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Garden Centres and Nurseries near Hastings - some new ones

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I've done two posts about garden centres before. The first one is now quite old, but remains consistently in the most-visited top ten, and the more recent follow-up, is also very popular.  So, for this post, off Battleaxe goes again, finding yet more new places to visit and enjoy.
    It was my birthday on Tuesday. In the evening I went to the Hastings Lifeboat House followed by a fish and chip supper with the WI. That's another story - sounds a strange thing to do on your birthday  but we had a really good time. So, Philosopher and I had a daytime outing, wisteria hunting (see below).
    We went over to Cripps Corner, between Sedlescombe and Bodiam, to Ed's Nursery and the Staplecross Shrub Centre.
     Ed's Nursery is a very traditional place - lots of interesting-looking plants, and a knowledgable, elderly lady tending them. Plants looked healthy and prices were very reasonable. I bought a yellow crocosmia but didn't take any photos. No website either.
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Hastings Battleaxe - A week in the life.....

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This time last Sunday we were trundling back on the train from London Cannon Street, having fetched grand daughter (GD) from my daughter, (D) her mother.  Today we are just back from Birmingham, after a weekend seeing friends etc.
      I've written about GD before - even though she is now 16, she is not as most girls her age are.... Currently, there are difficulties about finding her a college place for the autumn.  The places at special needs colleges in BIrmingham have all been allocated to young people leaving special needs schools, and GD has been at a mainstream school - but mainstream colleges say they cannot meet her needs.  I've told D to contact Steve McCabe, their local MP, but the poor guy has recently had a brick thrown in his face as he was riding along on his bike. It's tough up in Brum.
      Looking after and entertaining her is stressful - but it is what we do.
      On Monday, after a trip to Waterstones to stock up on reading matter - fortunately she l…

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