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Posted: 23/04/2014 at 08:22

Good morning Forkers

Sunny and dry here today and good job too. Got two post holes to dig today ready for my new arch, also got to lay some new matting next to the house and patio area after lifting the old and very muddy stones and matting yesterday and leaving the ground to dry out a bit.

Seeds to sow as well today oh a one good turn of the compost bin.


Posted: 22/04/2014 at 18:57

My heart weeps when I see the bargain stall at my local GC because I wish I could rescue them all so keep us posted on those bargains Verdun

Hidcote on Easter Sunday

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 18:48

Thanks for sharing  Hidcote is one of my favourite gardens although I haven't made it in the flesh yet. I'm hoping to get to Sissinghurst this year since its much nearer to where I live.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 18:41

Superb collection of garden photos for 2014! I just finished reading the whole thread and love all the gardens and photos.

My garden is in transformation at the moment. Its made up of three garden rooms and a veg plot this is a pic of the middle garden.

 Do not adjust your television sets, the arch is meant to be wonky..well not meant. It rotted and got blown down so a new one is on the way. Hurray.

Also, I removed the lawn in favour of stones, redesigned some of the borders and there is a linking path at the very bottom of the picture which is yet to be built.

If you could turn a photo to view behind me, right now its full of builders rubble. Some to be used by me, some to be removed by skip. So much work to do still, but I am so happy with this area now whereas before it annoyed and vexed me, which a garden should never do

By chance, choosing the path where i did affords me a great new view up the long border which presently offers pale green Euphorbia Silver Swan, a red Acer Palmatum Dissectum Garnet behind it and a yellow Euonymus Fortunei and the blue Ceonothus through the trellis. Couldn't be happier  

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:26

Oh my goodness, so much catching up to do with this new thread...starting at page 1. Be right back


Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:24

Loving the spuds KEF

What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:57

I'm a writer who works part-time as a baker to fund her gardening addiction.

White limestone discolour?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:50

I've had white stones for a number of years and just added another ton to extend the paths.

Personally, I love the look although its upkeep is a bit tricky. Due to ignorance, I paved a main thoroughfare which didnt fare too well once you add lots of work in the garden and a pair of constantly muddy wellies!

Over time, the stones got filthy and greened up, mainly in the west facing area with shade from the house. Other areas, where lots os sunshine keeps the stones dry fared better, but I cannot stress how filthy the stones got, due to my wellies.

When the new stone arrived, I didnt want an obvious join so I have just spent the last week shovelling up all the old stones, washing them and re-laying as the underneath layer which the new stone will sit on.

To prevent future incidents of this nature, I intend to lay plastic bags onto borders where I am working to keep my wellies resaonably mud free or even those shoe covers you can buy, but like carpet or turf, the stones wont stay looking gorgeous and new forever, its just down to you, how bad they get  


Posted: 22/04/2014 at 09:08

It's raining here and I'm glad for the rest this morning since I worked my socks off yesterday.

Abstaining from Christmas presents affords me a Garden budge each year and this year OH has been extra generous so I am currently getting through a lot of planting, 20 bags of bark chippings and 1 ton of Cotswold stones for a new paved area in the middle garden.

To catch up on the story of the middle garden, I once had an overgrown Pampus Grass that left a big hole when it died and a new full sun border to design.  Add to that, the lacklustre appeal of said middle garden and an ancient arch that was blown over this winter, resulting in a complete overhaul for this section, but I'm getting there slowly...



and after


Still so much to do and waiting for a delivery of two sun loungers, the first garden furniture I've had in oooooh, about twenty years.  Enjoy your days everyone!

suggestions of fast growing shrubs or trees

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:59

I bought a Eucalyptus last year for the same reason of wanting a fast maturing specimen and its easily grown six foot in one year. It's canopy is airy and it stays good looking all year round. Earlier this spring I Pollarded it so it will stay at the exact height I want.

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