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Amanda the novice


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Where NOT to order from online

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 16:06

ps I told them that I was surprised they didn't care more about their reputation and that I was going to post my view of them online. I just got a call back from them (surprise surprise...), now offering to collect it from me instead of me having to pay. Which is better, but frankly it's still a complete pain as I still need a rose for that spot. The courier would probably cost them as much as the plant, so I think decent customer service would just refund the cost without quibbling and tell you to keep it anyway. That way, I could plant it, and if it is disappointing I wouldn't mind because I wouldn't have wasted money on it. Otherwise if I send it back it's going to cost me a lot more to order another one elsewhere and have to pay a fixed delivery cost just for one rose. Grrrr.

Where NOT to order from online

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 15:55

I'm SO disappointed. I recently went down to RHS Wisley to buy plants. I bought quite a few but there were others I decided to have a think about and do more research on first. Having done so, rather than make the journey back there, I decided to order from the Telegraph Garden shop online and have them delivered. What a mistake! The plants I bought from Wisley are lovely but I am HUGELY disappointed in what turned up from the Telegraph garden shop. Some of the plants are very poor quality, and the rose I ordered is a really sorry lopsided wonky thing which turned up in a bashed collapsed box. I'm suspicious that it is even what it it supposed to be and I think it may have been mislabelled. The rose I ordered is practically thornless, but what turned up has huge fat thorns all over. They were completely unhelpful when I called them up and suggested I post it back to them at my expense to get a refund. It would have cost me more than that to post it to them! Anyway, I have learnt my lesson the hard way so I wanted to give other people the chance not to make the same mistake as me.

Help me tranform my front garden!

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 15:44

Thanks again for the suggestions. I've got everything now. The plants I bought from Wisley are lovely but I am HUGELY disappointed in what turned up from the Telegraph garden shop. Some of the plants are very poor quality, and the rose I ordered is a really sorry lopsided wonky thing which turned up in a bashed collapsed box. They were completely unhelpful when I called them up and suggested I post it back to them at my expense to get a refund. It would have cost me more than that to post it to them, so I really cannot recommend ordering from them.

Help me tranform my front garden!

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 17:13

Back again! I've been looking things up and I am spoilt for choice as you've all got such nice ideas but I can't do them all.

Mrs G: I think pyracantha is a great idea, but can't face tackling the thorns. Scabious sounds great and I love bluey-purples.

Verdun: Wow, thank you for such detailed suggestions, most of which I didn't know at all. Heucheras are definitely in my plans now. And blue festuca and ophiopogon too. I do want some lavender, so perhaps if I put it right next to the path it wouldn't swamp the box. But I can only find normal ones, not dwarf.

Obelixx: I think you're right about the euonymus and maybe that's the answer for under the window. It's 3' to the sill, so that sounds like it might be the right sort of size and coverage I'm looking for, so long as I can keep it in check without it getting too bushy.

Forester2: You're spot on with the viburnum tinus! That's the only thing I've bought so far and put it in the corner next to my neighbour (after I took that photo). Glad that it's the right sort of thing, but I thought it might be too big to have under the window?

BobtheGardener: I love your rock and raked gravel idea, but I think it would be a full time job what with the local cats and foxes mucking up the gravel. Also I need to walk on the gravel bit to get at the plants. But maybe somewhere else in the future..

punkdoc: You're psychic - I've got an acer in a pot at the back of the house! It would look nice, but I know neighbours have had pots nicked from front gardens before so I'm a bit wary of putting it there.

ginglygangly: Thank you for very useful ideas and advice. I think you're right - it's tempting to have lots of different plants, but I need to be a bit selective.

I've been trying to find the plants mentioned, but local garden centres etc seem to have quite limited stock now. I've found most of them on the Telegraph garden shop online, but I've got no idea how good they are, and I feel a bit unsure about ordering lots from there and them being tiny plants or not very good quality. Has anyone got experience of using them? Or where else online is good to order from?

Sorry for all the questions, but now that I've got started it all seems so exciting and I can see how much there is to learn, but I want to get it right. I think I'm going to try and cut my choices down to 5 or 6 plants and then repeat them, so that it's not all too mad and busy. And stick to blue/white/purple as colours to try and co-ordinate it a bit. Please do come back and tell me what you think. Expecially if my ceanothus hedge plan under the window is just doomed to failure....(I just REALLY like ceanothus...). Alternatively I'm thinking to use euonymus.

Amanda x

Help me tranform my front garden!

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 13:12

Dear everyone,

Thank you all so much for the suggestions. I'm absolutely blown away by you taking the time and trouble to think about what I could do! I need to get stuck into looking up and finding out about all the plants that have been suggested.

I'm beginning to think I should have made the border under the window a bit wider. I thought it looked about right before I planted the box but it's only about 50cm now. Live and learn... it's too late now to change that though, so I need to find something that will grow quite upright and not be too bushy. I would really really like to have ceanothus there as a sort of blue flowery hedge, but I don't know if that's a bit silly. I read that it needs a lot of sun and gets very big?

As for the crack, thank you dovefromabove and obelixx for thinking about that too. The house is full of cracks  but I had a structural engineer friend of a friend look at them and he seemed unimpressed by what I thought were scary big cracks everywhere. He said it wasn't subsidence and no need to do anything. So that's why I just want to camouflage this one with planting so I stop seeing it and worrying about it anyway.

Off to look up all your great plant suggestions (and then no doubt come back with more questions...)

Amanda x

Help me tranform my front garden!

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 16:24

ps, I don't know if it's realistic, but ideally I'd like to have things that are evergreen, so it looks good all year round.

Help me tranform my front garden!

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 16:19

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Dear everyone,

I would really love some help - am a bit stuck! Over the summer I finally started sorting out the weedpatch that was my front garden. I have put a square of gravel in the middle (about 8' square) and planted a little box hedge all round that, with a curve round the lime tree in the corner. I now need to work out what to put in the remaining borders. It is north-east facing, but gets full sun all morning, then deep shade in the afternoons. The soil is neutral. The borders remaining around the box are about 20" wide.

I really wanted to plant things that were quite low, so they won't just swamp the box hedge which I was planning to keep about 8" or so tall. Also I really can't work out what to plant against the wall under the bay window. There isn't much space and I need something evergreen, that will grow quite close to the wall and (very important) hide the horrible crack that seems to be developing and I would rather not have to look at! So please, lovely people, tell me what I could do. Thank you, Amanda.

 

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