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Rose bed ideas

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 08:09

Dwarf hebes- 'Nana buxifolia' or 'Emerald Globe' will give you a look of box but naturally grow in a ball shape without requiring lots of trimming and clipping. Flowers are white/lilac on buxifolia and attract bees but the structure is the main thing. Both stay small too. I've used them many times instead of box.


Posted: 06/09/2013 at 08:02

Morning all. Off to take car for MOT so not sure how much I'll get done today before the wet weekend we're forecast. Hopefully I'll get some of the new plants put in that I bought the other dya.

Have a good day all. 

Get it off your chest

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 07:51

Don't talk about BT to me either. When my Dad died 4 yeras ago, they didn't cut the phone off and despite umpteen calls they kept charging us for rental etc. Guess what? When it was eventually sorted - after threatening us with court action- they owed us money.  I've just spent five months in dispute with a utility co. who kept insisting I owed them £60. Kept on at them - they never reply to emails etc, threatened me with court as well,so I said I was going to my lawyer. Yes, yet again, they owed me money. They have offered me £20 in compensation. I'm considering telling them where they can shove it....sideways. 

First Utility- don't touch them with  a barge pole folks. 

Use that site 'saynoto0870' and get freephone or local numbers for calls. I never use these premium numbers. Also - if you don't press any button when they give you options you'll be put through to someone right away.

Mulch or top soil ??

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 19:41

New builds are a pain for that John so I sympathise. Builder's merchants also do top soil - may not be brilliant but usually pretty cheap so fine for getting some bulk into the beds, and local firms which do turf also usually do topsoil. If you can't get your hands on cheap manure - (any stables near you?) - you can also buy bags of dried manure from GCs and places like B&Q. It's heat treated and processed so it's easy to use. Get as many of the big stones out as you can then get some goodness into your borders and then add soil or compost as Singy says. Preparation is always worth the effort.  Your plants will thank you! 

Butterfly Decline

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 19:30

Saw my first Red Admiral at the weekend on my big white buddleia here so there's still hope! 

Garden Design Newbie

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 16:21

Sorry for taking so long to reply Warren. I found my sketch book so here are a few pix using watercolour pencil which have then had water applied. I've never used the pens you show on the link- just normal brushes. In the 2nd pic - the sketch on left is pencil and the one on right has water applied so hope you can see difference. Last pic should right itself when you click on it! Hope that might be of some use. You can probably also see teh weight of the's just a fairly standard sketch book which most art shops would stock.





Posted: 01/09/2013 at 14:11

Ehmmmm.......are you saying I'm not wise Tina....?

you're probably right! 

We used to have Stav the weatherman up here on the Scottish news - I never trusted his weather reports Dove!  

Help Identifying Plant

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 12:56

Yes it was definitely Arum Italicum 

Get it off your chest

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 10:01

Emma - I hope it wasn't the one you saved.....

Circle of life though.

Jeannie I live in Clarkston - about ten miles south of Glasgow. Always lived in this part of the world , more or less.


Posted: 01/09/2013 at 09:42

Morning all. Lovely flowers Andy - they're very lucky having you so readily available! 

Feeling a bit sore and stiff today but need to go and buy a new spade - I'd had that one for over twenty years and it owes me nothing for the amount of work it's done. Not sure if I'll manage anything too strenuous outside today. 

September already eh. Where does the time go?

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