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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 21:06


I'm rather lucky, residing in a terraced cottage, built c1840, extremely long, 200 ft plus, but narrow, around 25 ft.  Garden is level with first floor, so sitting room is upstairs, and can see garden all year round. When we moved here 1994, the so called garden was just a tatty lawn. Now landscaped it, with veg plot incl glasshouse, east end, with 9 water butts. shed central area has 5 butts, and floral area, with some veg is nearer the home.

Whenever it rains, the water from the roof of the house, now fills my large pond via pipework, any excess goes into the man made bog garden.  

I use upside down planted wine bottles, (recycling) along the path and to make various higher levels within floral areas, from all the hanging baskets compost over the years, (which needed to go somewhere) and amazing the various ferns etc, which have just grown inside them.


Hope you enjoy these images as much as I do in the garden.



Name please

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 19:30

Very many thanks all,



Name please

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 10:17

Stands about 3 feet tall, flowers from bottom upwards, as it continues to grow the flower stered loomed in May this year. Name similar to camas is, but RHS plant finder unable to assist. Will to split bulb/corm later this summer.


update...greenhouse on breezeblocks..attaching base???

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 20:40

Hi. Just one last thing to mention, before the erecting and placement, but fear it may just be a tad late. Have you sufficient room around the outside to place one, two, three or more water butts all connected in series, so when it surely rains, you have free water from each side of your greenhouse, filling up your butts. You can never have too many. I actually have space for 9x40+ gallons each, some hold much more than 40. I guarantee you may regret later on if you can't put some around for this free water supply.

  Just another spanner in the proverbial works. Sorry!!!



update...greenhouse on breezeblocks..attaching base???

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:58

Hi Little-Ann. 

Yes, sorry, my mistake. Certainly agree that removing any part of the base, which is part of the integral structure, could well cause issues later.

thanks for the correction.


update...greenhouse on breezeblocks..attaching base???

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 09:22

Not sure re seriously weaken structure?

I've had this greenhouse since 1984, has been to two homes, and moved twice in this present home, and erected same way each time, using same holes in the base.  Still standing.


update...greenhouse on breezeblocks..attaching base???

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 08:25

Hi garjobo & Fairygirl.

hopefully this time my post wil actually send, as last evenings with images failed somewhere in the ether, after leaving me, incl images.

These are the items I used. Purchase as a pair, in various lengths, and in multiple packs. Initially drill hole in wood, metal, etc, then same size masonary drill into concrete, etc. Push raw plug into the hole, place srew in as well, then using "impact engineering" eg, hammer, tap in the screw, until flush with the metal, wood, etc. the raw plug, will also be flush with this surface, due to the slightly larger dia at the head end.

atb. J


Large black insects on my Solomon's Seal

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 23:31

Agree that this is sawfly. I just pick them off and drop the pests into my pond where the fish gobble them up. Same happens to the Lilly beetle, dropped into the pond, in fact very many pests, aphids etc, end up as fish food, but not the slugs.

Advice Needed!

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 08:16

I know you say you want ready made, but do consider a diy job. Visit your local scaffolding company, as they often have olds boards, which due to H&S they unable to use anymore, and generally only to glad to sell for a small fee. I pay £5 each for mine. Get a friend to cut them to your size, then purchase what is now called "creosote", paint both sides a couple of time, ause then use nails or large screws to fit to the 4 corners together. Time once you have the boards at home is around two frays, plus satisfaction of making it yourself, rather than an excessive price from one of the many advertised companies. 

I use this around my veg area, only because over the years, the soil level has raised considerably, due to used soil etc, from many hanging baskets, and repotting many many large potted plants.

update...greenhouse on breezeblocks..attaching base???

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 08:02

Hi garjobo. I have a greenhouse same size as yours, also on breeze blocks.  Wasn't brand new, as I had it at a previous home. I just used battery drill, as greenhouse over 150 ft from a mains supply, and drilled holes every about 18 inches apart, through the aluminium base, then changed drill bit to a masonry drill of equal size. You can purchase screws and raw plugs together as an item, (dont know the correct term) from most DIY stores. Now all you do is insert raw plug and screw together into hole, and tap in using a hammer. No screw driver needed.

I have a sliding door, and this step, but as it is part of the frame, would never consider removing the step. Greenhouse been in this location some 20 years now, and just got used to the step. Yes can be a pain at times especially when removing huge flower pots and unable to see where one places ones feet, but with practice, no problem. Hope this may be of use.

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