Latest posts by Rosie31

Fantasy garden

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 09:08

I'd like at least part of the garden to include a steep hill so that we can have a spot to look out over the rest of the garden and the surrounding views (which will of course be stunning).  It is the best thing about our own plot.  But in the fantasy garden I'd like to install a (very chic and bijou) cog railway so that all heavy goods and people can be transported to the top rather than having to be pushed up in wheelbarrows.


views on bark chippings

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 13:46

I did a lot of research recently into bark chip when doing some landscaping on my daughter's garden.  I think that for use on paths etc you can get away with the cheapest sort;  the more expensive types are recommended for use in children's play areas etc, but for paths you just want something that will go down. 

We use it here on our garden paths.  I am always surprise how thickly one needs to lay it, especially if it is to cover a muddy area;  don't skimp on the volume you buy, you won't regret laying it thicker rather than thinner.   You might want to think about putting some membrane down first, if the path is to be quite neat and defined with edges - that will reduce the depth of chippings that you need, but obviously involves more work and the cost of the membrane.

We top ours up every three years or so.  It needs topping up more often under the trees, because when the leaves fall we use a leaf-blower to gather them up and usually get a bit over-enthusiastic with the power switch..... which means a lot of bark gets blown off too. 

The cheapest way to buy it is almost certainly in bulk bags delivered to your door - if you have a fairly big area to cover I'd strongly recommend that route.  Search online for "bark chip" and there are lots of suppliers. 

You'll find it smells strongly when first laid, and looks "stark" - but don't worry, the smell disappears after a week or so and the colours mute and blend in pretty quickly too.

Good luck, let us know how you get on!


Happy New Year Everyone

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 08:32

Happy New Year and happy gardening to everyone! 

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 21:45


Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 20:49

I still have some dahlia tubers going spare if anyone would like them!  (My labelling failed so it is pot luck on variety....)

Overwintering Pelargoniums

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 08:47

Thanks everyone!

Overwintering Pelargoniums

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 13:22

Can I hijack this thread please Patricia?   This year for the first time I have had climbing geraniums / pelagoniums in the planters by front door.  They have been grand, and are now about four feet high (just beginning to lose their flowers and leaves now in the first cold snap). 

Would people think it's right to cut these right back too, before I lift them and put them in greenhouse for winter?  There is a heck of a lot of top growth on 'em....


Amaryllis bulbs - advice please!

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 12:18

Thanks fidget - sounds like wrapping the bits separately might be the way to go (to keep the bulb away from the compost until planting).  I can tell my sister to keep the parcel somewhere cool-ish.

Amaryllis bulbs - advice please!

Posted: 15/11/2015 at 16:37

I would love to give my sister a potted-up amaryllis (hippeastrum) bulb for Christmas.  But to save postage (she lives the other end of the country), I would need to give it to her - wrapped - when I see her on 29th November, and it wouldn't be opened til 25th December.

Is that going to do it damage?  Will it rot / go mouldy / anything else nasty?

Would it be better if, rather than pot it up and wrap it, I gave her the bulb, pot and compost in separate packages for her to "assemble" on Christmas day?

Any advice gratefully received!





Dahlias going free!

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 13:25

Hi everyone, thanks for your replies!

David and Zoomer, I've replied to your PMs and dahlias will be winging their way to you as soon as they're ready to lift.  So glad to have found good homes for them!

Lyn, thanks for the post advice, that's good to know.

Hee hee Tetley - nice idea!  I wonder if our local farmer would like some in the middle of his barley?

Thanks Buddyboy, that's good advice.

Have a great autumn, everyone....





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