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Latest posts by Daintiness

New house, blank garden

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 11:10

By laying the hose pipe on the ground you learn which shape would work, wouldn't work - can you walk around it easily, does its position means all the leaves from a nearby tree are going to foul it etc - check it out before you dig...

blue chrysanthemum

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 10:50

All the advice and more for growing on your plug plants is on  the link that nutcutlet has kindly posted. 

blue chrysanthemum

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 09:27

How big are your plugs and what type of plant are they?

New house, blank garden

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 09:12

Good advice above. You may have some nice surprises come spring in the form of snowdrops, crocus etc I'd check out your soil ph, have a good look around the area and see what other people have planted and what is doing well.

Lay an old hose pipe on the ground where you think you may like your pond and see what light/shade it gets - if its too awkward a site - too close/too far away from house etc.

Cut out pics from magazines of what you think you'd like over the winter and do all  your research - encourage wildlife by feeding the birds, hedgehogs etc to see what's in the area and keep a list of all you see. My wildlife list continues to grow having been in my house 19 years - I still get surprises!!

New garden ... design ideas needed!

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 22:11

Firstly thinking the water butt has to move as it is not attached to any downpipe that I can see.

Also wondering is there a reason for the two levels of patio (paving outside back door and french windows) - could the higher one be dropped to the lower level - it looks like it may be blocking air vents or other end raised if air vents not an issue (just noticed the step down from patio doors!) With a level patio, you could put  an attractive open work (so you don't lose too much light) fence and gate up so a toodler could be confined to the patio in safety - a height that is too high for toddlers to scale but still gives you a view of the garden!

Is the whole garden sloped?

I think that wide shallow steps would be safer with a hand rail that incorporates a high and low rail for adults and children (hope that makes sense) to get down to the garden.

I would remove all the rubble at the base of your retaining wall and plant some plants there instead.

Is ther anything in the garden? Do the steps down lead to a path?

Gardening Survay for my Product Design Degree

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 22:01

Completed - all the best for your project.

Another plant id required, thank you please...

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 11:08

Also known as Kaffir lily.

Just saying hello

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 11:06

Welcome on board!  

Quince Quandry

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 23:18

Success! I have made lots of pots of quince jelly. Shared the rest of the fruit with other staff members who have also made jelly and membrilo. The jelly is a beautiful colour and smells flowery - tastes good too!

Can you help id a plant I've been given?

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 21:32

Thank you very much! I will tell the owner who gave me the offset and plant it up in an appropriate compost.I'm really looking forward to seeing the flowers.

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