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west facing wall

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 08:52

Yes, plant clematis a good couple of inches below the level they were in the pot.  I find that adding a small amount of lime to the backfill soil is good for them too. 

Have a look here - I've bought several clematis from them, they always arrive in superb condition and you'll be spoiled for choice


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 08:47

KEF  - shock horror!  Who says that a 'slightly bonkers elderly family doctor' has to be a chap??? 

I certainly remember being 'attended to' by an elderly female doctor who was certainly 'on the bonkers spectrum'  - you need a double long bead necklace and hornrim glasses on a chain and a tweed skirt and jacket with a vyella blouse like Miss Marple wears (the proper Joan Hickson Miss Marple that is).  And some brown granny shoes with a sturdy heel.

Perhaps the dinner jacket might be easier?


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 07:07

Good morning all Chilly here this morning but the temp in the back garden only dropped to 2C so I think it's the cold wind that's making it feel so nippy.  They've promised us that it's going to get colder this evening - winter drawers on!

Cards will be posted today and the plan is that some spiced pickled pears will be made - however plans may change ....

By the way, I've heard from Daniel - he will remind the Tech Team that Christmas Smileys have been requested - however they are currently buried under a mountain of IT work so he can't promise that they'll flick the switch or do whatever it is to make them appear immediately - but here's hoping


Posted: 07/12/2014 at 20:12

You could get a price for each along with the bricklayer's opinion as to how long the existing brickwork will last after having been repaired, and then make your choice.  Replacing just a few spalled bricks shouldn't cost much, but if the brickwork is in generally bad condition it may be better to replace it.

just info

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 20:05

I was wrong - the General Sales are usually once a month - the Fine Art auctions that my son goes to are usually monthly

west facing wall

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 19:55

Don't forget to plant any climber well away from the wall and train it back to the wall/support as there will be a rain shadow at the base of the wall - most climbers like to get their roots well down into cool moist soil.  I would dig a generous amount of organic matter into the border in preparation.


Posted: 07/12/2014 at 19:49

A bricklayer should be able to chip out and replace any 'spalled' bricks that have begun to crumble due to age and weather conditions, just as he would with a house wall.


Posted: 07/12/2014 at 14:01

Brrrrrr!  the blue sky has been replaced by stormy yellowish-grey clouds and a strong gusty wind is whooshing in the chimney and the temperature is dropping.


Posted: 07/12/2014 at 12:46

My Under Gardener is lovely   He's been outside in the cold bubble wrapping the big pots and moving smaller pots of plants into the sheltered corner of the terrace and protecting them from the worst of the weather by stacking the garden furniture to shelter them. 

He said that was the best division of labour as I stayed indoors doing pre-festivity cooking and making his lunch 

just info

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 12:16

Think Alan means Keys Auctions at Aylsham - he's still getting used to the Norfolk accent! - think they have a General auction once a month.

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