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Small path ideas?

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 18:58

The only thing that would worry me about thyme is that it likes lots of sun to perform well - which it might not get there if you have the trees round about. The lavender could struggle too as they like the same conditions, although as long as they're on free draining soil, it may just be flowers you'd sacrifice. There's a very prostrate variety of thyme, whose name escapes me, but it's the one you'd want for in between paving.

That is a nice view back to the garden 

End of the season thoughts

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 18:47

I did a lot here last year, right into autumn/winter as I had bare root hedging to go in, so I'm looking forward to having a slightly quieter autumn/winter  than last year - unless the building work gets started (  ) but I find it frustrating that the days are shortening and I still have so much I'd like to get done. Trying to make a five year project fit into two years isn't really feasible when you work and have no one else to share the grafting. 

Still, I'm pleased with how much I've got done this year and the garden's also matured a fair bit. 

Now I just have to move all the things from where I don't like them...

Small path ideas?

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 17:20

Think I'd agree nut. The rest of the area would need to be planted up densely so that you get a glimpse of what might lie beyond. It's an old design trick that's been around for hundreds of years but you need to obscure the view so that you want to go along the path to see what's there - in DD's case, a lovely borrowed view. 

A bench is more suited to a path with a definite 'end' where you would  sit and look at what's been behind you, like in front of a hedge or feature stone wall etc.

Sorry DD 


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 17:09

Went to go back outside and the heavens opened - hailstones and all 

On the plus side, there was this - you can just see a faint second one on the right



Posted: 04/10/2014 at 16:25

Different shape Yvie - mop heads look like - well...mops heads  

Kind of a pudding-y shape.

and paniculatas are like chunky buddleia flower heads. 


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 16:19

I got in just in time - thanks Ggirl - having a cuppa with a slice now. Looks terrific - it's a shame to eat nice cakes though isn't it?

Nice to see you again jo- hope all goes well with the new garden.  Good timing - get your bearings and then all winter to plan everything....  Nice to have a different set of challenges too. 

Big heavy shower came on, but I've got my pond plants in and there's a bit more gravel in a bucket getting nicely washed to finish off the planting in the purpose built area at the edge.

Yvie - I managed to ignore all the bulbs at the GC yesterday and this morning. Think I deserve another slice of cake for that 

Tomato Blight

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 14:35

Tomsk - I grew Moneymaker again this year and they weren't as good as last year but I think that was down to conditions. I was late getting them sewn so they fruited a bit later and ripened more slowly because the weather changed dramatically at the point where they were just starting to turn. They vary quite a bit in size and bigger ones always seem a bit watery, but the smaller ones are usually fine.

I'm trying Sungold next year due to the recommendations on here and also because the cherry types do seem to fruit a bit quicker which is better for me. 

Dont laugh but Do climbers climbers climb down again?

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 10:29

Keep the purely 'summery' stuff for further away when you're actually out there, and plenty of interest near the house for the quiet times of year - especially if you have windows that you look out at the garden from. Plenty of shrubs which won't need loads of maintenance are ideal too - they'll suit all parts of the garden. Try and have quite a few evergreens so that you won't have loads of pruning, tidying and leaf gathering. That'll cut down on your workload and you can have a few nice 'fiddly' plants for playing around with during the nicest parts of the year, your own favourites, and some scented things where you sit most. 

If that makes sense 


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 10:16

Is that for you chicky? 

Can you get me some aquatic compost Dove - save me getting it. Ta muchly  


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 08:54

Morning all. Wet, wild and windy here so summer's definitely long as someone remembers to switch the tap back off at some point please .. 

Nowt done in garden yesterday and not likely  to get anything done today unless it clears up. Tomatoes are virtually done - only a few left on the vines ripening - but I've had a good enough crop, albeit later than usual. 

Off for a look round to see what's been happening, then I think it's h****work for me 

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