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Busy Bee2

Thing is, your garden is the peak of perfection as it is at present.  Nothing more perfect in March than a well prepared bed.  It has all the perfection of a blank sheet of paper.  You are just like an artist who doesn't want to put the paint on the canvas.  But a well prepared bed of soil won't be perfection in June, so off you go!  Joy of annuals is that you can't go wrong in a long term sense.

There is another category of gardener, and I am one, who buys plants/seeds/takes cuttings/accepts gifts long before the planting area is cleared and prepared.  We would really relish a canvas like yours, instead of the head-scratching that accompanies having the plant, but not the place. 

It's my second year of gardening. Like most other things in life it's been a case of trial and error. I've often been pleased with some plants that I had low expectations for and I've had to lower my expectations with others. For me it's a new found joy to spend a sunny afternoon pottering around in the garden. I'm very much looking forward to another growing season and await the surprises the garden has to share this year. My latest investment for the garden is a number of beer traps to win the war against the slugs!!!! 

Just remember the old saying, "He reaps what he sows, except the amateur gardener". A bit pessimistic maybe but some things will grow and others won't appear, ever. Its all part of the fun of learning what your garden will support and what you are capable of growing. I have spent years trying to grow sweet peas but with no luck at all and still I keep trying. The nicest thing is when your favourite plants decided to self seed and you can just let them get on with filling up the flower beds year after year. Always have a small stock of plants in pots to fill up the gaps where things haven't germinated or the slugs have had a banquet.

Get a note book from Tescos


Write down what you will do

Do it

Write down what you did

Make mistakes like we all do every day

Tell us what you did

Learn from your mistakes

If you get stuff wrong the Authorities will come round and take you away....Of course they wont



the tidy gardener

my advice would be to take some photos, so you have a before and after record.I did this when I started gardening on this,my second garden,but first garden that I completely re did.

I too was nervous, and all the neighbours overlooked my plot,but I just had a go,some things I was growing were probably weeds!!but it was great fun,and now I have 6 books of photos which is a great record of what ive done. read magazines,gardeners weekly is only £1 and packed full of good advice,and try charity shops too.

good luck and post some pics soon!!



I've been procrastinating for over a year about creating a wildlife pond in this garden - where to put it; under the trees isn't ideal, but neither is the centre of the garden - and then, how big, how deep, what about the tree roots under this garden???????

And then we just went for it, OH started digging it so that I couldn't worry about it some more and then wimp out.  

When the tree roots became a problem our Lovely Builder and his mate took over and are finishing it off, and I'm absolutely enthralled by it already - we could have done it that way, or the other way, but we've done it this way and it's fine!!! 

We all get anxious about doing stuff, but look at it this way, if you don't tell people how it's going to be, how are they going to know that it's turned out different to the way you planned it? 

I've been gardening  many years and it never surprises me what will grow and what will not grow in my garden. My main problem is that I have many clematis that will grow to their mature size. But there is one area of my garden that will not allow me to grow a clematis even though I know it is an a ideal position. I have taken soil test, excavated the soil within that area and replenished the soil. I have done everything possible but to avail the. That is gardening. It throws these negatives in to your path that Mother Nature will not uncover

In the end I planted a honeysuckle there and it grew and grew

Enjoy your garden and your will get more satisfaction than disappointment



I know where you are coming from Dove.  Once I have decided something I impulsively make a start......committed then.  As long as I'm sure it's what I want to do and have worked it all out.  Then I'm all attack and energy.  Satisfying.  And usually it works out just fine.  


Totally agree Verd, only difference is,  ponds are a bit harder to alter once you do them! 

Plants can easily be moved and altered on a whim and although there might be the odd casualty, it's an opportunity to try something else as you found recently with your Acer. I think most of us have tried something, then looked at it at a later date and thought - nope, don't like that, and have changed it- sometimes quite radically.

I like to plan properly, but I'm also capable of altering that plan once I've started to implement it. It's part of the fun 

True Fairygirl 



Please let us know how you get on as you may teach US something !!!!!

The vicar said to a gardener " How nice Gods garden looks today "

The gardener said with a smile. " Yes but you should have seen it when he had it all to himself "

Not meant to offend anyone friends


DON'T PANIC...DON'T PANIC... The government can no longer afford the Gardening Police It will be fine... you have prepared the are intelligent enough to follow the instructions on the seed packets/plants that you have bought...the weather is out of your hands



Newboy2 that was one saying my Dad used to use, love it, thanks for memory Did anyone hear about the guy in prison charged with murder/ no body found/  who on the phone told his father that under no circumstances should he allow the cops to dig in the back garden? Next call to Dad, "soz I couldn't dig your veg bed but think you've had it done "



the excitement and joy you will feel when that first green shoot comes up will relax you...............until the slugs and bugs and pigeons start attacking !!

well.... i braved it, and started yesterday. i planted out my Thyme plant, my lavender plant, and my aubrietas, along with lots of seeds. My strategy was to plant about 30% of my seeds now, the same mid april, and the rest end april? Since im sowing a lot of them direct, i figured it was good to stager them? My borders look very.... full of potential.. now, all sown up and labeled.. its like there is magic growing under the surface!

i pulled a few sections of my abrietas and thymes off the main plant, and planted them in various paving cracks / wall cracks.. just planted a small section of the plant wedged into some new poked in compost, and then added more to surround it, and finished with a little gravel mulch.... i know ill have some losses but am i safe to get excited that at least some of them will 'take?'

i had such a lovely time yesterday working in the garden... it was my choice of how to spend my mothers day, and it was glorious, i didnt want to stop!


Busy Bee2

Excellent news!  Be patient with the seeds you have sown direct.  I have only done it once, and I seem to remember that it took a while for things to appear, but they made it in the end!!

Dont forget to put some defences in place against pesky slugs and snails (whichever method you prefer), they love newly emerging seedlings - tender and tasty.

Steve 309

That sounds like a great approach, Loganberry.  And what SFord said And BB,


The Allotment Police checked you out and you can stay !!!

By Christmas you will look back at your first blog and Smile !!

Well Done.

Last year was my very first year gardening and I molly-coddled and worried about  everything! In the end, most of my seedlings were a failure - they got damping off and allsorts. So I scrapped the lot and bought more seeds, planted them and for the most part left them to do their own thing. And I had lots of lovely strawberries, sweet peas, cut flowers etc. Moral of the story - most plants are much sturdier/hardier than we think! Pop them in the ground, water them in dry weather, feed occasionally and you'll soon have a beautiful garden before you know it  

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