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Compost bin

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 11:53
Lyn wrote (see)

That's a lot of bananas Steph!!

I reckon I get through about 700 a year myself Lyn. That's a lot of compost!  


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 11:52

Hosta  -you big girl...

You're a nice chap all round I reckon 

Honeysuckle - Grow It Thick And Bushy on Wires Only??

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 11:51

I hate to sound like the resident partypooper but honeysuckle doesn't do well in  a pot. It's a woodland plant and needs lots of moisture at the roots. It will get mildew and be hard to keep healthy as it grows.  Unless you're getting something very large, I'd only put it directly into the ground. 

There's no way I'd consider putting honeysuckle (and ivy! ) on wires alone. Trying to put something in place later will be very tricky.  Get something substantial in place first and attach vine eyes and wires for training the stems onto. Sorry, but  I think you'll regret it if you don't. 


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 11:40

You got off lightly there Dove - only liquid refreshments! 

Are you needing a canoe yet Verd? 

I'd get my coat, but I don't need it...yet 

Grass to cut and odd jobs to do but the garden takes care of itself mostly which was the general idea. I'll need to go and buy more compost for the bulbs I accidentally acquired yesterday of course...

A fast growing plant to give me privacy.

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 11:36

You can get posts 'notched out' which will then slide onto your decking, and are then screwed into place. A joiner will have the tools to do it. We did that in a previous garden where we built a raised deck and the handrails were done like that. Unfortunately I don't have a pic that shows it clearly. However, that was to support handrails -  it might be better to consider cutting out holes in the decking and then concreting your posts in. If it was me, that's the way I'd do it. 

Yellow patches on lawn.

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 08:53

Just re read your post and the oak trees could be part of the issue. Roots will cause dry areas as they'll take up a lot of the available moisture. They will also create a lot of shade as you've mentioned. It might be worth reseeding some of the most vulnerable areas with a mix designed for shade to see if that helps. 


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 08:30

I have no cunning plan at all KEF as I'm still officially on holiday  

'Chocolate cake with cream' are my very precise instructions re the cake.  I will do my best 

Pat -  putting loo roll in the freezer was the standard recommended remedy up here when you'd had a very hot curry the night before. Not sure if it ever really happened though!  

Something to go with roses

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 08:08

I'd recommend hardy early  perennials and I'd echo loads of spring bulbs to help with interest early on too. Geraniums are a sure fire winner, Topbird's suggestion of Anne Folkard is a great one - good strong colour which would work well with your roses, and although it can be a nuisance, alchemilla looks tremendous with AF because of the colour. I used both with euphorbias in a previous garden and one or two evergreens like that will give you more winter interest. Some of the grasses like carex evergold would work well, and good old euonymous will give some year round foliage as a backdrop. I'd personally not use lavender -it rarely looks good up here in our wet climate! 


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 07:55
Pat E wrote (see)


  I did take the opportunity while in town to buy an extra supply of toilet rolls!  



and you can always put them in the freezer first 


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 07:42

Morning all.

Sorry to hear about your hubby Pat. It's a hellish thing to deal with.  Keep safe yourself, as Dove says. Hopefully it'll pass reasonably quickly- oops, not the best phrase to use! 

RB - sending love. Hope you're feeling better soon too.

Think we're getting the rain, thunder etc later, or tomorrow, but hey - that's Scotland  

I have a cake to make today . Little fairy is 18 tomorrow. Where did the time go 

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