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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 19:45

Nature's cruel sometimes isn't it fidget? 

I saw the big wasp again today that I saw a while back. couldn't get a pic but had a look online and found some pix which seem to be right- it's a wood wasp. They like conifers and dead wood so that must be why it likes the back of my garden! I'd love to see those hummingbird moths Gilly - don't know if we get them up here though.

Cup of tea and birthday cake for me just now 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 19:24

Verd -what happened to the end? Did you run away before you could finish?

Maybe I should put a big barn right along the inside of the fence...

Didn't realise Acteas were scented. Would they do well up here Verd? Not seen them in anyone's garden.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 19:11

If they're in pots you need to make sure they have enough food and water and it's surprising how much they can take especially with the temperatures this year.  I have some in pots and I have other pots and plants shading them at the base and I  keep on top of the watering. I use tomato food for mine. It does sound as though that's the problem. A bit of tlc and new compost as mentioned above and hopefully they'll come away again. 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 19:03

Lovely spuds archie and great produce as always Deano!

So neat isn't he?

Pix of my garden today with the shed out the way and a good bit of clearing done.

The ivies are for the outside of the new fence (next to shed) and the gate in left corner will be moved to give a longer run of fence for climbers and a few bits and pieces with a path alongside it as well. Most of the gravelled area and the bare soil will be a new lawn and the strip of grass will be path. I've started making the borders along the new fence too. They'll be shadier as they face east mostly. The Mahonia is at the centre axis of the new garden- there's a bit of temporary fence on the right which will go when the extension's underway.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 18:33

Evening all. Not long in.Been clearing all the bit where the shed was, stripping turf to prepare ground for borders, and got a couple of plants in etc. Pickaxe required! Had to do a fair bit of measuring before I started as the plot is all angular and I will be making a fairly simple geometric design with the space.  A few people asked what was going in place of the shed. The back gate was next to, and behind it, and I'm moving that soon so that I'll have a full run of fence there with climbers and a path alongside it.  Rectangle of grass in the middle, symmetrical borders at the new fence with a focal point in the middle. Some new paving nearer the back door wrapping round the lawn and 3 big pots with 'cones' of greenery. A few twists here and there but essentially quite simple and calming. I took a few pix so I'll put them on Garden Gallery. 

Bit weary now so will get dinner and put feet up.

What did you bake today Dove? 


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 09:57

Daniel's the main contact for the forum  jatnik. Not sure of all the ins and outs but if you go into  your settings you can just type in his name in the 'compose message' bit and  send him a message in the same way you can contact any other forum member privately. If they don't get informed of  an issue they don't know about it. He passes everything to the tech team but  of course with the long weekend no one will be there till Tuesday to take a look . Since several people  had probs yesterday I PMd him to let him know about it as mine was working. 


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 09:46

Same for me Dove- wasn't working- gremlins at work again!

Beautiful day here so I can get on with my borders now that shed's out the way. More grafting but I feel I'm making real progress now. The bees are already humming and buzzing away on the buddleia. What better sound is there- just need a blackbird singing to make it perfect! 

Those little Rudbeckias look great Stacey -what a bargain.

pg - enjoy pottering. Nice doing that- haven't done much of it recently so I'll try and do some today in between stripping turf 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/08/2013 at 20:23

Good tip Dove.  Our local Asda sells ones for loaf tins but  now that I have a silicone loaf tin it's even easier cos you don't need to line them at all. Have you been in the Lakeland shop in Windermere? Fantastic place! 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/08/2013 at 20:04

Enjoy Archie- you've deserved it! 

Dove that looks very good. I'll take a look at the link 


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 19:56

Whatever you do you'll have to dig out a bit or refill so that you have a level area to put down your stepping stones. Although you have a slope the path really needs to be level or it'll be hopeless for wheelbarrows etc. no matter what material you use for it.  If you dig away the higher side you can put that along the low side to level it up. You'd also need to have a retaining edge of some kind (as SD describes above) so that you don't get the same problem in future - grass will grow over and reclaim areas whenever it can. That will happen on the higher side in particular. Timber is one of the easiest methods but you could use brick or stone or even make a little concrete edge if you're able, so that your path stays where it's meant to. Not sure how good roof tiles would be - are they not a bit small? If they were an option I think you'd have to treat them like paving - a firm base but then a bit of mortar to keep them in place. Don't think they'd be heavy enough to stay in situ like paving would.

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