Latest posts by djjjuk

plant suggestions for a shady balcony

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 17:10

had a reply back - its £200 / year for 3 plots, so thats about £5 per 2x1 metre plot ..


how much time do you need for an allotment

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 14:08


so. i will be moving into a city centre flat next month, no garden. the council have kindly given me a list of allotment sites and numbers to call for them around the city. I have yet to take it further though as i'm not 100% sure whether it would be worth my while. i work full time and have other commitments during weekday nights, so in reality id have maybe all weekend and one weekend evening during lighter nights at the most to be on the plot. is this enough time, to make the most of the plot, in anyones experience? anyone with an allotment here, how often are you there/how much timer per week and what kind of return from the plot can you get?

plant suggestions for a shady balcony

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 13:55

I thought £8 was slightly high as well. im wondering as well how much return i would get from a 2x1 metre plot. you can have as many plots as you like. ive asked if there would be a discount if i had say 3 plots.

i eat far more salad, fruit and herbs than i do veg, which may be an issue as fruit would need a fair bit of space compared to vegetables.

plant combinations suggestions

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 13:53

i meant to say aswell - the nursery had convolvulus - really like that plant but a bit concerned about its hardiness? the house is on the west mids/worcester border, and on the edge of a town so not really classed as a rural area. how does it cope with a frost?

Crocks in Pots - A Waste of Time ?

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 13:51

how about the saving on compost needed/used? if you have a deepish container, but what you are planting has shallow roots that wont extend all the way down - its a way of filling up the space? personally i dont tend to bother but thats primarily because i never actually have any crocks to use!

plant combinations suggestions

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 13:58

Very Verdun! This whole project has come about because i lost my own garden through a split with an ex, who i was with for 9 years. she is still at the house we own together, but obviously there is too much work there to not be there full time, so ive had to make a bit of a heart-breaking decision and been a bit ruthless with having to leave plants there, unfinished business. sadly all gone to waste but its out of my hands now. ive took a lot of stuff with me but there is still bits and bobs left which has gone to a right state.

the area in question is at my dads house, having moved into there temporarily until i move into my own flat in a months time. this area was chock full of all sorts of weeds. brambles ... countless dandelions .. thistles .. deadnettle .. hogweed ... bittercress ... and to top it off 3 huge conifer stumps. clearing it was the first challenge, took a few weekends to do that on top of twice-weekly raking of weed seedlings - of which there were thousands, no joke!

now planning and planting time. came to plant yesterday but so many conifer roots still in the way, had to axe a lot of them out.

hopefully at the weekend i can get the rest of them in. then its just a case of watching them grow over the next few years into beauts whilst keeping the weeds down!


plant combinations suggestions

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 09:00

I could have bought way more Verdun! but decided to leave some room open for spring and autumn interest to add on top as and when - tulips, daffs, crocus, iris, etc ... and for the autumn, maybe an autumn aster or two and some others. the only thing to decide now is to whether to leave an 'ever-rotating' section of the bed dedicated to annuals, or scatter them in and amongst the rest of the ever-presents. the latter would probably look better but it would be a bit awkward and id be worried about damaging plants in the process!

plant combinations suggestions

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 22:02

well, ive been down the nursery and bought a variety of perennials and some evergreens, with a focus on providing decent plants for wildlife, and differing heights and widths. here's what i ended up with:

  • 3x Viburnum tinus (had these already, planted at the back in front of the fence)
  • 6x Lavender Hidcote (already had these)
  • 2x Hebe (unknown varieties, already had)
  • 2x Choisya ternata (excellent and easy growing. had 2 of these at my previous house)
  • 2x Buddleja 'Adonis Blue' (a smaller variety)
  • 2x Echinacea (purpurea, alba and a pink)
  • 2x Coreopsis rosea ('American dream')
  • 2x Coreopsis lanceolata
  • 1x Digitalis 'Dalmation Purple'
  • 1x Digitalis purpurea (Yellow variety)
  • 2x Verbena Bonariensis
  • 2x Dianthus 'Erecta Red'
  • 1x Erysimum 'Golden Gem'
  • 2x Cerastium tomentosum
  • 2x Veronica 'Inspire blue'
  • 1x Erigeron 'Pink Jewel'

Those perennials were £2 each, in 9cm pots. all very healthy and good growth. the choisya and buddleja are well sized - about a foot or so high at least.

hopefully ill get planting these at the weekend. had intended to do today but only managed to do 2 viburnums as the tree stump roots had to be dug further out the planting holes, nightmare and a very sore back!

plant combinations suggestions

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 23:15

Hey Verdun

Thanks for those many suggestions - off to do a bit of research. so far really like the gunnii, lovely!



Hebe varieties

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 22:32

Have these 2 Hebes. picked these up for £2 each last year sometime in the clearance section of the nursery. picked them up from the old house last week, but no idea on their variety?



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