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To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 00:43
Zara, your remark that our gardens are an extention etc. Hey lass, you know me better than that.

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 00:39
Zara thanks for you input.

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 00:02
Hey folks. Thanks for the replies. Verdun my friend, no need to say sorry. This was simply a ploy of mine to get away from one-liners. As with so many aspects of gardening. We live and learn. May I point out Lyn. I am not a lover of sprays. Regarding ladybirds etc, I often give them safe residence in the greenhouse. Probably my previous post was misunderstood. Suddenly my roses were covered in green and blackfly. Being as I had recently spent something like ??400.00 on new roses, action was needed. Cangrandmafixit. Yes we are all different and our gardens mean so much to us. For instance. My garden is quite small, yet packed and bursting at the seams. To me it offers visual delights and pleasures. My daughter Amanda talked me into buying an arbour type garden seat. I have never parked my butt on it. To me, my garden is a working garden. Thankfully, I did away with the lawn years ago. Each year or so, I specialize in a certain plant, I experiment with plants and soil mixes etc. Even though still learning my garden does give me pleasure and satisfaction. I have a site on photobucket so some day I will update it and you can all take a look. Once again. Thanks for your input.


Posted: 23/11/2014 at 23:43
Pansyface. On Ilkly moor bah tat the rest unprintable.
I remember as a lad and a member of the local church choir, singing solo in Canturbury Cathederal. Even saying it myself. It sounded good due to the high roof etc.

Other memories of the festive season. My dad had served in both world wars. In the second, he and uncle Fred who lived just three doors away had spent much time,during the war, following each other around the globe. Dad was in the army and uncle Fred the Navy. Each Christmas Fred would come in and say. Mick! I will get you drunk this year. Same words as last year. It always ended up with Fred being helped home. Dad's secret was, drink and enjoy but. EAT at the same time. I never saw my dad worse for drink and likewise I have never been drunk.

A Special day.

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 23:27
No it's not my birthday. Thats next month. Please note Verd, I also have birthdays. lol. No special in other ways. Firstly it proved to be a day without pain, so no pill popping. Then I had a go at my new computer. Managed to install virus program etc. Checked my bank account. The money that I had mispent with AVG has all been returned. Next I wired up the old HDD from the now defunked pc. What a relief. Everything is on there even emails that I had deleted yonks ago. All ny photos and especially the folders containing my scientific papers and docs. So as not to put too much on the new pc, I might use the old HDD as another external drive. Then to bring yet another smile to my face. I had been sent such a great message from another forum member. NO me no telly what the message said, but I hope there might be more in the offing. So Michael will retire this night and hopefully enjoy happy dreams.

Help Please.

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 23:03
A while back something went wrong on the forum Following instructions, I lost my smilies. Now I can't remember how to re install them Also I am aware that another member is having problems uploading a photo/ please.

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 22:51
Never been to Northumberland. Might give it a try one day!

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 23:39
So each to their own. Here we are close to the end of another year. So for the average gardener. Are you one who plants out in rows, like a prade ground, or do you prfer the more natural style. However, whatever. Our gardens are now looking sad for themselves. So what next.? In general I suggest. Keep your paths clear. Tidy up the lawn edging . What about the borders? Sadly many tend to take tidyness etc a bit too far at times. So often the saying, 'Mother Nature' springs up. So take a look at the natural world. The dying stalks and fading flowers tend to relax, to droop and often collapsem into what son become s squidgy mass. Perhaps not the best of views out of the window. Please STOP and think. For just a moment. Compare your garden with the great outdoors. Who or what ventures forth in the wildlands and cuts back the dying plants. Yet come the spring. The landscape once more grows and blossoms. So with your garden. Leave the dying embers alone. The result. Ground level growth will be protected. Even wildlife etc. Friends. I leave it with you.

Forum picture

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 23:20
Hey folks. Since I joined this forum, I have managed to get members to divulge where they live etc. [Basic police training] Plus being B. Nosey.
why not more avitars of real people. I have recently been PM' ing a lady member or two. One has just replied saying in part. Mike, you look so good. So how about it. So how about it. Post your mugshot. Then sit back and enjoy the comments.

Small border\hedge in wet conditions

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 23:08
David. W Then havingelcome to the forum. Wow matey, you have been busy. From experience etc. Under similar drainage problems, there are a host of solutions. Sadly David, you really are in a tight corner. Might I suggest the following. Determine the lowest point where the water tends to aim for. So this might be very close to the public footpath. Even so. Surplus still water can develope problems. I would be inclined to dig out a sump. This is a method used mainly in the building trade, to accept and disperse rainwater from roofs. Dig out a squarish hole at least one meter by one metre. Go down at least 1.5 mtrs. Then get rid of some of that builers waste, bricks, slates tiles etc. Don't bother to compact it. The purpose is to provide a container-like situation. Then you can either place a layer of topsoil or even course gravel. This should solve your problem. Please keep in touch.

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