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Posted: 13/08/2016 at 18:42

Thanks Joyce - I'll be watching too Thanks also to Andy for making for easier watching today

Nadal and Del Potro match shaping up quite nicely too

Come on Raffa ...

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Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 14:46

I'm sure you're right Dove - it's another element the client's are not paying for.

It's a bit like some of these house renovation projects when they talk about a kitchen costing £3000. That might be the cost of some budget carcasses and doors - but it doesn't include rewiring / plumbing / plastering / decorating / white goods etc etc etc 

I know about that one too 

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 12:47

I'm still catching up with the series but, again, I've enjoyed most of what I've seen. I don't like the sentimentality of Love Your Garden and I don't like the fact that Instant Gardener is supposed to be done in a day on a ridiculously low budget - often for people who seem to have very little interest in gardening.

At least the 'clients' in this series seem to have an interest in their garden but want some help with ideas and planning (can definitely relate to that) and some of them have stumped up reasonable sums of money for plants and materials.

The only downside is that my OH has seen it and doesn't understand why the projects I have engaged a landscaper for have cost considerably more.

I think for many of those projects if you budgeted for 2 landscape designers to produce designs and quotes, one to project manage, the hire of equipment / skips etc and the cost of labour (how many people in the landscaping team?) you could probably treble the budget for each garden.

I got the impression that all these gardens will be maintained and further developed by their owners so I would love a revisit to them in perhaps 2 years time

Good gardening series BBC - well done 


Posted: 12/08/2016 at 12:25


Nice day - warm and sunny. We've got that drying breeze too Dove - it's not doing the stuff in the woodland border any favours at all and I might have to look at a soaker hose like yours. I can see that would be a more effective way of watering than a sprinkler which gets blown about by the wind. And some areas are now reasonably self sufficient so I could do more targeted watering....

Have just rubbed down the shed and will give half of it a coat later this afternoon when it's in the shade and the wood is a whole lot cooler. A bit more tomorrow and finishing coat on Sunday. At least one benefit of a forecast with no rain in for the forseeable future

Chicky - pleased to hear you had such a lovely relaxing holiday - recharges the batteries doesn't it?

Joyce & Fairy - I had to turn the TV over when Murray went a break down in the final set - nerves wouldn't take it any more!

DD - Charlie looks very happy camping in his new home. So pleased things are starting to fall into place for you. Not long now.

Hope everybody has a lovely day & can spend some time enjoying the nicer weather SYL

Woolly Aphid on Apple Tree?

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 13:00

It is a bit of a pain to get rid of and sprays don't really work because the aphids are protected by the cotton wool coating. The good news is that my trees have had this problem for years and - while it is unsightly -  they still produce a good crop of apples every year. 

I usually try to scrub off as much as I can with a stiff scrubbing brush. A strong jet of water from the hose might also dilodge them. Hanging a bird feeder to attract birds who might eat some of the aphids could also help. Blue tits are pretty helpful little birds so try to attract those 

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What is your weather like?

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 17:15

Three days of constant, light, warm rain (absolutely no wind) would be just the ticket here too Joyce - please - pretty please 

Last edited: 10 August 2016 17:16:17

What pipe to use for raised bed hoop house/tunnel/netting frame, (etc)?

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 17:05

I think Liri is correct in saying that Geoff Hamilton used bamboo canes.

If I remember correctly he cut approx 1' lengths and pushed about 6" into the ground and put the pipe over the 6'' which was left standing proud of the ground.

Max - Try Googling builders and / or merchants with the name of your nearest large town and I'm sure you'll come up with some results near you.


Posted: 09/08/2016 at 21:40

Beautiful caves BL 

And lovely plant supports Liri - are you absolutely certain you can't use them in your garden? 

I know we're not supposed to do endorsements and advertising but I've bought several things (plant supports and cages mostly) from Harrods (horticulture - not the other one) over the years - and I've always been really, really pleased with the quality of their products. Built to last... and often quite stylish too - like your suppports 


Posted: 09/08/2016 at 18:51

Your garden sounds beautiful Dove 


Posted: 09/08/2016 at 18:46

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