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Any suggestions

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 19:36


Clematis would be lovely. Roses too - not my thing - but they'd be a perfect combination for the aspect. LilyP - I'm about the same height above sea level,  and this garden's more exposed than the one I had nearby but I can vouch for Clematis Etoile Violette anyway - it's been superb here. I planted a Virginia Creeper three years ago on a south west facing wall at my last house (sandstone Victorian building ) I passed it recently and it looked stunning. The white Clematis montana  'grandiflora'   were happy in that aspect  too.  

Garden Fencing

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 19:25

You could draw a little face round them - maybe Groucho Marx  

or have I taken that too far? 

I think they call that triangular batten an arris rail. Not sure why it's used to be honest!


Posted: 17/10/2014 at 19:21

Lovely to see you Pentillie, hope you're well and have had a good break 

You weren't there when I posted Verd. Glad you're making some progress. Endless form filling is very wearing so take it easy. We need you at your best with your rubbish jokes.. err I mean your terrific jokes... to keep us going through the bad weather 

Slow cookers

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 19:03

They're great for brisket. I sit it on onions and carrots and add a few drops of Lea and Perrins or brown sauce with a tiny bit of water and just cook for five hours or so on low. I mash the veg a bit and stir it all into the juices to make a gravy. I sometimes stick a few sprigs of rosemary into the top as well 

Garden Fencing

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 18:38

Salino -there are knot holes and there are ....big holes! 

Is it wrong that I laughed at them ...

Is yours a feather edge fence? Each plank is thick along one edge (vertically) and very thin along the other and it's designed to overlap. There's usually a triangular horizontal batten along the middle of the fence as well as a batten top and bottom. The board at the foot of your fence will be a gravel board. It's just to keep the fence clear of the ground so that it prevents rot.


Posted: 17/10/2014 at 18:32

Just in, dinner cooking. KEF - managed to pace myself so not completely wrecked. Well, not any more than normal  

Lesley - if only it was 'the precious' I was digging up I wouldn't mind. Somehow an arrangement of kerbstones and bricks might not cut the mustard as a display 

Feel that I'm getting somewhere with it now. 

Everyone's been very busy. DD's dinner sounds good - much better than what I'm having that's for sure. 

Not had a curry in ages. Girls aren't that keen. Perhaps archie could combine one with the roadkill and  have a Badger Biriani 

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 15:10

I haven't read the whole thread here but it's lovely to hear how well maintained some places are. I visit my niece's grave regularly as my parents' ashes are scattered there and it's a very well kept cemetery. It's very important for people who go there I think.

Jess - just a thought re the pot if you go down that route, or even in the ground if it's dry. Some of the little sedums or saxifrages would possibly do well there. They're ideal when you can't water regularly. I've thought of putting a couple of them in because the soil's so dry under the trees. I usually just take flowers but it would be nice to have something permanent. 


Posted: 17/10/2014 at 14:43

Clari - that's how they catch you isn't it? I only have one local GC and I don't go that often. Those three garlic bulbs were expensive  The Abu Hassan tulips would be very smart with the dark Negrita ones. That's a combination I was going to try but I've not bought any bulbs this year. I've still got all the potted ones from last year to get into beds and borders. 

Here's this morning's haul Liri, along with three bricks. I now have a set of four pieces of those kerbstones/steps. Still got about 4 sq metres to dig and level so there could be more

 Lunch has been had so I'll go and shift some more of those slabs and try and get the edging done before the rain tomorrow. My green manure's arrived, so I'll be able to sow that once I've got the whole area prepped. 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 14:26

Lesley that's a gorgeous pic of that Acer. 

Lovely autumnal pix - sometimes we just feel everything's finished once we're beyond August and we forget to look at those colours. 

Spring tulips and daffodils in my strawberry beds?

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 14:23

Clari I used to grow strawbs in with all kinds of other decorative planting, including bulbs,  in a previous garden. It worked well 

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