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wind proofing fences

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 21:31

That's how I did mine MrsG - just as  Pete says

 The stretch already in the garden between me and my neighbour is done the same way but vertically :

 The timber was around £1 per metre from builders merchant. I used 3.6 m lengths of the heavy duty stuff (150mm x 22mm) and put the posts in at 1.8 metres so that I didn't have to cut them very often. 


Posted: 11/01/2015 at 16:19

Oh that wasn't there a moment ago BL. Smashing pix and fantastic turnout. Tells you everything you need to know about real people power. 


Posted: 11/01/2015 at 16:17

Have a lovely time Woody. So much to see you won't need gardens 

Cupboard somehow didn't get sorted KEF - I went out instead.  I have done some hoovering and floor steaming so I don't feel too guilty 

I think the cupboard leads to Narnia anyway and it's snowy there....

Yvie - earmark the planters for sweet peas. That way you won't be tempted to buy something large and expensive to  put in them  


Posted: 11/01/2015 at 14:03

Just gorgeous DD. I bet he's thrilled with his new look   

My eldest daughter loves all the Avengers stuff and has one of the big framed posters. I tried not to worry about mine when they went away too but, even if you're busy, it's quite hard isn't it? Great experience for them.

I feel I should be doing something constructive but the washing's all done, huge load of beef braising in the slow cooker and did food shopping yesterday. I could clear out and tidy the understair cupboard...... or maybe not  

what would you do

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 13:57

Prioritising is key then, as obelixx says. I'd start with a nice little sheltered, private area near the house. If you do that first it keeps you motivated when you look out the window on the days when you feel a bit jaded.  Simple screens of trellis on posts for climbers, and shrubs like your Fatsia will quickly give you that. Phormiums will fit into that scheme and you can add some taller things behind, or put them in large pots with smaller things in front of them. They're easy to find almost anywhere and a good sized specimen can be divided to give more plants. Gravel is a cheap way of creating an area to sit and have a cuppa while you contemplate your estate!

A really good focal point somewhere in the middle of the garden will take the focus away from the openness at the end when you take away your trees, and help disguise the greenhouse and the working areas of the plot. That can be almost anything from a tiered island bed to a statue or specimen shrub, or even a row of tallish plants to create a screen that will help divide the space up for the areas you want to plant.

Once all the bulbs have appeared, mark them so that you can lift them when they've died back and you can relocate them when you have the right places for them. You can stick them in pots near the house and that will also be a great visual for the end of next winter into spring. It's always good to have something cheery to look at during the dreary winter months when we're all longing for warmer days 


Posted: 11/01/2015 at 12:41

Aw shucks - I'm 


Posted: 11/01/2015 at 12:34

What a lovely welcome back from all you lovely people 

Verd- just go and stand in the garden somewhere suitable. If there's a space for you, then there's a space for an Amanogawa....although it might be a bit taller than you 

Hideously wet and cold here too doc - birds are out building a raft and there are puddles on my new area for lawn. My gravel's all nicely washed though 

late tulips

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 12:26

Hi edd- it may be a bit late to get any tulips but you could take a look at some of the specialist bulb suppliers to see what they have left. Ideally they're planted around November but there's no harm putting some in if you get them and seeing what comes up. I've used the Bulb Shop ( also under GeeTee bulbs) in the past and they were excellent. If you want specific colours or varieties you'd probably be best waiting for this year's supplies around September/October and sowing some annuals for a bit of colour this summer. Loads to choose from depending on what you want them for. For scent and colour you can't beat sweet peas and they're ideal for pots as well as borders and beds. 

It's my birthday

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 10:41

Happy birthday RB   -  h ave a great day



Tell me what it's like being 30 so that I'll know what to expect 

Will there be cake later? 

Regular contributers.

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 10:36

Thank you pansyface. 

I rest my case... 

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