London (change)
Today 9°C / 5°C
Tomorrow 10°C / 10°C


Latest posts by Topbird

Something to cover a pergola that doesn't drop flowers

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 12:51

Hi Kieran

I would think that just about anything that flowers will drop petals to some extent when the blooms die back. Some will be worse than others & some will also produce berries which may look pretty but could make a terrible mess - especially if you are planning to park cars underneath.

I would consider one of the clematis montanas for spring flowers, perhaps a jasmine for summer scent if the conditions are right and perhaps some nice ivies for year round interest. 


Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 10:54

We could probably rig up one of those net catching type thinger-me-bobs that they used to use for catching the mail on the trains - will that do you Lily?? 

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 09:44

"...and on the way back I'll cuddle my Jack and drink a bottle of cider...."

Hope Panda & Snoodle can come too - if they let me know asap I'll get it organised - will be a very wibbly-wobbly route to Verd's. 

If anyone wants a lift we'll be coming from fenland via various points in Norfolk through Suffolk & into Essex before joining the M25 (oh joy!) & heading SW. Could probably do a detour via Scotland or Wales if we start early enough.

I'll bring some cheese & onion sandwiches to make it even more enjoyable for all!

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 09:14

Sounds like a few TWIGS will be there - hurrah!!! Should we get a minibus do you think - then noone has to worry about over-indulgence in the gooseberry wine?


Posted: 27/10/2014 at 09:11

Hi Lily - I like willow a lot but I wouldn't put it anywhere near water pipes or drains - it is one of the worst for seeking out water with it's roots.

If Luke wants to plant fairly near to his (or any neighbour's) house he would need to know where the service pipes run before planting

Lyn offline

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 09:03

Chicky - Had just arranged to hire a generator last year when the lights came back on - we are considering buying one this year tho'.

Our saving grace is the old boy who lives down the road on his own... He has to use a walking frame & his house is in a dip so he gets no mobile signal . When the power supply people were informed that he had been walking round his old cottage (uneven floors) with a candle stuck on the frame & no way of contacting anyone if he fell - they came & repaired the probs PDQ. (Don't worry - all us neighbours keep a good eye on him & pop in regularly whenever there's a problem - & somebody bought him a torch when they heard what he'd been up to !!!)


Posted: 27/10/2014 at 08:47
A quick trip to our local pub might also put you off - bamboo breaking through the tarmac in the car park over a wide area & also lifting the pavement outside. Lots of research & preventative measures before planting...
Have you considered shrubs such as buddleia & sambucus - fast growing for screening but can be pruned really hard each year to shape & control them (mine reach 2.5 m each summer from a spring prune down to abt 0.5m) or trellis / climbers?

First Allotment winter

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 07:28
A (very!) old hand at allotmenteering once told me that autumn & winter were when he did all the heavy work on his plot - digging & spreading. He always reckoned it was work that had to be done at some stage before the new planting season & he was way too busy doing the fun stuff of growing & planting in the spring. Also gave him an excuse to escape to his tea shed in the winter!

Lyn offline

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 07:14
We live down a single track dead end lane with lots of footpaths off. 99% of the time it is rural bliss - quiet and very little traffic other than lots of dog walkers. We are also only about a mile from our phone exchange so internet is pretty good considering (chances of fibre optic are slim to none tho'!)
However, everything is overhead, there are lots of trees around & we have to live with the near certainty of electric & phone disruption when the weather kicks off. Last year we lost power a couple of times - once for 2 days (just after the clocks went back to make it extra dark!) & the phone was off for 2.5 weeks. Nearly drove me mad - like Nut we use t'internet for everything - staying in touch, news, weather, entertainment, shopping, banking.
I really feel for Lyn - it can feel quite isolating not being able to just log on. Hope she at least has a decent mobile signal given her situation - hope things get sorted out soon.

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 23:12
Can I wangle an invite too? Can supply raspberry gin and parkin. Fancy wearing my Cat Woman outfit if I can do the zip up!!

Discussions started by Topbird

Papaver somniferum seed

Replies: 0    Views: 151
Last Post: 20/06/2014 at 10:35

Papaver somniferum seed

Replies: 5    Views: 776
Last Post: 20/06/2014 at 22:28

Will Jeyes Fluid harm my Box hedge?

Replies: 4    Views: 927
Last Post: 16/03/2014 at 21:15

Growing strawberries

Replies: 4    Views: 471
Last Post: 14/07/2013 at 23:02

Harvesting spuds, onions & garlic

Replies: 3    Views: 837
Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 20:19

Dividing Perennials

Replies: 5    Views: 558
Last Post: 12/06/2013 at 10:34

Moving delphiniums at the wrong time

Replies: 9    Views: 1740
Last Post: 20/05/2013 at 16:08

Is this Pea Weevil?

Something's chewing my pea seedlings 
Replies: 1    Views: 444
Last Post: 04/05/2013 at 10:49

Getting rid of daffodils

Rogue daffodils in raised veggie beds 
Replies: 6    Views: 1366
Last Post: 27/04/2013 at 22:12
9 threads returned