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04 Jun 2017 23:23
I've just potted the first DA rose I purchased from a recent visit to Coughton Court, and I'll admit that it looks so good potted (Mary Rose) that I want to get some more and pot them too. The idea is to create a seating area in the corner of my garden that's surrounded by sweet smelling potted roses. Area gets around 6-7 hours of sun a day.
My questions are:-
a) Best roses for pots
b) Advice on potting/ongoing care
c) Has anybody ordered from the DA website? Averaging about GBP 22 / rose on there, and I'd be much obliged if anybody has a discount code they could share as I'm not made of money, unfortunately.
29 May 2017 20:07
I don't know what has happened to me! Literally, in the space of a couple of months, I've gone from being a fairly stereotypical 37 year old (with interests in football, golf, an alcoholic beverage here and there, the occasional dose of 'how's your father', kids, family, etc.) to somebody who can't get enough of gardening. It's as if somebody has transplanted my personality with that of Alan Titchmarsh. My libido has been replaced with a libanotis. Kim Kardashian? No thanks, I'll take Charlie Dimmock. I go to bed picturing how my borders are going to look. I spend the evenings browsing the websites of all the local nurseries. The wife thinks I've lost the plot (no pun intended) - she actually asked if I'd suffered a mild stroke! Even now, as I type, I'm wondering whether to order the Camellia japonica 'Guilio Nuccio' AGM (will they grow in full sun?). What is going on!!!??
Can somebody please re-assure me that:-
a) I'm normal?b) There's somebody reading this who's under 37?
c) I'm normal?
Last edited: 29 May 2017 20:08:38
29 May 2017 11:24
Thanks! To clarify some points:-
a) The evergreen are just there temporarily as I needed to remove them from some pots and wanted to keep them alive whilst I figured what to do with them. I'll be moving them soon so that whole area is free for planting.
b) In terms of aspect, the wall behind the bench is SSW facing, so the sun begins to shine there around 1pm, and it then stick around until around 5-6pm (when the shadow of our rather tall house covers it in shade again). The border area to the left of the bench is soaked in sun from around 12 to 6pm, and then it gets a second dose from around 7-8pm as the sun moves around our house. Border to the bench gets about 1pm to 6pm.
This is, of course, when the sun actually decides to come out!! Can't see it making an appearance today at all, unfortunately!
c) In terms of roses, I did actually recently purchase a couple of David Austin's that are still in their pots - purchased directly from the growers at Coughton Court. Can't beat the National Trust! These will need planting soon, and they're ALCHEMIST and MARY ROSE varieties.
d) Wisteria - I would plant this in the ground, for sure. There's a relatively large mature one for sales at my local dobbies (retailing for GBP 70). Not sure if that's a good deal or not? I've purchased the vine eyes and wire to hang there....
Look forward to your further advice.
29 May 2017 11:04
Thank you so much!
28 May 2017 22:57
Anybody have any idea what this is in my mom's garden? It has sprung up from nowhere, and we'd like to know what it is..
28 May 2017 22:55
Back again, and looking for further advice....
I've shed much blood, sweat, and tears installing this bench into the garden, and though it's not yet finished (left side needs cleaning up, and I need to buy a couple more bags of stone to level things up. I digress...) I'm actually thinking about what to plant around - and behind - the bench so that, over the years, it matures to create a welcoming area to retreat to during a hot summer's day...
My idea, and I welcome the feedback/abuse, is:
a) Two large pots, located at the rear left & right of the bench, with some sort of rose in each. I like the pots Woodlodge are producing on behalf of the National Trust..
b) Lavender, planted up both sides of the stone area
c) A wisteria, wired to the wall, behind the bench centrally. I'd probably buy a mature one to ensure immediate impact.
d) Another pot either side of the bench at the front of the stone area. No idea what to put in these....
Look forward to hearing your views.
20 May 2017 18:11
Thanks a million, and you'll all be delighted to hear that the seedling has now been removed (and it's true - the root was tough to get out!!).
20 May 2017 08:39
I do agree with you, and in an ideal world the border would be much wider, BUT I've only got a very limited space to play with, and if you look back to my older post from September you'll see that I've already widened it from what it was. I'd love a bigger garden - and in due time I'll have one - but for now I'm going to make do. On the plus side, the border does widen significantly the further up the garden you go (you can't see it clearly in the photo I attached to my post).
I'll certainly be keeping well on top of the pruning side of things though to ensure nothing encroaches too much on the grass, and I hope - in time - that it'll become a little gem.
