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Ugly structure in garden

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 08:39

You'll need to get a  digger in then Peter! 

You might find the rocks useful if you feel like tackling it though. It depends on whether you want to keep any of the structure. The little 'hut' could be really nice in the right spot and renovated.

Maybe a job for next spring/summer - and perhaps we'll get some pix of you sitting in a 'Swiss chalet surrounded by alpine scree'....

Reviving an old slightly tired garden

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 08:34

And a bit of shade for the rhodo cc!  

If you want wildlife in, you can't get better than a buddleia cc. Stick it in a sunny spot and watch the butterflies and bees appear in their thousands next  summer 

There's loads of annuals which you can grow easily for bees and hoverflies too, and you'll get loads of suggestions for perennials/shrubs to attract them too. Sedums are good at this time of year and very easy. Spring bulbs are great for early nectar sources - you could stick a load of them in your new planters, and they'll be happy under whatever you eventually plant .....apart from bamboo unfortunately! 


Posted: 26/09/2014 at 08:27

Morning all and those to come. A fine looking day here after the rain, but chilly.

Have a lovely day Woody 

Start of my week off work so will have lots of planning to do. Went to a GC yesterday after work to see if they had any pond plants as I got some there before. All reduced, and they had one I was looking for but didn't look great, so I'll get them online. 

Which sedum did you get chicky?  I used to have the white Iceberg, which I liked very much,  but no one seems to have it now. Might take a look online for it. 

sickly sedum

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 08:19

No worries about taking time to reply Alf - lots of us aren't around all the time either! 

Take some cuttings - they root so easily and it'll give you lots of fresh plants which will grow quickly. You can literally pull little bits off and stick them in some gritty soil/compost and they'll grow. I just put mine in a sheltered spot over winter so that they don't get too wet 

My garden is a jungle

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 07:50

Donna - they won't be five forever, and it gets easier when they're able to fend for themselves a bit and allow you to spend more time in the garden.

Enjoy them being little - you won't get that time back. The garden will still be there  

Need to move wild bees on

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 12:47

Can't beat a good burning Pete! 

Lovely to have bees in your plot though, even if it's slightly inconvenient at times 

My garden is a jungle

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 12:45

As a working single parent of two young children, I doubt if Donna will have much to time to use a greenhouse! I've been a single parent a long time, and it's very hard to keep on top of everyday stuff, let alone any substantial gardening, unless you have parents or relatives to help. I didn't, so I know how hard it is.

The greenhouse could be a nuisance just now rather than an asset, so it might be better to make it safe so that the children don't go in it, and save that for the future when you have more time to spend in it. I'd concentrate on getting the rest of the garden in a state where it's manageable. Maintenance alone will take up a fair bit of time. Grass can be a dripping roast. For children playing, it doesn't need much more than regular mowing, a squaring up and feed in spring, with a bit of spiking and scarifying in spring and autumn if you can be bothered. 

You've made tremendous progress so far Donna. Take some time to enjoy doing nice bits, especially with your girls, so that you don't wear yourself out!  


Posted: 25/09/2014 at 08:04

Morning all. We have rain - my grass will be grateful  

No ice creams here - or bacon butties - just work...but last day for me before a week off - hurray!  Might get a chance to get my bulbs put in the ground from pots and swap some things about as well as doing lots of other things. 

Glad you had a good time chicky and hope the weather's good for planting this weekend.

Off for a quick look round before I go. Have a good day everyone 

sickly sedum

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 07:49

Hi Alf. They're usually quite straightforward as you no doubt find since you've grown them for years. Only thing I can suggest is that you mention the top of the ground being dry but damp about an inch down. Is there any chance that the ground lower down is too wet and they're rotting? 

Flooded gardens campaign

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:27

art - glad they got round to getting it in the mag after all...

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