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Post by Lorraine on Wed 18 Mar 2009 - 23:10

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Are you supposed to take them out of the plastic pots before putting them in the garden?
Laughing Hard I'm loathe to answer that 'cause I'm really not sure whether you're joking or not, Karelyn. Mr Green Ummmm, yes, hun. Take them out of the plastic pots. lol!

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Post by Guest on Thu 19 Mar 2009 - 7:59

Lorraine, it is because you have the pots on top of the ground....not in it..perhaps Kerelyn thinks you are leaving them like this... Very Happy

i expect it is just how you plan to plant them in those spaces...out of pots.

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Post by Guest on Thu 19 Mar 2009 - 8:01

Well I always remember my darling old Dad using the upside down flowerpots too, and that cured the earwigs completely. I had three Bishop of Llandaff last year and the dark foliage blended so well with everything else.

Now Karelyn, if you are NOT joking and really mean it about those plants in pots, get out there one day at a time and release just one from its bondage! I once did a garden for a lady who had stuff in the ground in pots still, and once they were torn off the roots, the plants romped away and gave a lovely display. Go on gel, get out there and do just one a day! They don't deserve to be potbound like that. After all, you wouldn't keep a kitten in a box for life, would you?? Wish I was nearer to you all so I could give a hand.

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Post by Guest on Thu 19 Mar 2009 - 8:06

We all wish you were nearer to help us Patty.... Very Happy and to share a coffee/tea or a meal with us. x x x

do you still do those gorgeous quilts too? you talented lady you..

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Post by cb on Thu 19 Mar 2009 - 12:18

Just been admiring your before and after views Lorraine and what a busy girl you've been, bet you feel so much better for getting it all cleared out and what a bonus you've had with the nice weatehr this week.

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Post by thriftycrafter on Thu 19 Mar 2009 - 17:41

Sorry Lorraine, my wicked/warped sense of humour I haven't actually planted any in pots myself, even those that are supposed to disintegrate, I'd just rather be scrapping these days. I do love a potter in the garden but mine needs a big bloke or a small jcb on it. We have a lovely moss lawn at the back, which I know is bad but it looks so lovely and soft and we have failed to keep grass there after having re turfed twice, might just leave that to nature (Dad is turning in his urn right now).
I do usually manage to plant bulbs out, and I have a lovely clean white hellibore just appeared, that I almost killed after leaving it in the box it was delivered in for about 3 weeks accidentally, one of those newspaper offers.
You are all just making me feel a bit guilty when you have done all this work on your plots and mines just looking a tad neglected.
It would be so nice if DH was interested, he's a slab the lot, city boy.
You never know I may be inspired to take a leaf out of your book and get on with mine some day.
Patty; I think we'd all fight for a hand from you in our gardens, and Maria.

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Post by Lorraine on Thu 19 Mar 2009 - 22:09

Laughing Hard Don't apologise, Karelyn. I had a feeling you WERE joking, but some people actually don't know.

Anyway, no update today 'cause I couldn't get out there. Sobbing

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Post by Lorraine on Sat 21 Mar 2009 - 18:16

Well, I finally got back out there this aft'. Only did a couple of hours though.

I got all the weeds up from the top end near the bed, mended the gate a bit too. It's very run down and was falling over, but at least now it'll stand up, lol.

The bit where all the weeds were was originally gravelled, but they have gradually got mixed in with soil, so I've leveled it and will just lay a couple of slabs and some more stones to smarten it up a bit. It's not actually used except by Bailey to go through to the back bit so should be fine when I've finished.

Then I can get started on the shrub bed. Mr Green

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Post by Guest on Sat 21 Mar 2009 - 19:21

It showswhat can be achieved in a few days with a bit of hard slog.

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Post by Guest on Sun 22 Mar 2009 - 9:18

keep it up Lorraine....our singlehanded attempts to tame gardens will give us pain now..pleasure to follow when we can sit back and enjoy it.

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Post by Guest on Sun 22 Mar 2009 - 10:02

sp01goat wrote:keep it up Lorraine....our singlehanded attempts to tame gardens will give us pain now..pleasure to follow when we can sit back and enjoy it.

My idea is better - I'll let Den and the boys do our (little)garden and I'll
reap the rewards.

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Post by Di Masters on Sun 22 Mar 2009 - 11:22

lol Steph.

Our garden is a fair size so while Tony takes care of the veggies and does the hedge, I potter in the flower bits and try and keep the shrubs in order.

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Post by Guest on Sun 22 Mar 2009 - 21:40

you just know you are gonna end up making tea and coffee and supplying them with biscuits and cake... Crying Laughin and babysitting...x

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Post by Bead Queen - Carol on Mon 23 Mar 2009 - 16:10

Wow Lou you have done a real great job on your garden. Well done. Its gonna look massive now its all been cleared lol.

Our garden was a jungle when we moved here too, it was full of brambles as well, which took us ages to get rid of!

I love seeing the progress your making, so please keep on with the pics, and every few months so we can see stuff growing and flowering.

