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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. 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/24733.jpg?width=217&height=374&mode=max

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

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/24734.jpg?width=222&height=383&mode=max

 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.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/24735.jpg?width=223&height=384&mode=max

 My pride and joy hehe

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/24737.jpg?width=378&height=219&mode=max

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

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/24739.jpg?width=221&height=381&mode=max

 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.

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/24691.jpg?width=383&height=383&mode=max

 

 

Summer has arrived

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 14:30

I've got a couple of these lime marmalade heucheras, http://www.cowellsgc.co.uk/p/heuchera/32-heuchera-lime-marmalade-1l-66944.html

They have grown really well in a shady spot, they are very bright, although they do have a look reminicent of a bright lime green lettuce

I went abit OTT with the heuchera in my new garden last year, must have bought a dozen different types, from lime, to bronze, red, purple etc, they are a great started plant as they grow fast and add instant colour, i really love em. I bought 2 more last week.. damn wish they didn't keep bringing out new ones! My gardens gone from a field when we moved in to something resembling a garden in 18 months hehe.

ID on Weed/Plant

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 16:04

Yeah the ones that grow like 3 ft tall.. the dogs seem to be attracted to them like magnets

ID on Weed/Plant

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 15:10

Yeah we have tonnes of cleaver/goose grass around too, i spend half my life pulling it up as the dogs bring them in. There are often very large sticky balls which look like those that come of this stuff.

Primula - growing from seed

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 13:05

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00j9wx2 

Monty does green primula seeds

ID on Weed/Plant

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 12:17

ahah makes sense, i can blame the dogs for bringing it in then! Thinking about it if it's those large sticky ball things we do have a fair few of those around here.

 

Found this "

 If it gets into gardens it can be very hard to eradicated, for the many seeds that it sheds will take root next year. It grows quickly. The burrs are held far apart ready to catch on anything passing, such as walkers clothing.

The roots have a clove-like odour and are used to flavour the green-coloured liqueur Benedictine and some ales."

 

Although the thought of making beer or benedictine appeals i think i'll get shot before it sets seed lol..

ID on Weed/Plant

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 11:08

close up of leaf and flower buds

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/24323.jpg?width=268&height=452&mode=max

 

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