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Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 23:10

LOL I feel your pain Sara (insert cuddle smiley) Sometimes you can overload on information and everyone has different advice but I am sure it will all work out in the end and look amazing  My pond was a puddle compared to what you are doing lol.

is it too late to prune a lilac tree?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 21:07

The buds for the following year develop very soon after it finishes flowering so by trimming it you will lose the flowers on those branches but thats all. If its pretty mature I doubt you'll even notice!

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:21

The reason they were put on an external hard drive is because my old but faithful computer could'nt handle them all! Its not just my garden on there its all the gardens i work in and have ever worked in....not sure how many days it would take to email them all and computer would probably explode lol.

You sound as if you you have planned it quite well which is more than I did I just made it up as I went along! 

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 19:06

Oh ok  I'll shut up then lol. Would love to show you pics but they are all on hard drive that son took to uni. He has promised me he will put on cd for me but still waiting!!!!  My camera broke this year so til I get new one can't take any either 

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 16:36

Sara if you want to stop it becoming stagnant dig a bog garden out for excess rainwater to run in to.

I did this on mine and it worked brilliantly. I had no filters, pumps or anything. I just dug a shallow basin like hole about 3/4 ft in diameter put pond liner in the bottom with a few holes, planted it with marginal plants and topped it with gravel. I made sure my pond dipped slightly in that direction and did a sort of pebbly beech effect. Made steps there into the pond to put some big stones on and plants could sit on the ledges too. Worked out great for frogs etc. as the could easily get in and out and they also used that area to spawn as the fish didn't like to go into the shallows around there.

Hope that makes sense 

seed share

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 09:08

Still not finished sorting for you coys...or diddy. Hopefully will get a chance after work today.

Comunal Yard

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 22:51

Ooooh one more thought. Done this myself. Grow a climber up a ladder. No need to attach anything to wall then and you can put it where you want it

 A lean to would work well for you but I couldn't find a picture 

Comunal Yard

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 22:40

Go raid your local dump too. You can find allsorts of things to plant in. Anything that can hold water and you can make or has holes in the bottom, You need to think outside the box lol. Here are a few to inspire you,1128360571,1/stock-photo-unusual-planters-toilets-used-to-raise-alpine-plants-597671.jpg

 SORRY Had to post that last one lol.


Comunal Yard

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 22:24

Rather than climbers or as well as you could hook troughs to the outside of some of those railings and have fallers  Something like this...

 As was suggested, you could plant runner beans, sweetpeas etc but plant them in pots at the bottom of the railings so they climb up and through them.

Climbers tend to like a long root run so bear this in mind when choosing a pot. How would you fix climbers to the walls? Would it be easy to drill holes, nail etc?

The picture below has a grey courtyard but you really don't notice as the colours are so vibrant and also look how some of the pots are on chairs to vary the height


so .. spring bulb planting time

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 22:02

The irises like it hot, sunny and very free draining soil. They are also very short. I would mix both together, plant them near the wall of the house somewhere that you can see them. They will be the first of your bulbs to flower.

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