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MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 16:00

Im part way through watching one of my favourite DVD's - Alan Titchmarsh's 'How To Be A Gardener' series. I usually watch it each spring for some inspiration.

Help! What colour should I paint my fence?

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 21:55

Your welcome. Be sure to post some photos when youve painted everthing.

Help! What colour should I paint my fence?

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 19:51

happycottontail, you can just screw the trellis to the fence panels. But As RP has said above, if you just want an easy way to grow climbers up your fence then just string some gardening wire horizontally along them in rows, about 1ft apart. I prefer this galvanised colour, but you can also get it in green...

http://www.homebase.co.uk/wcsstore/homebase/images//158696HBO111111M.jpg

 

 

You can buy a bag of 'u' shaped nails that are great for pinning the wire to the fence..

http://www.fencestaple.com/images/fence-staple-7.jpg

 

Or better still, buy some of these 'eye bolts' and screw them into the fence posts, I use them on my fence and they hold the wire off the fence so that climbers can grow behind as well as in front of the wires...

http://image.ec21.com/image/hhyklj/oimg_GC03944176_CA03944260/Eye_Bolt_With_Lag_Screw_Zinc_Plated.jpg

 

 Just make sure you buy the long enough so that once screwed in, the eye is about an inch away from the fence. And drill i small pilot hole into the post first, so that the eye bols screws in easily.

Well done on the paint deal. But if your painting all of your fence panels then are you sure 5L is enough for all your fence? Why not buy more tins as you could always return any unopened tins? You may have to give your fence two coats. A fence sprayer would make the job easy, but you can get carried away and use ore paint than you think. I use one of these...

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQoP4DHlr0KhKBkPIGdAl9twiu8orxN6LZKLP1jdZkwnft6RdE4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

verbena bonariensis

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 15:50

Its a lovely plant, but the seeds get into the gaps between my paving slaps where it spreads like a weed. But its stil one of those plants that I must have each year.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 21:52

Well whilst the wife is away for a few days I was supposed to be tidying the house, but instead Ive spent all day extending my garden plan to incorporate the whole garden. Cant believe Ive spent the whole day in front of the laptop!!!

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/GardenDesign3_zpsec678066.png

 

Patio paving design tool needed

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 21:08

Thanks for the replies, I'll give them a try

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 20:41
FloBear wrote (see)

Great suggestion, Lead Farmer, thank you. I love lavender, it would like the dryish sunny aspect and it may be chicken resistant as I have some elsewhere that seems to have survived OK.

It would look great if it were allowed to grow over the paving, meaning your legs brush aginst it, disturbing its scent. French lavender looks amazing, but they arent always hardy. Up here in South Yorks my French Lavenders dont usually make it through the winter. Perhaps a scented English lavender would work well? Rosmary could work also?

 

Verdun wrote (see)
LeadFarmer
I love your ideas and plans.
Will be hard work but how satisfying when it's done?
I'm always planning, tinkering and doing impetuous things in the garden
Keep us posted please

i find myself sketching ideas all the time. Its took me all winter to finally come up with a design I like. Now we have finally got trid of the kids swing and slide I can concentrate on how I actually want it to look. When the project starts I'll make a thread with all the photos.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 17:54
Rosa pulcino wrote (see)

Leadfarmer Which computer programme have you used? I am on the look out for one that is easy to master.

Love your garden pics on another thread 

 

I'll send you a private message .

 

Thinking about thyme and ??? not sure what else to soften paved edges.
http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/20972.jpg?width=350



 

Im not entirely sure what plants are chicken friendly, but lavender would look lovely as an edging plant along those paving stone.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 15:21

Im planning a complete makeover for my garden this year. Heres how my garden looked in 2007 when we moved into the house..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/House/036.jpg

 

 

And how it looks now after I put my own stamp on it..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/Garden6.jpg


 

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/garden15.jpg

 

 

But ive decided to make some big changes. With our young son growing up, Im finally ready to reduce the size of the lawn and increase the planting area. This is my plan, which includes a reshaped lawn, new path along the hedge, wildlife pond and much more planting. Im going to try and create a partly formal area to the left of the lawn by adding box balls/pyramids in each corner and along the new path, but with a cottage garden kind of look as well...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/ScreenShot2013-04-04at150740_zpse623b30f.png

 

Plenty of back breaking work ahead, as soon as the weather warms up a little. Im on hard clay so I intend to dig out the whole garden, remove some clay, then put the topsoil back in with the addition of new soil.

Help! What colour should I paint my fence?

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 10:56

Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

We painted our shed with Cuprinol Garden Shades "Willow" and I like it, but it's really a matter of personal taste.

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y487/Busy-Lizzie/IMG_4986_zps06c19398.jpg



Happycottentail, I painted my trellis in Willow, and it works well with your choice of pinks/mauve...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/Garden5.jpg

 

I agree that you should leave your pergola & trellis unpainted, natural wood does look great. I left my archway unpainted..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/Garden4.jpg


  But I did paint my obelisks in Willow as a feature, you can just see one behind the archway, and they can be seen in this photo...

 

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/Garden6.jpg

 

But your fence definately needs painting. How about a darker green like Cuprinol Herritage Shades 'Old English Green' which I used to paint my shed...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/085.jpg

A darker green would allow the fence to blend in to the garden. You could then fasten trellis to some of the fence panels and paint these willow as a feature?

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