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Posted: 19/02/2016 at 16:41

BL - that's horrendous....

I'd like to think it's considerably better than that. 

Sleeping pills are very addictive for some people. That must have been a very stressful time for you and your family.

suggestions please

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 16:38

That's absolutely stunning obelixx. 


Posted: 19/02/2016 at 16:36

The type you needed is often called grit sand now. Builder's sand is what makes mortar, and has fine grains.  It bonds the other substances together (cement and water) and does the same when you mix it with soil or compost. The opposite effect of what you want  

Hopefully you'll get good results now GDonkey 


Posted: 19/02/2016 at 16:32

Couldn't agree more. We've been fairly lucky with eldest fairy, but my mum had a different experience. Doctor was worse than useless and only when my sister got help through her GP was there any progress. There's something badly wrong with 21st century Britain when 25% of young men under 35 who die have committed suicide. 


Posted: 19/02/2016 at 15:50

An 'iced 'but' Dove...was that a  Freudian slip.... 

Clari - get that CV sorted and get looking  

KEF's right - you're not valued there.

It's every shade of ****e here too KEF. Horrible day 

Mental health support  is supposed to be getting more funding. I'll believe it when I see it...it's another postcode lottery...

plants for deep shade

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 13:32

I find that too Hosta - you need something bright or light behind them to set the dark foliage off as well.

A few structural foliage plants will help Mandy. I use common old Euonymous as a foil for other perennials. Depending on the room you have, you could use Holly (Ilex) or some of the Elaeagnus (not all are evergreen) also. Another useful shrub is Lonicera - the shrubby type used for hedging. You can trim it to shape if you want. Fatsias are good for shade and offer a nice contrast in shape. You can then add a selection of perennials and bulbs such as the ones cornelly, Verdun and Hosta have suggested. White and yellow flowered plants are particularly good for shade.

I'd add carexes to the list as well - many of them are very happy in shade. Heucheras as well - there are plenty of brighter ones. 

Too early to plant - NE Scotland?

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 13:17

Andy - I'm in the west central belt but I wouldn't be too hasty about seed sowing unless you have plenty of room in that greenhouse. Those little plants get very big - very quickly!

Tomatoes need decent night time temps too - something we're a bit short of up here! 

The lupins and cornflowers will need to be hardened off  before planting out. Small plants will get eaten by slugs.  April/May is very early unless you have big sturdy plants filling a 6 or 7 inch pot. 

Can't help you with the other veg though as I don't grow it. 

suggestions please

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 13:11

What do you have planted around the 'ex' tree and what other things are there - fences, buildings etc?

I'm inclined to agree with Hosta re covering stumps, but a low stump is a much better opportunity, especially as you'll have a load more light into the area without the tree hanging over it.

Cut to about four or five feet it could make a bird table though. 

Inspiration needed.

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 08:07

Hornbeam retains its foliage through the winter Kc so you still have the framework there. If you plant some large evergreen shrubs in front of it, you'll get the privacy you need. Alternatively - just plant the shrubs! It might be better than trying to maintain a hedge too - under the circumstances 

Cotoneaster could be useful though..it'll grow against the fence and it's quite 'rough' without being thorny. Needs very little attention and would be a good backdrop to other things.


Did you forget the pic?  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 08:01

Haven't looked on here for a bit - gorgeous snake heads Hazel and Hefty 

Your garden will be beautiful as always W'song - looking forward to seeing more as the year goes on  

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