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Posted: 21/03/2014 at 09:12

Glad you're ok fidget. I'd stay away from hoovers for now...and all other items that have any weight...ladders...hedgetrimmers.....pots and pans....dusters...cloths....

Kettles are ok 



Posted: 21/03/2014 at 08:24

Morning all. Very black clouds overhead - hope they don't produce anything...

Aaah dodgy builders Liz - the scourge of all houseowners aren't they? It always worth having good, reliable ones even if it means paying a bit more. The good guys are worth their weight in gold.

Painting today if it stays dry - anyone fancy doing all the trellis?  

Plants for edging a path

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 08:17

Hi Carol, what sort of aspect is the  border - is it sunny or shady? That will help with suggestions as some plants prefer one or the other and it's disappointing to spend money only to find the plants don't thrive and you have to spend more replacing them. Can you also give us an idea of the dimensions of the border and what the soil is like? Large shrubs will be no use if it's only a couple of feet wide  - you'll be constantly cutting them back to keep them from the path! If you can post a pic (the tree icon in the toolbar shows you how) that will help enormously with ideas too 


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 20:13

Fairy junior found these pix - think I might do the extension like this:



Posted: 20/03/2014 at 18:54

fidget - what are you like?  

Take care this evening and keep the phone by your side.

It's a timely reminder that we're all vulnerable if we're on our own and working outdoors - especially if the ground's slippy. 


plants and container for small rockery

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 18:14

I have a nice terracotta pan which I have some sedums etc in. I had pasqueflowers in it last spring and cyclamen before that. The pasqueflowers have been planted into the raised beds so I'm about to put some other things in. 

This is it with the cyclamen:

 and with the pasqueflowers last year:


smallish daphne other shrubs

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 18:05

I'd second Hebes and Euonymous - both very useful and Hebes come in various sizes so they'll suit any size of border. Choisya would be good if you have room and it's a sunny spot- they get quite big although the golden one (Sundance) is smaller I think. 

Weeds rampantly growing throughweed fabric - help please!

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 17:15

Not a quick fix Lorna but at least it's not a big area. If you can cut everything back with a strimmer or shears, cut through the fabric right round the edge with a big knife, then divide it into smaller square sections, you might be able to dig out most of it a piece at a  time. Brambles often have quite shallow roots. New growth that comes through could be treated with weedkiller. It will need going over a few times though.  I had a similar problem at a previous house where the pond liner had been taken several feet up the bordering bank and planted up. Large areas of chicken wire had been put down too,  to hold the mossy grass in place at the edge and it was all tangled up with weeds, brambles and horsetail. That was the only feasible way to  tackle it as we couldn't use weedkiller because of the proximity to the pond.

If you do a little bit at a time, it will seem less daunting, and you could cover up the bits 'in waiting' with heavy black plastic once you've cut the weeds back just to help prevent too much new growth. Old compost bags weighted down will do the job.

Pity you hadn't put the shed on that bit - would have sorted half the problem right away! 


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 16:53

Very good Stacey - it wasn't there when I posted. 

I've sent you all some rain - might be a touch of sleety snow in with it...enjoy! 


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 16:51

archie - that's almost barbecue weather for you...

Started to clear a bit here but that's the calm, before the you-know-what. Distinctly sleet laden clouds now and only 5 degrees. I could just about take off ma simmitt if it goes up a few degrees 

MrsG - you can never have too many clematis and I bet they'll all be fine with a little tlc. However, I'm going to have to confiscate that white quince as we can't tolerate salty language you know....

I've got the perfect spot for it....

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