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Posted: 01/11/2014 at 17:02

Never grown them in pots either but perhaps it would be worth splitting them up to keep them rejuvenated if they're a bit congested. That would be best in spring I'd think. 

Progress so far

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 16:55

Victoria - it could be worse -it could be his drawers...


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 16:53

Had to call it a day out there. Rain came on but pleased with what I've got done including first little bit of green manure sown. Grass cut, and more turf and clay lifted out and grit and gravel put down as the base for all the new paths. One bit will have to wait till the extension gets started but there's about another ten sq metres for me to prep just now and then I can get the new gravel down.

Lentil soup being made and might have that for my tea as one daughter at work and the other out with her friends to have something to eat. Peaceful just now 

Love pheasant but would find it hard to eat now after having friendly ones at last house...

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 15:48

Dave - that's superb. You must be thrilled - and rightly so. 

Sometimes it helps having a pic to look at because you see the garden more objectively. That's often tricky when you're working away in it all the time.

Did you dig a big hole and bury all the rubbish at the top in the first pic? 

Training a clematis

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 15:44

Whatever takes your fancy Daryl! You can see in that pic of mine that I simply added another smaller section of trellis at the right hand end as the bed is lower and there's another clematis there. The raised beds get higher as they come nearer the house. In this pic you can see that I had sections all at the same height right along even though the beds were stepped.

 What I would do is keep it all the same whatever way you do it, so that you get a unified look.


Progress so far

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 15:35

Brilliant work Daryl 

So satisfying when you start transforming something neglected, and although you will put your stamp on it - as you already have - I bet the old lady that lived there would be delighted that someone was taking over and caring for a garden that was obviously well loved. I know I would be. 

We have a thread called Garden Gallery for all the pix of our plots, so put some photos on there too as most people regularly look in there. Always nice to see the efforts of some hard work!

Training a clematis

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 13:56

In that case I'd add a bit more trellis or wires for them to cling onto Daryl. Otherwise they'll be loose and prone to being blown around on a windy day which can lead to them being damaged.

Cheers Daryl - I did the raised beds last summer so all very new. That clematis (on right) is Etoile Violette and it flowered it's head off all summer and into early autumn.


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 12:14

No lily. 1st of December in this house and not a day before apart from daughter making her cake the other day.

Hard school here....

Andy's from our neck of the woods Lesley - he's about half an hour south of me 

Training a clematis

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 12:10

Daryl - I have a similar set up for summer clematis and I just do the same as chicky. Some of mine have about 18 inches to reach the trellis and a few will have the canes removed as they don't need pruning back hard so the framework will remain. I do train them across the space but the theory is the same as you can see in the pic below.

You can also add a length of wire on vine eyes to bridge the gap if you prefer. It's almost invisible especially once the plants grow a bit.


Enlarging a pond

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 12:02

Think nut's gone out Sbeetle 

I think you could do it either way. If you can get everything into the new pond it will all settle down quite quickly so if you're able to get the new pond ready just get all the contents in right away. I think nut just meant don't leave anything in the bottom of the box as it's the part of the pond that supports so much wildlife.  

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