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Thanks guys, I'm happy enough with the changes I've made this year although I would like more maturity in the bottom half.
Maturity brings height and structure and without those design elements, everything just seems piddly and flat but things take years to grow ofc. Take the big blue hosta as an example. Doing better each year but only half way to maturity I've read currently at 4yrs old. I nearly split it this year to make more until I read that doing that to the big blue ones sets them back a good few years in vigour.
The green acer above is nearly twenty years old and I'm very happy with it this year as it's canopy seems to be really full. The smaller red acer is currently sitting in it's pot because I wanted to make a feature of it for a few years but its already starting to overtake the pot in only it's third year. I bought it as a twig...because acers are normally so expensive, but I do love them so much.
It will have to move though, as I don't think its really at home in my courtyard garden, but I think I have the perfect spot for it once the landscaping is finished in that area.
I'm looking forward to seeing many more garden photos from you guys now the sun is mostly shining, I just love to see what you are all up to.
My oriental poppies are coming out.
And the double aquilegias are still in flower, been out some time now.
And the pansies round the sundial are still well out.
B.L. love the photos, especially the sundial one, it appeals to my love of fairly formal gardens.
Gorgeous garden Busy-Lizzie although I wouldn't want to have all that mowing to do
OH does most of the mowing, but we have a tractor mower - a man toy! I do weeding, pruning and planting.
Lovely pics from everyone. Really enjoy seeing other people's plants & gardens.
Just catching up on all the pics - you all have such beautiful gardens, and I love seeing how everyone's individual style shines through!
Hollie, the yellow and blue are violas. First time I have used them this year, and I am now a real fan. As Lizzie's beautiful sundial shows, they just go on and on!
Morning all! Sun shining here at last, but only until Wednesday! I do wish you Brits would stop sending all your rain over here!!
Lizzy your double aquiligias are gorgeous. The seeds I bought from Irland weeks ago are just beginning to peep through. I hope they will be as lovely as yours, got 4 different colours.
Hi everyone, just signed up so thought i`d post a photo of my garden about a week before i moved in, in Sept 2011. The old chap who had the bungalow before me lost interest after his wife passed away years ago, but apparently he was a keen gardener, hence the huge greenhouse. I`ll post some more recent ones shortly.
These photos were taken when we had summer back in April, the gorgeous fence is to keep the puppy off until she`s trained to stay off, it has been replaced by green fencing before the neighbours think i`m completely insane. Hopefully the horsetail is dead as i havn`t seen any so far this year, the bindweed that has just appeared has had a dose of weedkiller put on it yesterday as has started to brown off already, just the ground elder to go
All the areas you can see with the road scalpings on are the areas for decking, i had to dig the soil down by about a foot, fill with rubble and top off with the scalpings, hopefully i`ll get the decking done this year. All the soil had to sieved by hand to get the horsetail out and then compost added ( back breaking work for sure).
Hi Fred, you're working wonders, back breaking as you say but you'll get there, you've done a lot in such a short time. Good luck, looking forward to more photos as you progress. Welcome to the forum..very knowledgeable folks, friendly & fun..hope you enjoy as much as I do.
p.s. At least you don't post tiny photos like I do. Haven't got the hang of it yet.
Great pictures busy lizzie, looks idyllic. I've grown some violas here but only in pots. I did try a while ago to put some young ones out but they were eaten overnight. Might be worth giving it a go with some more established plants
That sounds like a lot work fred
It`s pretty easy KEF, but then i`ve been using forums for donkeys years (especially the one`s that use old format). Click on the tab that looks like a tree^ click select to choose a photo from your computer, once you`ve chosen the photo by clicking on it and highlighting it blue, then click open. You`ll then see the file name appear next to where it says select, click on upload, it will take about 15 to 20 secs to upload and then it will ask you to save it, so save it and voila it will appear on your post, here`s a photo i took earlier
Thumbs up @ fred#60 and welcome to the forums
Thank you hollie hock.
Welcome Fred. I wish you luck, I'm sure it will all be lovely. I hope there is some good soil there if the previous owner used to be a keen gardener. Keep us posted.
Thanks everyone, the soil if it can be called that is very, very sandy. Great for digging over in any weather but low in nutrients obviously so every winter i add bags of compost ( i steer clear of manure for weed reasons) I took some photos yesterday of the few flowers on show at the moment
By the way my name is actually Derek, somehow i ended up as a Fred
Fredderek - love that poppy. Think I might also have the same phlox as you (see earlier photo) - I love playing gardening snap!!
Welcome to the forum Fred.
Thank you nfor the great pics everyone.
Lizzie I think you could produce a book showing all the wonderful pics of your garden.
Thanks Bev, I think my head is getting bigger, you're always so nice about my garden! It is a lot of work though, so it's great when people say nice things.