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shrub suggestions

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 19:45

A great job...can I suggest a little light reading while you rest your bones. I am just finishing a book by Mike Dilger (apparently the One show naturalist, I'd never heard of him) called My Garden and Other Animals. He gives a month to month account over a year of what he does and what animals he sees and attracts to his new (overgrown) garden as he does it. Thrown in are some tidbits of info, gardening and wildlife, not too much but enough to keep you interested and teach you as he learns as he goes along. He mentions different plants he selects and why and the ones he also dispenses with and how he creates new habitats etc. I enjoyed it and thought it might appeal to you as you take on your plot.  

Can anyone help identity this plant?

Posted: 08/01/2013 at 14:54

Looks like a Crinum to me. It is a summer flowering bulb, can be evergreen (mine is) Could be that it hasn't reached flowering size. Last owner may have removed clump to take with them to new home and small bits left behind are coming up...

shrub suggestions

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 21:20

If you want to attract wildlife it is good to have something in flower throughout the  year. Shrubs which flower, produce berries and cover for wildlife tick more boxes and therefore should, imo be given priority. However plant for yourself too....something that is lovely to look at, smell etc. Some I wouldn't be without for me and wildlife - Lonicera fragrantissima has just started flowering, I saw a bee on it today and it smells wonderful, gives cover in summer and I grow a clematis through it in the summer; Berberis. lots of different types but i love  Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Atropurpurea Nana' AGM - flowers and berries; Pyracantha - flowers, berries and cover - great grown up against a wall.

Just for me (not specifically for wildlife) Camellia, Nandina domestica, Callicarpa bodinieri var.giraldii ‘Profusion’ .... I could go on but at this time of year I am so glad of my winter jasmine, mahonia, clematis 'freckles' and honeysuckle to lift my spirits and am watching for snowdrops, daffs, primroses to follow on.... and the days are getting longer.

Enjoy your planning and I hope you will soon be enjoying the fruits of your labours.    

climbing plants

Posted: 16/12/2012 at 19:27

I wouldn't recommend armandii as it gets very large  - and you will be continually cutting it back if you only want 6-7ft. Any large flowered  summer flowering clematis  would be good as you would cut it down to the base each spring. eg The President

Maybe you could underplant with some bulbs for interest at other times of the year or if you have a large pot - put in an evergreen shrub and then grow a small climber up through it. Can't think of a combination off hand but I'll have a think...

List of plants reproduced / reproduction by runners

Posted: 02/12/2012 at 09:11

I agree. If you could post a good picture of a leaf or leaves and a section of runner and root you will be more likely to get an answer.

car tire planters

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 19:28

Wow! How many clips are there? The swans, the different designs, the methods of turning inside out - what alot of info. Very interesting and inspiring.

I bet you never thought this would happen when you began this thread!!  

car tire planters

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 15:58

Sorry, no Spanish. Wonderful planters - what have they been coated with to make them smooth and which paint was used? This is a really inspriational thread.

Well done gardengirl...I really think I would like to have go and your tips will certainly help.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/11/2012 at 18:10

Drove from Essex to Heathrow and back today in very low clouds and it never stopped raining - spray was really bad on M25 this afternoon. Now after 6pm (home safe and sound) and it is still raining...thinking for those in areas with flooding or near rivers 

GW Calendar

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 14:13

Just opened mine - same height but has lost a quarter of its width...still enough room to appts, dates etc in the squares.New/full moons, equinoxes etc still there but dates of Gardeners' World issue have disappeared.Lovely pictures  - I particularly like November and December! 

What is this Seedling?

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 09:00

Maybe this is too obvious a question but did you or your daughter ask Brownies what the seed was?

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