A very good tip.

It is difficult to know whether you should acknowledge that you are a consultant in horticulture.

My experience this week tells me that you should.

I was going to get help in the garden.

I did not go into my level of experience in detail.

However, the trouble with this is that less qualified people try to dominate you.

You know that your knowledge is better than the other person.

In making decisions, it is better to know who has the upper hand.

Some people will ask straight away what your level of expertise is.

Just tell them.

It saves time.

Also, you are not left feeling down because the other person has used you incorrectly.

If you are good at making contacts and helping others carry on doing this.

Let those that are very competitive and just think of themselves lead a selfish life.

I hope this will help others to expand their horizons.

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Springing into action.

It has been a long winter ,which makes it hard to get started again.

However, action creates motivation.

What projects have you planned for this year?

I am going to talks at the Lincs Hardy Plant Society.

Palmstead suggested that we all need to push horticulture.

I am starting at family level with my grandchildren.

We can make a difference.

In my own garden the front garden needs looking at.

The hard landscaping will be extended.

Bolders can give interest.

Updating planting is a continual process if we are to keep gardens at the peak of condition.

Creatively , I hope to go to Jeff Koons at the Ashmolean in Oxford.

Each small facet will, I hope , create a worthwhile composition to my year.

I hope that I have given you ideas to help construct your year.

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