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Posted: 09/07/2016 at 15:12

RB - re unsuitable instances - It's all 'me, me, me' these days. 

I've already picked one of my funeral songs. Paul Simon's 'Some folks' lives Roll Easy'. If only for the lines  # Here I am Lord, knocking at your place of business. I know I ain't got no business here....

and there's another line too that's very appropriate RB... 

I'll come back and haunt my girls if they don't stick to it....might just  have The Doors'   #Light my Fire as well...  

That's a difficult situation if a parent doesn't want anything though. We're not ostentatious either, and we had similar, fairly low key arrangements for both parents, as they wanted that.  Humanist, as neither were religious and  it's hypocritical to have a church funeral if you're not, and when the chap asked my sister and me which pieces of music we'd like for Dad's, we both instantly said Mozart's Clarinet Concerto by Jack Brymer. His favourite piece. My Dad's two long time friends, both professional musicians, played at Mum's. It was very difficult for them and us. They were wonderful, and held their nerve admirably. 

Sticking pins sounds good - count me in... 

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 14:47

Methinks you're getting befuddled, befuddled  

It's easy to overthink things. Your hedge is fine. It'll shrug off minor issues and get bigger and stronger .

It will keep on being fine unless some natural disaster happens! 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 14:41

I've also hacked back that geranium at the front Joyce. It was also a filler, one of the few things in this garden initially, and will be replaced by something I'll choose. 

I love the water on the alchemilla too - and the acid coloured flowers. They're a great foil with purples. 

Brook side garden

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 14:38

As another woman on her own  (  ) I can mainly advise about the fencing as I've done a fair bit of it in my time. 

I'd agree with the strimming though - I've also had a property with a wild area and if you want to cultivate it a bit, you need to see what you have before you have what you want  

Measure the total length of the area you need to fence. Find a supplier of heavy duty fencing timber (most builder's merchants) then work out how many posts you need, and what height. They come in 3 or 4 inch  size (75 or 100 mm) You need to sink them in about a quarter to a third of the eventual height. Timber is sold by the metre, but usually comes in 3.6 metre lengths, so plan your posts accordingly. If you do them at 1.8 metre distances, one plank will cover two 'spaces'. Decide how you want the fence to look and then go from there. A decent merchant will also help you with that. Most of mine is double sided - the inside planks cover the gaps on the outside planks. It helps with filtering wind. The front garden is just a single plank as I have a hedge there as well. 

You'll need concrete - use the Postcrete stuff if you're not able to mix your own, although it's a much dearer way of doing it. You need a spirit level and some extra bits of timber to hold the posts in place if you don't have another pair of hands to help get them in.

You need decent screws and a screwdriver (battery) or nails, depending on how you want to fix them. Again, another pair of hands helps, but you can manage it yourself using bits and pieces to support the planks. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 14:24

Don't sell yourself short B3. It looks terrific. 

Rain's stopped play here again but I managed a couple of pix

I may eventually regret allowing a bit of Alchemilla in here, but I deadhead it ruthlessly and it's fine. I rather like it tumbling over the end of this bed, and it works well with the Phormium and the grasses in the adjacent bed 

First sweet pea Juliet. Or rather, the second. First one was sugary pink, which I loathe,  and it had me worried for a while. Hopefully just one rogue seed 

A view back from the window in the screen. The path is on a slope - the grass and raised bed are both 'true'   

Grass is now mown too 


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. 

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