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Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 09:20

It's a really good colour - especially for contrasting with something darker. Nice soft  tone - works well with virtually everything else in the garden, and suits any style.

I'll let you know if it works on the pots! 

New lawn - levelling out the bumps

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 09:12

I'd definitely put off the turfing till spring. It's not cheap and it would be pretty soul destroying to have to replace it ...not to mention all the repeated work in doing that. 

Leaving it over winter is actually beneficial -  the rain/snow will encourage the ground to settle more, so you'll be able to go over the area and fill any holes again before laying the turf. 


Posted: 24/10/2015 at 08:44

Lelsey - re son's case full of deodorant, is he hoping to pull? 

DD - it's lovely to hear you feeling lighthearted and cheery after all your recent issues. 

My garden looks relatively unscathed by the wind and rain - all fences and structures intact. The planting's all still upright too so I think I've got the balance reasonably right for my conditions! 

Definitely soup weather now - made a batch last week but it's all done. Might need to have cake for lunch instead. It's tough, but someone has to do it...

help needed for small garden centre piece

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 08:21

As pansyface says, anything growing quickly isn't going to miraculously stop at a couple of metres, so it's best to decide whether you want something attractive which will take time, or just something fast growing which you'd need to prune and trim regularly. If it's the latter, you may want something you can turn into  a topiary specimen, such as yew or box. If it's the former, something which will provide flowers in spring or summer but also some autumn colour to extend the interest. 

Buttercupdays has given you some good choices already, and I'd also add Amelanchier lamarckii for flowers in spring with berries and good autumn colour later. The spindle tree Euonymous alatus is renowned for autumn colour too.  Sorbus ( Mountain ash not Whitebeam) have spring flowers with berries to follow and good autumn colour. They all  get bigger than 2metres but they have light canopies.  There are also shrubs like Hydrangea which would be happy there.  For a specimen, I'd go for something with a good strong shape as a main priority.


Posted: 24/10/2015 at 08:01

Morning all, and afties Pat. Rather a vile day here so I may have to tackle the ironing...

Strange how quickly the scenery has changed here - a week ago everything was still very lush and green - suddenly it's fading,and turning brown and gold. 

Glad you're feeling a bit more chipper Pat and able to enjoy the improving weather 

DD- were you like a giddy schoolgirl with your lovely visitors 

Bricks Panda? Crossing my legs right now... I do remember all the young ponies being 'done' at work. Elastic bands...

Think I need tea.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 23/10/2015 at 19:31

Just an additional thought re painting pots, LF. I noticed that the Cuprinol or Ronseal paint I bought for my bench and screen is also suitable for terracotta. You may have the same one - colour looks similar -  Willow.  

Might try it on some of my smaller ones which have bulbs in them 


Posted: 23/10/2015 at 18:55

tidy gardener - you're absolutely right. No matter what their circumstances are, it still doesn't give people the right to take their c**p out on you. Sadly, if you want to move, those manky neighbours could also make it difficult for you to get a buyer  

I hope that doesn't happen - perhaps they'll move and you'll get someone nice  

cottage pinks

Posted: 23/10/2015 at 18:22

I'm afraid if you buy plug plants, that's pretty much what you have to do at this time of year, as there's little growth going on now. As Verdun says - spring growth is rapid, so they will move a good bit then. They'll be decent enough plants at the end of next summer. Until you get to that point though, you'll need to be patient. 


Posted: 23/10/2015 at 18:14


madpenguin wrote (see)

I had one of these build a web across my front door and I walked into it.The poor spider ended up in my cleavage!!


ooh err missus! 

B3 - but the chalice has 'the brew that is true' so that's the best place to hide ...


Posted: 23/10/2015 at 18:04

Marvellous!  Bolt cutters perchance?   

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