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Plant list for new border..

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 18:36

Hi Pokhim

If I remember correctly from your recent TV appearance you have quite a bit more garden on 'this' (ie on the house) side of the arch - so this isn't your only piece of garden? I hope that's right.

I agree with the comments made above and would consider putting trellis in front of the metal wall to grow some more climbers. I think you already have roses etc so you can do more of those - perhaps repeating some combinations from elsewhere in the garden. Or you could think about evergreen climbers to permanently hide the wall - ivy and the star jasmine mentioned above might work - with a rose or clematis scrambling through.

I also agree with the suggestion to do away with the small area of grass. You could lay a nice a wide path (perhaps at a jaunty angle or with a slight curve - depending on how that works with the rest of the garden) between the 2 slabbed areas.

This would then give you 2 much wider borders which you could plant up with some shrubs for height and perhaps a small tree. This will give the feeling of enclosure you want.  If you include some evergreens you will have year round structure and interest. You could even include a bit of simple topiary - perhaps some bay tree lollipops staggered either side of the path.

You can then use the plants you've listed for under and mid height planting. You have some nice plants in your list but be wary of dot planting (I make that mistake all the time....) - it nearly always looks better if you can plant big bold groups of fewer varieties. Do you have any successful planting combinations in the rest of the garden you could repeat in this area? Repeat planting around a garden often makes for a more harmonious effect.

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Posted: 10/02/2017 at 09:49


No sugar here - would be quite nice to see a little so it feels like we've had a winter. Bet there'll be some on the tops in the Lakes LB

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Posted: 09/02/2017 at 15:29

£10 deposit for a house!!? - I guess we're not talking about 5 years ago then Joyce?

We're quite lucky with our neighbours here. None front and back but just either side. It's a fairly small village in the sticks so we look out for one another but also keep a very respectable distance.

We had 3 sets of lovely neighbours at our previous house (they remain friends to this day) but there was one set of inconsiderate bu$$ers. Parked cars all over the shared drive so we couldn't get in and out of the garage, teenagers smoking out of the bedroom window and lobbing the spent tabs into our garden (fed back through a hole in the fence en masse so parents would see!) and loud music whenever the parents were out.

We got fed up with them and moved But we probably got the last laugh because there's now a big building site behind and 3 storey houses are going up looking directly into their house and garden. 

Revenge is sweet

Rid my hedge of IVY

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 15:08

Wasn't the selling of sodium chlorate for use as a weedkiller banned throughout Europe in 2009?

If so, it may be that the actual use of it as a weedkiller is also now banned. As others have said it's non-selective so will destroy all vegetation including the hedge.

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Posted: 09/02/2017 at 14:29

I don't think OH likes me eating celery because I like to really crunch down on it and give it a good old chew

Then again, I don't like watching him eat a bowl of cereal. Bowl held off the table and cereal shovelled in accompanied by a variety of noises. His table manners are very good otherwise so what's that all about?

Still -if it's the worst we can do to irritate each other after 30 years it's not too bad I suppose.

Ooops - manners. Good afternoon everyone.

gallery of shame

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 01:09

Mornington Crescent

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Posted: 08/02/2017 at 15:58
Ladybird4 says:

M-U and T'Bird, I have got three Val McDermid books still to be read but as I may use the titles in a future Puzzle I am not going to give you their titles

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 Oooh - you little tease LB!! 

Lily and Harry could be related couldn't they? - pretty little cat.  I notice Lily doesn't have a little moustache like H does - just as well if she's a girl - she'd be forever waxing it...

Glad you're feeling a bit better for a bit of a sleep Joyce -  I prescribe a drop more single malt for you tonight (just to ease your throat of course)

Sorry to hear yet more people are having difficulties posting on the forum. Slightly older iPads which can't be updated to the latest operating system seem to be particularly problematic (I fall into that camp) but there also seems to be problems with other tablet devices.

I think desktop / laptop computers might be ok. 

Apparently there's not much the tech team can do about it. They seem to be struggling to provide an interactive website which works well across the myriad of devices out there.

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Posted: 08/02/2017 at 11:57

Oooh thanks M-U - I need to get that from the library

I really like Val McDermid's books - but only the Tony Hill / Carol Jordan ones and some of the 'one offs'. Not keen on the Lindsay Gordon and Kate Brannigan series - but the others are really good page turners!

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Posted: 08/02/2017 at 11:36

Wotcha reading M-U? I could do with a good book

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 11:12


Sorry to hear so many of our number are still in the Land of Lurgy. Hope yours is just a cold Joyce - you have enough on your plate without being really poorly as well.

It is cold here isn't it Wonky? But I noticed yesterday that my snowdrops were up (if not out) and I think it's only 6 weeks on Saturday until the clocks go forward so we are starting to emerge from the depths of winter - if only the weather forecast would play ball too!

Many domestic duties to attend to - but first a visit to the bottle bank to a make a very (un)healthy deposit...

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