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What is this please

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 15:49

Looks like bleached out variegated Periwinkle. Was there some there before or any nearby?

Front lawn

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 15:22

In that case why not just a small specimen tree in the middle?

Make a ring of gravel round it having underplanted it with bulbs perhaps. Not daffs cos they just look messy when finished but crocus would be nice and you don't have to do anything to them. You could have spring and autumn flowering ones to extend the interest.

Either go for a small tree that is amazing at one particular point in the year or one that gives you something to look at all year round. I planted a Cornus mas varieagata in a similiar sized space. It has blossom in the late winter early spring, beautiful white and green leaves follow that and in the autumn has cherry like red fruits. Only bare for 2/3 months of the year. The tree reaches about 15ft but takes an age to get there and maintenance? Zero.

Once you've done that you could get artistic with more gravel or pebbles or boulders...maybe some of those rocks in the corner...Some kind of ornamental feature perhaps, birdbath, sculpture, whatever. And always keep the hedge neat and trimmed...makes such a difference. 

Heres a few ideas to play around with...

Maybe no tree and just a bit of topiary. Scroll down to the one with the box balls...bit of maintenance but not much

Bit more edgey perhaps...

Use elements from this

Talkback: Gardening makes you happy

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 09:20

I feel truly blessed. To have an overwhelming passion from an early age that can then be a career is a rare thing. I love to play in the garden anyones garden! I am happiest when a customer loves what I have done...rejuvenated an old but loved shrub,filled a border with flowers where they thought nothing could grow, created a garden out of nothing or brought an overgrown mess back under control. Many of my so called customers have become my friends and I can't do enough for them. To see them happy makes me happy.

Gardening encompasses everything that the heart and soul needs. Too many people are removed from the natural world. Too busy and caught up in unimportant things to stop and look for a moment. I while away many an hour just watching the insects do there thing. Watch the birds collecting their twigs for the first nest of the season. Listen to the baby birds calling their parents. Could wax lyrical for ever...but won't lol.

I would like to leave this world having hopefully made it a little prettier in exchange for all the happiness and well being it has given me (insert satisfied smiley)

Talkback: Gardening makes you happy

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 08:54
Linda Nicholls wrote (see)
. Despite what one might think it is quite difficult to get anyone to weed etc for a reasonable price. Most "professional gardeners" just want to cut lawns once a week and keep hedges in check. When I did get someone in he pulled up one or two plants and broke a window while strimming! Yes I love my garden and getting a new plant I haven't got but it is a burden too.

Awww Linda you need me!!!! I don't do lawns (unless pretty small) or hedges. I am a border worker. Advertise or look for a female gardener. We aren't obsessed with lawns and hedges and can bring your garden back to life 

What are these plants please?

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 08:47

Morning silly  Euphorbia possibly millifera.

shady front garden

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 23:42

Ferns lol. Was wondering about them but if you have rosemary and Buddleia growing quite well then the ground must be pretty dry which ferns would'nt like. What about Hellebores, Astrantias, Epimediums, Geraniums, Aquilegias, Forget-me-nots, Foxgloves? They will all grow in dry shade.  

black fly

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 23:27

They won't destroy them but can seriously weaken them esp. veges. BUT the predators are coming, late this year but more seem to be showing up now. Look for ladybirds, spiders, hoverflies and a lot of the tit birds eat aphids too. Any ants crawling up and down the stems? They "milk" the aphids in exchange for protection so you need to deal with them too. The hose really is the best option if you don't like using chemicals but do that a few times and stop then go move some spiders and ladybirds onto the plants and hang some bird food near worst affected plants.

What are these plants please?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 23:06

INDIGOFERA!!!!  and its only just gone 11pm lol. Brownie point TCM?

Busy we used to throw them all over the road and then run around treading on them cos they made a really good popping noise...completely unaware of the traffic btw.

Cottage garden lawn ideas?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 21:52

Mmmm Never been too keen on packets of seed mixes for meadows. Not all grow very well because not mixed for your soil. Having said that love the link you've posted Lindsay. I would go for the Annual wild flower seed mix. Don't think you could go wrong with that. Easy to pull out if you don't like/want will self seed year after year and native plants so good for our wildlife. 


What are these plants please?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 21:24

Busy seems right with most but reckon 6 is snowberry too. You may decide to pull it out as it sends suckers up all over the place!

4 Skimmia.

Know the last one but can I for the life of me remember the name?!!!  Have a feeling it sounds quite exotic. Will probably remember at 2 in the morning.

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