Posted: 18/02/2013 at 20:14
Am back again. Glad poorly Forkers are slowly improving.
I can hear that b****y boiler again!! Noway is it some sort of overload, 'so please have more radiators 'on full' '. OH contacting manufacturers later this week, but I shall phone head engineer again tomorrow & play merry hell & demand that manufacturer gets involved pronto! Bet he'll be out when I get to phone as I've got things to do tomorrow as well.
Becks- I think, pretty sure, those bulbs are bluebells. probably of the thuggish Spanish variety. Mine are already showing up here.
Dean- I could do with your help re daughter's garden. Joking, but seriously it's going to be one hell of a learning curve & a lot of graft!
The adjacent neighbours are gardeners, their veg patch made me drool, & nosey with it. Having said that, they're going to pull out for us the 2 wheely bins we've filled already. T'other side keep chucks, & the next dr to them as well. Soil is boggy, but apparently very fertile & the original owner had loads of muck delivered/used every yr for yrs!
I hard pruned a large budlea & a rose, attacked a wayward Pyracantha, cut out dead wood from a spreading Azalea. There's loads of huge brambles, moss, couch grass, ivy everywhere. Identified several things, not all. Not many bulbs though. Was told about the 2 Bramley apple trees & the pear. No, not a stream at the one side, just very, very damp- moorgrass clumps everywhere. Several miserable shrubs, not just needing maintenance, just totally inappropriate for their site. We shall decide about those as time goes on.
Discovered that the wall of the semi-derilect garage is actually the boundary 'wall', but it's demolision will have to wait until funds permit. In the meantime I've attacked & almost cleared the bed in front of the patio/side of garage. That is going to be a good 'bog' garden I think as, to add to the soils' drainage problems, there is no guttering from the 'garage' roof, so extra dampness. I've got lots of the ivy out of there, cut the honeysuckle to the ground, it'll come back, but we can train it properly. Almost removed the deciduous berberis that we dont want there, totally the wrong place & anyway there's another down the bottom of the garden. The compost bin- pallets- is full with either leafmould or well rotted compost, so that'll get used up in my effort to try & improve the soil there.
I think we may have to 'get a man & van/skip' in as there is lots of rubble everywhere. Quite dangerous walking in overgrown stuff when you're not sure actually what is beneath.
Pointed out to daughter that the bottom, say third, of the garden is going to be in part-shade because of the chicken-keeping neighbours Lawson, plus tatty tree house, being just adjacent to the fence. There's also a mature Horse Chestnut overhanging the far side of the 'gardeners' fence- much to their disgust. I did fight my way to check out the state of the very back fence panels & they actually felt quite solid & have shrubs (?) growing on the other side of them, so access from a roadway behind there is going to be restricted- good.
All in all, I foresee a lot of hard graft, me, but once I've got my head around a sunny, damp garden instead of a dry, shadey one, it'll be fine. Have already taken up her tools, they were my Mum's, her blue plastic trug & an older pair of loppers & secataurs to leave, so I dont have to cart stuff up there everytime I go.
Whilst I was outside, having taken a picnic lunch for us all on both days, they were changing locks, painting, doing all sorts inside. I've washed 2 sets of curtains this evening & they'll go outside here tomorrow.