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5 June 2009

Thanks Vikki & Val...and my poor plants...

First some Good News, Look what I won...
I'd like to say a big Thank You to Vikki from Vikki's Albums, for the lovely candy she sent to me, Vikki has been offering a weekly candy draw and I was lucky enough to win it last week, even though her little boy was poorly she made time to send it out to me. Thanks so much Vikki, why not pop over to her lovely blog and have a look round and maybe enter this weeks candy.

More Good news...


A couple of months ago Val made a post offering to send 5 people one of her cards, so I put my name down..what a lovely surprise I had when I opened the post to find not only a lovely card but a shoe topper too. Part of the deal was you had to post the card on your blog when you received it, so here it is along with the topper, if you want to see more of Vals' lovely cards why not go and pay her a visit at Vals Craftroom.
Thanks you so much Val, they are lovely.

......Now for a Moan.. just me letting of steam...
As you know the weather has been lovely, so when I wasn't working or doing housework etc, I spent as much time as I could in the garden, I have loads and loads of pots to plant up, some of the large pots have half hardy shrubs in them which I keep in my little greenhouse over winter, they usually come into life in the spring, but something was wrong this year, had a dig through the soil of one pot and there were no roots on the plant. They had all been eaten, then I found out the cause, loads of horrible little SH**S called Vine Weevils grubs, aptly named I thought..(If you want to see the horrible things look here)
I had to go through all the pots, dumping the soil onto some plastic, picking out all the grubs and squashing them (a murderer I know but you have to destroy them) then I noticed the adult crawling along so I squashed that too., felt no guilt what so ever....so then on to the next pot, it was also infected..and the next and the next, in all I had about 7 very large pots that had been infested, one containing a beautiful climbing plant that Tony had bought for me in Spain as part of my Pearl anniversary pressie almost 9 years ago, they were also in half a dozen or so smaller pots which contained some large fuchsias.
I've bagged up the old soil, and hopefully made sure there were no grubs or adults in it, I'll have to treat it in some way before I dump it. I had an infestation a few years ago and lost a lot of plants, and since then have been using a chemical which you water into the soil to kill the grubs, but it doesn't seemed to have worked as this year they are back, so I'm on look out for something else to try, as it costs us a fortune to replace all the compost and plants.
...Moan Over...
As I'm not working today, I was going to check out the last few pots and go and buy some more plants, but it's raining, so I thought I catch up on the house work then go and visit all the blogs I follow, I'll be back later to post a couple of cards, see you soon & take care

10 comments:

My'scardcorner said...

Oh Well done Chris how lovely to win some crafting candy:0)Vals 2 cards you recieved are beautiful..Im like you been so busy getting my garden planted up and to be honest I m glad for the rain today saves me watering.Yes it is so annoying wehen you discover the bugs glad youve got it sorted looking forward to seeing your new cards. Have a great week end:0)

Sylvia said...

Congratulations on your candy win, The card and topper Val sent you is beautiful....you are lucky

Hope you managed to get rid of those horrible bugs....they don't look nice..I don't like bugs..

Have a great weekend.
Hugs
Sylvia xxx

vikkithescrapjunkie said...

Hi Chris, those shoe toppers are fab. Im so sorry to hear about your grubby little problem hehe sorry i know its not funny. You spend so much time making the garden lovely and then the little blighters come along and destroy it. Im having problems with black fly at the moment and my apple tree has green fly so we are trying to iradicate those at the moment :( Hope the weather improves for you and you have a fabulous weekend. Oh thankyou for stopping by our new challenge blog, hope to see you on the 15th !
Love n hugs
Vikki xx

lynne said...

well done on you candy win lynne xx

Liz said...

Congratulations on your Candy win Chris. I never win anything so it's nice to see a friend winning for a change. Sorry about your bug problem, not so good. I seem to have whitefly, greenfly and some ants just now so just bought some bug spray to deal with them. Never ending in the garden! x

Louise Emma said...

Moan away hun, well all have days like that lol!! Great card and it is lovely topper too x Well done Val x

Liz said...

Oh WELL DONE! I won some stamps too Lol But brilliant I am so pleased

Liz xx

Liz said...

opps not so good about the bugs lol what a pest

Carol said...

Congrats on your wins

Gosh the bugs look horrid wonder if they became immune to your treatment and what a shame your Wedding Anniversary pressie - I sympathise as I grow lots of plants too and appreciate how gutted you must have felt

Good luck in treatening the little blighters

:)

Plastic card printing said...

Hi,

It is good news so for Congratulations on your Candy win Chris.I think you are really hardworking in your work that how you have win some crafting candy.

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