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Evergreen Flowering climber

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 10:07

There are a couple of evergreen honey suckles that are an option. I got one for my pergoda, slowish grower, only put about 1ft on last year. Seems to have started to grow with much more vigour this year though.. I think the type i got was "Darts World"

Pics of wild flower verges along roads

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 16:29

Must admit i'm pleased that councils for whatever reason (money/bees) have stopped mowing verges so much. I'd much rather see wild flowers (some may see weeds), rather than a closely mown patch of grass, which was usually half bald.  

How would you describe your garden?

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 14:41

Mines definately aiming for a real cottage garden by the old sense of the description, ie flowers, veg and fruit all growing side by side, with the added hope that the birds and insects will also be happy. So for me that's aquilegias next to gooseberries, blackberries, next to buddlejas and rhubarb. With the odd raised veg bed thrown in. alongside fruit trees. 

 

 

Pak Choi has bolted :(

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 12:29

Mine have done the same, this hot last week has done it.. which is why we are having tai green  curry with pak choi for dinner tonight

It grows so fast it's not a big deal just sow some more. I view them a bit like raddishes as catch crops as they germinate easily and grow quickly.

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.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25142.jpg?width=452&height=513&mode=max

 

 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.

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ID on Weed/Plant

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