Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Finally! A day off :)
What did I do with it? Well, I've been worried about my tires, which keep going flat and have caused a bit of extra wear on the outside of the treads. My gardening money came in recently and I was convinced I'd have to buy new tires all 'round. So off I hied to this place Lynne recommended.
Really NICE guys! One tire had a nail in it, which they repaired. Then they sealed both tires around the edge of the rims. Apparently the alloy wheels can make this necessary, did you know that?
I'm told I have plenty of wear left on the tires and that they're in good shape. Glad to hear it too, after I got them to give me a quote on prices! For some reason, my car comes with high-speed rated tires. If I use something else, it invalidates my insurance! I THINK I can change my rims, going for a different tire size might give me more of a range of prices. (Course, then I have the added expense of purchasing the new wheels!) As it stands, my only choices are either the £90 or the £92 tire!
OMG! Can that be true? Will my insurance prohibit me from using a tire that doesn't require a fucking LOAN to purchase? Is this just a UK thing, or is it that way in the US? wow.. Sometimes the things I don't know just knock the knees out from under me!
Next, I went over for a short schmooze in the local version of a Dollar Store. Picked up some bits. Pretty rocks to go around the clematis in my garden (keeps the roots extra shaded, which they're supposed to like) a book with loads of garden pictures, and a giant plastic pitcher/measuring bowl.
Then over to the grocery store, not the one where I work, but a competitor's. *shhhhh*
After I got home and put the groceries away, I scooted out to my lil garden. These last few weeks have seen the garden slowly waking. Both rosebushes, a red climber and a blue Rhapsody have buds on them already. The phlox is going strong and even the gladiola bulbs I left in over winter are poking chatreuse knife-like blades from the soil. The hollyhocks are already three feet tall, premeditating another takeover which I WILL curtail this year with twine!!
The red salvia and the yellow rudbeckia that we brought home frm the Southport Flower Show last year have made it through the winter. Can't wait to see what they'll do! Oh and all the lilies that I left in the ground have come back even bigger. I removed the dahlias and the little conifer. (That tree was nothing but a magnet to peeing animals!)
To all of this I have recently added; another clematis that Lynne picked out; pink calla lilies, 'Black Jack' red gladiolas, clear yellow marigolds, a couple of geraniums I couldn't resist and two dozen assorted (supposed to be) striped petunias. I also extended the border, almost doubling the length.
Today I put in the last, blue cornflower seeds and delphinium seedlings that have occupied the kitchen window for the past month. I'm excited... I know it's a hodgepodge of colors. It's very crowded too, but I like both those things.
My garden makes me happy.
Above are last year's pics :)