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Posted: 15/07/2014 at 21:58

Very kind   The fences in that pic were of that 'bright orange' hue and had umpteen coats of paint to tone them down, so I did the trellis and raised beds black. Would really have liked to do the fence black and have the trellis mossy green but the trellis was orangey too so I reckoned it might not cover too well.  The horrible gravel and slabs will go too.

Love yours too BM. The seating area looks lovely and peaceful. A winding path's  a great way to break up a long narrow garden- always makes it look wider . Lots of scope for planting of all types too. Nice brick edging 

Outrageous sexism!!!!!

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 21:40

I agree art. A lot of brainwashing goes on. I'm also approaching thirty   and can't physically do what I used to be able to do which is very frustrating, but I just take more breaks! I probably had more influence from my Dad too as he was always building stuff and doing DIY, but I also sew - I do it for a living!

My mum once asked me if I made my husband's breakfast for him before he went to work...... yeh - as if!  I didn't see him offering to get up and make mine when I worked double the hours he did either! 

I hold doors open for everyone - man, woman or alien with three heads. It's a common courtesy and it annoys me if women see it as anything else. I always thank someone holding a door for me.  Equality surely means just that - do as you would be done by, and be courteous to others whatever the gender. 


Posted: 15/07/2014 at 21:21

I forgot to watch the bees KEF  I'll have to get it on the catch up thingy.

I've taken some pix Lesley so I'll stick them on  a thread somewhere. I hope the birds enjoy my garden when I'm at work because I think I scare them off always sawing bits of wood and joining them together and generally making a nuisance of myself  

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 21:14

I put lots of pix on here last year when I was building a new fence etc. There might be a few on here further back BM. It's all work in progress I'm afraid.

If you're concerned about the ground, it might be worthwhile carefully lifting your clematis when they're dormant, so that you can get it into shape first and then replant. 

Here's a couple of pix from a month or two ago


Outrageous sexism!!!!!

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 21:02

Every car accident I've been in was caused by a man - was it you Verd?....

Interestingly, they all ran into me when I was stationary - usually waiting to make a right turn. They were all in a hurry and thought they could get through the 'gap'...which wasn't big enough of course. Not really surprised - men are always over- estimating sizes.....

When I was married,  if I didn't do things myself I'd still be waiting now - some 12 years down the line! I remember buying a car and the salesman insisted on speaking constantly  to my husband (boyfriend at the time) who had only just passed his test. I said it was me buying the car not least he had the decency to look embarrassed! 

Looking at it the other way round - I used to get fed up hearing female friends say they couldn't possibly cut the grass. I said 'Can you use a hoover?'  'Yes' they'd say, so  I said  'Well it's the same thing - you plug it in and push it up and down'. 


Posted: 15/07/2014 at 20:46

Evening chicky 

Your post wasn't there when I posted mine KEF  Glad you had a lovely time chez fidget.

Did you actually leave her some fruit? 

The time will fly by now lily 

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Posted: 15/07/2014 at 20:38

I'm in central Scotland BM. Nothing but clay in all the gardens I've had,  and usually lots of rain but it's been very dry here during June and first bit of July  which is rare. I always put lots of grit and good compost in when I plant a clematis to counteract the clay, a bit of F,B and B at planting time and tomato food once buds appear. This is a new garden though - virtually nothing here a year ago - and I've built raised beds down one side so all the plants are getting off to a good start. Where I've started new borders in grass, they've had plenty of manure over the winter, and compost when anything goes in. Those areas  are shadier and have plants which are happy with some moisture. 

Don't give up with your clematis - they're so lovely when they're growing well. If you improve the drainage and the surrounding soil I'm sure you'll see a difference. They'll grow well in big pots and containers, so if you're struggling, invest in a couple of statement pots to grow them in 

Plant ID please

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 20:24

Hi Nikmat. That's a columbine - Aquilegia. They flower in spring so that's the seedheads forming. They'll seed around if you let them, or you could cut the stems back. They'll die back over winter and start appearing again in early spring.

If you google the name it'll bring up some pix - there's loads of varieties of them though!


Posted: 15/07/2014 at 20:21

Evening all. Too much to catch up with and comment on but love the snake pix Dove. Poor little froggy but - that's the wonderful world of wildlife eh? 

Just as well we didn't have St Swithin's yesterday - very wet here all afternoon and last night  It's done the plants a world of good but we could do with a lot more. Been unusually dry here for the last 4/5 weeks. 

Been very busy at work so not done much outside since Sunday. Been getting on with timber 'boxes' for the apple trees - one completed and painted so will hopefully get the 2nd one finished and get them both planted at the weekend, weather permitting. Screen to make for the bit inbetween for clematis etc. It'll be nice when I'm not doing so much building and can do more footering with plants. Still have paths and a grass area to do at some point.

Off to see what's what now that I've had dinner 

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Posted: 15/07/2014 at 20:04

Lovely pix again everyone - always lovely to see them 

The heavy rain yesterday has freshened the beds and borders at last although we need a lot more. Not often I can say that here!

Took a photo of my clematis Etoile Violette. Always such great value - flowers for ages and still just a young plant.


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