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Summer has arrived

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 17:13

Thought i'd share this really nice aquilegia, i know they are common as muck, but this lavender one is really pretty. It's in what i call my wild flower border outside the garden leading down to the field. Very nice.. may split it when it get's bigger and make it into the actual garden! I think it's a "swan" type.


 Oh.. and whoever suggested the climbing hydrangea.. i was down the garden centre on saturday and picked one up

Those lovely 'perenial' foxgloves being touted

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 22:24

Yep as per the other thread, my very large plant didn't over winter. 

I would advise anyone with them this year to treat as half hardy and keep them in pots rather than in the ground, and plan to overwinter in a greenhouse/coldframe or something. (bare in mind i'm in newcastle so you may have more luck down south )

Lupin growing advice needed

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:44

One tip i was given was to not cut the leaves off in autumn, and leave them for the winter. Then remove them in spring to tidy them up. The theory is that the hollow steams if you cut them down make a tunnel for the cold to go straight down into the plant, so best to leave the leaves on to protect the plant over winter.

Goji berry

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 12:34

I've got one, not had any fruit though, it's been in a year, and has grown alot but not flowered. I've been told the berries have a slight licorique flavour if that's your thing. I've also got a couple of honey berries, which this year have fruit, will be interesting to see what they taste like

Fruit and veg for the greenhouse

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 12:32

This is my first year with my greenhouse, i'm growing tomatos, cucumbers, peppers, chillies, and melons. As these (except for the cucamelons) that were recommended by my grandad. I've got some more exotics to try for fun too, such as tomatotillos, cucamelons, and inca berries (which i think are cumquats). 

For this year it's late to start sowing so pop down the garden centre and see what they have, they will most likely have toms, peppers, but may have other stuff too to try.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 22:56

Thanks for the kind words, yeah the wind is the one downside, but to get those views you have to be at the top of the hill! 

Hopefully once the hedges get established it'll help a bit, we did get a bit of a hammering this winter with the easterly winds, normally they are westerly here. Even a couple of pyracatha got badly scorched, but at least they are coming back. 

I use the obelisk for peas and sweet peas mixed together in the veg plot. Looked really nice last year, but the peas are just 6 inches tall still at the moment, only planted them out from the cold frames last week. 

It's my first garden, we moved here from a flat in the city centre so i've loved my first year here, despite the bad weather, i had a good crop of carrots, parsnips, salads and plenty of mint for mohitos in the arbor

I'm lucky to have a great garden centre nearby which i think always helps alot, good quality plants and good advice all the way.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 21:38

Hehe it's a shot from google maps

Here goes.. work very much in progress, and in newcastle we're a bit behind still got apple blossem hehe. 

 This is the view down the garden, it's a fair slope, and very exposed on the top of the valley.

 I've dug out beds inbetween the buttresses as the back of the house, this is a north west wall, so pretty shady, until about 4/5pm that is, you can see the famous lime heuchera under the bleeding hearts. It's fairly damp so also have geraniums and astilbes in there.

 My pride and joy hehe


Small veg/herb plot, would like another couple of beds.. next job..

 This is the south end of the garden so full sun all day, i've gone for a hot border, so have icelandic poppies, sunflowers, crocosmia, knopifia, to name but a few. As well as some winter colour with a couple of dogwoods, that can cope with the exposed nature until stuff gets established, such as my full length cotoniester hedge to the left side. 

Generally i'm going for true cottage garden, i have flowers mixed in with fruit like blueberries, gooseberries, raspberries, etc. I've planted various fruit trees, cherries, plums, pears and apples. And i'm trying to establish some nice climbers for the pergoda. 

Oh and i applogise for the grass.. the lawnmower conked out half way through doing it yesterday!

Looking for best/fastest creeper/vine for a time lapse music video idea

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 15:47

also... if you want something to smother the building, bindweed would be your best bet.. but with caution if it got loose it's a pain in the ass to get rid of. 

Other less nasty option would be morning glory i guess. 

Looking for best/fastest creeper/vine for a time lapse music video idea

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 15:40

Also.. if you paint the models with yogurt, you'll get moss growing on it pretty quickly, which might look very good, behind the plants growing. Other than that, you could use something like Vetch, a very small fast growing climbing annual. Because the model will be small the small leaves of vetch will look in proportion as if they are big. Rather than something big, which will look huge in comparison to the small model if you get my drift. 

Summer has arrived

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 14:44

actually i was looking around this weekend and it's getting to the point where i'm not too embarased to show pics hehe will get some done this week in the sun


Put it this way this was the garden when we moved in, to say it had a lack of plants is something of an understatement! Unless you count, creeping buttercup as a plant that is.




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