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Adding height

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 21:03

You could try growing climbers up obelisks, like clematis. They vary in price or you could make your own. Could you make a trellis if you can't afford one, or a pergola? If you could find some unwanted wooden posts and treat them with wood preserver, bang them in the ground and put wires between them you could grow climbing roses, clematis, honeysuckle. Make wigwams of canes and grow Morning Glory, climbing nasturtiums, more sweet peas - cheap and easy.

Plant a tree, like a rowan or a crab apple, not too big, unless you have a big enough garden to plant bigger trees. Make an island shrub bed with taller shrubs, choisya (evergreen), buddleia, philadelphus, deutzia etc.


Posted: 24/02/2014 at 20:45

I agree with punkdoc. Don't let us be pushed around. 


Posted: 24/02/2014 at 20:42

I think people are worrying far too much. We know who we like on here, don't bother about those you think are troublemakers. The dog chap was unpleasant, especially for dog lovers, but what made you think he was Brumbull or a troll/WUM? The person posting about Monty and Twitter could just have been a slightly out of date Twitterer. He/she was a bit upset when people snapped at him/her. You are bound to get strange posters on a Forum, but don't get upset, just ignore it and chat to the people you like. There are a lot of likeable people here.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 18:53

 and leaves of climbing rose a Shropshire Lad


Not really a lovely pic, but exciting for me as they are my hostas in a pot.



Posted: 24/02/2014 at 18:43

Have I missed more goings on? I don't ignore or block - far too curious! I see dog thread has gone.

Been busy gardening, pruned lots of clematis this afternoon, just got Etoile Violette to do and she is an absolute tangle, was very vigorous last year. There has been a horrid mole digging tunnels under 5 clematis on the rose trellis. They all seem to have new shoots or buds though.


Posted: 24/02/2014 at 13:39

I must mention Fidget's Hellebore flower photos before they disappear on page before. They are gorgeous and what a good way to photograph them, so that you can see the flowers properly.

Distinctive Shrub/Plant

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 13:37

I'm sorry to hear of the death of your father. I remember when mine died, not an easy time.

There are various very fragrant plants that flower at this time of year, Lonicera fragrantissima, Daphnes, Sarcococca, Hammamelis (Witch hazel). There are also some winter flowering clematis, but I think a shrub could be more reliable.


Posted: 24/02/2014 at 13:26

Sorted one bed this morning, weeding, pruning where necessary. It's a shrub bed with lavender edging. Planted a new lavender as one had died. The exochorda "The Bride" is covered in buds and the sambucus "Black Lace" is getting dark red buds. The choisya "Aztec Pearl" has grown quite a bit since this time last year, thought it would never get going. There were masses of tiny goosegrass weeds starting.

Mondays pop quiz!

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 13:08

It's a shame the first ones won't enlarge.

I think lavender as well, bit of a sorry specimen, other possibility could be santolina, that's grey too but with finely cut feathery leaves.

The short spreading shrub with it could be a rather large, elderly rock rose, can't see it properly.

Seed head does look like mullein or verbascum (same thing).

The cabbagey thing is a sedum, something like "Autumn Joy".

I think the rose bed has hundreds of self seeded Forget-me-nots in it. Could be the wild sort with tiny flowers, could be the garden sort, but there are far too many, far too close together. The roses need the dead bits cut out, a good prune and a good feed.

driving on the grass

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 12:57

If the bin men won't do anything then you could do what I did when my horse galloped on the lawn. Insert a garden fork and lift the earth then carefully shake it down again and sow some grass seed. The earth has been compressed, it needs uncompressing.

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