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Help, I'm young and completely clueless.

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 06:38

It depends what look you think you might like.  I can see lush, big leaved plants in there to make an exotic look and, provided to choose hardy specimens, they are low maintenance.  Fatsia Japonica is a good example.  And they will form a backdrop so any flowers that you plant for colour.  You have a blank canvas so look at photos on the Internet and decide what look you would like to achieve.  The hard standing you've already got is a bonus as that can be expensive.


Posted: 24/03/2015 at 06:29

I was tempted in my young, bohemian days, when it made quite a statement, but I was too scared.  Now in my 50s, I'm relieved I didn't. They're so permanent .. and so commonplace now!  the most daring I got was multiple piercings of one ear!

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 22:42

just read in GW mag about how to sow Zinnias indoors and prick out so should be ok For them

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 22:32

How lovely Sarah.  I will be visiting the Isle of Mull in April for the first time for 3 nights.  Where on the island are you?  Is there anything we shouldn't miss while we're there?good luck with the veg and flowers.

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 22:21

Tootles I've not grown Ammi before.  Thought I'd read somewhere they didn't like root disturbance so have not started mine off indoors.  Is it okay to sow them in llittle pots and transplant out later?  Can't imagine they're that fussy.  I've sown my Zinnia in fibre pots for the same reason.  Haven't grown them before either.  would be grateful for any advice.

starting a cottage garden

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 07:41

Or you could do what I'm doing myself and reduce the size of the lawn.  I remove a little more grass each year.  You will have more growing space and not so much grass to cut and look after.  And plant your cottage borders densely and you will need less weeding time too.

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 07:30

What have you got there Tootles?

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 01:47

My cosmos are really leggy too, CB.  


Posted: 20/03/2015 at 06:14

My lean-to, which I use for growing on plants, was infested last year.  I haven't had whitefly like that before.  Was it a particularly bad year?  i assume they have laid eggs and I will have a problem again this year.  Is there anything I can do?

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 23:07

Spent the whole weekend sowing seeds and pricking out.  Sowed 3 varieties of rudbeckia, tithonia, sweet peas, peas blauwschokker and lots more.  And my lovely children bought me a Gertrude Jeckyll rose for Mothers Day so looking forward to choosing a good location for it.

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Anyone going? 
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