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Posted: 28/10/2012 at 19:21

I can remember Radio Luxemburg too- Tony Prince! Is he still around?

Blast, OH got remote again!!

Have eaten too much, own fault, but I didnt have 2 puddings, unlike some others around here!

Really need to do some ironing, but just cant get motivated........ J.

Dealing with the impact of trees and shade

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 18:10

KatyH- You cannot guarentee that, even if the existing tree owners are willing to maintain the trees now, future owners will, sorry. So accepting that you have a partly shaded garden in the wet Nwest is half the battle.

One thing though that does come to mind about the wetness that is- are other neighbours gardens also as damp? You'll know whereabouts you are in relation to slopes, streams etc, but your property should have land drains to deal with some of the possible dampness. Is your underlying soil clay? If that has compacted then it'll act as a barrier to any water/moisture draining away.

So, I agree rotten decking not sensible with children & pets & in any shade it'll always be slippy. You can however get ridged concrete slabs I think that would be a better surface -something to consider for paving in the shadier area if needed.

Accept that a lawn can be ok, sort of, in a part shade garden, but will get moss & never be a 'bowling green'. Then with children & pets.... BTW you can get turf/grass seed more suited to shade.

Re landscapers- ask neighbours who may have used people, ask in local GC who they know. The GC may also offer a design/construction service themselves.

There are lots of 'easy', shade loving plants & shrubs, so they can be planted once you have the groundwork in place. Read as much as possible in advance- the winter months are ideal for doing that. Beth Chatto- Damp garden, Woodland garden & others by her are inspirational- local library may also have some good books.

Hope that this hasnt been too negative? Be realistic with what time, effort & finance you are prepared to spend & then you wont be dissapointed. J.



Posted: 28/10/2012 at 15:31

Yes it will be dying back about now, so no panic yet! After it's died back it would appreciate a mulch/feed of well-rotted manure or homemade compost. J.

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Posted: 28/10/2012 at 15:26

Hi Inka, surprised that you didnt feel anything, but glad too as wouldnt be that nice.

Even in Manchester, UK, we had small shocks some yrs back. Think the epicentre was down in West Midlands, remember my Dad not feeling a thing & it was only a few miles away. He slept through it, but it woke me over 100 miles away- we have a pair of mirrored doors to a cupboard in bedroom & they rattled like mad in the middle of the night! Afterwards the shocks continued for ages- you could feel them crossing the room towards your feet- weird. J.

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Posted: 28/10/2012 at 15:05

Great minds think alike!

Paperwork done, apparently the 'baking' not going well- glad  am not involved.

Kate- I too used to feel as if hallucinating when took certain OTC remedies! Cant take them now coz of other medication.

Mind you am sat here feeling as if falling to LHS & stone cold sober! Could be the knackered chair seat of course, never did find someone to sort, still on the 'to do' list, or more likely a response to the latest drug infusion had on Friday. J.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 13:48

Because of the imminent frost warnings, & we did go down below freezing this week, I put the pots onto a window sill. My greenhouse is NOT frost free!

Germination just now starting, so will move them as nec into the big coldframe. J.


Posted: 28/10/2012 at 13:41

I now possess a copy, very tatty now, of 'Adam the gardener'. Circa 1954 via Daily Express I thnk. Some of the basics are still useful.

Am ashamed to say that as a small child I was a scribbler in books but must have been interested even then! J.

Growing under holly

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 13:34

I'm another who has removed lower branches.

Varigated ivy, nearest the stem. G.Macrorrhizum & G.Nodosum both cope. Tellima Grandiflora too. These can all be planted into 'pockets' of better compost nearer the edge of overhanging canopy & that gives them a good start. All more or less evergreen, with the geraniums having good Autumn colour & the bonus of flowers.

Small bulbs eg Muscari will also cope at the canopy edge.

Like the cyclamen idea.... J.

What's for tea?

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 13:25

OH just made his very yummy small yorkies, filled with peppers & mushrooms & covered in gravy.

Tonight is a veggie version of Shepherd's pie, with some fried cabbage- when I can get into kitchen..... They, OH & daughter are going to have a baking session again. Love the results, hate the mess! J.

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Posted: 28/10/2012 at 13:21

Think should just change my name to 'confused of manchester'!

Wet & windy here. Am tackling overdue paperwork, nearly done. Shredded what needs to be done, recycled the rest & trotted, well wobbled on way back, to postbox.

OH just done his wonderful filled small yorkies- bit too much chilli for me, but very yummy. No prizes for who has just washed up, loaded dishwasher...... They are baking later I believe & looks as if going to use the large pyrex dish that I need for tonights' meal! J.

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