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Garden mesh

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 12:50

No probs Wills - put them vertically. You just have to arrange the stems into place to get them covering the area you have  

Or drill holes for the vine eyes first if that's possible 

Underplanting evergreen shrubs

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 12:48

I'd have to agree with Verd here. Treat larger evergreens almost as you would a hedge. Make a separate area for bulbs with deciduous shrubs and perennials so that foliage is hidden as other planting comes through.They're also ideal in and around small evergreens like Heucheras or Pachysandra etc if you gauge the heights well. 


Posted: 23/09/2015 at 12:43

doc -  I'd be just like you, it's why I could never have a cleaner 

Hosta - I love long tail tits - couldn't eat a whole one though...

We used to get them when I stayed round the corner from where I am just now. They regularly swooped in and flurried around the feeders - especially in the coldest weather - chattering and squabbling. Then they were gone as quickly as they came! Beautiful little things 

I need to plant the bulbs I impulse bought a few weeks ago RB, but work, other 'stuff' and sheer idleness keeps getting in the way 

Garden mesh

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 12:33

Wires on vine eyes are fine Wills. I've used them for all sorts if I don't have trellis or something in place. Make sure you have some low enough to get them started if you put them horizontally rather then vertically. Tie them in until they get going themselves. You could also put them both ways to make a large grid effect. They'll still need the odd bit of help to go where you want them but it also depends on the place you have them. 

Ideas on how Solve a Pet Problem Like this...

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 12:30

Great DD. Best of luck  

Remember - we're all rooting for you  x

Wooden building

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 12:28

Hi nannyski - a lot to deal with there 

First - keep up the contact with the planning dept and always stay polite. That way, they'll be sympathetic to you. 

Secondly - and I don't know your budget or abilities - put a hedge in. Fast growing evergreen shrubs in particular. Or a fence with climbers. Something to block the 'view' and also to distract your eye. Alternatively, planting something taller nearer your house or putting an eye catching specimen in another area helps more than anything. 

Hope that's of some use 

Repotting Bamboo

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 08:17

Have to head out now Emma but will have a think - there are loads!

You'll get plenty of suggestions from anyone dropping in to help too  

Carex Amazon Mist

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 08:04

Carexes like a good bit of moisture too. I've had them without too many problems in containers, but they need plenty of watering.  One that I have in a very small raised bed was looking a bit like yours as it was dry. I trimmed it and watered it and it's improved again.

Repotting Bamboo

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 08:01

Hi Emma - this is the problem with some of the bamboos. Not sure how long you've had them, but if it was a clumping type, I doubt they'd be outgrowing your pots quickly, so I'd be wary of putting them in the ground. People have differing views on barriers - I think your own soil conditions and climate are a big factor - but I'd not consider using anything other than a very solid barrier like paving slabs on their edge to create a 'container' in the ground. I don't think it would be an issue to split them now, but I expect someone will correct me if I'm wrong about that  

We have heavy soil here, which I feel prevents them running in the way they would on lighter soil, but I'd still want them heavily guarded if I ever put them in the ground.


Posted: 23/09/2015 at 07:52

Morning all. Dull and cloudy here today but not too cold.

Hosta and Yvie    Hope you both have a better day today. Difficult for your mum Yvie, but I suppose if they feel she's not ready, it's better than going home, becoming worse  and then having to go back.

GWRS - I would only have the log book in the car for that kind of situation. Perhaps I should keep a gardening magazine or a walking book there for any future emergencies! 

DD- glad things are working out. I'm sure someone will come forward to foster him - he looks so lovely. It must help a little bit to know that so many people want to take him  

Off to have a look round and a catch up before I go to work - hope today brings good things for you all. 

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