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Posted: 25/08/2014 at 07:42

Morning all.Lovely day here but very chilly - 5 degrees when I went to put some washing out there. Pity I have to work though 

Not caught up with anything on here, so not much idea what anyone's been doing. Too weary last night after all my exertions and had other things to do as well. Grass all cut, edges, done and ground under hedge tidy, as well as getting the rest of the front fence more or less completed. Just the posts to cut to the right height and the gate to make and put in. All painted too. Some other stuff in back garden done as well. Had a piece of little fairy's cake as a reward  

Off for a look round to see if I can catch up 


Posted: 24/08/2014 at 21:08

Yep - just use the hose 

The only problem with grass to the edge - is keeping clippings out of the pond when you cut it. Even with a collection box they still sneak in so you may want to have something to prop against the edges to prevent that,or leave a strip of grass which you can cut by hand. Alternatively, some bog lovers like Caltha at the edge will help form a barrier too, as the grass will be soggy from being in contact with the water. 

Dark Red Sedum

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 10:25

That's the one I thought of nut. I think all of them have pinky flowers but that one has lovely dark stems. 


Posted: 24/08/2014 at 10:09

Woody - that's worthy of Verd 

My sedums wouldn't be big enough for Chelsea Chop time 

I want some of the dark ones chicky - I think I looked at Purple Emperor as being a good one. Ruby Mantle is dark but I think that's one of the low growing kind. I've got A. Joy but it's too pale for me now - I brought it with me from old house because the bees love them but it's just filling gaps just now. I used to have the white one 'Iceberg' (I think) - which was also lovely. You don't see it very often but I think the nursery here has it. Think they have a discount in September...

Such easy plants  too.

PS - we don't get any Bank Hols anyway lily -  we work them unless we take them as a hol.


Posted: 24/08/2014 at 09:24

Never too early for cake. Get it while you can 

Got some lovely pix of young fairy. She looks very grown up now...need a wistful smiley

Glad the buddleia's doing fine Ggirl - but I think it may need a bit more room...  I've just hacked it's 'mum' back to a more manageable 6'/7' and will do it more when it's gone over so that I can take it out. You've been very busy as usual though. Lovely pix.

More tea and another look round here to catch up, then washing to put out and some grafting.

Have a good day everyone 


Posted: 24/08/2014 at 09:07

Work tomorrow lily - so I'll get a rest then 

Glad you had a good time KEF.  That's positively balmy with you  - I took a bin out at about 8 and it was 7 degrees. If the tomatoes don't hurry up and ripen soon I'm going to have a lot of green chutney to make - don't have enough big windows to put them on! How I miss that conservatory...


Posted: 24/08/2014 at 09:02

I'd agree with Dave - they're not happy in pots long term. If you can get it in the ground soon it will benefit, providing you prepare the hole well first if a rhodie's been there. What size of pot is it in? I've got several  shrubs - bought last year - for instance, but I re potted into 8"/9"/10" pots in spring as they had nowhere to go at the time. They're thriving and will go in the ground soon.


Posted: 24/08/2014 at 08:53

Morning people 

Forgot to put pic of young fairy's cake on here - will find it. She wanted chocklit cake with chocklit  in the middle as usual (you have to  say that in Waynetta Slob's voice)  

No day of rest here either  OL, but at least it's not work work. Grass to cut and possibly hedge given a trim but not vital yet. Some fence to finish. Wish I'd got more done after visiting a friend - might have stopped the cat doing you know what at half 7 this morning on the grass....if I'd only opened the curtains slightly sooner...

Advice on overgrown garden

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 08:40

Weedkiller first Joe to get rid of the weeds that are there. If you cover it up, the weeds that exist will  just come back as they'll be the tough, thuggish ones. Avoid rotivating as you risk chopping up weeds which can grow from tiny pieces and therefore making things worse. Get the whole area weed free - as well as you can - and then put your soil down to create the areas you want, but you will still get weeds coming through and will have to be vigilant and re apply until you get it all manageable and can do it by hand rather than chemicals. Once you get planting, grass, hedges etc in place it will make it easier, but regular weeding is something we all have to do if we want to grow plants well. 

Clear pond please !!

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 08:30

Angel  - a little drop of washing up liquid when you scrub as well if you want - then rinse really well, especially if it's a type that wildlife can use. No cost! 

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