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Posted: 09/07/2016 at 12:22

Lesley - I blame the referendum. Might as well - it'll get blamed for everything else anyway....

Rain has gone off so I'm taking advantage for the foreseeable...

Not sure if the grass is suitable for cutting tho'...

chciky - I dare say it's the same when they start to drive too  

Confused primrose

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 11:17

And a 'spring' in your step LG ...

It's ok - I won't give up the day job....

Last year I had an Arabis flowering non stop all through the summer after doing it's thing in spring too. Mine all had a general feed of B,F&B this year just to give them a bit of help as they must have been exhausted! I don't often do that - usually forget   

Some of those plants are in poorer soil with more competition nearby ( they're in raised beds etc ) so I don't think it did them any harm 


Posted: 09/07/2016 at 11:01

I'll just have the Yorkshire Clari - with skinny milk though 

I hate the thought of that fruity stuff    I'm an old fashioned girl when it comes to my tea  

Jam sounds good GWRS. Haven't had jam in ages...

Will bark help with drainage?

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 10:23

Hi chickdee. This is a tricky one. I think the problem you have is that what you're describing is a soakaway, ie  the pit with stones. The excess water is drawn to that area away from the rest of the garden, as it will be the lowest point, and the water then sits until it slowly drains away.  If it's in shade, that doesn't help with drying out either.

I think the best option for you is to either relocate your play area, or make a raised one instead. I don't know how big your garden is or how large you want the play area, but it's not too difficult to make a bed with fencing timber which you can then fill with coarse sand and top it with bark.  You'd need a landscape barrier between the layers to stop it all mixing together. Or prep it with soil/compost/grit and lay turf  if you prefer grass.

Hope that's of some use just now. 

The pussycat and the stagbeetle

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 10:04

Great pix Jacqueline! How wonderful to have them in your garden. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 10:01



Posted: 09/07/2016 at 09:56

Wonks - missed your post there. Think the cattle prod is needed for the intruder  

..and the son! 

A cheap cctv camera too perhaps...


Posted: 09/07/2016 at 09:54

Can't agree more with the whole 'phone' issue.

T'bird - the concert nonsense is ludicrous - why DO people want to watch it through a tiny screen after paying to SEE an artist? 

But the funeral takes the biscuit....it seems that some people can't live their life any other way than through their phone. There is no respect or consideration any more either. I despair of the human race at times, and yet, there will be another story which comes along to make you feel there IS hope for us all.

The doubles have been great too Liri - I agree. I've watched some of the men's, and I saw a little of Heather Watson's match yesterday,  but I have to fit it in round other things. Work mainly! It's seriously affecting my tennis watching... 

Just had a stroll round the garden...well I went as far as the grass.... 

Back to low teens after reaching 16 yesterday...yes, 16. That was the first day it managed to get to that temp. Positively tropical  

It's not unpleasant though - no wind, just wet.  Struggled to get double figures most days. Looks like hole filling, sanding and h****work for me...and tennis...

Planting lily bulbs late

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 09:08

Just plant them Caz. They won't benefit from being stored. Better in the ground or in a pot if your soil's unsuitable  


Posted: 09/07/2016 at 09:05

Hope it settles for you. I know what you mean about it being worse when you get a bad night after a lot of decent ones. I got so used to rubbish sleep that I felt weird when I got a good night! 

Intended trying to get out tomorrow as last night it was looking marginally better for Glen Lyon. This morning it's poor again. It could change several times again though. Pretty much the same everywhere unfortunately so it's a case of trying to find a decent prospect. Should have gone out somewhere yesterday after work when it was good...tennis got in the way....  

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