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April in Your Garden

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 10:32

Yeah I'm lucky in a lot of ways. My husband is handy with wood and the lawn and he hardly squashes things on purpose. Of course my borders are treasured to me and the fencing is really annoying but hubby's been out there this morning fixing it or at least making it better, bless him.

And I don't have environmental issues such as rabbits or flooding to contend with which of course is far worse than a wobbly fence! Even my Phar (black Lab) is no longer around to mark his territory right on top of my prize plants!  Oh that sounds wrong, it was just that he never really understood not to do it.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 22:55

I knocked a pot of lettuce seedlings out of their pot whilst helping hubby screw bits of wood into the wobbly fence to keep it upright. (I was removing my plants to save them being flattened. He also accidentally stood on 7 poppies growing in a clump as he struggled to keep the fence erect leaving them utterly flattered by his foot prints. 

I do wish I'd just planted a nice hedge ten years ago. The soil is so light and next door's ground level plunges by more than a foot so my fence posts have always been on the losing side of stable although its not my fault, the ground was fine when we put the thing up. I don't really know what to do about it, I don't have the money to replace the fencing myself and next door have kids, dogs and lots of parties. I shall have to ring the council and ask who's responsible seeing that they sent in the JCBs and flattened the entire area prior to the new tenants.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 20:25

Michelangelo said that you can see the sculpture inside the piece of stone and it is the sculptor's job to set it free. It's always like that with my clay work and I would imagine with wood too.

On a side note, I have been inspired (and frustrated) by Eddie's marvellous displays of garden art and am currently arranging something with wire and concrete mix, when the rain stops pouring that is

raised beds

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 20:18

Oh thats what I just remembered, one of the Vitis would have lovely foliage or maybe you would prefer a Honeysuckle. They would go marvellously.

raised beds

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 20:14

I just did a plant search on this website for hardy climber in full sun and got 130 suggestions

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 20:12
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-who do I write to if that does not happen?


raised beds

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 20:06

Solanum crispum likes full sun but also shelter, a harsh winter might kill it and parts of it are toxic if ingested.

You could try a passion flower if you're not too far north? Or thonless rose if you don't mind a spot of tying in. Maybe not practical? What about a lovely ivy? No  tying once established, evergreen, will take full sun as well as shade and beautiful foliage to contrast with the clematis?

The Golden Hop has gorgeous foliage and climbs without any trouble although it doesn't like the hottest part of the day.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 19:51

Stormy in Kent. Very blustery winds, my wobbly fence is coming down  oh and did I mention its raining? Feels like November weather!

Garden Gallery

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 19:46


April in Your Garden

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 18:19

@obelixx, that lab sounds adorable and must feel as though he has a new lease of life! My deceased 13yr lab was a handful for the first two years, needing a lot of walking and training, I can only imagine how stir crazy the dog must have felt trapped indoors! They never get past adolescence in my opinion, my Phar still lved to nuzzle his teddy bears with a beard and grey paws!

 He had to be put down with a heart condition in 2010. Still sorely missed and a great big soppy mutt.

Best of luck and enjoyment for the bouncy new playmate!

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