Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Restoring an old cottage garden - quote sense checking

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 12:02

Just keeping one or two large shrubs (and renovating them if need be) will give the garden a air of maturity virtually impossible to obtain in any other way without huge expense .......... have you seen the cost of buying, transplanting and nurturing a mature shrub? 

Restoring an old cottage garden - quote sense checking

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 11:12

The 'bones of it' should still be there .............. photos will be good 

Gardeners World Magazine Gnome

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 11:02

Possibly Nora and the magazine team may have some info ... I've flagged it up to them. 

Restoring an old cottage garden - quote sense checking

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 11:00

Snap! Nut 

Restoring an old cottage garden - quote sense checking

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 10:59

Sounds like someone's intending to go in and 'site clear' before a building project ... it'll totally destroy the structure of the soil not to mention kill off any remaining 'treasures' (bulbs, perennials etc).

Find a gardener who loves gardening and plants who is prepared to dig out shrubs you don't want, maybe move some that you do but that are in the wrong place, and keep eyes peeled in the spring for emerging treasures. Take your time ... enjoy the process and you'll get the 'renovated cottage garden' you speak of ... not what sounds like a muddy  'blank canvas' on a new building development 

Last edited: 15 January 2018 11:00:13

Digging in manure

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 10:12

I don't dig raised beds ... a gentle ' light forking over of the surface' if needed in the spring, but the best bit about raised beds is that you leave the structure alone as much as possible. 

Evergreen screening

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 10:03

If it's only a metre in height that you need, wouldn't it be better and more feasible to grow native herbaceous perennials on the top of the Cornish hedge as is traditional ... I know they'll not be evergreen, but even in winter the dried stems and seedheads willl provide some screening effect (which is usually more important in the summer anyway).   They'll not damage the structure of the hedge as evergreen shrubs and trees would do. 

My alternative would be bespoke willow fencing, woven in situ ... several examples of it being used to extend the height of a wall on this site 

.... different sort of budget of course ... a lot more expensive than some foxglove, red campion, red valerian seeds. 

Why are blackbirds digging the garden

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 09:06

Mynah birds ... ah well, not a problem we have here ... sometimes the hardest part of gardening is learning to live with what we've got :-/

Wisteria brown leaf tips terminal end of vine?

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 08:16

Whereabouts are you? Could your wisteria be suffering from drought?

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 07:54

Good morning all  G'day Pat Hope Regina doesn't tire you out 

A wet morning here in Norfolk ... 

More coffee needed ...

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