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My Garden

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 19:39

Your hard work's paid off Scott. Isn't it lovely when you start to see the rewards of all your effort? Here's hoping we get some good weather so that you can carry on developing it all. We have a thread called Garden Gallery where we put pix of all our plants and projects so put some on there too Scott. 


Posted: 16/04/2014 at 19:22

What are you after Verd?...

I ain't got nuffink...

You ain't seen me...right?


Posted: 16/04/2014 at 19:06

Verd - you know it makes sense 

Have phoned the nice guy who did work for us at last house and he will see me right 

Hmm - just realised that could be taken the wrong way...didn't mean it like that  

Pity you didn't get to speak to the experts Panda - glad you had a good time.

KEF - enjoy your tea. I've just had some nice brown Spelt loaf with butter, cheese and an apple. 


Posted: 16/04/2014 at 18:13

What busy people you've all been today. I've done nothing outside as I had a busy day at work and I've had other things to do re the extension. Progress being made, but first quote is so far beyond what I've got saved it would require me to sell my body or something ......doubt I'd get much for it anyway.  

Lovely pic BL. 

Woody - that's the best kind of loveliness - 'free, gratis and for nothing' as my Dad used to say  

Should really go and make dinner.

Painting of fence

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 17:55

Nut - if I had my way that orange stuff would be banned. I'm still trying to get rid  of it on the fences that were here. I think I'm at the third coat on some bits and it still won't give up 

 I think it depends on the look you want  John. I've done my new trellis (on one fence) and the raised beds black so that plants will stand out against it and it will be a contrast to the fence and a bit more of a feature in winter when the climbers die down. I'd have painted that fence a lighter colour - sagey green - to give a better contrast, but most of it was the aforementioned orange so it's olive green now. Dark colours can be useful for a boundary in a small garden. It makes the garden seem bigger because the fence 'disappears' when you plant in front of it.  A light or bright colour can make a real feature especially if you choose plants carefully to leave bits of the fence on show. As obelixx says, you'll need quite a few coats of cream to get a good density of colour.

What tree/shrub is this?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 17:43

Think you have it lg. I did a google- definitely looks like delavayi 

What tree/shrub is this?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 17:29

Here's mine. It was definitely burkwoodii. Leaves have tiny serrations which you can see when you enlarge:


Begginers help

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 16:42

A book I had many years ago which was very useful is Alan Titchmarsh's 'How to be a Gardener'. It gives lots of basic information and advice. Something which will  help with identifying various shrubs, trees and plants would be useful - the RHS have several books of that type. I have the Reader's Digest one which is very good too. 

And don't forget you can take pix and put them on here for help with anything you want identified, and if you're unsure of anything  - ask questions, as there are loads of experienced, helpful people here who will answer them  

Leaf salad

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 16:28

Lyn's right - it's quite hard not to oversow initially though! I grow some lettuce as  cut and come again and just prick out a few to grow on in a bigger pot which I leave to grow. Then I sow some more a couple of weeks later. It gives a good succession that way. Small seeds can be made easier to handle by mixing with a little sand. You're less likely to get so many in one tray if you do that.

You'll get better at it the more often you do it! 

What tree/shrub is this?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 16:14

My first thought was Osmanthus b'woodii - but mine doesn't have such serrated leaves. They're not so oval either - more lance shaped. Still, Osmanthus some sort would be my best guess. 

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