Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

MOB rants

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 17:28

I need a "Mob rant" because I'm not being sent it anymore? Am I forgotten or do you have to rant regularly to be updated?

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 17:19

Glad you put in the house, I'm one of the nosey ones! Looks as though it will be super a bit later.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 16:51

Rain all day, 6°, but there are some daffodils coming out, but mostly the cream ones. The yellow ones usually come out first, but most of them seem to be blind. Could that be because we had a drought in 2011 that lasted until May 2012? No local hay for sale in 2011, bought it in Northern France for 3 times the price.

When is it too late to a plant pot or root ball laurel hedge?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 15:09

If they have soil around their roots they will be fine if kept moist. It's bare-rooted plants then it's urgent.

new border for boring garden

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 14:55

Smaller plants tend to transplant more easily and are cheaper to buy. Here are some to get started. Photinia "Red Robin", Ilex altaclerensis "Golden King" (you need male and female hollies for berries), Choisya, Eleagnus "Gilt Edge", Nandina Domestica (perhaps not for background as it's smaller), cotoneaster lacteus (bird's like the berries, so good for wildlife).

Under a conifer

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 14:39

It is very difficult to get anything to grow under a conifer as they have lots of roots near the surface that steal all the water. One plant that I have that does grow under a conifer and is evergreen is periwinkle (Vinca). Mine is Vinca Minor with lavender blue flowers and it's a bit of a thug to keep from spreading into the rest of the border, but you can get bigger leaved and flowered ones, Vinca Major and there is also a variegated one.

As for shrubs, I have a euonymous fortunei, Silver Queen (I think) under a conifer that is managing OK.

new border for boring garden

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 14:27

Your second post just came up before my answer. If it's clay soil it will need as much rotted manure and compost as you can lay your hands on to help make it more workable, which will add nutrients as well.

new border for boring garden

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 14:24

Is it in sun or shade and what is the soil like? Will you be making a border in front of the evergreens? Do you like contemporary or traditional? Will the border (if one) be wide or narrow, straight or curvy? To allow for room for spreading plants or not. Why not buy a book such as "How to be a Gardener" by Alan Titchmarsh? Have a look at Amazon and see what they have in the way of how to start a garden sort of books. Gardening is a big subject, also personal taste comes into it a lot.

Did you want shrubs as your evergreen background? Try "googling" evergreen shrubs. You will find sites like this http://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/Plant-trials-and-awards/Plant-awards/10-AGM-plants/10-AGM-variegated-evergreen-shrubs  It all needs research, you can't be a garden designer overnight and then everyone can make mistakes but you learn by them.

Fork Handles

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 14:10

Sarah Raven always wears a skirt for gardening. I prefer to keep my knees clean in jeans.

What is "beige"? No, I don't mean the colour. Bunny and Geoff have been there.

Glyn, I have knautia. It's very easy and survives drought, heat and neglect, but it can get a bit floppy and I'm not good at deadheading and cutting back. But I don't know how it would have felt about England last summer!

Gardeners World new season

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 08:29

Hear, hear, Yarrow 2. You've explained my thoughts so well.

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