of crisps (as discussed on Twitter and Facebook) and this week I've ripped up the concrete slabs at the front of my house after deciding I want limestone gravel!

So much for chilling out for the summer holidays, and they only started a day ago! Mind you the children LOVED the worms that we discovered!!! (some of them were reeeeally fat!)
So, I’ve taken to gardening this summer. Having moved last year, we really didn’t have a chance to get into the garden to DO anything until now, so I’m getting it sorted – kind of! This house was rented for 25 years until we bought it and so hasn’t had much TLC other than basic maintenance for the longest time. It's crying out for attention and not being the greenest fingered, I’m making all the mistakes in the book but having a blast along the way!

Collection of scented oriental lilies I managed to kill the lilies, lose the strawberries, drown the cucumbers and starve the hanging baskets. However, something which I thought was a weed is flourishing and looking beautiful and might even be a rather exotic plant! The huge potted plant that I ripped from the ground, having spread its roots through the bottom of the pot and into the soil, has managed to survive its relocation.

Plus, my peonies that I planted with a dessert spoon last year before we moved in are showing signs of life - all in all that sounds successful doesn’t it?? Long live Flower Power and Spray and Grow!!
Anyway, any garden tips are always helpful - does anyone know if you NEED to put decking on soil or can I put it over concrete???
Thanks loads, much love Pipa x
Oh and P.S. you might have noticed, I went blonde again… thank you for all the votes… I feel like me again!!

Pipa with her new blonde hair


  1. dorothy young July 25, 2009 at 9:07 pm -  Reply

    hi pipa
    yes you can put decking on concrete we did our daughters last year and looks great we had never done anything like it before so we were chuffed good luck with yr plants
    love dorothy
    Ps love yr hair the colour suits you

  2. Marg July 26, 2009 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi pippa, You seem to take great relish in the worms,I think perhaps a little too much,do your children know the worm song? First line; Nobody likes me everybody hates me I think I’ll go and eat worms.? It would serve you right if someone taught them it.Ha Ha. Where do you get the strenght to remove slabs, you look like a 2.IB bag of sugar would be your limit. Whatever it is you do it works, good on you.Good luck to you and your family in your house, I bet it will respond to the love and care you show it,buildings do give off vibes and I’m sure it feels a much happier place to be knowing you want to make it look beautiful,
    p.s.I can furnish the rest of the words to the worm song if you want them.

  3. Pipa July 27, 2009 at 10:34 am -  Reply

    oh Marg that’s hilarious!! I remember the worm song…. although could do with a refresher on all the lyrics so if you would oblige I would be most grateful! That really made me laugh, we used to sing that loads!!…. and I have to say, I started lifting them with a garden fork, but my husband did the manoevering – not a chance in you know where of me doing it!!! I think I strained my shoulders by just shifting them from their places ever so slightly!!
    and Dorothy, thanks loads for letting me know – my husband won’t thank you as I no doubt will rope him in too – but glad to hear that you can do it on concrete…. watch this space!!!!!
    Have a great week, Pipa x

  4. Sharon Gasparutti July 27, 2009 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa. love the hair colour, but what’s the next adventrous colour for the next time round!
    Don’t worry about the gardening, as I am a novice gardener myself I too say thank goodness for the flower power and spray and grow and I also love watching the Richard Jackson programmes as the advice is really useful and I’m getting there.

  5. Lorraine July 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa, Hope you and the family are well. I was watching you on the Casual and Co Sale today (Monday 27th) and your cheeks and forehead looked glowing. Please please can you tell me what it is you use?
    Take care and hugs
    Lorraine x

  6. Marg July 27, 2009 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    Hello Pippa, words to the no 1 hit for all 4-6 year olds who
    have slightly older half wits( like me) to teach them,
    Worms, by Who Knows.
    Nobody likes me everybody hates me I think I’ll go and eat worms,
    Big fat juicy ones wee thin skinny ones, see how they wriggle and squirm.
    I bite off the heads and suck out the blood then throw the skins away,
    Nobody knows how I survive on worms three times a day.
    Disgustingly yucky isnt it, but great fun. If you ever want any others like the custard song just say,its much worse.

  7. Pipa July 31, 2009 at 7:25 am -  Reply

    ha ha ha – gosh I never knew ALL the words Marg, thank you – thank you so much, how enlightening!!!!!!!! I don’t know if I dare ask for the custard song….. although I am intrigued!!!
    Lorraine I don’t know if it is a good thing that I was glowing on my forehead??? It might have been Laura Geller Blush n Brighten in the Pink Grapefruit as I use that alot, or perhaps the Cargo bronzer…??
    Sharon – I’m sticking with blonde for the forseeable future – I feel most like me!
    Pipa x x x x

  8. Marg July 31, 2009 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Oh Pippa I dont know what made me mention the custard song, I have been feeling queezy since then,I thought the years would have cleansed my mind of the horrible words but I remember it all too well.I am not going to take responsablity for fogging your mind with the horrible words,because you would not get it out of your system,I can just imagine you on air showing something that just jogs your mind then you would break into the custard song and spoil the veiwers eating habits for who knows how long, and You being escorted from MP house. Just cant do it Pip, like you too much,

  9. Carol Macdonald August 1, 2009 at 8:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Pipa – Good luck with the garden – my gardening enthusiasm happens in spurts. Plant em, forget em, love em if they grow!
    Fed up with my long greying styleless locks I took the plunge last week and had all cropped short and dyed blonde. Cannot believe the difference and everyone has been amazed at my new look – so liberating too not having to faff with it. Now understand why you enjoy your hair so short!

  10. Lorraine August 4, 2009 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    You were not glowing at such but it was a lovely soft focus in a whiteish colour – sorry I am not explaining it well,you looked fabalous as you usually do.
    Also I am watching you in the Pre Sesason Autumn fashion with that great wig that looks great on you – can you please tell me if your silver watch is a QVC one as I have been looking of a nice watch for ages and it looks great.
    Thanks hugs Lorraine x

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