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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grand bit of work Newbie. You move fast. The tree planting is very tasty and you can still plant red currants on that wall! I went away and read about the cotoneaster cornubia and it really looks like the business. Good luck with The pergola. I think I'm going to like it. BTW, your photos are first class. I though you had hung out the winbag that's bothering you to dry. I never for a moment suspected it was actually your bloomers. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will this?



turn into this?



I presume you're just making a covered / half covered seating area.

Is the wood that's in the ground treated?

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks walltoall appreciate the kind words the plan for the cotoneaster is once its established itself is to keep the bottom five feet approx pruned back and try to box shape the top half once its filled out if that makes any sense leaving us plenty of room in between the threes possible hopefully to plant the currants I was thinking of using the white ones to give contrast in colour as the cotoneaster has a red berry although it does have a white bloom but I guess there is plenty of time to think about that.

kindredspirit your expectations of me are to high Very Happy I am what is commonly known as a chancer no building skills what so ever, I have to be honest I am not really to sure of what I am making just had the timber there and wanted to get it used up don't think ill go with a covering might make the area look very small and tight .
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so a little further and i think its really taken shape still a little bit to add some trellising a couple of hanging baskets.

Then its on to the pond as you can see i have the surround built supported on the inside by some blocks then ill have to grade the soil to give me some shape.was also thinking of trying to make a homemade water feature out of some old floor tiles i have lying around,if anyone has any pointers on any of the above please feel free to post.





as always all constructive feed back welcome good or bad

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So it finally is finished


Added a couple of creepers am hoping come next spring/summer these will fill out nicely Lonicera Mint Crisp & Jasminum Stephanense.

Will be using a cracked ice effect black patio slap for the ground work but ill have to wait a couple of months before i can start that

as always constructive feedback welcome and thanks to all for your help so far

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi dave would you not paint or plaster the bare blocks wall,great job ,keep the photos comming.mal
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All along the top of the trellising, would a single lateral plank finish it off?

Also echo Pondigger's comments about the bare concrete wall but I presume you have ideas for that.

I thought I moved fast but I'm only breathing in the dust you leave behind you! Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would you believe I actually have a piece on 9 by 1 running laterally across the top and it does finish it off nicely was originally going to put about 6 small down lights coming from it but unfortunately the cost was getting silly.

Would love to get the wall plastered but its about 60 feet long and I think white paint would look ugly so at the moment I have very few ides for that wall
I could do more trellising and creepers but my fear then is that area could look very cluttered.

Please anyother suggestions more than welcom

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

G,day Dave, nice to meet you good luck with your learning curve garden wise Smile I'm in the same boat as yourself.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of pics to add to the list

First my miniature rockery for the sempervivum


My pond residence that will stay indoors until early spring


And finally my attempt at hypertufa pots which is not as easy as I first thought but I will continue to make I really like the look of these and you can use anything to make moulds from.


will be getting some creeping jenny soon.

as always constructive feedback welcome

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was going to make Hypertufa Troughs but in the end I got a load of troughs direct from a factory at a super, super price, so it was no contest.

I was going to make the Hypertufa Troughs from those white polystyrene fish boxes that you see on the quays. Surround them with chicken wire, flattened in close and then hand-daub the hypertufa mix around the outside and the top.

The polystyrene would keep the soil and plants warm in the winter and my hand daubing would, I hope, create a natural looking rock finish.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The pot on the left as you can tell i used a flower to pot to mould the one on the right i used a wash basin that one i hand moulded the hypertufa to and then gave a light rub with a wire brush i think it has the natural look to it and there is a real sent of achievment from when you see it planted.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi David,

Could you try the plastic bowl one again and daub the hypertufa around the outside of it instead of the inside.

Then you'll see your artwork outside when the container is filled with soil.

Just my tuppence worth.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Kevin

Like so many other things i am still learning i had thought of making the hypertufa the other way round what stopped me was getting the thickness the same all the round. I really appreciate your input so thank you ill keep trying.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave Novice wrote:
Hi Kevin

Like so many other things i am still learning i had thought of making the hypertufa the other way round what stopped me was getting the thickness the same all the round. I really appreciate your input so thank you ill keep trying.

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You don't need the same thickness all the way around. It'll look more natural if it's varying thicknesses. Make it lumpy and in and out, just like natural hewn rock would be.

Maybe like the second picture here But, your's would be better than their's. Very Happy Very Happy

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