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Posted: 24/07/2016 at 19:35

I'm sure Panda's fine Fidget - when we saw her a couple of weeks ago she said she had been quite busy and got a bit out of the habit of posting - but she still looks in. I might just send her a text to make sure though.

Well done to Lewis Hamilton and Chris Froome - nice to see the Brits doing so well in sport at the moment 

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Posted: 24/07/2016 at 14:34

Send it down Fairy - soon as you like 


Posted: 24/07/2016 at 14:18

Always useful having a Handy Andy around the place Dew Drops

We've done about half the hedge - the worse half - and are now watching the GP. Far too hot for anymore heavy work today - we'll finish it tomorrow. I was the same colour as the beetroot I picked yesterday by the time we decided to call it a day - nice 

Will need to do a lot of watering later on  - wish we could have some decent rain.

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 14:04

Joyce - 


Posted: 24/07/2016 at 13:30

Pat - sometimes a mistake to go back to look at an old property. I have sold at least 2 where the people buying went on and on about how much they loved the garden - beautiful planting etc etc. All nice to hear but the more they spoke the more I realised neither knew anything about gardening or had any idea of the work involved keeping a garden looking nice.

Suffice to say that both those gardens became overgrown and unkempt - much to the distress of the old neighbours who are still friends and are keen gardeners themselves.

Why oh why do people with no interest in gardening / land management buy properties with big gardens? I get being a beginner and willing to learn - but no interest? why?

SGL - the thread Fairy and others are talking about is about the TV prog Garden Rescue. Someone who had a bit of a try to wind up Verdun & then started on Fairy. Very tetchy - maybe it's the heat 

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 13:17

I'm not a fan of permanent lawn edging either except grass meets gravel. I think it can make a garden look too much like a park.  I like my garden a little wild and woolly and the scope to increase borders is always a good thing. I prefer to edge the lawn and have a mini trench between grass and soil.

The nearest thing to edging around borders I have is a couple of areas surrounded by box hedging. Looks neat and tidy and gives structure - but I keep seeing plants I want to put in those borders but I can't because they're full...



Posted: 24/07/2016 at 09:41

Chicky - Mrs KC is one of my favourite geraniums - such a pretty colour. It can be quite a large plant if it likes the spot - 3' high - and I usually have to provide a bit of support with twiggy sticks. Cut mine hard back about 3 weeks ago & one of them has already got a second flush of flowers  - and at a 'better' (ie lower) height so won't need support. Often get seedlings - but it's not invasive. A good plant to have 

Right - must get out there with the rake...


Posted: 24/07/2016 at 09:05


Looks like another warm one today. Shame we need to get on and do the hedge. Fortunately OH does all the really hard work & I go behind and clear up. It's a big job & I don't suppose it will be finished in one day - but I might be able to get to the water butts and find the bottle of tomato food by this evening.

Fairy - we watched The Adventure Show - coast to coast - last night. Really enjoyed it - thanks for the heads up . Is Becks any good? - I've been recording it. BTW - I thought some of those comments on the other thread were wholly unnecessary too - some people seem to get very tetchy over nothing don't they?

We watched the first of an international photography competition on Sky Arts. A bit Bake Off meets Sewing Bee but with cameras. OH is the photography buff and he found the discussions about composition etc quite interesting.

Hope you all enjoy your Sundays. I'll be there for lunch about 12.30 if that's ok Dove? 


Posted: 22/07/2016 at 22:27

Fairy - thanks for the heads up - I'll have a look on iPlayer  Enjoy your walk tomorrow 

Liri - tough with your mum 

PS - trust me - a damper garden is easier to deal with - dry, dry, dry is tough and time consuming. Things (which shouldn't) go yellow & crisp very, very quickly. My Yorkshire garden was much easier than my East Anglian garden.


Posted: 22/07/2016 at 21:14

That's my girl Fairy 

Wish we could get some 'nice' rain here too - watering costs me a fortune in both water (Anglian Water metered) and time (self / boredom-metered) 

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