Keen 1

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Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:32

H. Really an addict then -  but aren't we all really. So you garden professionally then for a living. That does give you a heck of lot of scope because presumably as much as anything it has go to be along the lines requested by clients - of course using your own ideas as well with their agreement. Have fun and a good choice  think.


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:16

Hi. Ref sending pics to the site - how please - can see no reference - a procedure to follow would be appreciated. Thanks.


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:14

Hi. Well two newies together then - welcome to you also. What is your main interest in the gardening world - type and plants etc.


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 12:49

Hi. Thanks. I have tried Paint and did succeed for a while to resize them but as I said I am a duffer at this PC'ing and lost the plot somewhere. I will try and send a pic and see where I go. Thanks again.

A miracle, well I think so.

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 12:40

Hi. A similar story ref the wonders of Nature or Ma as i call her. - this about a Crocus. I had a whole area planted with the common little (sp) Tomas.... and this bed having finished flowering I cut off all the dead foliage in due course and very lightly with a hand fork tiffled over the surface - left it at that. The next Spring at flowering time there on the surface was about a third of a tiny corm and with a tiny perfect  flower just laying out on the surface after all the winter. Thought that was pretty wonderful also.

Green soup in my barrel pond

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 12:32

Hi. In my small Pond I also have the green water problem. have tried a safe to all chemical but this has not worked. By chance a caller at ours this week was talking of her Pond with the same problem. Apparently she saw a prog on TV with a large pond with the trouble and the cure was suggested as "Barley Straw" such as you can buy at the Pet Shop. I will pass on what she said and am going to try it myself, cannot see any harm being done really.The quantity depends on the size of the Pond but a bundle of suitable size in a porous netting (stocking) wrapping and either floated on the surface ( it will sink or can have a weight to sink it) was said to kill off the algae quite quickly - something in it did the job. Passed on as heard. 

Grass snake

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 12:22

Hi. Thats something I have not seen for many many years - a Great Crested newt.

I  am an oldie and of course can remember the days when fields were smaller and all with hedges round them - a birds nest in just about every bush. Ponds and streams everywhere and all with their quota of wildlife in them including the Newts both Common and Great Crested. Snakes aplenty also then.


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 12:05

Hi Salino. I must stop or will be getting told off. Ref sending photos I am a very interested photographer ( Plants, Birtds and wildlife mainly). The snag is I am not all that clever with PC's and find this resizing of pics befor sending beyond me. On my old XP I had a good resizer but Win 7 has none so far as I can find out/see. If someone can put me right I would be very pleased to share as indeed I look forward to seeing those of others.  I use Picasa mainly and can send them to individuals from there but do not know if I could send from there to the site. Also they are in Windows Libraruies but are always miles oversize if sent direct from there.


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 11:57

Hi Salino. Thanks for that. As I said I am a great follower of Margery Fish, her plants and books and that garden at East lambrook Manor -  it probably was the one you visited - its very famous as is she. The single Roses I have no names for and I did in fact grow them from seeds from  Haw collected when seeing them growing about in garden hedges etc., a white, wine coloured and a deep red - they are really nothing more than Briars I suppose but the flowers are large, lovely and that perfume knocks you over. Ref Mrs Chattos garden the "Dry Garden" is only a part of it at the front, just gravel and plants left to get on with it. Her main garden at the back has three smallish, longish lakes down its centre with the land sweeping up from them into wide borders of many choice plants and woods etc. Over to one side is a terraced area with again dry land plants growing in variety. All very lush and green - a super garden over all. Pse see next comment re photos.


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 11:44

Hi. Ref my garden. We live right alongside a mixed Woods of Pine, Oak, Ash, Beech, Robinia , others and also a lovely  50ft Larch. Between that and my garden there is a strip of land I am allowed to use as garden and this I have attempted to make as "woodsy" as poss with a framework of shrubs round the outside and Fruit tree down the centre with beds around. Did attempt to plant these up with suitable plants including Hostas but Deer jumping the fence ate the lot - now only the Shrubs, certain variegated Grasses,  some clumps of culinary Rhubarb and theTrees remain but still looks good.The garden (plot) proper is roughly 80/90 feet square. When we moved in the front was dreadful with the many many Moles hereabout using it as a hunting ground - nothing would stop them. This also applied to that area at the back nearest to the woods so  both were cleared, sheeted over and 3 inch layer of threequarter shingle over all - this has stopped it but it only leaves the other third immediately behind the bungalow for plant cultivation - this has some grass, a border round ( mostly shaded), a Pond, raised bed for Alpines and a largeish square area for planting.


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