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Post by Lorraine on Mon 23 Mar 2009 - 18:20

I got quite a bit done on Sunday. Mr Green
A path was dug over, slabbed and stoned. Shrub border was weeded, dug over, leveled and edged and I got some pressure washing done too. Mr Green

I ran out of stones here, so just need one more bag to finish the bit by the washing line post. It's not perfect, I know, but it's way better than it was.



The bird house still needs to be cleaned and repaired and it won't stay here when it's done either. The flat concrete bit is where I do my potting and will have some planted pots stood on it too.



This edge just had the little black tiles but the soil dipped badly, so I put the bricks in and was able to level the bed then. The mess in front of pic is the bit under the window where all the boxes were and still has to be done. The big stones to the right of the Phormium have to stay, 'cause that's where my Harvey is buried, but the Buddliea helps to hide them.


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Post by Maria on Mon 23 Mar 2009 - 19:37

clap well done Lorraine, it looks B..... marvellous. I bet you are so pleased arent you? you ought to be - now make sure you make some time to sit out there and enjoy it.

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Post by kimb on Mon 23 Mar 2009 - 21:10

what a difference you have made,,,,,, all set for summer now then !!

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Post by Lorraine on Mon 23 Mar 2009 - 21:55

Well, there's nothing major left, Kim so yes, pretty much set. Just waiting for some colour to appear and then we can sit out there and enjoy a glass or two of wine, eh? Mr Green

I'm well chuffed, Maria. Very Happy

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Post by Maria on Mon 23 Mar 2009 - 22:49

I will be right over..... Bottle of Wine

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Post by Di Masters on Tue 24 Mar 2009 - 14:31

You are doing a good job of it Lou, will be nice to have somewhere for you to sit out and for Mia to play.

I have just done another hour out the front, finally got it all weeded and tidied. Will need to get some bedding stuff to add some colour, have also got a shrub that I want to get rid of but will need some of Tonys muscles to pull it out. It's never done much good so decided it has to go, I have chopped it off just need the rootball out.

Just potted up some geranium plug plants that we bought last week, next step will be baskets and tubs!

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Post by lyndaejane on Tue 24 Mar 2009 - 15:53

Can't believe it's the same garden, Lou - you have done wonders!

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Post by Lorraine on Tue 24 Mar 2009 - 17:23

Thanks, girls. Very Happy Good on you, Di. Sounds like you're getting stuck in too.

Well, I braved the cold. Brrrrrrrrrr!!!!! In fact, with my fleece on, I was working up a sweat, lol. This is under the window where all the rubbish was and is now finished (well, apart from washing the slabs and stones). Mr Green I'll stand some pots on the slabs. It's the last bit of major heavy work. All I have to do now is a bit of pressure washing, pot planting and general tidying. Jumping for Joy I also have to find something to get rid of those lime stains on the wall. That white patch is crazing me.




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Post by Maria on Tue 24 Mar 2009 - 17:56

I love the red coal scuttle, isnt it delicious?

and the slabs look great set into the gravel like that.

re the lime, well if you cant remove it, what about painting it white up to a certain level all along. Ive just shown Twiz and he says 'hydrochloric acid' but he doenst think you can buy it like that in the UK (and anyway, it sounds a bit erm, dangerous) but he says in Wickes they probably sell a product containing it which is purpose designed.

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Post by Di Masters on Tue 24 Mar 2009 - 18:56

What a difference. Is that someones initials on the slab next to the scuttle? Looks like RE.

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Post by Lorraine on Tue 24 Mar 2009 - 19:00

Thank you, Twiz. Mr Green

The coal scuttle was an old thing I used to use and was going to throw it out. I decided not to so I painted it red and it had a climbing plant in it a couple of years ago. Still deciding what to put in there this year. Mr Green I rather like it too, Maria. Very Happy

Di, it is R.E. The drain entrance is under that slab, so it may be something to do with the water board, but I left that one in place, just in case.

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Post by kimb on Tue 24 Mar 2009 - 19:39

are you going to plant a climber up the zimmer !!! preferably one that chokes ....................................................

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Post by Di Masters on Tue 24 Mar 2009 - 19:46

Tony says try putting on some neat liquid Limescale remover (maybe ask at DIY place for special type) and let it soak, then powerwash it off. He says a good household one may be enough.

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Post by Guest on Tue 24 Mar 2009 - 20:12

looking great Lorraine...hope you can get the final bits finished...it is looking brilliant x

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Post by Scatty on Tue 24 Mar 2009 - 20:29

Fantastic job Lorraine, well done on getting it done so quick.

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Post by Guest on Tue 24 Mar 2009 - 20:56

Lorraine, I would never have believed it possible that you could perform such a transformation in so short a time. So well done, girl, and you will reap the benefits sitting out there watching Mia playing and sowing seeds and so on. It is truly lovely - I shall come and visit one of these days, never fear. Yes, do plant something nice in the coal scuttle - it is far too good to waste it. Actually, one of those lovely white daisies (argyranthemum?) would look stunning and you could pop the whole pot in there. Or a senetti!

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