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Latest posts by blairs

Child proofing garden

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 12:33

I have 2 kids under 4, more if you include all the kids they attract over! Keeping them safe inside the back garden is the most important point - so I have gates on both sides and high fences around. I know I can safely keep them in the back garden without worrying that they are around the front and know exactly where they are.

I also have a patio with slabs that need relayed as frosts and rains has caused them to lift and fall. It is a job to lift, reapply sand and mortar, but it is the cheapest and safest thing to do as I want to keep the slabs. It is a bore and heavy work but hopefully something I only need to do once a few years.

B&Q etc sell cheap rubber mats that you can use but unless you have a slide or swing then I do not think you really need them. A flat play area is more useful and gives them somewhere to play, so flattening the patio is the way to go. Ideally a lawn is good to run around on and fall on but I have had no issues with them playing on the uneven slabs - good for scooters and the like. In summer you can use cheap playmats for somewhere to play on and keep them off cool or damp slabs.

Cuckoo Spit

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 12:55

They eat plant sap while in the froth but they quickly grow into into adult Froghoppers. I would say harmless.

Chelsea photos

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 16:07

My problem is all those gardens look nice and what I want my garden to look like. Borrowing bits for each does not make a masterpiece alas!

All good photos Obelixx - you have made me want to go next year. I wonder if I could hire a van to take home what I would like?

Chelsea photos

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 14:32

Excellent photos. I need inspiration for my garden. I want to change the shape of the lawn and the border contents so your photos really help!

Indian azaleas

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 12:29

What was your question on Indian Azalea? They are hardy in the UK to -4C or so. I have had them in my garden for some years now (though not 2010)

Talkback: Cuckoo spit

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 21:03

I would also say harmless. I feel bad when I wash them off with the hose but my garden is not wild and everything has to earn its keep.

Open Plan Gardens

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 17:10

I would suggest a hedge to define the boundaries of your property and stop people walking over it. I would actually erect a fence - those clauses in deeds are likely to be unenforceable now - they were designed for the developer to sell other properties by making sure that you keep it clear. Who exactly is going to stop you or enforce?  A fence does not need planning permission if it is within height restrictions.


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 10:51

I agree, rootstock will be a Magnolia but what variety used is guessable. Magnolia does come back from the root, so if it was not grafted it may be the same variety.

Rosemary and Water

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 12:01

My Rosemary is on a south facing terrace that has quite heavy soil, so can be quite wet at times. I find Rosemary prefers to be well watered rather than dry, esp in pots. If you think of where is naturally grows the soil is well draining but constantly getting humidity from the sea and fog and rain.

Black bamboo

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 10:34

All good advice. Width is more important than depth for bamboo. To get the best black colour you need to site the bamboo in full sun. Mine are starting to turn black (I bought some juvenile plants so it has taken years for them to thicken up and darken). I feed them grass fertiliser every few weeks to give them a boost and place grass cuttings around their base (am told this is not needed but the heat helps them in early spring)

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