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Is it possible to hide a large rotary washing line in a smallish garden?

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SkodaLabia Sat 06-Jun-15 18:52:36

Garden is 7m deep by 9m wide. I've done a design for it and started to work on it, but am having Washing Line Anxiety. No photos of lovely gardens online have rotary washing lines in them, it would seem.

Short of invisible paint, what can I do? If the garden was long and thin I could fence off part of it, but as it's short and wide I'm at a loss.

God this gardening lark is hard.

Twasthecatthatdidit Sat 06-Jun-15 18:54:10

Sorry no response but I would love to read solutions as well!

Nottheshrinkingcapgrandpa Sat 06-Jun-15 19:00:52

We got one from argos that is free standing, and we fold it away when not in use. Would that work for you?

MagratGarlik Sat 06-Jun-15 19:03:08

We do as nottheshrinkingcap suggested. The rotary drier goes in the garage when not in use.

JesusInTheCabbageVan Sat 06-Jun-15 19:03:14

Buy an elephant and put it behind the elephant?


AlmaMartyr Sat 06-Jun-15 19:03:39

I got one of those wall mounted ones with lines that can be retracted. It holds the same amount (maybe more) as my old rotary ever did and can barely be seen when not in use.

fingernailsarepretty Sat 06-Jun-15 19:08:11

this from Brabantia?

poocatcherchampion Sat 06-Jun-15 19:13:55

I think you can take ours out - there is a metal bit in a hole in the ground that the metal pole goes in.

We never do though!

Its a Argos bog standard one

BaroquePearl Sat 06-Jun-15 19:16:05

We take ours out and put it away. The holder bit in the ground has a little lid.

SkodaLabia Sat 06-Jun-15 19:21:23

It is indeed a collapsible one, but when the weather's dry it's always in use.

Good idea about the elephant, I'm thinking putting something in front of it might be the way to go, but I don't know how and what!

I can't go for one of those retractable ones because they aren't long enough to go from one side of the garden to the house.

That Brabantia beast looks good, as does this, but surely when it's windy drying weather the washing then blows against the house and gets dirty.

echt Sat 06-Jun-15 21:40:07

Skoda, that's exactly the one I have, though ours is out of sight on the back garage wall. No, the washing doesn't catch agains the house. If it's not too windy, you can hang clothes up on hangers, dry them as they are save loads of time.

shovetheholly Sun 07-Jun-15 07:56:49

I have one and I put it away in the shed when it's not in use - takes about 30 seconds. I think you basically have to accept that washing isn't very attractive however you hang it, but it is really useful (and ecofriendly) to dry outside so there will be times when the glory of your planting may be slightly dimmed by your flapping undies.

I would love to have a garden that was big enough to tuck it right out of the way!

HaveYouSeenHerLately Sun 07-Jun-15 08:46:16

Love the elephant suggestion grin

Mine came from Argos with a dark green outdoor cover/ sleeve.

I keep it in situ (collapsed with cover) and it kind of blends into the lawn. The cover also stops the line from getting weathered and dirty.

I conveniently have two enormous plastic planters (£3.99 B&M) planted with rhododendron which take your eye away. I didn't buy them specifically to disguise the rotary but they do a reasonable job of it. I imagine you could plant bamboo in one to completely obscure it smile

funnyperson Sun 07-Jun-15 13:57:41

I put mine away when not in use. The green plastic cover is useful for when it is put away. The post into which it is sunk is placed to be away from the house and in the sun and so that the washing is over lawn when it is drying rather than over plants or soil, so that if it rains and the washing is out it doesnt get splashed.
We planted roses and lavender near it to theoretically scent the washing but the lavender didnt survive
To hide the line we planted a sort of spur of the herbaceous bed with evergreen long wild carex (which we like) at the tip of the spur and roses and topiary and pine and other urban naturalistic stuff (weeds, forgetmenots, clematis etc)
Now our garden being small, it is still possible to see the washing, therefore a careful hanging technique is applied whereby smalls are not allowed on the line and the better linen is hung facing the house.
But if you have one of those long gardens you could create a garden room with a room for the line. The boundaries of the room would be tall scented plants.

funnyperson Sun 07-Jun-15 14:00:34

Trellis with climbing roses, honeysuckle and jasmine might provide a screen.

Timeforabiscuit Sun 07-Jun-15 14:05:22

Thank you for linking the brabantia! I have to compromise on garden with a new house and that's making me feel better about matters!

BitterChocolate Sun 07-Jun-15 14:11:16

I have a Brabantia wall one, my brother comes to my house regularly and didn't even notice it was there until I had washing on it one day.

funnyperson Sun 07-Jun-15 14:47:53

our neighbours bought this one but the plastic in the ground thingy i no good as you need a sturdy metal thingy

they put theirs bang in the middle of the patio which was no good as they then couldnt sit out when the washing was out.

SkodaLabia Sun 07-Jun-15 17:13:13

Hhm, I'm definitely getting more tempted by a wall mounted one. Damn modern house with loads of windows and not a spare bit of garden blind spot!

funny, thanks for those plant ideas, that's really helpful.

AlmaMartyr Sun 07-Jun-15 18:44:12

Our wall mounted one comes in two sizes, one of which has 15 metre long strings so should cover a lot of garden. Our garden is tiny, but it still gives a surprising amount of hanging space. Love it.

SkodaLabia Sun 07-Jun-15 18:59:19

Is yours one that opens up like the Brabantia, or is the rectangular shaped folding down sort?

AlmaMartyr Sun 07-Jun-15 19:02:19

Mine is this one:

Bought it a couple of years ago and can't fault it.

FuckyNell Sun 07-Jun-15 19:02:37

I have the brabantia and it is excellent indeed

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