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I get to park my car on this grotty bit. (This area doesn’t really get much attention – haven’t enough energy any more.)

That bushy bit between the poles supporting hte transformer is my lemon balm – it can’t spread or self seed in that position! The twiggy mess at the back by the fence is the remains of our last bonfire.

Suddenly a good fairy waves her wand:


I guess concrete would have looked nicer but we had the chance of this and didn’t have to do it ourselves…

Its still cooling and I can’t park on it for a couple of days but its great to be rid of all those weeds…And we can now get two cars on it ith a squeeze if we have to!

Just to make this a garden blog here’s a pic of a colour combination that appealed to me. The linaria put itself in a pot that was next to the nerines – serendipity!

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Hi Sue, must be your lucky day, the tarmac, and the flowers, they look good together don't they, Derek.

6 Oct, 2017

 

serendipity indeed.

lovely colour combo.

6 Oct, 2017

 

Yes, nice colours..unusual for autumn.

7 Oct, 2017

 

True - but the Linaria's been at it full pelt for months. I'm guessing there will be a lot of seedlings to deal with next spring - this one was seeded from a much bigger clump that was planted out. I was warned, but it is so pretty...

That asphalt isn't as grim as it looks because the car will be on it most of the time - and it does look better than the photo...

7 Oct, 2017

 

You could always cover it with artificial grass. You may remember we did this to hide an unsightly concreted area. Didn't want the bother of re-concreting it.

Second thoughts: perhaps not for parking the car!

Anyway it looks tidy

7 Oct, 2017

 

Result - and gorgeous Nerines too!

7 Oct, 2017

 

That looks a whole lot neater Stera ... I can't get Linaria to grow in my garden. Daughter-in-law has it popping up everywhere so I lifted some a couple of years ago ... all gone now. :o(

7 Oct, 2017

 

Well some things dislike some places Shirley and there's not a lot you can do about it.

Eirlys -that's a thought! It did improve your concrete. But I think artificial grass would be a big problem there - the car would very soon mess it up considering our muddy lanes and there would be a horrible mess when I wash the car... We can't see it from the house and it solves the decaying concrete problem. And its good to cross something off the to do list!
Incidentally, how to you fasten it down at the edges?

7 Oct, 2017

 

It's nice when a job gets done, especially if somebody else has done it!
Very pretty last picture too.

7 Oct, 2017

 

It looks better like that :)

7 Oct, 2017

 

That Linaria has very violet flowers - the only ones I've ever seen have much paler blue ones, it's lovely.

8 Oct, 2017

 

What a colors!

8 Oct, 2017

 

Would you like some seeds Bamboo?

8 Oct, 2017

 

Ooh, yes please - not sure if it grows here, its not something I see very often, but I'll give it a shot. I'll PM you...

8 Oct, 2017

 

That looks a lot better and so much neater. Love the colour combo of the flowers

9 Oct, 2017

 

Lovely, we all need a good fairy at times. Lovely.

9 Oct, 2017

 

Steragram: On our concrete base we have just laid the grass down and weighted it with pots of plants. Can be rolled up and taken away!! Our Younger Son loves his. People passing by his garden, knowing what it was like before, (!) have commented and some have gone on to buy the same. Not for the purist, obviously.

Around the pond I recall staple-like fixers. Very secure anyway.

(I do like Nerines.)

9 Oct, 2017

 

That was a good fairy!
It looks so much better, we also had a similar area right at the front of our house, we had it brick paved but no fairies were involved.

12 Oct, 2017

 

Thanks GF. So sorry you didn't have any fairies to help...
Brick paving looks much nicer than either concrete or tarmac. Our drive is paved like that but its more work as moss and weeds grow in the joints even when it has been sealed as we are surrounded by big trees that drop drips and leaves etc with monotonous regularity...

Eirlys thanks for satisfying my curiosity re fixing the grass.
I'd sometimes wondered how it was done!
It doesn't really matter how it looks as it can't be seen either from the house or the road and its outside the garden proper. Its a lot better than rapidly decaying concrete and it discourages the grass from taking over the edges too. And at a pinch we could now with care get two cars there if we had to.

12 Oct, 2017

 

One very busy fairy there, Stera!

The combination the bright pink Nerines & the dark blue Linaria look stupendous together!

I had a similar thing happen on the balcony as well I planted out some salmon pink Busy Lizzies (Impatiens) & edged the troughs with self-sown Lobelias - before knowing what colour they would be - of a very dark blue & the result was fabulous all summer! 👍😃

18 Oct, 2017

 

It sounds lovely! Your balcony was certainly spectacular this summer. I do like that colour combination and have rather a lot of pink - I don't care for it in clothes etc but love it in flowers. Its not so easy to keep blue going - I've got two young Jerusalem sage and some dwarf scabious and a couple of Echinops but they don't flower all summer. I hope to add cream and white but haven't had a lot of success so far. I did sow some very pale calendulas but the slugs ate all but one. Leucanthemum was totally devoured overnight and lasted less than 24 hours... Lobelia would do the trick but I'm tryng to manage with perennials to save work these days, lol..

19 Oct, 2017

 

I have found a couple of photos I uploaded a few months ago that give you an idea of what they looked like but I'll have to upload some more recent photos from my other computer as I don't have any on this one.

In the meanwhile, you can see one from my photos here:

http://www.growsonyou.com/photo/slideshow/331367-busy-lizzies-impatiens-lobelias-on-balcony-railings-on-1st-day-of-summer-20/member/balcony

19 Oct, 2017

 

Just seen it Balcony - very nice.

19 Oct, 2017

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