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Pick Axe

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 20:40

The nails are in with the heads at the handle side. I think mine was pretty old and had worn a fair bit, so it was quite loose. It's a bit wobbly just now.

a bit like me 

Pick Axe

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 19:40

I've got a couple of large nails holding the head of mine in place. It seems to work! I'll go and take a look at it to see which way they go, but I'd think it would be from the handle down towards the head, otherwise the head will slide down the handle when you use it  

Autumn is very near

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 19:33



Posted: 05/09/2014 at 19:32

I've been chatting on other threads all day - ponds, hedges, autumn with a sidestep into Scottish scenery...allsorts really! 

Well - it was wet for most of the day and ironing was the alternative 

Have to go out soon so I may not catch up later. Have a good evening anyone who pops in here 

Autumn is very near

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 19:28

That's beautiful Steve. I've come over all misty eyed now....

He was quite good that Hardy bloke wasn't he? 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 19:22

Fishy - I understand about that addiction. I've been on the receiving end of it.  You've done the right thing - believe me - for yourself and all the people who are important to you. I hope you and Mrs F have a good and happy life for many years to come. x 

The forum is full of damn fine people. They have problems of their own, yet take the time to think of and support others who are going through hard times. They'll never know just how much they've helped me and I thank them all. 


Posted: 05/09/2014 at 18:14

Most people leave them in situ Fiona. You can plant later flowering perennials in the same spot at the same time so that as the bulbs die back you have something else coming through which helps to hide the old bulb foliage. Geraniums, for instance, are a good stand by and will grow in most sites. I have sedums in the same spot as some of mine, ferns in others,  and also tiarellas and other low growing evergreens which the bulbs can push past quite easily.

If you don't want to do that it's best to mark them in some way - canes, a piece of mesh etc. 

New driveway=new bed :-)

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 18:08

Hi kj - quite a lot to take in but my first thought would be - don't make it fussy and bitty. I'd make the front of the 'window bed' in line with the driveway, otherwise you'll have an odd little 'jink' of grass there. In other words- where the paving ends at the blue pot, continue the line across to the far end of the bay window, and doubling the depth of the existing space there.  Clean lines and simple shapes are best for a contemporary look. If you're worried about access to the windows, you could leave the paving slabs there and plant in front of them, or do it the other way round - take your driveway paving across that space and plant directly below the window where the slabs are just now. 

As far as your driveway paviours and edging are concerned, I think it's a question of personal taste. Probably best to discuss that with the suppliers. They'll be able to suggest patterns and colours to suit and usually there are edging kerb stones to match or contrast with the main paving. You may want to have a bit of contrast with the house bricks so that it's not a sea of orange! 

Ideas for replacement shrub needed

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 17:52

What was your favourite Verd? Bus Stop? He ain't Heavy?...

Holly's a very nice choice. Slower growing though unless you get a good sized specimen. A very underrated and undervalued shrub nowadays. 

Virginia Creeper

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 17:34

It's good to know philippa. So many vigorous plants just don't perform so well if they don't have free range. 

I may have to consider it for here....

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