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Today at 17:23
Lyndalan- hogweed and Hosta are right. Designers work to a brief. You have a budget, you have ideas. A designer will work with those two things and advise you as to what's feasible for that budget.
The best way forward is to list the main things you need, the main thing you want, and the things you don't want. £5,000 won't actually go very far, so you'll have to be realistic.
Get the main hard landscaping done first, and then be prepared to compromise on other features. If you can do any of the work yourself, that will save money. I know what it would have cost me just to put in the fence round my boundary. I saved a fortune by doing it myself. Labour costs are one of the highest expenditures in making any garden.
2 days ago at 22:49
I love a bit of chicken and veg soup BL. I sometimes roast some veg and then blitz it and add the leftover bits of chicken, but I just added chopped carrot and onion to the stock this time. I like a roast squash with some spices, added to carrot and onion, to make soup too. Ideal for the current weather.
The flowers on those little plants were stunning weren't they? Who'd have thought?
Haven't caught up with the Lucy W.prog yet, but it's recorded.
Better get to bed - up to take daughter to work first thing tomorrow, then see if there's anywhere not chucking it down, or shrouded in fog, for a much needed hillwalk.
2 days ago at 22:39
If you planted an evergreen hedge, that would give her even more to moan about, and she couldn't complain about that either!
She sounds a right pain in the h*le, and a bully as well.
I see Obeliix and I posted a similar idea at the same time earlier re trellis/fence. I really think that's the best solution.
2 days ago at 22:27
Mine are now fine, having been very rusty the first year or two. Some of them are in east facing beds with very little light and very wet ground, some in north facing raised beds, again with very little light, but possibly marginally drier, some have more light and have gravel under them, etc etc - they're all growing exactly the same. They've certainly had just as much rain as the previous years, and the cold doesn't affect them adversely.
I think they're better once they're more established. There's no other reason for mine being better than before
2 days ago at 19:57
Anyone watched the George Michael documentary? Really moving. I'd seen a bit, but thought I'd sit and watch from the beginning. Seeing him recording the Stevie song (They Won't Go When I Go ) ...jeez. You have to be that good to do it justice. It's a huge song.
I really should be painting before I collect daugter but....
2 days ago at 19:18
Lovely pix Liri - probably not a good idea to be out taking photos during the storm anyway! Makes a nice change for kids to see something attractive and interesting on a school walk
I love those contrasts Dove. Incredible to think there's a relatively small distance between where you were and where the storm was on the other side.
Nice rainbow scroggin.
I caught a lovely one when I was out one day, but forgot I could have done a panorama to get it all in...
2 days ago at 19:13
They flower quite late on compared to tulips James, July /August , so it depends if you're looking for things to flower together, or for a succession. They're also quite tall, so they generally need other planting around them for support.
You could certainly plant them in the same location as they both like well drained soil and plenty of sun
2 days ago at 19:02
I'm watching now - the lithops were absolutely fascinating
2 days ago at 18:16
They'd be blowing up the road as OH is cycling back home ... he could've ended up with some trendy headgearSee original post
Youngest and myself are having leftover spag bol. I made soup earlier as I'd done stock from our recent roast chicken. Do you 'convert' your carcasses BL? I love home made soup.
Was wondering if you'd been blown away today Ppauper, or has it managed to miss you in the north?
2 days ago at 17:47
Aye - it's never good to have to chase 'em down the road Dove
2 days ago at 17:44
I daren't show the one my girls got me. Too rude!
Have a cracking night out. Do you want an early alarm call tomorrow?
2 days ago at 17:22
Not one of my cakes Dacha - a free photo from one of those sites
Could have put my recent birthday cakes on (made by daughter) but the age on the candles wasn't appropriate for chicky - she's a youngster
Been to cemetery, and it's been semi dry here, although rain coming in again. Before I went, I hung out a large cotton blanket which I'd used to mop up the floodwater in the boiler cupboard and hall, so it's dried out a little bit.
Hope your smalls haven't blown away Dove...
