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Posted: 15/09/2013 at 10:31

Morning all- though very little good about it looking out the window- certainly not scorchio!

Glad I got my gate moved and fence reinstated yesterday. It'll have to wait for another day to get the rest of the painting done.

Re poisonous plants- you're so right Dove. My girls knew at a young age they couldn't eat anything in the garden unless I told them it was edible and they were always supervised. I do think people can make an issue of it though if they go a bit overboard. We grew up with a Laburnum in the front garden and I would never have dreamt of eating anything from it, but my Mum went on constantly about the seed pods being poisonous and it made me curious about them! Never ate any though I hasten  to add.

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 10:00

jeannie- all my stunts are cunning...

and in the best possible taste....


Posted: 14/09/2013 at 09:47

Verd- are you taking something love?  Sunny here but very very cold overnight- grass all dewy and sparkly in that AUTUMNAL way....yes- it's Autumn - you're  all in denial! 

Plenty to do today while it's good - don't think I'll be getting anything done tomorrow other than battening down the hatches if the forecast's right.

Have a good day everyone

Lawn turf or beds

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 17:07

Hi Jacqui. If you can put a pic or two on here of the way your garden looks just now it will help with suggestions. Also what aspect (direction it faces) soil type and if you have any particular requirements. What sort of style do you prefer? Formal/cottagey etc. Sorry if it sounds like a lot of questions but it helps us determine your needs! The aspect is necessary as there's no point growing sun lovers if the garden is shady for instance. Grass always does better if it gets plenty of light too. 


Beech Hedge is not too happy ...

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 13:12

How old is the hedge Dr D? Beech doesn't like wet ground so is the soil decent and well drained?


Posted: 13/09/2013 at 13:09

Verd- Quite right too. 

Council once chopped all my sister's plants along her boundary as she had a corner site and for some reason they assumed the planting was council owned.There wasn't a fence/wall  - the garden just ended with recently planted mixed shrubs and young trees. Do you think they have to have an IQ test before they get that job?


Posted: 13/09/2013 at 09:07

Rain is on here now too - so much for getting on outside...

May have to resort to HW. 

My grass needs cut too- if it ever dries out enough! Went to nursery yesterday too. More plants which won't be going in till next year but since there's 25% off just now it would be downright wrong not to buy them.  Got some White Emperor tulip bulbs too - 15 for £2.20 so I'll have to get a pot for them to go in later. I bought some Cimcifugas last time Verdi- Atropurpureas, so I'll have to find a spot for them in spring in the new borders. Managed to chop the top off one when I got them out the car- it fell over as I closed the door. 

Privets that wont grow

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 08:44

I'd agree with the comments tricky. Preparation is key because a hedge is a big investment in time even if not in money. Giving it a good start is well worthwhile. I wonder if there's poor drainage underneath and therefore a really wet boggy area? Wet usually does more damage than anything and hedging is like most plants- it doesn't like sitting with it's feet in water. When you look at how well the other part is doing that could be the reason. When I put a hedge in a previous garden I chose Hornbeam as it's more tolerant of damper ground, but really wet stuff will make anything struggle. It may be a 'digging out' job and getting good drainage I'm afraid. 

Planting out lavender

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 07:46

As long as the soil and aspect they're going into is right  I'd say they'd be ok, but if you're concerned about them at all, pot them on and leave them till spring when they'll be bigger and stronger. 


Posted: 13/09/2013 at 07:39

Morning all. Dove- isn't it a shame when you try to do the right thing - re your interevntion with the mowing men - but others can't see it? If the boy had his foot chopped off no doubt that would have been the machine's fault too. 

Dull here but dry and to be ok tomorrow before the wind and rain comes on Sunday so I hope I can finish moving  my gate and reinstating the fence where it came from. Seemed straightforward enough except that someone clearly decided in the event of a nuclear war it would be good if the bits I needed to remove would still be standing afterwards...

Is anyone else watching The Guilty? (last night ITV) Very good.

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