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Under trampoline

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 09:20

Thanks for the tips.  I will ponder a little longer

Under trampoline

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 19:06

Hi all,

I've been pondering for over a year now what to put under our trampoline.  It is 14ft and not moveable due to my excellent garden design 

 

Anyway, due to our lovely clay soil and being a bit shady where it is anyway and further added to by the trampoline, the grass underneath is a mixture of vigorous grass in places and bald weedy patches in others.  It's a pig to mow (fine if you're 1ft tall, but rather tricky otherwise) and really I need a new solution.  I've considered

1) Digging a big hole (would be a massive job due to our clay soil and hubby not keen because of rats)

2) Artificial grass (would probably work but at 16m2 I could have bought a much better quality trampoline for that price!)

3) Wild flowers (I'm thinking they would have trouble growing due to the shade and I don't want them seeding round the rest of the garden - ground elder is enough of a problem!)

 

So I'm thinking perhaps some sort of low growing shade loving plant that likes clay soil.  Is there such a plant and how would I go about doing it?  Would I need to remove the turf, kill it off with weed-killer, cover it for a while or put weed preventative fabric?  Any tips/ experience would be thankfully received.  

Thanks.  Emma

Shrub identification please

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 19:45

Thanks all.  Sorry for the late response, I've been out gardening   yay for a bit of sun.  Yes the edging was a very hard frost.  I went and looked at all the photinias at the garden centre (they had just red robin I think) and they weren't a patch on the colours this one got.  It really was vibrant and mainly purple but almost orange in places.  My photinia and the ones opposite are rather dull at the moment with very little colour at all.  I will take a look at the above suggestions a bit later though (when I've demudded myself

Shrub identification please

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 22:04

I should clarify I only had the first picture when I went to the garden centre, so not much to go on.  I found the second one trawling through my photos this evening!  Thanks landgirl

Shrub identification please

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 21:48

Hi,

 

I'm in mourning for an unidentified plant.  My neighbour had a lovely, large (roughly 3m) shrub, which blew over in the wind.  Instead of staking it and firming it back in, they had it chopped up and taken away.  It really was stunningly beautiful as it had lovely reddy purple foliage in mid January!  There aren't many plants that can do that   I'm attaching some pics in the hope that someone can tell me what it was, so I can plant one   I've taken the pic to 2 garden centres and had Photinia suggested (I'm not convinced as it was a lot more purple than my Photinia and just looked different) and perhaps wild viburnum.  I've done an extensive internet search of viburnum and I can't find an evergreen or semi-evergreen variety that has the coloured foliage.  The first pic was taken in Jan and the second in Dec last year.  I believe it was just green in summer and have no idea about fruits or flowers as I didn't notice.  We've only been here a year so I'm not familiar with the whole garden yet.  Thanks in advance

 

Emma

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn203/EmmaL179/Shrub.jpg

 

 

Glove for long fingers

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 21:54

Thank you.  I don't have much willpower.  Maybe it is best I stick to the website

Glove for long fingers

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 20:35

Thank you both.  Brumbull, that number is High Wycombe, which is where I live!  It is attached to a shop?

Emma

Glove for long fingers

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 18:21

Hello fellow gardeners

Well I concede I need some better gardening gloves.  I have thick clay soil with slightly more soil than flint content (although in places that's questionable).  TBH, I prefer to get in there with my hands as it seems to get a better result, but they are in a poor way after today and meeting with a few sharp flints whilst trying to dig up a tree stump and the soil is getting pretty cold now too!

I digress   I have quite long fingers, but my hands aren't fat.  Generally speaking, ladies' gloves are too small because of my fingers and men's gloves are too loose.  My middle finger is about 9cm and the palm (ignoring the thumb) is about 8cm.  Has anyone found a pair of gloves (ideally that keep hands warm too) that fits this sort of dimensions?  I have lots of roses and generally only wear gloves for digging and cutting things as when the stumps are finally gone, I shan't be digging up anymore trees in a hurry!

 

Thanks in advance

 

Emma

Damson tree - Possible murder!

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 11:33

Thank you for your comments!  I'm grateful for the support even if it is dead

Damson tree - Possible murder!

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 17:41

Okay, I'm an enthusiastic gardener, but not a very good one.  I bought a damson tree in April to plant in our new garden.  I discovered ground elder in the bed it is going in, so held off planting it in the ground.  I put it in a bigger pot meanwhile.  It flowered and had lots of lovely leaves but I think I perhaps didn't water enough (before all this hot weather) and it has slowly lost all its leaves bar two which are looking decidedly ill.  I've watered regularly since I noticed my probable error and daily in this heat and have put it in the ground now in a different place to give it the best chance but I think I've killed it

Is there anything I can do?  Thanks in advance!

Emma

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Under trampoline

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Shrub identification please

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Glove for long fingers

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Damson tree - Possible murder!

 
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Ground Elder for a beginner

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