If you overhear two gardeners having a conversation, you might hear some of the following unfamiliar words and phrases:
Chelsea Garden – a plot with too many architectural features and no plastic owls!
Doughnut – the circular mark of shaved grass left by a lawn-mower. The mark of shame.
Green Crescent – a pattern of garden waste left on the street, after being blown under a parked car by a petrol driven leaf blower.
Japweed – Japanese Knotweed or Fallopia Japonica. The most unwanted weed in Britain.
Mine-field – a lawn with several pieces of dog mess on it.
Mow and blow merchant – a summer season gardener, who only performs two tasks!
Poor man’s orchid – Himalayan Balsam.
Skating rink – an area of slippery decking.
Yard work – what Americans call gardening.
It is a good time to plant water plants, if you are fortunate enough to have a pond in your garden. Book me soon, if you want me to clear excess vegetation from your pond in September.
A gardening scene in Alberta, Canada recently. According to the photographer, Cecilia Wessels, the storm was further away than it appeared – at least a mile away. Her husband completed the job without incident!