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Please help - fence disaster!

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 09:39

It does look slightly different now - can't see much of it for all the planting  

- and the shed's in there too. 

It gives total privacy and withstands high winds without any issue. All the fences in adjacent gardens made of larchlap panels have to be repaired every winter - often several times - and they're more sheltered than mine.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 09:12

Brilliant Pat 

Hope they haven't trampled too much though....

Jacqueline - those bulbs are completely hardy - no need for any protection. The Irises are native to the Caucasus etc,  and crocus will grow at alpine level.   Wind and rain will do more damage  than cold as it batters them. You can save yourself a lot of work  

Buying cyclamen coum

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 08:55

I should have added that coum usually doesn't last long up here. The cold and  wet probably doesn't help right enough, but even in a sheltered spot they don't do that well. I've treated them more as  an annual in the past.

I wouldn't buy them out of choice now as there are other, easier plants for this time of year 

Buying cyclamen coum

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 08:46

Like B'cupdays - never anywhere terribly dry here - even under large conifers! 

I had some white cyclamen hederifolium round the corner but I haven't bought any for this garden - yet . They would fit in well   


Posted: 25/02/2017 at 08:41

Been perusing the clematis sites as I need 'a few'.

I need them, you understand - not just want them....

They're vital....

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 08:28

Clari - I thought you weren't having any more issues with your wages? P*ss poor  

You'll run screaming if anyone suggests building a feature brick wall in the garden now!

Pat - looking forward to the pix

I was wondering about B'man too - also DD. She usually pops in and out but I haven't seen her recently. Has Lesley been about too? I wasn't sure if she was down  at her parents. 

Stinker of a day isn't it Joyce? Even the coal tits have galoshes and waterproofs on....

Buying cyclamen coum

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 08:20

Coum is usually  better in damper ground, but should be fine once established. You'd probably be better buying as a plant if available now, as it might be easier to get going, as opposed to bulbs later in the year. Hederifolium might be better for the site you have, but it's really a question of getting the soil right and choosing appropriately.

Is there a reason why you don't think it's better to buy now? You can see the flower colour which is always a bonus  

Treated wood to build raised bed yah or nay ???

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 08:14

I'd agree with Ladybird. New sleepers or fencing timber is all pressure treated. You can line with any heavy duty plastic, which mainly helps prolong the life of the wood and retain moisture, as raised beds often drain and dry out more quickly.

 I wouldn't worry otherwise. I've grown edibles in various timber raised beds I've had - often without any liner. I'm still alive to tell the tale  

Please help - fence disaster!

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 08:07

Double sided fence is the only solution for wind I'm afraid. This is how I did mine - the wind predominantly comes from that side. It's all planted up inside that. 

What does your fence actually  look like ? are you able to add planks to the inside  or  put in somehedging/shrubs to help filter the wind? Willow screens will be ineffective I'm afraid. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 08:00

Morning all/afties Pat if you're there  

Fairly hideous day here so I doubt I'll be venturing anywhere - bad enough feeding the birds. I heard the wind and rain battering the windows half the night, so when I woke up, I stayed in bed for a little while. 

You're a sucker for punishment Hosta 

Shame about the tickets. I'm not surprised by anything that's happeningover the pond - especially after those comments to the BBC correspondent at that press conference recently. If you don't agree with him - yer oot. Land of the Free eh? Dictatorship is all it is. 

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