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Posted: 16/08/2014 at 11:27

Oh don't do that chick - we missed you! 

Just read your post from last night doc - I wasn't going Goth - I just needed dark nail varnish to hide my mucky nails... Youngest fairy had some dark grey which did the job 

Not sure a soft top would be much use here today...unless it's a fleece...soft top ....get it? 

I'll get me (rain) coat...

Advice on moving and cuttings on my Spirea

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 11:16

Hi Jet - it should be no problem to move, even an established shrub like that. They're pretty tough.  Wait till it's dormant - that just means when the foliage is gone - as that will be less stressful for the plant, and you! Prune it back by a third or so to make it easier as well. Dig it out with as big a rootball as you can manage - start quite far away from the base with your spade or fork, and just go in carefully - to do as little damage as possible. If you can prepare the hole it's going into first, that will help enormously, and make sure it's a good size. Plenty of fresh compost mixed in with the soil you take out and in the bottom of the hole, firm it in well and water thoroughly. I always add a little blood,fish and bone to the mix which is a slow release feed, just to get plants off to a good start.  If there's anything you don't understand just say - it's easy to say something which might not be clear!

I think cuttings are quite easy for spireas - hardwood ones probably at this time of year,  but I'll  let someone else do that bit for you 

Railway sleeper fixing

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 10:53

You can also use long steel rods vertically through them from the top into the ground underneath but that might be more complicated than Dave's advice. I'd agree that sleepers are normally pretty solid without any fixing, so unless the ground's unstable in some way or  you're making it very high, you wouldn't need to do too much to secure them.


Posted: 16/08/2014 at 10:47

DD - it's understandable that you want to get stuck in to a big, neglected garden  - I was exactly the same at my last house. Long term projects are exciting and daunting at the same time. It's frustrating when you see all the things that need sorted and you want it all fixed right away but there's only enough hours in the day and strength in your body! On here, we tend to advise people in that situation to do some bits nearest the house first - even if it's just a tidy up of some kind - so that you see an improvement quite quickly. Gives you a bit of encouragement for the countless days that you look at all the work still to be done... 

Seriously - some early spring colour and good evergreens or eye catching pots/statues/bird baths etc that you can see from windows and entrances throughout the winter is always a good trick.

Landscaping my garden

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 10:31

Just found this thread and not read it thoroughly but thanks for the compliments Salino 

Hi cc, you've been very busy already and I wish you well with all your plans. Apologies if you've said which direction the garden faces and I've missed it, but just looking at your pix and plan I'd suggest that whatever medium you go for in your seating/dining areas, you link the bit outside your french doors with the enclosed area between the buildings and use only one surface, as it gives a more cohesive look.  If the whole area is in enough sun then decking would be fine. It's slippy when it's wet if in too much  shade and that's where people go wrong - they simply  use it in the wrong place. If it's too shady, moss builds up on it during wet weather which causes the issue. I had it in a previous garden leading from french doors and I loved it - barefoot on a sunny morning for my breakfast. That faced south east and had sun from early morning till mid afternoon.  I cleaned mine once a year with a stiff brush and water with some washing up liquid. For deep shade, I only ever use gravel as it's non slip, so you could have paving on the main area and graduate into more gravel in the enclosed area which will still work well. I'd avoid mixing decking and paving as it's difficult to marry the two together successfully.

I also noticed that you have a gate from the side of the property leading into the enclosed part so that will have a bearing on what you put down and how you use it. If you have a big table to put there it may restrict the gate  - so measure carefully! I can see what others are saying re sitting on the area outside the doors as you have the  neighbouring garden/conservatory there, but you also seem to have a bit of space next to the fence so you could have some shrubs to provide screening there to make it more private. That's the obvious area for bigger meals as you have direct access from the doors, and you could always have a bench or a small 'bistro' table with a couple of chairs in the enclosed area for a morning coffee, or a quiet place to take a little break and contemplate your vision! 



Posted: 16/08/2014 at 09:35

I just take the flowering stems off Donna and leave the foliage to die back. Some people like to leave  them as they can be pretty with a frost on them, but we usually get lots of rain so they look messy rather than pretty! 

You can just remove the top couple of inches of compost in spring and replace with new, and add a sprinkling of slow release feed  like blood, fish and bone at the same time.

Talkback: Caterpillars

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 09:29

Verd - first you need to purchase a large butterfly net, then you run around neighbouring gardens with it, then they call the police....

I'd agree with Dove - more likely to be the dreaded slug/snail family on sunflowers.


Posted: 16/08/2014 at 09:15

Apparently new research suggests magpies aren't attracted to shiny things - they're frightened of them. I might ask Elton if he can come and stand in the garden then....

I buy plants Verd - but only the ones on offer and that I want. I got some great buys this time last year at the nursery as I needed quite a bit for this empty space. 25% off everything. I don't do the kind of thing you're talking about though - plants that are designed to part folk from their money to make the balance sheets look better for the year... 

Wet and windy here as forecast, which is a pity. One of  those typically Scottish days - four seasons in one! Sun is shining through the  back windows, black clouds at the front and rain. Perhaps tomorrow will be a bit better 

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 09:08

Sterelitza - I've got your you have mine? That's a bit of  a design problem with your car 

Lesley - at least your niece had something she could eat for her lunch   

I often dream that I'm late for something and it leads to all sorts of ridiculous scenarios as dreams often do. Usually when I have somewhere important to go the next day. Not often work then...

My youngest daughter once said to me when we returned to the house  'Mum, where's the car?'  Yes - we were returning in the car...... 

She's only 16...must get it from her father...


Posted: 16/08/2014 at 08:41

Good morning.....oh maybe I should sing that!  Had a great time last night at Singin  in the Rain. Fairy family all enjoyed it thoroughly. What a soaking the people in the front row get during the title dance, and at the end as well! Terrific fun  

No milk? That's a criminal offence here 

Always good to see pix of gardens - have you posted any of yours bekkie? We have a seed swap thread, and some of us already swap plants amongst ourselves.

Off to see what you've been up to last night 

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