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12 Jan 2018 14:15
Thanks for the suggestions all! Being the impatient type I’m considering finding someone local to source and plant some mature shrubs etc, depending on cost. We’re not planning on staying here forever so dont want to spend the earth but also want a good 3-5 years of enjoying the garden so I don’t mind spending a bit to get a good head start.
11 Jan 2018 16:37
Managed to get home in daylight. Here’s a better photo of the view from the back door which shows what I mean
11 Jan 2018 16:01
Hmm it’s more for kind of a face on view as you look at it. (Ie more for the part of the fence that runs from the far corner to the edge of the deck)
There’s actually a nice tree in neighbouring garden in that corner that provides nice shade and screening.
Will take a better photo on the weekend from front on :)
11 Jan 2018 15:43
We have a small garden that we really enjoy but it’s a bit overlooked and the view over the top of the back fence is a bit ‘stark’
Any ideas to soften the impact and provide a bit more privacy gratefully received!
Not a great photo but I’m basically talking about the view of the back fence (where the purple clematis is) when viewed face on
28 Jul 2016 12:19
get rid of the cat????
JUST KIDDING.See original post
I was hoping he would enjoy a diet of slugs but sadly it appears not :)
28 Jul 2016 12:00
Since I got a cat and stopped putting slig pellets down, my plants have been ravaged. My choisyas are full of holes and I put a new clematis in a week ago which has had 95% of its flowers demolished in a week.
1) are there any definitely 100% pet safe pellets available?
2) if not, is there anything else I can do to alleviate the situation?
26 May 2016 11:55
Bit of a newbie but looking to give my plants a helping hand.
Can someone please advise what sort of fertiliser I should be using on a garden that is mainly evergreen shrubs? Are the 'general purpose' fertilisers like Miracle Grow suitable or is that mainly for bedding plants etc?
Some of the plants I want to apply it to:
Also, random question, but can bay leaves be used in cooking straight from the tree? I only ever use dried but as I have a small bay tree it seems daft not to make some use out of it if I can!
18 Apr 2016 09:47
18 Apr 2016 07:49
Thanks Brickman - neither actually, it's the same grass! Just lots of water and Scott's Lawn Builder in the couple of months after we moved in. Just gave it some fertiliser yesterday also to try and green it up a touch.
17 Apr 2016 12:35
17 Apr 2016 12:04
That's terrible, of course it's theft! Sounds like you dealt with it calmly - not sure I could trust myself to do the same if I caught people red handed stealing my property!
17 Apr 2016 11:25
Sorry to hear about the problems you've had aym280! We are the last but one house in a dead-end road, so luckily you don't get much 'through traffic' on foot, other than dog walkers as there's a big park/green at the end of the street.
We had a couple of box hedge balls in containers for the last 10 months that everyone told us would be stolen within a month, and they remained unscathed, so hopefully we will be ok!
17 Apr 2016 11:24
Lucid, these log rolls are from Homebase, they have a stake on each end of each piece. The stakes aren't very long so they do wobble a little, I just tried to firm in as much as possible with soil. Our soil is quite heavy and clay-ey so I think that helps firm it in a touch. It's definitely not perfect, there are some spots where the position of the stake is hitting a piece of buried concrete so it's not all that secure, but it does the job
17 Apr 2016 11:21
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16 Apr 2016 20:18
It's our first house and 11 months ago I knew zero about gardening - what I know now is that it's harder physical work than I could ever possibly imagine! I am a reasonably fit guy but this is literally the hardest work I've done in my life!!
16 Apr 2016 20:14
Aucuba japonica, choisya substance, aucuba again
Ligustrum, lonerica (I think), berberis nana, pieris, periwinkles under the holly bush, hebes/conifers
Euonymus emerald gaiety / escallonia little Elle / euonymus silver queen