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Daylight/Sunlight and Overshadowing Analysis

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 08:11

Don't forget that plants grow and also die - so shade/sun/part shade constantly alter over time as well. It's not as simple as just defining those areas at the starting point of building a garden from an empty plot. It's not like a room in your house which stays the same until you redecorate, it's a constantly evolving space   

I can't see that anyone would pay for a service like that. 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 08:03

Morning all/afties Pat

Forgot about Chelsea. I sometimes get a bit bored with the repetition of the same gardens and features though, so probably doesn't matter!

Congrats DD - it's a great feeling to achieve something you've planned and set out to do. 

I'll have a quick look round before I go - could do with being at home to get on with the digging on this lovely day though...

Have a good day everyone, whatever you're doing

Laburnum tree

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 07:54

I grew up with a  laburnum tree in the front garden. They were commonly grown in school playgrounds and amenity areas throughout the fifties and sixties - they cope well with pollution.  My sister and I both managed to survive. 

Strangely, my mother made such a  fuss about the seeds being poisonous that I became more interested in them. If she'd said nothing, I'd never have given them a second glance.

The pods aren't attractive in any way, so I'd find it odd if any child was interested in eating them. Many plants are poisonous, but you'd have to consume very large amounts for them to do any kind of damage. The inside of an under sink kitchen cabinet is more dangerous frankly.

Camera Talk

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 21:00

I love those beautiful, delicate, pale green lichens you get on trees and rocks Liri. I find myself sitting looking at them quite often when walking  

Must be an age thing....

baby spiders?

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 20:58

Gorgeous. I remember having some on a plant years ago, and when you touched the tight ball they made, they scattered at a million miles an hour! 

Camera Talk

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 20:44

Can't decide if it's fascinating or horrible Liri!

Or a bit of both 

Titchmarsh oin Chelsea FS 2016 Compost Heap?

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 20:43

He stopped doing it a few years ago mr swann.

Camera Talk

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 20:38

That is seriously weird Liri! Do you have any idea what it is?

That was taken en route to Ben Bhuidhe (Glen Fyne) last July.  The moorland bits of lots of the hills are covered in them in summer. White ones as well. They're so pretty, and it's nice to spend a bit of time just sitting looking at them  

Camera Talk

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 20:29

That's a beauty Liri  

The little spotted  ones will be showing soon too.

Bushes for screening

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 20:26

Laurel is probably the best option - they can grow 12-18 " easily in a year once established. Therein lies the problem, as they'll need trimmed regularly. They get huge if left unpruned. Anything quick growing will also get big quickly so it's a balance.

A hedge of something like Beech or Hornbeam might be easier to keep as, although not evergreen, they maintain their foliage if kept under about 10 feet. Privet is semi evergreen but needs more clipping.

 Do you have a fence there? That may be the best option to start with, then you can plant a mix of shrubs - evergreen and deciduous, and it won't matter quite so much if they take a few years to get to decent size.

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