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Monty don new series

Posted: Yesterday at 07:56

BL - I absolutely agree. Many people will spend thousands doing up a room in their house with new furnishings, paint , flooring etc - especially if it's a kitchen or bathroom-  but they think a few hundred quid will be enough to make a garden into a paradise!

Perhaps more people will realise that with a bit of hard work and a fairly modest sum, they can have something very attractive which suits their needs perfectly.

Lawn problems

Posted: Yesterday at 07:40

I'm sorry if this sounds simplistic. It's not the OP's dog - it's the daughter's - so why does she  have to  bring the dog when she visits? 

It's my birthday

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 20:47

I'll let you have that one Verd - my Dad was born in September too 

It's my birthday

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 20:41

Thanks BL.  

chick -all the best people are born in October 

and I have this standing by for the cake - just in case

It's my birthday

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 18:12

Thank you all. I wasn't 100% but I did feel well enough to force down a bit of birthday cake ...

Verd - I look not bad for eighty - you cheeky minx. BM - would have needed to add chicky's candles to 'mine' for my real age

Where did you get that pic of my house Dove? 

 chicky :




- hope you had the fire brigade standing  by for the candles 

Best support for growing clematis to cover wooden fence

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 16:57

You might need a bit more nourishment in the soil Cherry. Clematis, in particular, like lots of food and water and if there are other plants there's a bit of competition for nutrients etc. A nice rich soil but good drainage is best for them. 


Posted: 21/10/2014 at 16:53

Cherry - feeding well is important. They're hungry plants.  I'm not in the balmy south west area of Scotland that Bamboogie mentions - I'm in the wet cold middle part, and we have a short season compared to the south - but it doesn't mean I can't grow them!  A sheltered spot and the right care - and it's amazing what can happen.

You'll have great Cannas next year  


Posted: 21/10/2014 at 16:45

I remember it quite well too. JFK slightly passed me by as I was just a bit too young but I vividly remember my parents' reaction. Aberfan was possibly more relevant to me as it involved children.

The world is such a small  place now - in those days a big news event like that had huge impact because you didn't hear about disasters of that sort very often. It often worries me that we might become slightly detached from dreadful news stories because we hear and see about them  so often. It's important that we don't.


Posted: 21/10/2014 at 16:33

Hope you're having a lovely day chicky - you don't look a day over 49... 

Forgot about mine last week but I still wasn't feeling great at that point  

Think we've got off lightly here re the stormy weather.  No damage anyway - so far. It hasn't been any worse than a lot of autumn/winter days are. Cold though - hasn't been above about 8 degrees all day and was near zero late last night. 

Off for a look round and a catch up.

Monty don new series

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 16:28

gina - you're dead right. I think people are often very naive when it comes to the cost of things. Any hard landscaping is expensive - even if you're providing the labour yourself. If I'd had to pay a firm to do the fence and gates round the boundary of this garden, and the raised beds in the back, it would have cost in the region of three grand. It's not a huge plot either, but the raw materials are dear before you start to factor in labour or anything else. It's  probably cost me around £1000, and  a lot of blood, sweat and tears - before I did any planting.

I enjoyed the programme well enough - it's people's own ideas and they fund it themselves. It's all a learning curve, and they'll be proud of what they've achieved because they've done it themselves. If they had to do it again, they'd probably do some things differently -  I think we all do that.  Good luck to them I say.  

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