Muvs Dashwood

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My garden

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 20:34

Stephen, my daughter laid our patio and learned a great deal doing it. We can't afford professionals and have to rely on ourselves. We used a basket weave patio mold and she mixed the concrete in a bucket and poured each slab herself. The last ones were definately better - but I like it a bit higgeldy. If your using pre-made slabs it isn't overly difficult as long as you're prepared for some bits to go wrong and have to be done again. Bed them in sand, take care over the levels, don't rush and give it a go I say. Everyone starts somewhere and if your happy that is is not perfect perfect then why not. Youtube has some great 'how to's'.


Posted: 28/09/2012 at 16:10

Summer jasmine: Is best pruned just after flowering, in late summer or early autumn. Early flower flushes develop on the previous year’s growth, but later flushes develop on the tips of the current year’s growth. Pruning after flowering gives the new growth time to mature and flower early next season. I got that from the RHS site.

kates grown Primula bulleyana from in the green seeds

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 16:02

Hewitt's Double. My favourite plant because the leaves look like Maidenhair fern and you get lovely little flowers to boot. I haven't tried propogation, even Carol Klein said it was difficult, scared me off. I don't have a greenhouse, cold frame or nuttin' so just soil and hope for me.

any suggestions

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 15:26

Obelisks in the bed with clematis or roses would disturb the wind flow. This year I made one with three triangular trellis pieces from Wilkinson painted cream with 3 clematis on it, but then I like height even in the middle of beds. I know there are some bamboos that have issues with thugishness but they do sound lovely when the wind moves through them and if you planted it in a large pot it won't be an issue.

kates grown Primula bulleyana from in the green seeds

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 15:12

Thallictrum. Such a gorgeous plant and apparently very difficult to propogate. I have had mine a couple of years and have noticed a baby that has strayed a little further from the main plant so I'm gonna see if I can separate it off.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 15:06

I am putting mine in now. We also had a bit of a M Don thing with bought ones and seeds straight in the soil. It was so successful that we're not doing that again and putting them in now, using toilet tubes on top cos they're free. My father grew sweet peas for my mother every single year. It was the only cut flower she ever had.

Talkback: Growing autumn cyclamen

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 14:51

They grow wild in the banks around town here. I only moved here 2 years ago and it was absolutely delightful to see them come up in big swathes.

Wartime Farm

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 14:49

The piece she did on the soapwort was surprising because she even said that it would have been very unusual for anyone to have used it - why include it then? I suppose they have a lot to fit in to a very short programme. I have loved all the 'Farm' series' but I guess people aren't around from the earlier ones so can't critique it so harsly. But having shot a hole in my own argument they could have asked people who still are. Damn!

wildlife in the city

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 14:43

We have had slow worms in every garden we've lived at. They love the compost heap. They do come in different colours don't they? I try and disturb my garden the least I can - impossible with a house move - and actively encourage as much as I can to share it. It always amazes me just how much wildlife there is in our gardens right under our noses.


Posted: 28/09/2012 at 14:35

I have 2 cats and I remove the mess, I use dog bags from poundland or similar and it goes in the dog bins or wheelie bin. There are health issues with some cats and what they pass so wear gloves and take care. I realise not everyone likes cats but without domestic cats there would just be feral communites and at least domesticated ones are usually healthy, neutered and spend some time indoors unlike the poor feral ones. I have mice and frogs and the cats have the loudest bells possible to warn the birds and my son now feeds them in the morning, they're in all night, so they kill a lot less, in fact since he changed their feeding time I haven't seen either of them catch anything. They don't like wet soil.

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