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Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 21:44

In Brussels there are ex-pat women's clubs - destined for trailing partners of business men, dilomats etc posted here - and sevreal years ago one had a woman doing paint effect and découpage classes and so on.   Off I trotted and duly painted a coffee table pristine chalky white, then a few stencils, then a crackle glaze and then the aging effect.

OH completely baffled as to why I would deliberately repair and renovate something then make it look old and used.    Sometimes I agree so when I made a cupboard for Possum's Duplo collection about 12 years ago I left it fresh.

It' now in the study and holds printer paper, envelopes etc and the printer.

Later on I found an old and very battered kitchen unit and fixed and painted it.  No need for paint effects here as it looks old and shabby anyway.   Very practical unit and suits my unfitted farmhouse kitchen.

 Next big  paint job will be my collection of rusty obelisks and then the wooden seats and back struts on cast iron garden chairs.   Just plain as cushions will do the shabby chic effect.






Taunton Flower Show

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 16:56

A puppet with integrity woud have resisted the urge to dumb it down and do shoddy work.

I remember sayng at the time that the whole production team needed to be changed and/or made to up their game and standards and ambitions for GW.

Mystery ornamental grass

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 16:53

Sounds more like a stipa gigantea with those tall stems and low foliage clump but a picture will definitely help.

Taunton Flower Show

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 15:38

Toby Buckland presented GW for a couple of disastrous years - no respect for the plants, the tools, the audience and some really bad advice and stupid projects.   The Beeb dumped him somewhat unceremoniously which wasn't very professional but he definitely had to go. 


cancer has meant I can't manage my garden

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 23:51

I agree.   First find out if you can get help, especially of the cancer treatment is going well and you are likely to regain your energy.  

However I do understand it's dispiriting watching a well loved and tended garden going to rack and ruin.   I lost 2 years in my garden thanks to back surgery and then 2 feet reconstruction ops.   I have been OK since this spring but it is back breaking work trying to get back in control.

The simplest and cheapest thing to do would be to remove the plants - maybe hold a sale to raise a few pennies for you or charity - and then level and grass over the beds.  Paving will require a lot of preparation and materials and expense.

All the best for a full recovery so you can enjoy your garden again.


Posted: 31/07/2014 at 18:18

They will if you can make them big pots, give them very rich compost to grow in, feed them every spring and water regularly.

Help please - replacement ride on mower

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 16:54

We have one with no bags as our grass is always too lush and damp and clogs the tubes.  I herd the clippings into a singe line and OH rakes it up and dumps it on the compost heap.

A friend of mine with a larger garden swears by his mulching mower which minces the cuttings up really fine and puts them back on the grass - so fin ethey are invisible except when teh garss is very wet and sticks a bit.    The automatic ulching feeds the grass and I have to say his is very healthy.

plant I don't have but would love

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 14:02

When I first started this garden - former cow pasture - I planted lots of plants I love and went to plant fairs to hunt for out f the ordinary plants.  Most have proved not hardy enough or tough enough for my local conditions so now I go for good do-ers.

I have tried dierama several times but it doesn't last the winter.

When I do find a plant that does, I seek out other forms of it so lots of hostas, clematis (hardy to -25C only) some acers, roses, veronicas, peonies, perennial cornflowers, hemerocallis, some hardy geraniums, filipendulas, astilbes, astilboides, ligularia, miscanthus, carex, hakonechloa, molinia, hydrangea paniculata but not lace-cap, deciduous viburnums but not evergreen, Japanese anémones (pink, not white so far), echinops, achilleas, aconitums, foxgloves, sedums, thalictrums, lysimachias, sanguisorbia, heleniums, geums, potentillas, persicarias and so on and forth.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 13:00

Yes, but it's a 3.6 metre diametre and I could make matching cushion covers...........

A winter project perhaps.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 12:40

As you can imagine, BM, I was pretty peeved with teh rats but that's what you get for buying a linen/cotton mix parasol.    The wood's still good so if and when I see some fabric I like I'll have a go at making a repacement but it's rather large and will need some thought.

What are you doing with your garden chairs?  Just a paint job or an aged effect too?

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