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Hang out the washing

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 08:26

It's a perennial problem if there isn't room to tuck it away out of sight somewhere. As Salino says - hiding it with a screen is possibly the best option if you don't want to buy another type of line. Erect a simple screen even with hazel sticks/bamboo if you don't want to  do trellis  and grow something temporarily on it to disguise your smalls and help hide it. Either that, make the rest of your plot so attractive you don't see it. 

I've also done a similar thing to Dove in the past -  a large hook on the house wall and one across the garden onto the pergola. I just coiled the line up when I brought the washing in and tucked it out of sight behind the planting at the house wall.

I had a wobbly rotary line when I moved here so I concreted the spike into a standard builder's bucket then dug a hole and put it in and covered the top with the surrounding gravel. I can now move it to another location as I'm redesigning the garden anyway. 


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 08:12

Bye Woody  

geranium Wargrave pink

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 08:10

Mine are like Verdun's - in rubbishy dry soil behind  the shed and under fences filling gaps- so I'd agree it might be that you're too kind to them!


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 08:04

I grew these in a thin, stony little border under a back window in my first proper garden along with Nigella and they were lovely. Very easy. 


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 07:59

Very dark and dull here and there's been a lot of rain but hopefully it will dry up. Might have to go to the nursery then if there's nothing to do but h****work....

Wintersong- think it's the Love your Garden series - repeats though I expect if it's ITV3.

Hope Woody's day goes well. Off for a catch up 

Erythroniums on Beechgrove as well so make sure you catch it tomorrow.


Posted: 25/04/2014 at 20:31

Good luck Woody. Hope the weather stays fine for you. Always makes people more keen to go out if it's dry and bright  doesn't it? 


Posted: 25/04/2014 at 20:18


Dove- how lovely your mum's reached a ripe old age. Hope she has a lovely day and your dad is well enough to enjoy it with her 

I can send you something for those worms Clari- clean you out no probs...

Lovely bit of salmon and veg for dinner. Wet here now but the new beds were needing it so can't complain. 

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 18:48

It's great news Rosie. You've all worked so hard to make this happen. I wish I was in a better location to help shift stuff - I can do  driving on weekends but there's a limit to how far I can go!

Perhaps  if they were given the info, G'sWorld could put something in the magazine to thank the companies concerned. 

Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 18:31

I had one in a previous garden with a very similar aspect to yours. We had built a raised deck outside the dining room and I left a bit at the end of it where the kitchen extended out about 4 feet. The bed was deep and I had a clematis in with the fatsia which grew over the back door. The fatsia was protected from the midday sun by the wall of the kitchen and once it got going, it quickly grew to a couple of metres. I just took off lower leaves which were a bit rough or brown and it was always healthy and very green there. The house walls gave it plenty of protection from cold winds and weather too  

I also used to take stems off to put in vases with daffs in the spring - they last for ages!

Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 17:31

It often gets called that BB2. The new growth can look a bit odd compared to mature leaves.You can give them  a good tidy up once they're established too. Just take off any rubbishy looking leaves to keep a nice shape. They'll discard quite a lot of lower ones anyway. If they're in a site where they're happy, they make really big plants.

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