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Posted: 30/05/2013 at 14:28

I adore Iries

Slugs may destroy my life

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 14:16

I sympathise with the SS problem in gardens and allotments although we must remember they are not really pointless so much as being made redundant. their previous job was to be a valuable source of food for many birds, mammals and other small creatures and even us humans in times of famine!

In today's world, we mostly feed the birds and small garden creatures ourselves, and convince ourselves the snail is actually a delicacy and the lack of woodlands, verges, pastures and hedgerows only adds to their population numbers as their predators decrease in numbers.

As for control methods. I confess to using pellets early in the year or at random times of invasion. Piles of grit are heaped over the tastiest plants and I use the GG technique of guillotining to avoid prolonged suffering.

P.S. I've used the garlic spray on my hostas but the liquid just runs off the waxy leaves and doesn't stick!

Before and After

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 11:56


I just use a regular strimmer that doesn't damage the planting because its a natural barrier. I plan to replace the curving brick edging on the shady side in the autumn probably, so its all the same look and use the bricks for paved areas.

I prefer angled borders personally as they formalize the spaces and the plants that do tumble over look less messy in my opinion. I'm a bit of a control freak, just got to let the new planting mature a bit more, everything beyond the gravel area was weeds just a few years back.

If you could have any plant / tree in your garden

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 22:23

Oh FG, you just described my heaven!

I would only add zantedeschia for that unadulterated elegance

Before and After

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 21:50



Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 21:49

Birdy13 what gorgeous wisteria perfectly pruned!

I'm growing one from seed that may take twenty years to flower (apparently) hope it looks just like yours when it does

Before and After

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 21:46

FG, I envy your last garden and the privilege you had to garden there and add your improvements. Truly wonderful designing skills and wow, what will you bring to the new garden? Exciting prospects!

Thanks everyone for the encouraging comments. Looking forward to more Before and Afters, if possible

Before and After

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 21:10

My garden is a 100ft long rectangle with the car port furthest from the house, alongside the veg plot.

I might get round to screening it off at some point although I'm not sure whether trellis fencing would be too much in the little courtyard area. Will have a think on that one 

Before and After

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 20:13

Thought I'd share the results of some suspicious activities going on in my garden over the last three years. Dunno who's responsible

 Top garden looking very messy

 After cleaning up

 Courtyard area in planning

 And finished

 Extra veg plot needed work

 Lavender path was last year's idea

 Moving veg beds and digging up a forest of raspberries, plus the death of my pampass grass left this bed totally empty for two seasons

 Early planting for structure

 What it looks like so far

So, you guys got any before and afters?

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 14:28

How wonderful Leadfarmer!

I'm dead jealous

What a treat for you! And well feed babies for them!

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Ooh ooh so excited!

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