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Belfast Sink Ideas

Posted: Yesterday at 11:40

A few years ago I bought a belfast sink on ebay.  I got mixed up with cm and inches and it turned out to be twice as big as most belfast sinks and is a herculean task to move.  I filled it with a range of alpines, that all got eaten overnight by slugs / snails and it's lain empty ever since.  However, I'd really like to move it to my shady patio where I grow hostas and ferns etc.  Can anyone recommend plants for me to grow in it?  I'm just thinking that if you all say "NO!" I'll think twice about actually moving the beast to that area and find a sunnier spot elsewhere.  Thanks.

starting a cottage garden

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 16:48

I would also recommend the Geoff Hamilton dvds - beautiful gardens and lovely gardeners too.

 

Monty's wildlife garden

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 15:53

Is anyone else quite excited by the new wildlife garden that Monty said he's going to develop in GW this week?  I'm trying to turn my garden into one so will be looking for hints and tips.  It seems a good sized garden too - not too big to be unrealistic for most gardeners.  Although I don't think I'll be planting an oak tree in my modest town plot.

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS.......

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 22:25

Christmas Day starts with a bloody mary even though I usually don't want one.  My partner is Scottish so we always have one of his lovely thick woolly socks each crammed with sweets, and open our big presents after dinner to keep the excitement going all day.  

My sisters and I have our annual weekend away in Nov/ Dec as it's cheaper to book a cottage out of season, but we always have an evening of singing carols very badly with mulled wine to make up for the bad weather.

I love the idea of everyone in the family shaking the turkey's leg - ha ha.

Board games are for New Year's Eve. And we pull crackers again on New Year's Day.

Talkback: Trees for small gardens revisited

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 21:53
Nooooooo James!

small trees to form an arch

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 19:20

I went on a willow weaving course where the tutor was carrying out an experiment (of which I never found out the results) whereby we grafted the plants onto each other - the theory being that they would share sap and become one, stronger, plant.  I wouldn't recommend growing willow so close to your house, but it might be interesting to try on whatever plants you do chose at the point where they meet, so ensure one side doesn't die.  Does anyone have experience of this method or am I talking rubbish?

Deepest red astrantia

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 21:48

Thanks very much everyone.  So - Hadspen Blood (I like the name) or Star of Fire. I will try to get one of those and split it a some point.

Deepest red astrantia

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 07:49

I would like to grow a very deep red astrantia but websites offering plants or seeds all boast that theirs is the deepest red.  Can anyone advise on the darkest, moodiest, bloodiest red please?  The favourites seem to be Claret, Hadspen Blood, Primadoona, Ruby Wedding and Venice.

Building an arbour

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 14:19

Oh bother, I suspected as much.  Thanks for replying.  I don't suppose you can lend a hand Fairygirl...?

beds

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 14:16

I've got a similar situation. They'd have saved me time by not bothering with putting the topsoil on.  I'm digging out the massive stones and sieving the rest of the rubbish out on a wheelbarrow sized riddle with the back of a rake.  I piled the earth up initially and now backfill where I've created a hole with the earth and manure (I get 5 bags for 3 from the garden centre when it's on special offer).  At some point I will get to the end with a hole and no earth to fill it at which point I'll probably buy some topsoil and mix it with manure.  Warning: I got manure from a riding school in my previous garden and it brought a load of weeds in with it so I'm sticking with stuff from the garden centre now.  I suppose it depends on your compost - if you've made it yourself then fine, but some multipurpose stuff dries up and won't rehydrate well.  I throw compost from my pots onto the compost heap.

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Discussions started by cloud8

Monty's wildlife garden

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Talkback: Trees for small gardens revisited

Nooooooo James! 
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Last Post: 26/01/2015 at 21:02

Deepest red astrantia

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Building an arbour

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Metal in soil

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Confused by my group 3 clematis

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modest hellebores

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Help! Droopy fig

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potato varieties

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greenhouse vs coldframe

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short climbers???

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Small tree - any ideas please?

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have I killed my wisteria?

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Encouraging birds to the garden

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Acanthus dilemma

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