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To deck or not to deck.....!

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 11:16

Ah - then perhaps the gravelled idea with planting on the right hand side (plastic covered area) would be a better solution. Have you considered removing the concrete along the back of the house and replacing it or is that a bridge too far?  You could lay a nicer form of paving on top - something which co -ordinates with your existing path perhaps. If not, some nice planting in large pots repeated at a few points will help break it up. A mix of evergreens and other annuals, bulbs or perennials will give you a nice tapestry of year round colour. 

I've never had problems with pots on decks either - lifting them up is the solution 


Posted: 28/11/2014 at 10:42

Deer fencing I'd imagine DD - it's not 'cheap' though. Deer - 'dear' ....never mind...

To deck or not to deck.....!

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 10:38

Gemma - I've had decking in several gardens without any issues apart from the last house where I inherited some which had been put down in the wrong aspect and that's the key. It has to be in  a sunny site or it gets slippy. If you're just wanting to cover the concrete along the back of the house and it's southish facing then I'd say it would be fine. There wouldn't be much of a gap between the concrete and the deck so I doubt it would cause and issue. As to the rest of the area -if you want a lawn then the best solution is to improve the conditions for it by mixing grit, compost and some rotted manure to get the drainage right - if you make an edge round it to raise it, that will help. I'm doing that right now on my compacted clay soil here. For the right hand area, remove the existing path and make an area of gravel with planting directly into it. That way, it's not a static path but means you have a dry route back and forth to the shed, if that makes sense. Your herb pots can sit on that rather than the deck too 

The seating can go on the gravel and you can move it around to suit as well

Anything on your Wish List?

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 10:23

I used to have Eucomis sparkling burgundy fidget - very pretty 

I don't have a wish list at the moment - but I'm sure I'll have one over winter once I start looking...

Canna: Over-wintering.

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 10:15

Make sure it's off the ground as well to help the drainage. I'm about to move mine round into a sheltered corner and will use two windows I got from a friend as a temporary shelter for it as we'll get a lot of winter rain. Like yours -  it's too big to bring indoors. 


Posted: 28/11/2014 at 09:47

Morning all. Supposed to be quite decent weather today and weekend so I hope to get outside - or maybe I could join the throngs getting their Black Friday bargains at the supermarket.....not.  Adults fighting over TVs and thingummy jigs.... 

Hope chicky makes her plane in time 

Wrap up LilyP - plenty of hot drinks and cake are the best remedy 

Off for a quick look round. Have a good day whatever the weather 


Posted: 27/11/2014 at 19:10

Edd - coat - NOW! 

We expect pix of the forthcoming baubles fidget  


I'm off too I think. Very weary this week - must be the weather. Enjoy the rest of the evening everyone. 

Christmas Door Garland/Wreath

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 17:23

I have a plain willow one which I bought many years ago, and I attach various 'bits' onto it. Rhododendron leaves and buds are good - especially sprayed gold. Any bits of holly, ivy etc are good - easy to attach - and I have cinammon sticks, red beads (berries) and pine cones which I wire on. Finish it off with wire edged ribbon for hanging on the front door. 


Posted: 27/11/2014 at 17:19

Edd - brilliant bit of banter!  

Certainly a lot funnier than another thread at the moment - I'm trying to restrain myself from posting and giving the 'oxygen of publicity'...

Miserable, dreich day here yesterday - frost then fog and never got above 4 degrees all day. Today was a bit warmer - it reached the balmy heights of 7 when I came home. Hope it's warmer tomorrow so that I can get on with the last of the gravel  

Have a great time chicky - or have you already gone...

Glad you're a bit better fidget - happy belated birthday...hope you can celebrate properly when you all feel tip top 

I'm off to look round and then get dinner on. Youngest isn't well either - all the more for me 

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 19:15

Thought I'd bump this up in case anyone feels they need a laugh 

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