London (change)
Today 28°C / 20°C
Tomorrow 24°C / 16°C


Latest posts by Lizzie27

1 to 10 of 123

Road building anyone?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 21:26

Sorry Joe, got my metric/imperial mixed up, I think it must have been 40ft x 40ft,not metres. As you say, it sounds rather cheap!

Road building anyone?

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 22:23

I would ask the farmer first what he advises as they must be used to making tracks.

If it's only going to be used 1 or 2 times a year, you might as well just grass it over and see what happens - you could always reseed if if necessary and it's probably the cheapest option. The other cheapish option is coarse bark mulch, if you can get it by the lorry load and just replenish it as and when.  

To go for the "proper job" (although desirable) is probably going to be too expensive - our 40m x 40m hardstanding 7 years ago was about £900 from memory.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 21:41

That's lovely Rosie -so nice to know our efforts were appreciated 

A big hi-five to everyone involved I think!

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 22:29

Hope your garden party went with a swing Rosie, weather here in Bath still very hot and sunny so hope you had the same (although I would like some rain tonight)


Posted: 05/07/2014 at 18:26

Thanks for all the advice folks. Will wait and see if the rose flowers later in the year.


Posted: 04/07/2014 at 20:39

Hi all,  I've got a 3 yr old Margaret Merrill rose which flowered beautifully the first year, didn't do much last year and this year although it's grown quite tall, has no flower buds on it at all. Has had the same treatment as my other two roses in the same bed, i.e. been pruned, mulched, fed & watered. Faces west, in clay soil,but is only 2 ft away from 6ft high box hedge behind it.

I did wonder if I pruned it too severely last year as this time it's shot up to over 5ft but looks very healthy.

Any ideas?

breeze block wall

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 20:26

Glad you liked it Thomas. It is sensible to screw narrow bits of batten to the wall first to allow climbers room to twine and air to circulate, and then screw the trellis to the battens.

Good luck, show us the after shots please when you've finished.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 12:48

Rosie, what lovely, lovely pictures - I'm so pleased we were able to bring some joy back to the people concerned and well done everyone who helped out. 

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 11:51

Very, I have to admit I have in the past cut grass in between paving slabs with nail scissors and this year I made floral curtains for the shed!!!!  (to stop people looking at the mess within....)

breeze block wall

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 11:46

Hi Jen, we've got a breeze block wall too and I did think of painting it, but decided against it because it's holey, you need an awful lot of paint to cover it well, which works out expensive and it's a lot of hard work.

We screwed diamond patterned trellis on battens and then planted various roses, star jasmine, escallonia,  and ceanthos on it, south-east facing, and clay soil. Initially expensive, but won't have to do it again hopefully.

 The wall is about 4 ft high (which has got the diamond trellis on it with another fence on top. (The neighbour's garden is at a higher level than ours).

1 to 10 of 123

Discussions started by Lizzie27


Why isn't my rose flowering? 
Replies: 5    Views: 167
Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:26

Climbing Rose

Etoile du Hollande 
Replies: 4    Views: 111
Last Post: 12/06/2014 at 21:21

Flymo SabreCut hedge trimmer

Hedge trimmers 
Replies: 0    Views: 141
Last Post: 19/05/2014 at 21:39


Replies: 6    Views: 412
Last Post: 18/08/2013 at 00:09


Replies: 5    Views: 368
Last Post: 11/05/2013 at 19:12

Buddleja Identification

Replies: 4    Views: 371
Last Post: 12/04/2013 at 19:25
6 threads returned