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Posted: 07/03/2014 at 13:09

Just got washing in as the horizontal hail and snow came on...

Amazing how quickly towels can dry in a bit of sun and an arctic wind 

Wish this stupid teacher from my daughter's school would hurry up and phone so I can go out. Getting angrier by the minute, especially because of the reason. Yes - just get pupils to drop a subject - don't even let them sit the exam because the prelim mark is low and they may not pass, which won't reflect well on the school.  What happened to letting people learn by failing now and again? 'Oh but we're all winners' they get told from the age of three. Ludicrous. It's all about league tables... 

May have to go on KEF's ranty pants thread now. 

Border in complete shade

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 12:53

As already suggested, Euonymous are great for this type of location. I bought 3 (in 4/5" pots) for £10 last year in my local B&Q so good value. They've put on good growth already.

Japanese anemones will do well and give late summer/autumn colour and a bit of height. Pinks and whites readily available and they'll seed around - some people have problems with them being invasive but I've not found that here. Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium) in whites and blues, and Dicentra (Bleeding Heart) in pinks and white,both love shady positions. You can plant snowdrops and crocus etc for this time of year. Heucheras will do well and there are bright colours of green and gold as well as the more common purples, so they brighten up this kind of aspect. I have Lime Marmalade -self explanatory! A decent plant can be split and grows away quickly, and they also seed around. Fatsia japonica is a great evergreen for shade and has big, tropical leaves. Grows quite quickly. I have a Pernettya ( now called Gaultheria) which will grow in shade, is evergreen and they have large berries - pale pink or white.

Take a look at a specialist shade nursery called Long Acre plants online. I've not personally used them but they have loads of ideas. 

Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 12:04

It's ok Jim - I just like the smell - I haven't gone as  far as eating it! 

Well, not yet anyway....

Can someone please recommend me great colourful pink/red/ climber :)

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 11:19

Lots of clematis varieties will be lovely  Paul. You'll be spoilt for choice with colours from pale pinks to deep reds. If you want a red - Rouge Cardinal or Niobe are lovely - not scarlet but a deep sultry colour. Lots of us recommend looking at Taylors Clematis Nursery online as you'll get loads of info on there. Only problem is that you'll struggle to pick just one! 

PS -Someone mentioned Nellie Moser - it fades badly in a sunny aspect and is best on shady wall or fence. 


Posted: 07/03/2014 at 11:08

Sun has come out - for now - had sleet and hail earlier 

Oh well - washing's out - it can take it's chances..

I find strapping them into a chair with gaffer tape works quite well allium..

Raised Border

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 10:35

Hi Graham, I've used heavy-ish fence timber for my raised beds. It's 150mm x 22mm which I got from my local Builder's Merchant and isn't too expensive, (around £4 for a 3.6m length) although you'd have to factor in delivery if you weren't able to collect it yourself. DIY stores will stock similar products but will be much dearer. Lots of people use sleepers,  but make sure they're not old, used ones for veg as they're full of tar. You can get new ones but I'm not sure how expensive they are. I'm sure others on here will be able to give you an idea. 

A new log path project

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 10:07

It's looking great Chris. You've been working far too hard! I'm really looking forward to seeing it in  a few months when the plants are growing. The new turf looks really healthy and well - you've made a lovely job of that  

Are you going to continue some path alongside the grass so that you don't have to walk on it to access the rear of the garden? Just thinking that it might be an idea when the ground's wet - late winter/early spring - and you want to do a bit of planting or tidying etc. My grass is saturated just now and when I put a new area of grass in the back garden there's a path going round it for exactly that purpose, as I wouldn't be able to access the shed or new beds otherwise.

Camera Corner

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 09:57

Lovely pix as always on here 

A little bit of one of my new raised areas - a narrow border in front of the back fence :




Posted: 07/03/2014 at 08:22

Morning all. No work for me today but other things to do.

No heatwave coming here - they're forecasting snow for up here, even at lower levels.  

Hopefully it'll be farther north of me but I'm not counting any chickens. Well, it make a change from rain... 

Have a good day all.

Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 08:18


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