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cancer has meant I can't manage my garden

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 18:24

Hi Trudi. I'd like to echo the sentiments posted already. The suggestions for finding a local group of volunteers is a great one. The only drawback is that you may find it hard letting people loose in your little haven, no matter how well meaning they may be. I know I would. Perhaps someone retired who is looking for something to keep them busy would suit better. I think Topbird's suggestion about the grass is a very good one. A tidy lawn with neat edges is very pleasing, and if other areas are less neat, they aren't so noticeable when they're nicely set off with a bit of lush green grass. 

Good luck with your treatment. You'll get support here, and if any forum members living in your area say that they will help you - they will. I'm sure of that.  There's some terrific people on here   

Mystery ornamental grass

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 16:46

Sounds like a Carex of some sort nut, I should think. Are the leaves narrow Valerie?  


Posted: 01/08/2014 at 16:43

doc  I had a car problem a few weeks ago and I totally agree - the faffing about waiting for them etc. I had taken the girls out for dinner so just waited till I got home rather than hang about the restaurant with them - indicator had stuck on and wouldn't go off. In the end it needed a new unit but by the time AA came out it was almost 10pm etc etc. The guy was great but the AA were very pedantic about everything. Someone else had to come out and take the car the following day because they wouldn't let him take it there and then without charging storage for it at the garage overnight.  

Yvie - I'm like fidget - live and let live outdoors but coming in's a different matter! I had one in my shed over winter. Didn't know he was there till I saw the marks on the inside of the door - nothing for him to eat in there apart from grass seed that he couldn't get into. Found him when I cleared out a little bucket... 

Got a lot done outside as it cleared up - a washing out as well - but off to hairdresser now with youngest fairy for her 'return to school' haircut and my eyebrows waxed. I start to look the Gallagher brothers (both of them)  if I leave it too long. Could see it far enough 

Ideas for privacy solutions where Dry & Shady,

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 11:57

I've just gone out and taken these pix GD - this is my blackthorn hedging. This was just compacted grass at the edge of the adjoining pavement. I put the fence in, prepared all the ground with plenty of manure and compost and put the hedge in during November. This is just a single row but I've got a bit behind some planting where there's a double row and it's really dense.



Posted: 01/08/2014 at 11:40

Yvie - I think if you're just careful about not leaving excess food on the ground at night, mice aren't a huge problem - especially once it gets colder and other food sources are scarce. Having said that, my last house was quite rural and they had a run between the original part of the house and the new extension which went through to the electrics cupboard...not too handy. They were living under a piece of decking just outside the windows and that's also where we had a feeder so they used to nick in and out during the day - the little b******! The new bit was also the master bedroom so we could hear them at night running through the wall en route to the cupboard....

Several night of setting traps though.... problem solved 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 11:31

Lovely dragonflies BizzieB.  I like the fact that you've got a formally edged pond but you've still made it wildlife friendly by creating a 'beached' area with stones for them to get in and out safely. It shows that you can have the best of both!

Mrs Garden was mentioning sitting in a different part of her garden and how it totally changes the view and perspective. I think taking pix can help with that. You see the garden in a certain way because you're always framing a view.

Ideas for privacy solutions where Dry & Shady,

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 10:31

I'd echo attaching some posts on to the existing ones (cheap from a timber merchant) and then trellis or something similar on to those. I'm not keen on the bamboo/reed screening but that's a personal thing - if you use it, put some horizontal battens on to attach it to. It would certainly be a fairly cheap solution and you can then get something planted in front of it. I've got blackthorn hedging, planted last winter bare root - it's looking great already - so as long as you prepare the ground well, it grows pretty rapidly. Lots of climbers will do fine but get some goodness in the ground before you get them in, and then keep well watered and mulched. Dog rose (Rosa canina) should be fine there too - you can get that bare root in autumn. As Topbird says -hawthorn also, and you can get native hedge mixes from online hedging specialists. Won't be pricey for the size you seem to have there GD. 


Posted: 01/08/2014 at 10:10

Daughter liked her spider so much, she wanted a tarantula for her second birthday. Watching 'Come Outside' (with Auntie Mabel and Pippin) when they had them on just encouraged her! It wouldn't have bothered me really, but we settled for a tank of fish instead  

One of the girls I used to work with was terrified of them. We use tassels (no - we don't make kinky undergarments )  and one day I dropped a dark blue one next to her...she nearly hit the roof. Naughty fairy 


Posted: 01/08/2014 at 09:54

I used to grow Achillea 'Cerise Queen' and I deadheaded. We get too much rain in autumn so plants don't often get the frosted thing - they just look lousy.  I'm a bit like Verd - I like plants being tidy so I prefer to remove spent flower heads as often as possible unless it's something I particularly want to seed around. 


Posted: 01/08/2014 at 09:30

Morning all. I'm all behind 'like the coo's tail'

Damp here but it saved me watering everything last night - Mother Nature's has done well!

OL has a date with Chris Evans archie ... 

I like spiders BM - use the glass and piece of card to take them out if you don't want them in the house, although I had a job finding a glass big enough for one last year - had to be careful not to squish his little feet!  

When my oldest daughter was little, she had a spider as a 'friend' . She used to say hello to it each day and have a little chat. I didn't have the heart to take it outside 

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