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New house, new garden, beginner gardener, help needed

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 22:36

I know the crab apple 'Golden Hornet' grows well in Co. Down and is a beautiful plant which attracts wildlife - there are other coloured crab apple varieties available too.

Your lilacs will be fine as has been mentioned it looks as though the leaf damage was caused either because there had been a shower followed by strong sunshine or you watered the leaves when the sun was strong and that has burnt holes in the leaves (the brown patches)

Are you coastal? Is it a windy site? Which direction does the front face?


Shrubs for the front garden wall

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 22:21

I like the changes the seasons bring so would recommend shrubs that offer variety throughout the year - eg. Daphne,  Callicarpa,  Hibiscus,  Nandina all well behaved needing little attention. I would underplant with narcissus Tete a tete or Jetfire for spring colour and the some nerines for autumn.

Plants for edging a path

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 15:42

Resolis, Erigeron karvinskianus has planted itself between my path and house wall. Easy to contain, flowers all summer and beyond. I cut it back to base in early spring and it starts again. Carol Klein has it between the steps in her garden.

Should my honeysuckle look like this

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 10:07

There is no honeysuckle there! If I were you I would get the spade out and dig up your 'invader' (- probably provided by a bird), before winter. Now is a good time to get another plant established while the soil is still warm and damp.It will also be easier to remove now than in the new year!

You could either purchase another honeysuckle of maybe something that will flower over the winter for you....a clematis 'Freckles' or 'Jingle Bells' if you would like a climber. Not knowing the site ans soil I won't suggest anymore but I do think it is time to move on...


Posted: 10/09/2013 at 09:41

Hi, I took cuttings with my primary school gardening club and had 100% success. We cut the stems into10cm lengths putting the 'bottoms' of the stems in a cup of water and waited for the roots to appear (which they did) We then potted up in compost mixed with some sand and the stems began to develop bumps then leaves. The original plants  sprouted bumps and new leaves too and all our babies grew well and we sold them at a school fair.

Home Page "On the forum" links dead ?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 20:54

All working fine for me.


Posted: 09/09/2013 at 19:20

Hi Little weeeed, if you are putting the breeze blocks under the liner to make shelves, cover them with some old carpet/underlay to cushion them from the liner. With the pressue/weight of the water against the rough corners of a breeze block a hole could soon form and ruin your pond.

A picture of work so far might give us some ideas of how to help you finish off the edges. It doesn't have to be the same all the way round and ther are many different ways of doing it!

Mature red robin

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 09:08

Do you want  or need to reduce the size of the plant? Is it posible to post a picture of the plant?


Posted: 07/09/2013 at 08:34

Not sure what you are asking here. You have cleared the ground, dug out the weeds and have planned how you are going to cover and fill the area...all sounds that you are doing the right things in the right order and making a good job of it.

As you also say, glysophate is no good on bare soil but if any weeds do reappear next year you have the glysophate to zap them when they are in good growth.

You seem to have answered your own question - I think - or have I missed something ? 

Wooden garden furniture

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 08:28

Really good advice. We bought hard wood furniture years ago and my husband treated it with oil/varnish too - when it was new and he was enthusiastic! Only now as the varnish is wearing off are we beginning to get that lovely silver colour - it looks better now than it did when we bought it imo. Never thought of using the pressure washer though but could speed up the process of losing the varnish in some parts. We leave our outside over winter too now!

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