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08 Jul 2017 17:55
That's a gorgeous space for containers. You can keep trees in large pots for a few years, providing you regard them as a temporary feature and not something to keep for decades. Some fruit trees come in patio sizes and will give you good blossom in the spring as well as (maybe) fruit later in the year. Bay will grow quite large and will provide you with leaves for cooking. Eunonymus comes in numerous colour ranges and will give you evergreen cover throughout the year. Clematis can be grown in a large container and will scramble over the fences with blossoms and seed heads for interest.
Take a peek at the neighbours gardens to see what grows well in your area. If you suffer from wind (and who doesn't) don't get anything tall and thin like a conifer as you will be forever picking it up and buying replacement pots.
Winter cold and wet can be death to container grown plants. I'm not a fan of feet for pots but sometimes its the best solution to avoid waterlogging.
A mixture of leaf shapes and shades will add interest. Mix in a few deciduous plants so you get the best of all worlds.
What plant other than Ivy to cover up unsightly lower-middle class concrete bird bath with vulgar inscription on it?
08 Jul 2017 17:42
The bird bath is hideous. It does need softening and maybe a grass could do that. A stand of pheasant grass would camouflage the newness of the structure, add some movement in the wind, and hopefully keep everyone happy.
As to class, that has never been a guarantee of good taste. Some stately homes harbour the most hideous garden statuary but because of the money shelled out on the nymphs and satyrs, its all deemed to be perfectly lovely. So lets leave upper middle, lower middle and all the rest out of this and hope that bird bath lovers and haters everywhere can learn to get on together.
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07 Jul 2017 15:39
According to the RHS, late May is a good time for attacking mature box plants that need to be cut back a lot. If you are feeling adventurous and don't care what the consequences are, you could cut it back now.....I've always been of the opinion that you can cut things back when you damned well feel like it but not all plants are in agreement. I guess it all depends how much this particular plant is hogging the border and whether or not you can wait another ten months.
07 Jul 2017 15:31
Looks like an advert to me.
07 Jul 2017 15:30
No. Tomatoes cannot withstand our winter temperatures.
07 Jul 2017 15:29
Have you examined the bobbles closely? They could be wood that has been excavated by a borer of some sort.
07 Jul 2017 15:05
Lonicera nitida is a very good choice though it does like to grow taller so you will have to keep on top of the trimming. Euonymus varieties are good as is box though the latter can succumb to box blight. Ilex crenata is another possibility. If going for the lonicera nitida option, bear in mind the gorgeous Bagessen's Gold variety.
07 Jul 2017 15:00
This could be due to the warm, dry weather we've been having as it has been making even supposedly established plants go limp and shed leaves.
Of course it could be that your garden and berberis do not mix. We've all (I assume) tried to grow something year after year and in a position where it ought to thrive, only to find that the wretched plant hasn't read the manual.
06 Jul 2017 12:22
I have a leaf cutter bee nesting in a pot of sempervivums in the greenhouse and it is fascinating to watch it fly in with leaves and dive into the pot. It can't get out of the greenhouse until the vent opens or I go out to open the door but it seems quite happy with this arrangement and doesn't get trapped behind the glass like most insects when looking for a way out.
05 Jul 2017 17:17
Three, four and five are willow herb, great mullein, and geranium.
04 Jul 2017 17:19
I'm bumping this up the list. My only experience with bonsai involved killing off a lot.
04 Jul 2017 17:16
Our local garden centre is in thrall to Westland. Looks as though I will have to try changing suppliers.
04 Jul 2017 17:13
Ignore the little door at the bottom of your compost bin. I leave my bins until everything has rotted down nicely then I pull the bin over and have an easily accessed mound of compost. I work on a three bin system and once the third bin is full, the first one is ready to empty.
04 Jul 2017 17:06
Nicky Seeds and Suttons have some single colour hollyhocks.
04 Jul 2017 17:03
If you are going to cut back the branches, think of taking a few cuttings at the same time. Fig trees root readily and you will have replacement plants should your tree not survive.
04 Jul 2017 17:00
A photo would help with identification.
04 Jul 2017 16:58
It used to be that JI compost was free of lumps and stones but that is not the case now. I wonder how much this is due to an increase in the amount produced to keep up with the expanding gardening retail sector, or how much we are now at the mercy of fewer producers.
03 Jul 2017 18:17
Sadly neither of them is a rose and looking at "Name a Rose" online, it must be quite a lucrative con. Either that or none of the rose seeds grew and a couple of weeds muscled in on the act.
As most roses are grafted onto a rootstock, any rose grown from seed is going to be an unknown quantity.
01 Jul 2017 18:50
Where is the paddock?
01 Jul 2017 18:17
Collect some hips and start growing some this autumn. I did that when we moved here and now have some vicious plants in the hedge which produce gorgeous five petalled flowers in June. I need to wear a chain mail suit when I cut the plants back.