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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.

Flowering out of season

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 21:20

A clematis for a third time MACAVITY? Thats just showing off! 

Flowering out of season

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 21:16
MRweeds wrote (see)

Magnolia and apple blossom!

Apple blossom?!!!  Don't think those apples are going to make it somehow lol

Late May wedding

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 21:12

I should think so. Even if we have a hot Spring again there should still be some around. They usually flower April/May.  

What to do with your produce

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 16:31

Diddy  There ain't no cheese.It refers to the consistency!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What does everyone think

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 00:48

Hi Nick  Personally I think you have done a cracking job and not just because you are a beginner. It looks like you have put a lot of thought into it

The ivy at the back is just perfect making it look very lush but keep an eye on the ivy to the left as it looks like ordinary tree ivy and you don't want it running into the chippings.

Venus looks great as if she is wading through the chippings. She is a favourite of mine  

Is it Thyme in the tipped up urn? Will look lovely once it it has tumbled out and spread around the urn and have you planted in the crown?

What are the other alpines you have planted in there. Can't see even when I enlarge. Is it a suntrap? Is that why you used alpines? 

I can see there is some Pulmonaria to the left of the pond are you adding to that side and are you planting in the narrow strip down the rhs?

Can you take a pic further back to see it in relation to the rest of the garden?

The chippings you have used will discolour and mossen (is that a word!!!) up over time making it look much softer.

 What are your plans with the pond itself? Fish? Waterplants? Have you put in an escape root for frogs cos they will turn up!

How long did the project take you from start to finish?

Sorry so many questions lol but they are the kind of things I would ask if stood in your garden with you admiring your handiwork!

Bet your parents are well chuffed 


Posted: 15/09/2013 at 18:55

Pretty good handyman aren't you James 

Thanks for the pics makes it so much easier to visualize. Think you have given yourself enough work to keep you going for a very long time. Brilliant watching it all changing bit by bit. 


What to do with your produce

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 12:47

Tajke it you've never made any Diddy lol

Ok definition.....Jam = whole fruit good for things like strawberries, rapsberries etc.

                       Cheese = pulp of fruit. You do this by pushing cooked fruit through a sieve. Good way to do damsons, plums etc where you dont want big chunks of skin in the mix.            

                        Jelly = Through a jelly bag or piece of muslin. Gives you a tinted but clear jelly. Good for apples, crab apples, quince etc which as a jam can be a bit too thick and you would have to sort out pips, skin and such.


A lot can depend on your personal preference as well. I like to make a mixture of all 3. Makes for nice variation when given as presents.

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