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Posted: 22/08/2013 at 20:50

Agree- Laurel's too big to keep in a narrow area  whereas pyracantha will happily stay in an awkward spot - I'm using it here as a 'ned' deterrent too Andy! And I'm going for hawthorn or blackthorn round the front garden as one side of it is also bordering the pavement.  


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 20:45

That sounds like a nice 'poor man's' bruschetta Italophile! Do you pop a little basil on as well? 


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 20:10

Hi Haisie- the reason for having that depth for a pond is to prevent it freezing over in winter which would kill off any wildlife in it. Pity you couldn't get your little bargain pond but you could always get some liner and dig one out yourself. I did one years ago and it wasn't too difficult. It means you can make it any shape you want and include a slope which enables creatures to get in and out safely.


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 19:58

Perhaps they could manufacture some Paul Hollywood statues for us of those would be good Gilly wouldn't it??? 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 19:56
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Posted: 22/08/2013 at 19:53

I feel sorry for anyone who started gardening in the last year or two - the plants don't know if they're coming or going with the weather there's been! As Verd and wb say - a good soaking is probably the best bet to start with and see what happens after that. Depends on the soil and aspect  that you have as well as the type of plants, so if you can give us a bit more info - pix if you can  - it'll help a lot. We all had to learn when we started out Helen, so don't worry - there's  plenty of very helpful and knowledgeable people here who will give you advice 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 19:42

Gilly- as if that was my intention....dear dear...never crossed my mind for a moment....

I think that's what tea drinker needs to plant!

It'll stop Mr Nosy Parker along the road from leaning over it to ask me who took the (dead) tree down.....

Felt like telling him where to go but I is a ladeee



Posted: 22/08/2013 at 19:16

It's bolting lewis. The hot dry weather has made it difficult this year for lots of veg- i had the same issue with spinach and some of my lettuce. . Some varieties were better than others. Unfortunately once they form flowers it tends to make the lettuce bitter and unpalatable Gave up with the spinach altogether but sowed more lettuce which was fine as the weather became more normal. 


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 19:08

Was at the nursery today and it was just teeming with butterflies and bees. Really lovely. Mainly torties and peacocks here but used to always get red admirals and painted ladies so I'm hoping they're still to come. the buddleia's covered in bees - various types - great to see so many. 

They do a lot of damage don't they Netherfield? I think fine netting's about the only deterrent that seems to work. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 18:39

Maybe it needs a holiday away from all that sun Verdi.....

Went to nursery and bought a few plants for keeping out the plebs...I mean little darlings 

Some more Ivies for outside of high bit of fence at back, some Pyracanthas for just inside and against the fence so that they'll grow above it and poke their eyes out - err.. I mean create an evergreen screen and provide food for bees and birds, a Mahonia ( Winter Sun) to sit right in the middle of those (just inside fence) which will have Dad's pot or something in front of it, and two Oak Leaf Hydrangeas for the borders which will be either side of the Mahonia/pot just to get them started. They were rather expensive so they'll be coming with me when I go! Have lots of other bits and pieces for nearer the front and will get a few more things as I go along. Some lovely Heucheras Verd, but I resited the temptation. I'm getting quite good at that now 

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