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What can I put in now?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 23:27

I wouldn't put Anemones in full sun. They will survive but not flourish. So something with reasonable height...any colour preference? The Rudbeckias as FG suggested or Echinacea with grasses between would work well and behind between those Verbena bonariensis. Towards the front Sedum spectabile depending on how large an area you have to fill.

Front lawn

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 22:33
Fairygirl wrote (see)

addict - I could make lots of rings then...and a few pots for good measure! 

Great description of doing a soil test addict- not heard it put like that before!

Oh dear lots of clay then FG.  I can't take credit for it. The RHS taught us. It was great fun going round the grounds and making mud rings lol and then onto the litmus testing...didn't want to mention that yet. When you are a novice gardener too much information can put you off gardening for life lol.

Is this correct ???

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 22:22

I grew these and even in a sheltered spot they needed support because they get quite floppy like delphiniums but so worth it if you can find a place because the smell is incredible. Do you have a cat btw?

 

Ants in plant pots

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 17:04

Put a piece of landscape fabric in the bottom. Water can get through but nasties can't crawl in the drainage holes 

Front lawn

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 16:33

Don't know why the writing is all blue and don't know how to change it!! 

Front lawn

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 16:29
inspiration123 wrote (see)

Since you're an addict...at the back we have paving slabs...but weeds grow between them ALL the time - they all have gaps between them.(very narrow gaps). any suggestions for closing those off?

 What Fairygirl said lol.

 

Re the soil...Pictures of what you have growing in the back would give an idea and/or try this....wet a handful of soil til pliable. Feels gritty? soapy? sticky? Roll it into a sausage. If it falls apart high sand/grit  content. If it makes a sausage pretty good soil. If you can bend it right round into a ring high clay content. Any visible sign of chalk? Stones? 

weeds

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 16:14

I hate using any chemicals but in this case you have to....unless anyone else knows different....

A 96 year old lady I used to work for taught me....A systemic weedkiller, buy as big a container as you can get. Stuff as much bindweed into a jar as you can then pour, dont spray weedkiller into jar. Lay it on its side (so rain can't get in) on the ground and leave it until bindweed dead. Might take a couple of hits but it works and does the least damage to surrounding plants, wildlife as poss. 

Front lawn

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 15:48

Hi  Any pics would be helpful and if not more description re aspect, type of hedge, soil etc. Also how much work do you want to do? Hedge stays? Goes? Lawn stays goes? etc. 

Can I move a Buddleia?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 15:44

Hi Mike  Shouldn't be a problem although probably a fairly large root system by now. Cut the growth from this year by about half in Autumn and move it then.

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 15:38

Love the double Philadelphus little-ann and what an amazing view you have. 

Just got back from another hot sweaty days work.

First garden still discovering whats lurking. Went in amongst the enormous shrubs and actually discovered a Philly, thats how overgrown it is. Was 5/6 ft tall hidden by Cotoneaster, 2 laurels, several self layered Viburnum bodnantense all about 15 ft a very tall Leycestra and 2 hollies! Poor thing was still flowering profusely even though no one was taking any notice of it. Has a bit more breathing space now but didn't have long enough to really clear round it.

 

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