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Chris Johnson

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Re: New Rock Garden and Greenhouse - Ardivachar
« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2014, 12:16:00 PM »
... but I think I won't live long enough ...

Wrong mind-set Angie, and you don't look old enough. I say live today as if it's your last but plan as if you're going to live forever.

Unfortunately the digger is not mine. That's some 'challenging' terrain in the picture.

If you do find your way over here, could you bring a shovel?  ;D

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Re: New Rock Garden and Greenhouse - Ardivachar
« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2014, 03:40:13 PM »
The turf has now been removed - the easy bit.

The images were taken about two weeks ago before the end of the wettest winter on record. I have never seen the sandy machair retain so much water.

The site for the greenhouse has been pegged out and work is due to start next Monday.

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Re: New Rock Garden and Greenhouse - Ardivachar
« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2014, 04:35:31 PM »
A couple of weeks of better weather has dried the plot out.

We have made a tentative start cutting through the tangle of grass and perennial roots, but after that it will be sand.

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Re: New Rock Garden and Greenhouse - Ardivachar
« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2014, 08:22:13 PM »
With three weeks of good weather we have made some progress on the greenhouse base. The footings are in and the base completed. The eight stainless-steel anchor rods are set in resin.

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Re: New Rock Garden and Greenhouse - Ardivachar
« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2014, 12:20:54 AM »
Look at that wonderful blue sky and what a beautiful view  8)

Angie  :)
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Re: New Rock Garden and Greenhouse - Ardivachar
« Reply #20 on: May 04, 2014, 03:13:22 AM »
Here I am mixing wee barrow-loads of concrete to finally wind/sheep-proof our veg patch, and your alpine garden is moving forward at an impressive pace in Aird a'Mhachair. Looking good!
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Re: New Rock Garden and Greenhouse - Ardivachar
« Reply #21 on: May 04, 2014, 07:49:18 AM »
Look at that wonderful blue sky and what a beautiful view  8)

Angie  :)

It's been a remarkably 3-week spell after an appalling winter, giving us time to catch up on some delayed tasks. It's chucking it down today  :(
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Re: New Rock Garden and Greenhouse - Ardivachar
« Reply #22 on: May 04, 2014, 07:51:45 AM »
Here I am mixing wee barrow-loads of concrete to finally wind/sheep-proof our veg patch, and your alpine garden is moving forward at an impressive pace in Aird a'Mhachair. Looking good!

Thanks Matt.

We have made good progress - more images soon.
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Re: New Rock Garden and Greenhouse - Ardivachar
« Reply #23 on: May 04, 2014, 08:48:51 AM »
A very exciting project to follow!
Thanks for posting!

Your greenhouse will have great potential for superb ventilation assuming it doesn't take to the air.
Is that where the stainless steel anchor rods come into play?
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Re: New Rock Garden and Greenhouse - Ardivachar
« Reply #24 on: May 04, 2014, 10:00:59 AM »
... Is that where the stainless steel anchor rods come into play?

Quite  ;) ... and with a ten-year guarantee.

They don't make a true alpine house but it has ample ventilation for here.
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Re: New Rock Garden and Greenhouse - Ardivachar
« Reply #25 on: May 05, 2014, 11:59:43 AM »
They have now started on the walls. Bricks are scarce and expensive on the islands, so breeze-blocks will have to do. I insisted on best quality and they haven't let me down. The contractor is a rare individual who keeps the site tidy and brushes up after the days work.

« Last Edit: May 05, 2014, 12:02:07 PM by Chris Johnson »
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Re: New Rock Garden and Greenhouse - Ardivachar
« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2014, 01:07:14 PM »
The twin blockwork is now complete and the internal wall for the plunge bed is almost complete. It will then be shuttered for a concrete capping to bring it to the required height for the greenhouse.

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Re: New Rock Garden and Greenhouse - Ardivachar
« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2014, 02:16:22 PM »
Coming on nicely Chris.
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Re: New Rock Garden and Greenhouse - Ardivachar
« Reply #28 on: May 08, 2014, 02:32:00 PM »
Chris:

What is the orientation of the greenhouse.

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Re: New Rock Garden and Greenhouse - Ardivachar
« Reply #29 on: May 08, 2014, 03:07:39 PM »
Coming on nicely Chris.

It's pleasing, David.
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