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Posted: 31/08/2017 at 19:09

Hi Fairy - PM for you as well

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Posted: 31/08/2017 at 18:08

Welcome back Chey

SGL - neighbours!! - just sometimes the idea of living miles from the nearest is appealing 

I've used the following for reasonably fast screening.

Buddleia - good height each year but you'll have a gap from spring to early summer after you've cut it back and it's deciduous

Elder - same problems as buddleia unless you don't cut it back. Still deciduous. Mine easily makes 3m every year even though I cut it back to about 2 foot. You can also grow one or two Group 3 clematis through it.

Eleagnus - evergreen and mine has reached 2.5m in three years. Good screening but a little boring. Could grow clematis through it.

Depending on the height of your fence you could consider something like a crab apple tree. They start off high, don't get too big (depending on variety), mine have branches quite low down and quite a nice lollipop shape so they provide upper height and medium height screening and still leave space to plant underneath. They are deciduous but the branches and berries give a degree of cover in the winter. Blossoms and fruit are beautiful. "Evereste" has been the best performer in my garden.

Afternoon everyone else.

We desperately need rain so I'm not complaining - but did it have to arrive when I'm trying to pack the caravan and get the grass cut etc etc???

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Posted: 31/08/2017 at 15:28

Hello BL - PM for you

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Posted: 31/08/2017 at 10:26
Dovefromabove says:

Mike ... as far as I'm aware no one on here objects to the Mods when people disagree about gardening techniques or IDs ... but when people with no medical qualifications suggest that women posters should send him private messages about their gynaecological problems you really can't be surprised that the the Mods delete the relevant posts. 

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 Flippin' 'eck Dove - I don't remember that one! That sounds positively, definitely pervy.

Going back to nasty PM's..

I'm afraid if anybody sent me an unpleasant PM I'd name, shame and copy the PM onto the public forum -so everybody can see what a nasty piece of work that poster is.

Other forumites have done that in the past and been accused of betraying 'the secrecy' of PM's.

For me, PM's are for the exchange of chat or info that nobody else would be interested in (timing of TV programmes [thank you Fairy], links to sites of mutual interest etc etc) or the exchange of personal details for members who wish to make contact away from the forum.

PM's should never, ever be allowed to be used for 'secret' bullying, intimidation or insults.


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Posted: 30/08/2017 at 17:18

M-U - so sorry to hear the news about your friend. I'm rubbish at telling jokes so I'll save that for the others to do. 

Enjoy your film - nothing like a good old black & white movie in the afternoon 

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Posted: 30/08/2017 at 13:33

Afternoon all.

Pauline - your treatment doesn't sound like it will be very pleasant but, hopefully, it will get things sorted out once and for all. Hope we can keep you cheered if you're feeling low

Lots of thoughts and good wishes for Sunny & family at the moment.

Have been enjoying catching up with the last couple of days of chatter - some very funny postings - especially some of the food phobias. OH and I are true omnivores but I'm not too fond of 'foams' on a plate of food. Always looks like what the cat produced when he had a fur ball

I've been busy, busy, busy. We're away on hols this weekend so have been getting stuff ready as well as sorting out the house and garden. OH doesn't really understand all this frenetic activity but I cannot bear to go away knowing I will be coming back to a dirty house or overgrown garden.

Fortunately it's raining a little bit today which has dictated what my jobs for today are. We're desperate for rain again on this side of the country. Buddleias and other large shrubs are wilting. I am resisting the temptation to water them - I need them to dig down to find moisture. Makes the garden look rubbish and autumnal though. 

Beech Tree Nut Husks as Mulch?

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 16:58

My woodland border has a mulch of large 'nuggets' of ornamental pine bark. 

I throw a lot of spent beech husks on there where they sort of blend in with the bark. That border is intended to be quite natural and look a bit unmanaged and the husks and nuggets look appropriate.

I think they could look a little messy if you used them on a neat ornamental border. They'd be fine at the back or hidden under shrubs though

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Posted: 27/08/2017 at 10:35

Morning - lovely sunny day here. Warm - forecast to be hot tomorrow.

Made a huge batch of tomato sauce yesterday (tomato glut is early this year) so need to portion that up for freezing. Then 'need' to make ice cream. Then pick and freeze some raspberries which are in overdrive at the moment.


Have a good time with the family BL.

Hazel - 23 sounds gorgeous. I love it when babies (both human and animal) just keel over fast asleep. We had a kitten who would run round playing & generally being a kitten - starting furiously, gradually slowing down - then just stop, stand still, wobble, keel over, sleep for 20 minutes and then wake up and carry on as if nothing had happened. Didn't sleep in a 'normal' sleeping place until he was about a year old

OH coming home this afternoon so best get a wriggle on and have a bit of a clear up and wash up.

Have a good one - SYL.

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Posted: 26/08/2017 at 14:16

Lovely garden Lants.

Chey - I could bore for England on the subject of making compost. Probably my favourite thing to do when it comes to gardening. I have 4 very large compost bins and love nothing better than turning and watering them and tweaking the 'recipe' for making the fastest, best compost for heavy clay soil. 

Basically, anything which was once organic can (and usually does) go in - so all those things mentioned above. (No meat or dairy products though - I'm pretty phobic about rats) Somethings take a lot longer to breakdown but making smaller bits increases the surface area and really speeds everything up. Paper shredder, plant shredder and lawn mower (for shredding and hoovering up prunings etc) are my favourite tools.

I love seeing how hot I can get the compost bin. This summer there have been a couple of occasions when it's been too hot to sink your hand into it....

Bore, bore, bore..... told you

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Posted: 26/08/2017 at 09:06


Hello Sunny. Sorry to hear that Paul is no longer at home but how fortunate a bed was available in the hospice. They are much gentler and pleasanter places to be than a busy hospital.

Hope they can get on top of his pain and make him comfortable.

Another busy day here - trying to get on top of a long list of jobs. Was very warm yesterday - same forecast for the next few days. Need to make time to hold down a lounger at some stage

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