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Weed or flower?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 15:27

Not a lot - I suppose about 4 - 6 sq metres around the tree. I'm happy to plant anything attractive that will suppress weeds and be easy to maintain.

As I would hope to still be able to get close up to the tree for pruning and maintenance I thought lowish ground cover plants would still enable be to get a step ladder in each year. Any ideas, anyone?

What's left for us to grow?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 13:00

Yes, notwithstanding the need for commonsense, it does seem that in recent years fear in all walks of life has taken over with Health & Safety having gone a bit mad 

Perhaps what it comes down to is that birth itself - whether of people or of ideas - should come with a health warning: 'Beware of life: danger of death'.

Hope that's not too 'heavy' but I do know that when I look back at the things I got wrong in my life, my biggest mistakes have arisen from being afraid of  getting things wrong! 

Hopefully, I still have time to learn from that. 


Weed or flower?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 12:16

Thankyou everyone for ypur advice and information.

Hm chickweed in salads...  I rather like that idea.

And bittercress... 

Trouble is I'm not sure which is which.  Are they both edible or might I poison myself if i start eating my garden clear of weeds? 

Can anyone advise on a more suitable, less invasive ground cover for the area please? I need to start making the plot a lot more manageable for the future - ground elder and grape hyacinth permitting, of course. 



Weed or flower?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 16:32

Earlier in the year I cleared the ground around my Bramley Apple tree of a lot of ground elder. Since the disturbance to the ground ( deep forking and uprooting of the offending elder) this low growing plant colony has appeared.

 I'm not sure whether to pull up, dig up or dig in. I don't know whether they are something that is supposed to be there (a lot of things were planted by by wife whom I lost two years ago) or is it a weed that will keep coming back?

Once the ground is clear again I want to replant some bluebell bulbs I salvaged during the removal of the elder roots. Should they go in soon?

The area has needed some attention for a few years and has been home to the ubiqitous grape hyacinth as well as the ground elder.

I would like to do more with this patch of ground so I was wondering what else to plant under the apple tree to help act as a less invasive ground cover?

Autumn Colour

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 13:47

Victoria Sponge, what is that lovely last shrub - the yellow one?

Is it some sort of marigold? Will it come up each year?

Progress so far

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 13:35


Both sites look reborn. I expect you feel you can breathe again.

Enlarging a pond

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 13:27

If you want to keep the existing pond's water to transfer its present inhabitants and minerals into the new pond, those big flexi buckets hold masses.

Depending on how big the existing pond is a few of those might take it all.

Also saves having to dispose of too much water in other parts of the garden.

Cotoneaster, ferns and Cotswold stone

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 20:47

Thank you, snowathlete, for that encouragement. 

Cotoneaster, ferns and Cotswold stone

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 17:28

Pansyface said: What an extremely tidy and well-mannered garden you have there Birdy. Immaculate.

Only that corner I'm afraid - but thank you Nut, Pansy and Dove for the feedback - and the nice comments.

Cotoneaster, ferns and Cotswold stone

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 15:26

The background:

A rather difficult to access corner of my garden was a bit of a nightmare when it came to cutting one particular bit of hedge. Anything of value growing there would get damaged by my feet and the process of gathering up the hedge clippings.

This year I decided to do something about it and in the process make a positive feature of the rather dark, northfacing corner.

The plan:

I moved out plants ( which regularly became overwhelmed with weeds anyway) and cleared the ground.

I built a little curved one brick high wall (engineering bricks for durability) with a shallow foundation around my ferns.

I then covered the ground with weed suppressing membrane and a thick layer of Cotswold stone chippings.

I can get to everything now and will be able to liven up the whole area with some colourful pots.


My qualms and query:

I'm wondering now whether the limestone content of the Cotswold stone will leach through to the ferns and cotoneaster and have a detrimental effect on them.

I know it is too late to backpedal but I might be able to rectify the pH artificially if it becomes a problem. 

Can someone please tell me what are the acid v alkali implications of Cotwold stone chippings?

The ground has always been fairly shaded and damp and the ferns always loved it, but I also wonder whether the hedge might need more water now the ground is covered with membrane and chippings.


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