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Room 101

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 18:05

Oh, go on then. If you're going to keep reminding me it exists, I'll add it.

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Bringing a bland wall to life

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 17:23

I hadn't thought of that. You could put shelves on it and put line after line of plants on them, including some of the hanging basket plants that overhang so nicely to disguise the shelves, or put rings or miniature shelves it to make the plants more "scattered" and less "on parade." Two holes, two wall plugs, two screw-in hooks and a length of wire per pot and you've got it, as long as your plants like being "well-drained."

Beats waiting for the climbers to fill it.


Posted: 07/01/2015 at 19:05

I am impressed ... although why we're using pallets and breaking them up not buying the wood as packs of 4"x1" and pieces of 3"x2" I don't know.

Perspex doesn't smash all that easily, but it can happen. I was going to suggest a hinged leg at each front corner or the lid, which would be more stable than the loose blocks, with maybe a couple of little bolts to hold them folded for neatness, or maybe legs on the frame that would fold up (slightly past vertical and rest against the frame for stability) to support the lid if you wanted ventilation ...

... then I thought you might have only been venting it to let the paint fumes out, and might want to vent it much less in future, and started thinking about putting blocks along both sides of the frame and both sides of the lid so legs could be put between them at various places for various sizes of gap ...

... then I noticed that the lid isn't propped up at all when it's all the way open for you to work in there and I have no good ideas for that. Ummmm ...

You could have legs that hinge down from the lid at the sides, and two cups on the inside of each side wall so the legs can be put into them to hold the lid up, one cup each side high up and near the back to hold the lid fully open, and one low down and further forwards to hold it slightly open for ventilation. There's nothing stopping the wind opening the lid past vertical and then flapping it back down in that idea, though. Maybe only prop it up to 80 degrees, not vertical, so it'll only be an issue on particularly windy days.

Bringing a bland wall to life

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 18:51

That is one UGLY wall! I'd be tempted to give it a smooth cement face and a couple of coats of brilliant white outdoor paint first, just because painting past a trellis can't be easy.

On second thoughts, rather than white to match the houses you could deliberately camouflage it. It'd look silly as a camouflaged-pattern wall, but it wouldn't show behind the climbers so much that way. You could even get an illusion of depth in the greenery.

Soil quality, soil depth and drainage are all possible issues. If you've got the budget, you can improve them if necessary. Clearing the grass at the base, digging a trench, putting a low wall along the front and a few inches of quarry run-off behind that then filling with good compost should create a decent enough bed in anything short of a swamp. If you're on good soil already, there's no need, but you may want to clear the area with glyphosate or some such and then put in a barrier to stop grass encroaching on your flowers.

I'd go for trellis or wires up the face and lower plants in front. You need to get a masonry bit (tip like a flattened spade) and drill holes in the wall, then push in wall plugs (expanding plastic sheaths for screws) and screw into them. No offence meant. I've seen people try to drive wood screws into concrete.

Strawberries are nice, or those little purple-flowered things that smell so nice, whatever they're called. You know the ones.

Be sure to check out the quirks of plants before committing to them and before doing all the work. Jasmine, for example, won't climb a trellis but will climb a wire, so you can grow it up a trellis but you'll have to occasionally poke it back in while it'll wrap itself around wires fixed to the wall. Clematis, meanwhile, supposedly climbs just about anything but does insist on having its base in the shade, so you may need to add rocks or something if you choose them. Mine all died fast, so I can't advise from experience there, though.

Room 101

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 17:18

Yviestevie, it's "who's" not "whose" but don't worry. I won't 101 you for that. People talking about "loosing" weight, though? They can go. Your excess weight is not straining at the leash, nor nocked to the string of a bent bow. You can't just let it go and watch it disappear into the distance.

Talkback: Brambles

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 20:09

I'm with petervanh. I let the brambles stay to deter attempts to climb the trellis (and resultant personal injury claims when it inevitably collapsed). I'm glad I did because the fruit are lovely and good for what little wildlife survives this town's immense cat population and the flowers are gorgeous.

 They're also part of my hoverfly farm. The roses do a little better for having hoverflies around.

Camera Corner

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 20:07

Rather belatedly:


1) I meant creamy-coloured, not breamy-coloured.

2) Edd, the big reason it wasn't Venus, the "evening star" and "morning star," was that it was more than 90 degrees from the Sun. Venus orbits closer to the Sun than Earth, so it's always goign to be within that angle. I tried to explain that, and he nodded and repeated that Jupiter was Venus.

Need to replace what I think is box

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 18:41

Possibly this?


It's supposedly called a "bee charm" but I had no joy looking for its scientific name using that title. LOTS of things to hang on bracelets. No plants.

Room 101

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 21:08

Then, for all our sakes, nobody put the Tardis in Room 101!

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