Further advice welcomed!
19 May 2017 23:21
Thanks to you both!
19 May 2017 23:16
A few of you may recall that I posted back in September last year regarding the newbuild property I'd recently moved in to, and I'm happy to report that I've been making (slow) progress extended the beds, adding top quality soil to a depth of about 2ft, and also - just recently - adding some plants/shrubs.
There's still plenty to do mind you, but I wanted to get your thoughts on two questions:-
1. What climbers should I put up this wall? It's south facing so pretty much gets the sun all day long.
2. Further up from the Beauty of Moscow Lilac Tree I'd like to plant a larger tree, but it obviously can't be huge as it's only a relatively small garden. Something that will:-
a) Be quick growing
b) Provide some sort of screening from the property over the road
c) Be aesthetically pleasing
On a side note, the slugs are devouring my recently planted Dahlia's (have put beer into an ice cream tub tonight to catch some of the blighters), and the Weigela that my grandmother gave me (next to the California Lilac) doesn't look like it's going to take.
19 May 2017 22:46
This plant/tree/shrub has recently appeared in my mother's garden, and it's growing at quite a pace.
Can any of you extremely knowledgeable individuals become a hero and identify this specimen for me?
17 Sep 2016 21:58
Guys, you're making me blush....
17 Sep 2016 19:46
Thanks to you all, it's most appreciated! Shall keep you updated...
17 Sep 2016 19:42
Thanks all, though I've not a clue what the last 10 posts were about!!
16 Sep 2016 12:34
Excellent advice, all gratefully received.
Therefore my plan for the coming 6 months is simply:-
a) Continue to mow whilst grass grows, but raise mower to 'medium' cutting height (it was on the lowest level, hence why the grass looks so poor)
b) Hold off on the 4 in 1 and apply this in the spring.
c) Give it time!
It's true I want everything NOW, but it's also true that this lawn will never be a bowling green. I knew this already as I've two young kids.....
One other question - should I put down seed in areas I consider as having poor grass coverage (such as the front left of the lawn, as you see in the picture) ??
15 Sep 2016 23:38
God bless you Nutcutlet and Nutcracker.....
15 Sep 2016 23:35
Have recently moved into a new-build, and when we moved in the quality of the lawn that the developer has laid was terrible. I've managed to recover it to how it looks now (below), but how can I make it even better? The black patches you see are where I've added 'patch magic' to fill in some gaps, but you can see it still looks - overall - pretty poor.
I have just purchased some 4 in 1, seed, and more patch magic, so am going to do my best to get it looking pristine, but I'm an extremely inexperienced gardener and would therefore welcome all advice.
15 Sep 2016 23:29
Any advice here would be VERY much welcomed....
I moved into a new-build property in late June, and I'm now getting around to looking at the rear garden. It's East facing, so it gets plenty of sun in the morning, and as the border sections get plenty in the afternoon too.
My knowledge of gardening is somewhat limited, but it's something I'm beginning to take a keen interest in, and therefore I want to make sure I get this right.
I've enclosed a couple of pictures so you've a visual, but I'm thinking of doing the following:-
a) Widening border space to allow for double planting (i.e. a tall shrub against the wall, with smaller perennials/annuals at the front)
b) Taking a semi-circle of grass out about half way up the border, planting a small tree, and surrounding it with some colourful plants/shrubs.
c) Possibly removing the grass in front of the garage (to the right of the garden) and adding some shade loving shrubs there too as the grass is struggling (level of sunlight there is poor)
d) The area behind the garage (a somewhat strange little area) is currently grassed, but that gets little/no sunlight too, so the grass is struggling as well. I thought about taking a good chunk of the grass out and planting something here too.
e) Gradually covering the brickwork with a climber. Boston Ivy, perhaps.
Would love to get some opinions on what I should do with this blank canvass. What I'd really like is to have:-
1) Some privacy from the houses across the street
2) A focal point (the small tree, for example), and then build around it.
Any opinions on the design, and also what types of tree/shrub/plants to use would be most welcomed! Please, help a beginner out!!!
15 Sep 2016 23:08
And if anybody can also let me know what these two are it would be appreciated. Assume they're standard - low maintenance - shrubs that many developers use, but they don't appear to be the most exciting...
15 Sep 2016 23:06
First post (of many, I'm sure), so be gentle.
I was just wondering what this shrub is that the developers have planted in my front garden? There are a couple of these things.....