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Posted: 04/08/2017 at 08:37

Morning everyone

Haven't really read back properly so apologies if I've not commented on anyone's important news.

I just wanted to let you know that Harry was put to sleep earlier this week. Despite chasing dogs down 'his' lane on 3 separate occasions last week, the bad to good days balance had finally tipped too far in the wrong direction.

For the first time in my (very nearly) 60 years on this planet there are no warm, purry snuggles to wake up to (OH doesn't quite cut it on that front) and no garden foreman to shadow me around the garden. I am feeling rather lost and disorientated at the moment.

Thank you for all the kindness and support you've all given in the last few weeks.

Last edited: 04 August 2017 08:41:57

Ideas please for a plant for hazel hurdle fence

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 12:12

I have a star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) growing up a 6' hazel hurdle.

It's twines through the hazel sticks - much as a clematis would. So far (4 years old) all the stems are thin and softish and not damaging the hurdle. It is covering the hurdle by twining it's way along without any intervention from me. 

It's taken a little while to get going (I think that's normal - it's often recommended to buy a more mature specimen) but is now starting to cover the hurdle.

It's evergreen and the flowers are beautifully scented. Can be a little fussy about aspect though.

I have found that the hazel hurdles start to breakdown after about 5 or 6 years so I shall be replacing mine with horizontal batten fencing. This will act much like trellis (but be more solid screening) and allow me to grow climbers through it.

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Posted: 28/07/2017 at 19:28

I think OH's love of Only Connect (or Tricky Vicky at least) may be less than cerebral - bearing in mind she's a well endowed lass and likes a low cut dress.

Whatever - it's a very enjoyable programme - even if some of the connections become increasingly tenuous or obscure as the series nears the finale. 

Last edited: 28 July 2017 19:29:29

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Posted: 28/07/2017 at 18:45

I wish Tricky Vicky was still on on a Monday after Jazzer. That was a really good 60 minute workout for the old grey matter Only Connect and Uni C are worth the licence fee on their own!

Our hospital is well signposted for finding your way to the various departments but very poorly signposted to find your way back out again. I've ended up in the dead end under the stairs on more than one occasion

Just made Indonesian pork for tomorrow's dinner - smells yum as it's reducing down - and have prepped some meatballs in tomato sauce ready to pop in the oven in an hour or so.

Time for a G&T now - have some catching up to do if LB started mid afternoon after all her trials. 

Relay or rotavate a large lawn

Posted: 28/07/2017 at 14:09

If they're only concerned about the weeds & moss I'd consider using one of the lawn maintenance companies.

I used one until 6 years ago when I moved from my previous garden. The lawn area there was quite a bit larger than your parents & they charged £30 a time to visit 4 times a year and apply appropriate lawn feed / weedkiller / mosskiller. I could have had them once a year / twice a year - whatever I chose - but the lawn was in a right state so I went for 4 times.

The charge was less than I would have paid if I'd bought the feed / herbicides myself from a GC and they came and actually did the job - where I would have sat and looked at the box of chemicals for weeks and maybe only done it once a year.

I also paid them a one off fee to scarify and aerate the grass the first autumn I used them.

The result was a proper, green, virtually weed-free lawn instead of the compacted weed-ridden grass which was there before. In some areas it was just compacted mud and weeds - no grass. 

They really turned the lawn around & I shall be using them again now my new garden is nearly sorted.

Highly flexible / easily cancelled contract - no real catches with the company I used and they always gave me about 3 days notice when they were coming in case it wasn't convenient or I wanted to cancel.

The company I used was local to me (Suffolk) and was called Lawn Hopper or something like. Lots of other companies with names like Green Thumb, Green Man etc. Google is your friend

Growing a climber through sambucus nigra

Posted: 28/07/2017 at 13:26

Clematis generally like their feet in the shade and their heads in the sun so I think most would be ok.

If you can find one you like that is more shade tolerant that would probably be the way to go.

Growing a climber through sambucus nigra

Posted: 28/07/2017 at 11:12

You may like to take a look at this thread I started back in Feb this year.

I was asking about growing a later flowering clematis through Sambucus Nigra. I thought a Group 3 clematis would be the best bet because they need to be pruned hard back in spring - the same time I cut back the Sambucus every year.

I didn't actually get around to planting anything this year - mainly because I had made 2 large borders close to the Sambucus and I wanted to see how everything looked when it was all planted up and flowering.

I've now decided that a pale blue late flowering clematis will work well with the rest of the planting. "Hanna" might fit the bill..

A light pink or lilac (similar shades to the actual elder flower) would also look nice but the light blue will work better with the colours I have there.

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Posted: 28/07/2017 at 09:15

Morning all.

Hope your day goes ok PF and hope the rest of you get everything done that you have planned.

I like the sound of your ladder LB. I need something with a wider platform to work from to feel safe and also struggle to maneuver our bigger ladders - so wheels are a great idea. We already have 4 sets of ladders ranging from 'clearing the gutters' to 'fetching a pot from the top shelf' size. So I don't think I'd be allowed another set.

Would actually like a cherry picker - but that's a bit OTT for most of the jobs I have to do!

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Posted: 27/07/2017 at 22:35

Beautiful picture PF. Night all zzzz

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Posted: 27/07/2017 at 19:24

Hello everyone

Sorry I've been AWOL for a while and thank you so much for the kind thoughts for Wee Harry & myself. We're both still here in the quiet corner - not feeling too much like chatting but enjoying listening to the rest of you doing it.

Harry is ok but we're now having quite a few down days. The final visit to the vet looms ever closer - such a difficult judgement call - but most of you know how that is. Don't feel it's appropriate to post too much about it on here because so many of you are going through much more difficult times with your own concerns at the moment.

So, on that note, I will just send my very best wishes to all those who are poorly or feeling down or stressed with special thoughts for Sunny and Paul.

Joyce - I love your phrase 'A bubble and a cuddle' - it's what we all need from time to time. So pleased that you had such a lovely surprise visit on your birthday - I imagine it was your best present. Makes all the difference to know that people care and are thinking of you.

Chey - nice to meet you. You've brought the average age of this thread down by a few years methinks

PF - we live very close to RAF Wattisham so we're used to military aircraft doing low passes. Prince Harry was there last week and the Red Arrows turned out to see him and flew over the house. Always good to see

Loved the tales of Mr F'edges travels. We are planning to do 'The Wheel' one year when we've ticked a few other things off the bucket list.

Time for dinner now

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