Sunday, 5 March 2017

Heard it on the grape vine...

I didn't hear anything on the grape vine actually but I did massively hack it back yesterday.

My landlord had planted it several years ago and it had gone as nuts as the squirrels, smothering the tree next to it then on to conquering the big conifer next door. Not any more!

Grape vines are so vigorous you can cut them back by 70%. I probably cut it back more than that to be fair but I'm sure it'll be fine.  I'll be interested to see what it does next...

Before:



During:



After (turned out it was holding it's rotten old arbour together too so that half came down with it):


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

How to spend a Saturday morning

If you're a massive geek, do as I do and get up at 7.30am to spend the day measuring your garden and drawing a 3D model of it on your computer!







It's looking pretty accurate!  

You can even set the exact geolocation and orientation of your model, then play around with the shadow settings which will show you exactly where the shadows will fall at any chosen minute of the year. 


All this and more can be done on Google SketchUp which you can download for free! It's super easy to use, and all the complicated bits like trees you can download and import from the 3D Warehouse.




Guess who's back?

After hiding in a gutter for many a year, I am back here, writing, to you (too many commas, Sophie).

I suddenly realised I do enjoy writing more than hiding, as much as hide and seek is fun...

I also love gardening, as in I am totally obsessed... and art and design and general creativity.  Good thing I'm a garden designing landscape architect really!

So here I am to add to the great pool of knowledge so at least if I do suddenly drop dead, it won't be for nothing as I will have left behind some great tips e.g.  how to deal with ASBO squirrels and what lots of plants look like when they're not flowering (something Google will never normally show, just like how we never see celebrities without a bit of airbrushing).

I do hope someone other than me has a good laugh reading this back anyway. Have fun :)

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