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Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 10:48

It runs from rear to front so north to south from the stairs.  I rather like the outrageous stripes too but some of it is peeling and the door surrounds all need finishing.   The paintwork at either end is grey and so is Possum's room which has a huge mural of NY.   We want to keep that but go pale grey on the walls as it is so dark in there and will look better with the strangely green floor.    

Those pics taken at height of summer.  It is very dark in winter.

Last edited: 09 March 2017 10:49:25

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 10:42

Hello everyone.   Brighter here - all the better for seeing patchiness in pesky chalky paint so yet another coat of terracotta then lunch followed by a  raid on the supermarket.

Buys- I hope you get your shelters repaired OK.  Better go and check ours this pm.  Oddly, the donkey shed has a proper terracotta tiled roof but its walls are thin and draughty.   Baffles me but it will make a good potager shed.   

Wonky - good work with the pergola.   Are you planning to sit out there in cold weather?  Do you really need evergreen if you're mainly going to need the privacy in clement weather?  I'd go for colour and perfume myself and do repeat ramblers and clematis.

Dove - enjoy your sketching.   Will you do paintings from them later?

Chicky - glad the talk was good.  Once we have enough material I'd like to go no dig but that will take some time and I need to investigate other sources of composted material.   Neighbour's horses will help but not enough.    Enjoy your reunion.

LP and Joyce - take it easy.   Plenty of good weather on its way soon and you need to be fit.

Hosta - hope the bonus is good this year.  Every little helps.

Really must go and paint.   Have a good one everyone whatever you're doing.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 10:25

I know what you mean.  I ended up drawing the floor plan to scale and then cutting bits of card to scale to represent the furniture and shuffling them around till I was happy.   It then took us a mere 30 minutes of discussion with kitchen man who said it was the easiest kitchen he'd ever designed!

For the annex I'm on version 5 or 6 as I recycle or abandon various bits of the old kitchen and fit in those 2 pine pieces.   Do I want a table or a comfy chair?   Then colours?  The kitchen is quite strong and fitted so maybe the annex can be completely neutral and not fitted which will allow me to play with different looks thru the seasons.   Decisions decisions.

And when they're done I have to mull over colours for the rest of the downstairs and that very stripey landing........   One of the estate agent's photos

Big Dreams Small Spaces 2017

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 10:18

They have a Facebook page which says March 30th for Scotland and April 2nd for the BBC2 Sunday morning repeat - https://www.facebook.com/BeechgroveGarden/

Looking forward to that.

Replacing lavender

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 10:16

It's fine.  Just improve the soil with a bit of compost and maybe some grit to aid drainage and then plant and water in the usual way.

I had to do this after a very cold wet winter wiped out 5 of my lavender hedge plants and it worked fine.

Please help. What colour should I paint my fence?

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 22:03

If you want the fence to "disappear" it needs to be forest green or black.   If you want it to be a feature, then paler sage green or a silvery grey or any other colour that takes your fancy and will show off the plants in front of it.

Spanish bluebells

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 21:58

Spanish bluebells have much broader leaves and their flower colour is usually a less intense blue or a pink or a white.  The flowers are also fatter.   The native bluebell hangs its bells in a delicate arch from one side of the stem.  Spanish stems are more upright and the flowers are not all on one side.

See here - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/8882/Hyacinthoides-hispanica/Details 

Please help. What colour should I paint my fence?

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 21:30

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Brambles and bindweed

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 21:10

My scientists in Belgium have been telling me for years that glyphosate was being tested and found wanting - present in water courses, present in the human body.......

I had to buy the stuff to kill off the weeds and grass in my future potager from a locked cabinet.  I wasn't offered an alternative.  It will be a one off project to kill the weeds.

Spanish bluebells

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 20:57

They're pretty M-U but a nightmare if you want to keep the much more attractive and colourful native bluebells from being wiped out.

The bed ours are in is only inches wide so there isn't any room for unwanted plants.  I can't widen it very much as the well makes a sort of roundabout in front of the house and we have to be able to get cars round it without squishing treasures.. 

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