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Posted: 18/08/2013 at 21:55

Gosh that's a lot Verdi. Do you get any probs with them or do they always all take?

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Posted: 18/08/2013 at 21:48

Lovely Georgie. It's obvious you've been working very hard to get it looking so good 

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Posted: 18/08/2013 at 21:47

Too much yummy food for me - rosy cakes and lovely pie with custard. Mmmmm.

Will be making cake later this week for youngest Fairy daughter's birthday so I'd better be good for the next few days! 

I've been trying to deadhead the sweet peas every day if possible pg - they catch up so quickly don't they!

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Posted: 18/08/2013 at 20:19

fidget is autumn pie berries of different types? Sounds lovely. Plenty of custard for me please

I managed to avert my eyes from all the reduced raspberries etc in B&Q earlier. Nowhere for them to go yet. Lots of blackberries - brambles we call them - around here in the autumn. Yummy.


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 20:07

Well it's only grass and  I think Antony just wants somewhere for his children to play - he's not looking to take up crocquet or bowls. Easy to get a bit precious about it all. Keeping it tidy is all that's needed for the time being I should think - enough to do when you have 3 small children! 



Posted: 18/08/2013 at 19:55

Think I'd agree with waterbutts blackest.They can cope with pollution and all sorts of things but they like good drainage.

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Posted: 18/08/2013 at 19:48

nothing to lose chick-  I'd give them a few weeks to shape up or ship out! 

Did very little outside today apart from fixing the back gate and deadheading . Weather was very hit and miss with heavy showers but got washing dried . Went to get compost and a few necessities. Back to work tomorrow so decided to have a few hours to myself doing s** all.  


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 19:43

Has to be done properly Verd. In a previous house we had French doors leading out onto it from the dining room (south facing). I left a  bit to plant into at one end and had a retaining timber wall  at right angles to it to match the deck, creating a planted terrace, and I had  planting along the rest of the side where the handrail was as well.  At my last house however, the previous owners put  deck right round the new extension which came to the back door. That was our main entry and it was in shade all day apart from a few hours late in the day in summer. Like an ice rink. It had been badly done too and the rain just gathered on it. The bit at the other side was lovely as we had French doors in straight out onto it from our bedroom.The rest should never have been put in. Classic case of lack of knowledge. They can look awful if they're just stuck in the garden and they don't connect with anything too.


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 18:57

Hi Paul. Not too sure how readily birds will nest in a planter but if it's suitable and in a sheltered spot I don't see why not! You could try straightforward Ivies- easy to obtain from GCs, nurseries and DIY stores. There are plenty to choose from but some of the small leaved ones are better for ground cover or small containers as they don't grow very big.There are evergreen honeysuckles as well such as Lonicera Henryi but anything in containers needs a little more input in the way of nutrition and water than when planted in the ground so you'll have to make sure you can give them that. Drainage is important too so make sure you have holes in the bottom for excess water to get away. Another plant you may want to try is Pyracantha which is a shrub rather than a climber but can be used as one. They're prickly but have small flowers in the early summer which attract bees and hoverflies followed by berries in the autumn which birds will love. That might be useful to get the birds coming in to begin with. They have different colours of berry - red, orange or yellow- flowers are all the same - creamy white. Easy to obtain anywhere. All these will do well in most positions- a little shade will suit all of them rather than full sun.  

Hope that gives you a start anyway. 

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Posted: 18/08/2013 at 18:36

pg - I've got a mix of Cupani and Cathy in two large terracotta pots. The Cupani are dark purple and a lighter shade on the same flower. I thought I put a pic on here but I think it was on Verd's 'star in the garden' thread. There are some nice dark sweet peas but i always grow Cupani -not sure why! They're slightly smaller than the more usual s.peas but beautiful perfume.

Cathy Cupani would be a good forum name!

Found the pic


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