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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.


Posted: 18/01/2014 at 16:37

I'd love to know the results of the Charlotte. I always grow those, but I grow them in the ground.

A Very particular rose

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 14:17

Pruning roses early in the year usually makes them want to grow more vigorously. But rambler roses are a bit different as they make flowers on the previous years growth, so you prune the branches that have flowered in summer, if at all, otherwise just remove dead wood and shorten the ends of the stems. If you prune roses a lot in summer you are reducing their food making ability through their leaves, so it will eventually affect the health.

My rambler Felicité Perpetué grows to over 4 metres tall. My Malvern Hills keeps it's leaves until we get a really cold spell. It has it's leaves at the moment.


Posted: 18/01/2014 at 12:18

I hope you haven't got rabbits, Pam. Rabbits dug up my roses when we lived in England. They also made short burrows in the rose beds with nests of baby rabbits at the bottom of each!

A Very particular rose

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 12:12


But Daniel, you said you wanted it for your frame, which is 2m tall. Lykkefund is a vigorous rambler that grows 5 - 6 metres tall and 4 m wide. It is best for growing up a tree. It is also a fairly rare rose, but I think Peter Beales Classic roses has it.

Louise, all those roses have large flowers.

A smaller rambler that grows about 3m tall, not that many thorns, a light perfume (not strong), flowers twice a year (most ramblers flower only once), pale yellow, is "Malvern Hills". I have one in a large pot. David Austin stocks it. Has small flowers, pretty.

This is mine


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