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My Garden - Past, Present and Future

Posted: Yesterday at 17:18

Thank you. Pond is in progress and the last step (of major fiddling at least) will be to replace the tatty old greehouse with a shed/greenhouse combo in cedar with a low wall.

My Garden - Past, Present and Future

Posted: Yesterday at 13:40

 Yes, it worked! This is how the garden looked last summer compared to the pic a few postings ago from when we moved in. I am now fannying about with putting a pond in and pics from that are under my thread 'I'm digging a pond by hand'

My Garden - Past, Present and Future

Posted: Yesterday at 00:22

Sorry, for some reason the uploader is refusing any other pics apart from the one from five years ago! I shall try again tomorrow...

My Garden - Past, Present and Future

Posted: Yesterday at 00:16

 This is our garden when we moved in...


Bee hotel has a vistor

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 22:58

We have one facing almost due South, been there since last year and it is one of the really thick ones made of a hollowed out log so, unlike many of them, you don't have to bring it into a protected environment in the winter to ensure any larvae don't freeze.

We get two very distinct populations, early in the summer the cells are sealed with mud and later we move onto ones sealed with leaves. If I didn't cook in the sunshine due to my being a redhead, I'd sit and watch for hours. We have loads of bees in the garden this year and this makes me very happy.

I'm digging a pond by hand...

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 22:24

Today's progress...


I'm digging a pond by hand...

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 23:04

Oh and my back is OK! My shoulders ached for a couple of days but I still have to clear some of the turf as around it I am creating planting pockets, there will be some gravel areas too. I was going to make it into one large flower bed around but I have realised that is impractical so this seems the best solution. Bonus is less lawn too!

I'm digging a pond by hand...

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 22:45

This will be dry soil but I want to soften the edge. Lysmachia seems to fit the bill, it will be in a place where I can control its wild desire for escapism and I coincidentally have a spare one left over from planting the hanging baskets!

I'm digging a pond by hand...

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 22:26

Anyone with a pond have any suggestions for plants that will hang into the water but have their roots in normal soil outside?

Holey snail

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 08:58

Hmmm, google seems to have no answers for land dwelling molluscs. In the sea there are plenty of carnivorous snails who do this sort of thing to other species!

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I'm digging a pond by hand...

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Bit Disappointed By Gardeners' World Live This Year

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Metal trellis?

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Greenhouses, Planning Rules and Boundaries...

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Buying Garden Land

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10/10 for Persistence!

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Vine Wires

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Hurry up and start spring for goodness' sake!

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This month's GW mag freebie

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Any idea what this fruit is?

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Combi shed-greenhouses

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