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Posted: 02/09/2014 at 16:51

KEF - it's that 'creaking gate' thing isn't it? Ludicrous that you have to do it though. Everything nowadays needs to be project managed by ourselves if we want it done 

I'm very lucky that I've not had to deal with some of the issues others have, though I've had different ones through recent years. Sending hugs to lily and LP. Lyn - yours is a different situation and it's wonderful that you can be so near to your parents yet still have your own space - very important for your sanity. As KEF says, a lot of responsibility as well so hugs to you too.

Verd- you can take comfort in the fact that you're doing the right thing by your Mum. That's what matters.

I stayed to look after Mum when Dad was in hospital for a few days. I had to work (single mum) and when I'd come back to get her some lunch and was tucking her up before I left to go back,  she said  'you will come back won't you?' She looked so lost and confused. I struggled at work that afternoon so I understand guilt only too well.  It's an impossible situation and you can only do your best. 

Unusual bird behaviour

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 16:22

I watched a squirrel in a previous garden who was very industrious - removing nuts from the feeder a couple at a time and going round the garden burying them. After each  burial, often just under a little moss on the grass, a magpie following him just dug them up and ate them. That poor squirrel spent ages at his task - completely oblivious to the magpie.  I felt really sorry for him, and often wondered  if he'd returned in the harsher weather to  dig up his hoard only to be puzzled by the lack of food!  

New garden new start... Fingers crossed

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 08:14

Hey Woody - we have a watering system in place already - it's called the Scottish weather! 

I'll get my coat...although I might not need it today as it's dry! 

Fab Gardening Programme

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 07:54

It's been around for a very long time Tootles but only started showing nationwide last winter. It's shown on Thursdays up here with the repeat on Sunday mornings along with G'sWorld. 

Jim is a bit of a legend up here as he's been presenting it since the start. 

New garden new start... Fingers crossed

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 07:49

Lovely to see you have somewhere new after what's happened SP. You'll have great fun planning your garden and as you say, having some privacy - which I don't think you had much of at your last house. Your new seating will be just the job for sitting down and working out all your ideas. I wish you well and some good weather to do it 

Just nice timing for sowing a few sweet peas for next year perhaps?... 

I'm digging a pond by hand...

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 20:06

I'd agree with that. I think most plastics degrade although it may take a long time. With something like a pond, you  don't want it failing when it takes so much time and effort to do and is a real pain to sort. Aesthetically, it's always better to have as little showing as possible anyway. Different sizes of rocks, pebbles and gravel to merge with the paddle stones and the planting would be the best idea.

Steve - I particularly like that plant in the top right hand corner of your pic. Is it Checkshirtius drippinweticus? 

Glad you're enjoying the wildlife that's already coming in Steve. The real reward for all your hard work 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 19:43

Sorry BM - only just saw this 

The bits I broke off were probably about 6"/8" long - they were the tops of the plants - but too early for flowers , just foliage at that point. I did as I would for any cuttings - took off most of the leaves, cut below a leaf joint, and trimmed back the top leaves to avoid water loss. They were about 3"/4" long and I just stuck them in 3" pots of gritty compost, kept them sheltered from the sun, and left them to it. They produced little side shoots very quickly - just at the junction of the main stem and the side branches - like a tomato does if that makes sense. They did that in a few weeks but it was warm. They'd probably need a bit of assistance at this time of year to get them rooted  -ie a bit of protection from the cold. 

White Garden

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 17:38

You know it makes sense Verd!  

Some bigger plants can be used for taking cuttings as well, which will help to increase your stock. It might be useful if you have a cold frame or something to overwinter anything quite small or vulnerable, just to keep them out of the worst of the winter weather.   


Posted: 01/09/2014 at 17:22

Hi emb, what you plant will depend largely on what sort of space you have in front of your fence, and what aspect and soil. If you can put a pic on here and a bit more info that will help with more suggestions. You may also find shrubs will be a better bet as you can let them grow higher than the fence to give more privacy, and there's a much wider choice than there is with climbers. Mostly denser coverage too. It also depends whereabouts in the country you are -  jasmines, for instance, aren't reliably hardy up here so make sure whatever you choose will withstand your local climate. 


Posted: 01/09/2014 at 08:06

But Woody - does that mean we'll have to hold on to winter too? 

Can you maybe have a word with the powers that be so that they can organise spring a bit earlier up here too? 

Looking forward to seeing all your new planting taking shape. New broom and all that.

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