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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.

Help with Hostas' location

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:44

Dito Tootles. It's also one of my favourite moments in the garden and I greedily count the number of emerging shoots because I'm a huge fan of hostas.


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:31

Hello everyone,

It's been a while since I last posted but I've popped in now and then to keep up with things. Hope you are all well, what a splendid day we've had in the South East! I spent so long in the garden today that I was walking to the dinner table with a crooked back.

This is my favourite time of the year and this year is exceptional weather compared to last.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 21:57

All super new pictures. Thanks so much for sharing everybody!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 18:13

Fabulous pics everyone!

Especially love the orange lilies and reading about all those gardening triumphs including John Harding's crop circle and courgette bake

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