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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 

What does rotivation do?

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 11:09

As one fairy to another () this is an old thread - I don't think Gold1locks posts here any more but this will bump the post up for further help.

If the grass is in a really bad state you might need to start again,but if you level it out by putting more topspoil/compost in the holes and reseeding once you've done that it will help the appearance and the surface. You could do that now if the weather's favourable.  If you use a weed and feed product in spring it will help with the weeds. There are plenty on the market so just pick one that suits your budget and conditions.  If the ground's compacted you get cracks in dry spells of weather so aerating will help with drainage - you can do that by sticking a fork in all over the surface to a depth of 4/6" and brushing coarse sand or grit into the holes. Regular mowing through the season - without scalping - will encourage good grass growth.

Even poor lawns will benefit from a bit of this kind of tlc. 

Garden Fencing

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 10:45

I don't care for the colour of the neighbouring fence either but it's all a matter of personal taste. 

Mine is all stained an olivey green to blend in with the background and the planting. Perhaps you could do something similar, especially as you have planting in front of it to grow and gradually cover it. A darker shade gradually disappears as planting matures. Alternatively you could opt for a contrasting shade to  highlight the plants.

Give it a bit of time and see how you feel. The winter weather will change the appearance and by spring you might like it better - or you might feel the need to get the paintbrush out 

Garden Fencing

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 09:41

Tricky without the pix Toonbadger but I've recently installed a lot of fencing (myself, not by a contractor) and a lot of the wood was dark and wet. Lots of timber is stored outside at timber merchants and is therefore wet, especially as it's piled high, but I've never had any issues with it. Some of the stuff I got about six/eight weeks ago for other projects is lighter now, as it's dried out a bit, but the wood's treated so I don't think it makes any real difference, but I understand your concerns.

I think your friend is probably right about the situation. Does your neighbour have any photos of their fence shortly after it was installed? That may help if you want to take things further with the contractor.


Posted: 17/10/2014 at 09:27

Hi Debbie, are you growing one of the dwarf ones which are designed for pot growing or is it just a standard buddleia but a young plant? Pruning is done in late winter/early spring as they flower on the new growth made. If it's just a cutting from last year you won't need to do much to it until it's grown on a bit. Mine aren't very big yet but I'd expect them to be reasonable size plants next spring/summer, and would need pruning the following year. 


Posted: 17/10/2014 at 09:19

Sorry Panda - should have given you an early morning call 

Couldn't function without tea 

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