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Posted: 20/01/2014 at 10:38

Morning all.

Glad you had a good time Dove. Food looked yummy in that restaurant. Hotel looked pricey!  I bought one this autumn for a pot, it had flowers so I know it's right. Last time I bought a Clematis Sieboldii Florida it wasn't Florida, it had white flowers. Taylors say group 3, prune hard.


Posted: 19/01/2014 at 18:46

I expect Chicky was looking lovely behind the camera!

I shall put my feet up in front of "Call the Midwife". I was nearly a midwife, but met first OH before I got started. He broke his leg. I was a nurse.

Teach an Old Garden New Tricks???!

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 16:41

Not always a good idea LF. I saw my old house last year after 15 years since I last saw it. Big garden, opened it to the public for leukaemia research. Now the rose garden is a tennis court, the veg garden has gone and so have most of the flower beds, some of which had some rare plants. No more rhododrendron walk by the ponds either, so now you can see the whole thing from the road, just grass and trees, and some of the trees I had planted had been cut down. The people who bought it after us looked after it beautifully, these are the newest people.


Posted: 19/01/2014 at 16:04

Tracey, wasn't me planting bulbs, all finished before Christmas.

Had a terrible night. 12 at lunch today, including one couple's 4 children. They were lovely, so well mannered, but chatty as well. Dishwasher on, next load awaits, am knackered, OH gone for a snooze. 12 is OK, it was just the sleepless night.

Teach an Old Garden New Tricks???!

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 15:55

LeadFarmer that is great. How much better to explain using photos. My dog isn't allowed on the flower bit lawn and he knows it and is very good, but I'm lucky enough to live in the country and there are other bits of the garden that he can run on.

I've seen photos of LF's current garden which is beautiful and bigger.

I suggested gravel, because it's the cheaper option, but if you can afford it, then paving it would be much better and easier to sweep if a lot of leaves fall on it. After all a garden is a lovely extension of the house and people spend money on carpets, sofa, kitchens etc so the garden deserves it too, if you can manage it.

Teach an Old Garden New Tricks???!

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 22:03

The patio would be best nearest the kitchen if you want to eat there. But do you want it in sun or shade? I prefer eating in the shade, but you may want to sunbathe or read your book in the sun. Only you can say.

Plant a hedge for privacy and a little sound proofing.

Won't it be fun making a new garden with a blank canvas like that!

acer pruning

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 17:28

Prune it as soon as possible when it's dormant, then it shouldn't bleed. Once the sap rises it will bleed, so never prune in spring.

Teach an Old Garden New Tricks???!

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 17:24

 Here are 2 of the photos if anyone wants to see, but they are rather small.


Teach an Old Garden New Tricks???!

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 17:19

It all looks very wet at the moment!

4 dogs sounds a lot for a shady lawn to cope with in the wet weather. Would it be possible to fence off a bit to make them a run and cover it with something like bark over a permeable membrane to stop that bit getting muddy?

Then the other bit. If you were to make a seating area it would be best to put down some sort of surface, like paving stones or gravel, that depends on your budget.

You can get grass seed for shady lawns, it looks as though it could do with being re seeded. Would need raking over when it's dryer to make a bit of a tilth. I mix seed with compost and throw it over the bare areas in spring or autumn.

You can dig flower beds wherever you want them, round the edges or island beds, so long as the soil is deep enough and not full of tree roots. Add compost and rotted manure -if you can get it. Plant some shrubs for structure and perennials. Have a look on Google for shade loving perennials, there are quite a lot. I like some of the hardy geraniums that grow in shade and plants with nice leaves, like brunnera "Silver Frost", Hostas, pulmonarias and aquilegias.

If there is a sunny patch somewhere and you want cheap, quick results then sow some hardy annuals in Spring.

Camera Corner

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 16:45
star gaze lily wrote (see)

I've got a samsung tablet (have I ever mentioned that lol ) if i take a photo of a photo and then click on the tree, does that work? 

I've taken photos of photos before and it worked. I don't have a tablet, I have a Samsung laptop. To post photos I click on the oak tree and follow instructions, making sure I leave enough time for each stage to happen. Sometimes it's quite slow.

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