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I'm digging a pond by hand...

Posted: Today at 20:06

I'd agree with that. I think most plastics degrade although it may take a long time. With something like a pond, you  don't want it failing when it takes so much time and effort to do and is a real pain to sort. Aesthetically, it's always better to have as little showing as possible anyway. Different sizes of rocks, pebbles and gravel to merge with the paddle stones and the planting would be the best idea.

Steve - I particularly like that plant in the top right hand corner of your pic. Is it Checkshirtius drippinweticus? 

Glad you're enjoying the wildlife that's already coming in Steve. The real reward for all your hard work 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: Today at 19:43

Sorry BM - only just saw this 

The bits I broke off were probably about 6"/8" long - they were the tops of the plants - but too early for flowers , just foliage at that point. I did as I would for any cuttings - took off most of the leaves, cut below a leaf joint, and trimmed back the top leaves to avoid water loss. They were about 3"/4" long and I just stuck them in 3" pots of gritty compost, kept them sheltered from the sun, and left them to it. They produced little side shoots very quickly - just at the junction of the main stem and the side branches - like a tomato does if that makes sense. They did that in a few weeks but it was warm. They'd probably need a bit of assistance at this time of year to get them rooted  -ie a bit of protection from the cold. 

White Garden

Posted: Today at 17:38

You know it makes sense Verd!  

Some bigger plants can be used for taking cuttings as well, which will help to increase your stock. It might be useful if you have a cold frame or something to overwinter anything quite small or vulnerable, just to keep them out of the worst of the winter weather.   


Posted: Today at 17:22

Hi emb, what you plant will depend largely on what sort of space you have in front of your fence, and what aspect and soil. If you can put a pic on here and a bit more info that will help with more suggestions. You may also find shrubs will be a better bet as you can let them grow higher than the fence to give more privacy, and there's a much wider choice than there is with climbers. Mostly denser coverage too. It also depends whereabouts in the country you are -  jasmines, for instance, aren't reliably hardy up here so make sure whatever you choose will withstand your local climate. 


Posted: Today at 08:06

But Woody - does that mean we'll have to hold on to winter too? 

Can you maybe have a word with the powers that be so that they can organise spring a bit earlier up here too? 

Looking forward to seeing all your new planting taking shape. New broom and all that.

Unhappy with new fence - doesn't match old

Posted: Today at 08:02

Hi Gareth. The new bit of fence will have been older wood as Dave says, which would be fine if you were going to paint it, but I do understand that some people just like to leave the timber as it is. Over time, all your fence will weather and end up more or less the same colour if it isn't stained or painted, but since you requested the new fence should be the same as the fence you already have, and it clearly isn't,  I think you have every reason to complain. Your photos are perfect for backing up your complaint so good luck with it. 


Posted: Today at 07:53

Morning all. White rabbits is what we say on the first. 

Thanks for all the advice re sting. My medicine cabinet never has much in it apart from paracetamol, micropore tape, savlon and tcp. We don't suffer from too many ailments in this house so apart from adding  cough bottle it doesn't change much! It's not so itchy today anyway so I'll see how it goes. I'm sure I'll survive 

I saw that MrsG. How is it going to differentiate between just day dreaming and checking mirrors and looking around to see what all the other clowns are doing before you can make a manoeuvre. 

Damp here but supposed to clear up and be nice. Now I'm wishing I'd put weed and feed down on Saturday after all the rain on Friday, but I left it because there was no rain forecast and I don't have an outside tap yet for a hose. 

Hope you get sorted fidget. Always difficult when unexpected things happen to disrupt your plans. 

Off for a look round before I go to work. Have a good day everyone 


Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: Yesterday at 22:26

It's a cheap B&Q one called Bonsai. Nice sagey green and has covered well. The other branded ones were a bit dark or too blue for what I was after, so I was pleased with it. 

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: Yesterday at 22:16

That's the privacy screen - it's almost finished - just a piece to go on the top. The bench will be the same colour once it's been sanded back to get all the old paint off. We put all the rest of the battens on and the piece along the bottom, after I took that pic. It's between the two apple tree 'boxes' ,behind a tiny pond (under way!) and will have grass in front of it once the buddleia comes out and the extension's built. Not much to do really...

The fence I was doing is the remainder of the boundary round the front garden. I did all the rest of the boundary last year. Daughter helped quite a bit with that as it was quite a lot of work.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: Yesterday at 22:05

Might be Honorine Jobert BM.It's quite tall with single flowers and widely available. 

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