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Weed suppression

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 17:39

I find the weeds seed into the gravel or chippe dbark and then their roots penetrated the fabric.  The trick is to pull or hoe them before they get a hold or to do an annual spring sprayof glyphosate based weedkiller to clear them when they are in full growth and will send the poison down to their roots most effectively.   

However weedkiller at edgeso f beds can be problematical and is never any good near water so, when  I can, I send OH out to clear up the path and terrace weeds.   He's good at mundane tasks and at least if he sticks to clearing the paths he isn't adding my precious treasures to the compost heap.   Nasty tendency to blitz weed beds too!

Foreign Seeds

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 22:08

You can move plants and seeds within the EU but something you find growing in Greece is unlikely to be a success in the UK without resources like greenhouses and propagators and such.

There are regulations about movements of plants and seeds between the other parts of the world and the EU because of the risk of disease, invasion etc.    If you're unsure, check with DEFRA or the RHS.   Both are there to inform and help.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 10:01

Well done with the chair cleaning.  If you like the wood grain why not do a sort of colour wash or liming wax rub to show up the grain?  Leave to dry a few days while you consider the results  then rub down gently and varnish to protect it or else change your mind and paint them.    Either way the wood will have been treated and fed and will be all the better lasting.

Tatton Park Show 2014

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 15:19

Thanks Tee Gee.  Very well organised commentary and photos as ever.   I haven't been to Tatton since 2007 - bit of a schlepp from here - and missed the TV coverage this year so your link is particularly interesting for me this year. 

Some people have fairies at....

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 20:55

They were bemused.  That holly hedge is at the southern end of our east boundary with teh paddock.  There is a wire mesh fence on the southern boundary between us and the road and I had gone out to cut out a new bed and plant it up so I was back and forth with tools, wheelbarrow, plants and the hosepipe and they just found it all fascinating.

We've had to put up a barrier of steel mesh (for reinforcing concrete) to stop the cows eating the tops of the holly hedge which was planted in 2002 and got wider every year but not taller.  Now it's 4' high and full of berries so doing well.

This year's bull is a real softy.   Here's the one that wasn't.  All muscle and no brain -

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Some people have fairies at....

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 17:22

Very nosey.   Belgian Bleu Blanc (Blue Whites) - beef cattle who spend the summer in the field growing babies.   There's always a bull with them and it's usually OK but one year he wasn't at all friendly and complained every time he saw us outside - snorting, pawing, spraying poo, giving us the evil eye and leaning on the fence if we got too close.  

 

Some people have fairies at....

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 16:14

Those big machines are usually red or yellow here and next door we have these who like to keep an eye on me when I'm gardening.

 

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Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 17:46

I'm female!  The feet ops were last year but it meant a whole year off gardening and starting gently this spring.   I can now walk my dogs and do a full day in the garden when I have the opportunity but I can't do swivels and pivots when dancing solo so no more line dancing.  Ballroom and salsa are OK though.

Couldn't do any crafty stuff last year either so no furniture painting but I did get a lot of embroidery done and took up patchwork and even had a go at knitting in winter.

Plants that like shade

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 17:35

Plants for shade - geranium macrorhizum, astilbes, hemerocallis, lily of the valley, chelone, hostas, ferns, fuchsias, impatiens (Guinea forms), Japanese anemone, hemerocallis, persicarias, pulmonaria, uvularia, lots of clematis, quite a few roses.

Look them up on the RHS website for further cultivation détails.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 12:31

I was born in East Africa and brought up in the north - Lancs, Manchester then Cheshire - before moving to London when I was 21 and ended up buying a house in Harrow with OH many years later.  The BBQ group are all friends from when OH and I worked with them at the same software house.   Last year they all came to us.

I've lived in this house in Belgium since 1993, longer than I've lived anywhere else,   Paint here is much more expensive than in the UK but houses and vets are cheaper.  I just need some emulsion and gloss to freshen up my kitchen in the half term hols at Halloween - no dance classes to get cleaned up for.

I'm president of a local club - 200+ members - and do the ballroom and salsa classes but look after Hip Hop every week and need to pop in regularly at Jazz and line dance (which I used to do before the feet reconstruction ops) and the belly dancing to make sure all is well and that everyone knows about forthcoming activities.

 

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