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Wonky box hedge

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 19:59

You just keep checking it by standing back every so often ppauper, and keeping a steady hand.  Good exercise, going up and down the ladders  

I did all my own hedges, and did my Dad's for a number of years - beech and conifer - and his were monstrous. Ladders plus an attachment on the hedge clippers, and even then it was a struggle to get across them. I didn't use a string as I'm not bad at getting things straight by eye.

The top should be narrower than the base - not a right angle D'House. It lets the whole hedge get more light and prevents the bottom getting sparse.

Last edited: 19 June 2016 20:01:24

Himalayan Poppy

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 19:53

Cool, moist, shady conditions Glenys.

Think of Scotland re the climate they prefer....

Wonky box hedge

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 19:27

Canes and string will also do a good job for getting a nice straight line if it's something you struggle with.

Don't worry - once you've done it a few dozen times you'll be very competent and won't need a string...

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 19:24

Lovely peonies Dew drops 

BM - that looks utterly fabulous now!  No wonder you were so keen to get that property - the house looks gorgeous too. The pond is beautiful.  I miss my big ponds at the last house - it gives you so much scope when you have room. 

What an amount of hard work you've put in. it's all developed so well over the last year. Absolutely superb  


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 19:06

Way too much Hosta....

Has anyone 'seen' chicky? Hope all is ok...  

It was 'fair chuckin' it down' when I went to the cemetery. I was going to watch the tennis first but recorded it and I'm watching it now - safe in the knowledge that the boy 'done good'. Too nerve racking watching it live!

Grass is being nicely watered. It's the first proper rain we've had in ages - last week was just smirry. Had to tie all the sweet peas up when I got back too as they were getting a bashing. 

Hope that wasn't the lamb I 'rescued' yesterday Dove... 

I don't think it will have lasted the night somehow 

I should have some dinner too - didn't have any yesterday. Bit late now though 

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Camera Talk

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 18:59

Liri- I met one couple as they were coming back, and another chap who'd passed me just before the first Munro - also returning the same way. You can do a different route back by descending south west off Easain, but it involves a bog trot back and it's generally advised to come back by the outward route. I think the recent very dry weather meant that quite a few people did that, as the car park was quite busy. Some walkers might have been doing the two hills on the other side of Loch Treig though.

I talked for ages to the chap doing the checkpoint  for the girl running the Ramsay Round - I mentioned it on the Forker thread. They do 24 Munros in 24 hours   She's actually in one of my other pix ( the approach to Mheadhoin) with her two man support , but they're so far ahead of me you can barely see them  

To be honest - I don't like the satnav. I mainly use it as a compass, and for the trip computer as it gives you the stats - how far, how long moving and how long stopped etc. Handy for checking you're at the right summit too as it gives you the height! 

Always have maps, route description and sometimes route reports by other people as well as a standard compass. 

How do you edge your grass?

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 14:52

I'm not sure how those stand up to wear and tear Typhoo. That would be my main concern. 

I have timber round the back lawn, but I'm thinking of changing it for heftier stuff as I don't feel it's going to stand up to the weather well enough - think it'll warp over time. I'm considering using heavy duty fence posts. 

If you like timber, you could also use sleepers sunk into the ground, if it would fit with your style. Lots of places stock new ones. They're pricey, which is why I'm compromising with the posts instead   


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 14:45

I've just posted on your thread too ppauper. 

Been out doing all my very lush grass too before the rain started,  so I'm pleased as it was needing a good tidy after doing a weed and feed last week.  

I seem to have missed something, or got hold of the wrong end of the stick - who's got men in lycra setting off a smoke alarm? I can't say I'm surprised - I always expected Chris Hoy's legs to go on fire....

Going to the cemetery soon as it's Father's Day. It was another reason why I thought of kipping in the car last night - I pass it on the way as it's just near Loch Lomond. I find it hard to believe it's nearly seven years since he died.

Not heard of that either LP.  Is it the vertical edge of the turf you paint? 

Glad you're feeling a bit better Dove

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 14:39

I'd love to see an update of your new plot BM. It looked really promising with lots of lovely areas  

How do you edge your grass?

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 14:25

That made me laugh ppauper  - I just saw your post on the other thread! 

I use shears - hate strimmers, but they're a necessary evil if you have a large plot with loads of rough bits and pieces, or you have fields next door etc.

I do use scissors on the back grass edges....sometimes... 

In my defence, it's because I no longer have those edging shears for doing the top....

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