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new border for boring garden

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 13:40

I agree straight concrete paths aren't very attractive but I'll be a lot of work to redesign and lay a new path!  I'll have to have a think about this...

Also I removed those stepping stones and did some further excavations under the sport where the ground had sunk and cracked them.  This is what I found:



It's a concrete structure approx 1m wide x 2.2m long, seems to be about 0.5m deep inside.  Is this an air raid shelter base or an old pond??

Am toying with the idea of digging it out to see what it is... but it's a lot of spoil, plus I don't know what to do with it once I've empitied it.  Might make a good pond but not sure if I want one in the middle of the lawn!


Any thoughts or suggestions welcome!!

I know the garden looks a mess right now  but it's work in progress after all!

new border for boring garden

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 15:24

 As it's been so mild and a lovely sunny day I decided to dig around a bit of concrete I'd found in one of my borders.... turns out it's a concrete path!  It's approx 3inches below the turf.  Am thinking of keeping it as it's in pretty good condition, but would appreciate some ideas on how to edge it to stop grass from growing back over it.


new border for boring garden

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 15:17

 So far so good, although the recent storms gave them a bit of a battering!

new border for boring garden

Posted: 04/12/2013 at 20:43

Been a while since my last post.  All the planting I did earlier in the year is still looking good except for my buddleia which snapped off at the root during the high winds we had in October.

I've been busy all autumn but as it was such nice weather last weekend I planted some evergreen shrubs which include bay tree, orange pyracantha, mrytle, arbutus marina & aucuba japonica.  However now I'm worried I was a bit silly as if we get a frost are they likely to all die??

I've put a thick layer of bark chippings around them, is this enough to protect them while they settle in... hopefully before we get hard frosts.

I'll take some photos to show you the progress. 


Is there such a thing as dark purple stem snap dragons?

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 20:37

I saw  a lovely plant today but didn't get a picture.   They looked like purple snap dragons on a very dark purple stem, but a google search doesn't find them... any idea what they could be if not a snap dragon?

How to secure trellis top panels

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 13:03

Thanks everyone, i'll cut some more battens down to size and screw them to the trellis.  If I get treated timber battens i guess there's minimal risk of rotting if water gets into the screws/holes as it'll be snug inside the post slot.

How to secure trellis top panels

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 13:18

We had a brand new fence put in last Summer between us and next door, timber close boarded panels which slot into conrete posts.  However the separate trellis bit which slots on the top is narrower and doesn't quite fill the slot.  It keeps rattling and clonking in the wind. 

We did cut some lengths of timber batten and wedge these in to fill the gap but it appears that our neighbour has removed them??  I am annoyed by this as I spent a lot of time cutting and planing these to fit, as he complained about the noise in the first place!... anyway I am looking for a more permanent solution...

Any ideas how to secure these to the concrete posts?

Any idea what these plants are?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 10:54

 Mystery plant 3 has now got small yellow flowers on it, any further thoughts?...

Any idea what these plants are?

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 10:40

Ha ha how embarrasing, can you tell I'm new to gardening! 

Any idea what these plants are?

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 16:49

Thx, will wait for number 2 to flower and let you know.... anychance it could be a columbine?

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