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Garden of rented property - design advice

Posted: 15/01/2013 at 21:55

If the landlord is nice and OK with garden making, but you don't want to dig up the lawn you will just have to do more interesting things around the edges, like planting mixed flowering shrubs eg spireas, abelia, weigela, exochorda "the Bride", deutzia, philadelphus. You could put annuals, grown from seeds or small plants between to provide colour. It depends what you want to spend and how long you will be there and if you want to dig them up when you move. Parkers have some quite cheap, or have a look in a garden centre.


You could put up an arch with climbing plants and perhaps a seat under it on the far side. Perhaps, herbs, thyme rosemary, lavender on either side for scent. It all depends what the budget is.

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Posted: 15/01/2013 at 19:11

Thanks Geoff, looking forward to it. Just think, next Christmas you will be in Spain!

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Posted: 15/01/2013 at 18:31

Thanks for being glad Deano

I find if I wear low jeans they fall off when I walk, but I think I could build a wall. Seen enough DIY programmes on telly!

Tree/Shrub Help

Posted: 15/01/2013 at 16:27

Hello, try this RHS site for information on trees in containers. They have another site about fruit trees in contains, but they aren't evergreen.


This one has photos of evergreens in pots.


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Posted: 15/01/2013 at 16:17

Didn't snow again here and Stansted airport was OK so OH is now safely home.

Italian tonight, taglierini with scallops from Sainsbury's mag. Tiramisu for pud. Thai red prawn stir fry tomorrow, then spicy meatball noodles.


Posted: 15/01/2013 at 11:57

Crab apples, amalanchier, weeping silver birch, flowering cherries - look them up on Google, there are a lot, some smaller than others, mountain ash. Make sure they are regularly watered for at least the first year, when the weather is dry.

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Posted: 15/01/2013 at 10:03

I make cakes exactly like Nola. If you fold in the flour with a metal spoon the cake will be lighter and less dense. For that recipe the cake should be divided into 2 sandwich tins. Becks, Mary Berry has written some good cookery books. She's about 70 now so has been around some time.

It snowed here when I was going to bed. Big white and fluffy - panic! Meeting OH from Bergerac airport today and I live down a steep forest track. So I took the car up the track and walked back down (1 kilometre, dark, cold and rustlings in the woods). When I got up this morning it was all melted and raining so I needn't have bothered. Now got to walk back to get the car.

Advice needed.

Posted: 15/01/2013 at 09:53

I agree with Verdun, the shrubs will fill the border eventually, laurels can grow very big and will need regular trimming. Is it a formal border, or will it be a hedge? If a border then annuals would be good to fill the space before the shrubs get big. Otherwise, as I have seen in Ireland along the hedgerows, you could plant hardy fuschias and crocosmia. If a formal bed with other plants the crocosmia may well takeover, but if it's to be a hedge boundary with a lawn that is mown it should be OK. It's hard to know without seeing it. Also we don't know where the sun is coming from.

840 m squared of all types of weeds.

Posted: 15/01/2013 at 09:39

I looked up Kurtail and it's ingredients and also glyphosate (Round-up). Although no weedkiller is harmless I think Kurtail is more harmful than glyphosate, not all perennial weeds respond to it and it can stay in the soil. I don't think one should believe everything on the net and some reports are biased - but this one is approved by The Friends of the Earth. http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/reports/impacts_glufosinate_ammon.pdf

Glufosate is the ingredient in Kurtail.

840 m squared of all types of weeds.

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 21:30

Don't rotovate, it will break up the perennial weeds roots and you will get more weeds. In spring when evrything starts regrowing spray it all with glyphosphate, as Nutcutlet says. Horsetail will probably need doing more than once. One of the NHS gardens had it and they used glyphosphate. It would probably have been best to have sprayed it all before the excavator passed. You say you will lawn it in a couple of years time. Did you mean months? If you haven't managed to get rid of all the weeds then regular mowing of the lawn will help and when the lawn is established you can use a selective lawn weedkiller.

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