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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Weed identification please

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 15:53

Thought the second one looked like Joe-Pye Weed, Eupatorium.


Posted: 19/09/2014 at 15:47

Always lovely to get a nice  prezzie Dove. That'll keep you out of trouble while you recover from your injuries 

Woody - you need a house on it ...then it can be  your 'Little House on the Prairie'...

Been very lazy - washed some of the gravel for putting by the pond... 

That's all 

North facing Porch

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 14:56

Sarcococca is Christmas box - an evergreen shrub. Don't know how happy they'd be undercover but might be worth trying.

Inexpensive suggestions for improving garden

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 14:52

It may be less deep than you think Kai, and since you're saying it's a bit ropey anyway, you could probably tackle it with a sledgehammer and bag it to take away. I've broken up concrete quite easily that way 

You can then fill in with soil to match the level of the rest of the grass and either turf or reseed. 

I take it the area at the bottom of the pic is where your house is? You can create a simple, small space with gravel or paving there, to give you an alternative little seating/dining area near your back door.  Ideal for a cuppa or a glass of wine after a hard day! That way you can make the most of sunny areas you have too. If you're going to have children, the bigger lawn would be a benefit, and you'll spend more time out there once you have them - swings, slides and sandpits 

Quick note about that brick wall - if it's not yours you can't attach anything directly to it, but you could plant some shrubs along the front, including some scented ones as it would be next to a seating area, or you could put in some posts and trellis independent of the wall, for climbers. It largely depends how much time you have for maintenance too. Sweet peas are handy for summer scent and colour so that's a cheap way of getting some quick impact next summer.

Camera Corner

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 14:37

David - how could anyone not love that!  Fabulous pic 


Posted: 19/09/2014 at 14:29

A gun Sue...

Sorry- but if you're rural....

What sort of conditions do you have - boundaries for instance. They can get in quite easily by jumping or tunneling,  but if you have a decent height of fence, hedge or wall, you might be able to block holes well enough so that they go for easier pickings  elsewhere. I'm assuming you don't leave anything out that encourages them - food etc - but if you have neighbours, they sometimes have misguided ideas about 'cute' little foxes coming in. Do you know if there's a family of them living near you ?

Inexpensive suggestions for improving garden

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 14:14

Don't see any reason why you can't add another layer but you'll have to shutter the sides and make sure it's deep enough. Having now seen the pix, if I was you I'd take the path away and put one down the right hand side to the shed/dining area. That way, you'll get a decent sized area of grass. However, are you sure you want your main dining area in that spot  - does it get enough late sun for evening dining, or does that not matter?

Sorry for the questions Kai, but I'd hate you to make changes and then not be happy with them. I know how hard it is to rearrange things on a tight budget. 


Posted: 19/09/2014 at 14:03

Back from a shopping trip - very exciting - gravel, fence post caps and roof seal for the shed 

other women buy shoes...

Rain never happened - all it did was dampen the top of the growhouses! I'll  leave the bench out Lesley - no decent outdoor storage here which I'm not used to. It's outdoor paint on it anyway.  I could cover it but probably won't bother - I'm not very keen on those covers so it'll have to just get on with it. 

What's your prezzie Dove?

Camera Corner

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 10:26

Lesley - did you take that when you visited me last year? 

We've had 'C' items in the shops for ages here. Ridiculous.

Looking forward to the pix fidget 


Posted: 19/09/2014 at 10:23

Woody - have you been tempted to put a sign on it and give it a name? 

I'll get my coat...and it's raining so I'll need it - hurray! 

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