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Pruning clematis montana

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 12:36

It'll be fine. Once established they're pretty indestructible. You often get a second flush of flowers later on which you won't get, but I doubt it'll affect it too much for next spring unless you  hack it to the ankles 

Things you do that annoy yourself...

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 12:34

Tune into Jeremy Vine on Radio 2 (12 till 2pm) - one of the subjects today is 'do you talk to yourself or know anyone who does?'.....

You may have seen parts of this before?

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 07:39

You've made me laugh Edd, but also feel your annoyance too. Why do parents seem so thoughtless? Why does the school think it's your responsibility? Willing horse does all the work etc.

Those other parents should be ashamed of themselves. When you discover that many children don't know where half of their food comes from it's something they should be totally involved in. Most kids love all that mess and excess watering too  - doesn't matter as long as they do it and see something happen. 


Posted: 15/07/2015 at 07:32

Morning all - beautiful here but very chilly. Only getting into double figures now.

Logic Verd? that went out the window for me a long time ago...

Only one of those for me Dove - and I was in bed at half nine  

Off to work shortly but will try and catch up with you all later. Was outside after work last night doing some bits and bobs. Did as much swearing as Edd on his 'bean' thread when I saw more cat **** in the apple container despite my efforts to make it look like one of the pits the Vietcong constructed for soldiers to fall into. Furious doesn't even begin to describe it. 

Hope you all have a good day whatever you're up to 

Things you do that annoy yourself...

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:16
pansyface wrote (see)

Increasingly these days, walking into things that weren't there a moment ago, such as half open doors. No alcohol involved either.


That's what you say pansyface....


My overgrown and abandoned garden

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:14

What a brilliant clearout you've had! 

To be honest, I'd wait a little re the patios to see exactly which bits you'll use most. I speak from experience - in a previous garden we built an extension and then created a raised deck right along the back, with access from the new French doors and steps down to the rest of the garden. Ideal to sit having breakfast, lunch, a cup of tea etc. Where did I sit most? On the steps...  

It was the best bit - private and warm and in the 'middle' of the garden. 

If you use the one at the house most, I think I'd repair that so that it's really smart, and if you really want a seating/dining area half way, you could create something smaller there next year. In the meantime, put a couple of chairs and a small table in that spot and use it to see if it will work long term. Draw a plan - doesn't have to be exact - and sketch a rough layout. Making circles work effectively can be tricky - you need to be sure of that everything will link well with all the rest of the space.

Things you do that annoy yourself...

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:05

I annoy myself constantly NGCARDS - don't even have to go out in the garden to do it either ..

I spend ages deciding where a plant will go. Eventually plant it, and two weeks (or less) later, decide it's all wrong and start again 

Wild bird feeding

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:02

At my last -(semi rural) house philippa, we only had one neighbour, right across the road. Every b****y day he chucked the end of his loaf out on his long drive, attracting every crow, seagull (nowhere near the sea of course) and magpie for miles around. The greedy buggers then hopped across to our garden to nick the bird food... 


Posted: 13/07/2015 at 19:57

I'm only 27 RB, so I'm like Usain Bolt....

new grass badly prepared

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 19:56

Hi kat - I can sympathise enormously. Is the 'slimy' area constantly wet? I can only guess, but it sounds like that  part hasn't been improved well enough and is acting like a 'sump' for all the water. You may have to dig that part out to a good depth and replace with decent soil/compost and grit to aid drainage. The stones coming to the surface may have come from the soil that's been put in to replace your sticky clay. If they're small it won't really cause a problem. Trying to get a good lawn from the type of area you describe will always be difficult - the water table in your area could be the issue.

In general, for lawns which have poor drainage, and therefore poor quality grass, you need to spike regularly and brush grit or sand down the holes. In the worst cases, you can use a tool with hollow tines which remove a long plug of soil and that's replaced by coarse grit.

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