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Planting an Art-Deco Raised Border

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 23:11
Artjak, don't be making apologies! 
Steve Johnson wrote (see)

can I please say that a regularly wormed dog is no risk to humans!

Ohhh, right, we all know how often a dog is wormed - they wear a tagged indicator to clearly show this, not, and I should observe this as I clear up behind them. Come on, as a vet, you should know better than to provide downright misleading excuses for people who let their dog  anywhere, supervised, without a second's thought of the consequences! Words fail me, beyond belief!!!

If this is how low this topic descends, can we please get back to the gardening, promptly?

Regards,
Steve

Planting an Art-Deco Raised Border

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 15:46
Thanks again for the kind comments folks. 
artjak wrote (see)

...surely dog owners realise by now how dangerous dog faeces are to human (esp. children's and pregnant mother's) health

You'd certainly think so, but I'm still in some disbelief that I had to put such a sign in place. What gets me is that they actually watch their pet do it! There isn't _any_ possibility of the owners not knowing...

artjak wrote (see)

I adore what you have done LowiePete with your front garden, it is very stylish.

Thanks, it has been very satisfying on all sorts of levels, not least in how passers-by react. In truth, it has worked out even better that how I'd imagined it in my mind's eye.

Steve Worthing wrote (see)

I'm looking at building some raised beds in the new year, and i'm wondering what sort of wood you used for yours?

It's just treated softwood in 3 metre lengths. It isn't just the cost of the wood though, there was over 6 tonnes of topsoil added into the bed, though with its slight coning toward the buried bin that might mean an extra tonne over having it level.

 Including about £350 for planting, bearing in mind that most of the surface is covered in coloured stones, the total cost was just shy of £1,000. This included labour and ancilliary ground works tidying up the patch twixt the car runway and the new bed, and repairing the fence. Added to that, the lights were £50 and the 7 trellis panels another £35.00

Regards,
Steve

Planting an Art-Deco Raised Border

Posted: 12/08/2012 at 15:07

An update...

 I'm quite pleased with the progress - what's also surprised me is how quickly this raised bed seems to have matured into into its setting. I could probably now get away with claiming that it has been there for years...

Let's get the sad bit out of the way first. I don't want to believe that a sign like this is necessary, but, so far, it has been effective.

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So, onto the colour...

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Regards,
Steve 

Planting an Art-Deco Raised Border

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 14:26
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Is your garden south facing?

It faces S.East. At this time of year the bungalow casts a shadow upon it from about 3.30pm onwards - when we  have some sun, that is...  

Regards,
Steve

Planting an Art-Deco Raised Border

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 03:23

Hello Folks,

Now that the sun has come out, it's time to assess the rain damage and the delay in flowering that the lack of warmth has caused...

The first two photos show the position and pattern of the screening I've had to put up to try and prevent dog fouling. Yeah, it beats me too!

http://files.myopera.com/Peter_LT/albums/12189332/sunburst44.jpg

 

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The Verbena Bonariensis is totally living up to the promises made by the nursery. However, there's been a distinct lack of insect life around it. I just love its open airiness yet distinct stature.

http://files.myopera.com/Peter_LT/albums/12189332/sunburst46.jpg

 

The Echinops Compositae Vietch's Blue are a bit behind and not really looking as good as they should and again, no insect interest in them yet...

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The spring flowering alpines have made way for the summer ones though their not as pretty. Despite quite a brutal haircut, the hardy geraniums have bounced back bigger than ever, but no sign of a second flowering...
 

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Plenty of colour along the front, although the pelargoniums are weeks behind with their flowering - there should be a riot of fire colours emanating from those window boxes.
 

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The hanging baskets are very disappointing indeed. This one might look OK, but it's been devastated by winds and the riot of blossom it should be by now is absent. Hopefully, some warm weather will help in the next few days.
 

http://files.myopera.com/Peter_LT/albums/12189332/sunburst51.jpg

 

Regards,
Steve

Planting an Art-Deco Raised Border

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 15:49

@FloBear, I'm deliberately not going to quote your post, my reasons will become clear soon enough. When I read the first phrase, I just fell about laughing; Even now, I can't stop chuckling as I write this. 

Heaven knows why... If _any_ of my friends see that, they're gonna be merciless.

So, you'll understand if I'm not too effusive with my thanks... 

Regards,
Steve 

Planting an Art-Deco Raised Border

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 15:29

 Hello Folks,

Thanks again for the kind comments. Having people stop and look adds a bit of pressure - keeping my front windows looking good. I did my nets, could not believe what they had collected, and snubbed the passing window-cleaner by doing my own. Bit of a job which I'll probably pay for in discomfort later.

Joe_the_Gardener wrote (see)

Small spaces can be quite difficult because it can look as though you haven't done anything at all... 

Oh yes, that was always going to be a hurdle. Making it look too busy was probably the biggest risk. He didn't say anything, but I think my landscaper was a bit skeptical until he saw it come together. The hardest part of this project, and I'm still not sure about my current approach, has been what to do in front of the box. 

A couple of neighbours have asked whether or not I'm going to erect any fencing. I have to say that I'm sorely tempted because _some_ passers-by think it's OK to let their dogs foul it, and for them to leave it for me to clear up! 

I had a quick look around the garden centre yesterday and if the problem gets any worse, I'll probably look at inserting some decorative wire trellis work between some steel uprights. There wasn't anything there with a 1930's retro feel, so no decisions yet.

Regards,
Steve

Planting an Art-Deco Raised Border

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 13:24

Many thanks for your kind comments folks. I'll update the pictures once the Verbena at the front is in full bloom - the window boxes should be looking their fiery best by then too - weather permitting...

Regards,
Steve 

New site - is it easy to use?

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 22:34
David K wrote (see)

Nope...couldn't edit above 2 seconds after posting.

...and that presents quite a problem - once the editing availability problem is sorted this should be next on the list. I'm wondering if they may be connected, where removing the time limit may also solve the editing function problem - just a thought...

Regards,
Steve

New site - is it easy to use?

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 19:50

Sorry to disagree with you, but there is a time limit. Just hover over any of your previous posts not long after and all you get as an option to "Quote" - this is a completely separate request and nothing to do with the non-functioning edit. That does seem hit and miss because it worked just once for me today, then threw errors every time after that.

Regards,
Steve 

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