2 days ago at 13:59
Viburnum opulus will grow in any aspect. It's a popular hedging plant too , which is probably why you can easily get it just now as a bare root - it's that time of year. If you want one, get a bare root. It'll establish easily, and grow on to be decent sized plant in a couple of years. Be aware that they do get pretty big in all directions, so you'll have to prune it if you're looking to keep it in a smaller space.
Clematis will be more than happy with loads of manure, as long as it's well rotted. Fresh is no good for applying to any plant. Plenty of water for your honeysuckle, and manure will help retain moisture, so that will be very beneficial for it if your soil's a bit on the dry side. A good mulch of leaf mould, if you have it, or some good compost, or more manure, will help retain moisture too, especially in summer. The bigger and better the honeysuckle grows, the more useful it will be, as you can train some of the branches across the back of the pond, and that will give you some coverage there, rather than trying to fit another big plant in. You can then put something more appropriate in the space instead. Perennial verticals perhaps, like Verbascums, Alliums or Veronicas etc. The other thing you need to be wary of is anything 'woody', with a big root system, that's right next to your pond. Don't want the liner being punctured. I'm assuming that's what you've used of course.
It all takes a little time, and you've already got the pond area looking well established and mature, so take some time to let it flourish
Most of all Lucid, don't fret about it too much. Try and take time to enjoy it, especially when you've had an unhappy event, and you've missed out on some gardening this year. For now, look at the little gaps you have that could benefit from some spring bulbs for instance. Pasqueflowers are very pretty for spring too, and are very easy. Native primuals for shadier dampers spots too. They give a nice bit of colour and interest at the end of winter, and often flower on and off through the year.
2 days ago at 12:53
I'd do something similar to Obelixx's suggestion. Erect your own fence - doesn't have to be fancy. Trellis and posts. You can get brackets/fixings for fastening onto concrete which hold posts. Once you have the trellis in place, get some of those wall baskets, and plant them up with assorted simple things - ivies for trailing, little evergreen grasses, arabis and aubretias etc. Think 'green wall' and go from there.
You can swap them in summer with baskets planted with annuals. There are loads to choose from and you'll get plenty of help from the people here who grow them
If you have one of those cheapo shops nearby, they sell plastic versions of hayrack planters. They're really cheap, lightweight and do the job well. I have some of the longer ones which will go under a new window, and a few of the small ones for my rear fence which is a green wall type of thing, although it's shady rather than sunny.
2 days ago at 12:19
Well, at least you didn't try and pretend it's not an advert Ben...
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2 days ago at 12:16
I'd opt for two varieties at two different heights. Shorter ones tend to flower earlier anyway, so you would extend the season if you're going to have other planting (perennials?) The taller varieties tend to be early to late summer- the little sphaerocephalon ones are among the last - around July/August.
Just space them according to what else you're going to plant, but tall ones would be along the middle to back of the planters. You don't have an awful big depth of 'bed' to work with. Shorter ones near the front to middle - again according to what the other planting is. No point putting them in unless you can see them!
It's difficult to be more exact, because it largely depends on two things - what else you're planting, and whether it's an informal 'drift' you want to achieve, or something more regimented and symmetrical.
2 days ago at 12:07
I have a little forest of them at present from a dwarf white one. I usually deadhead, but allowed it to seed this yeras I had promised some to soemone else.
It'll be interesting to see what they're like - the ones that survive anyway
2 days ago at 12:03
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oh p*ss off....
2 days ago at 11:08
Have a lovely birthday chicky
2 days ago at 11:04
I'm not sure why Edd says spring isn't suitable either Kamo, although where I am, late spring is the earliest I could sow grass seed and be sure enough it will germinate reliably. Ground's too wet and cold, as well as overhead temps. The timing of sowing really depends on your own conditions, in my opinion. A couple of years ago, I sowed a new lawn in June. I can get away with that because of the amount of rainfall, whereas people in the south east might struggle because it would be too dry at that time of year. The seed I sowed this July didn't germinate because of the (admittedly unusual ) conditions we had, but it has now rotted. Even the birds didn't want it!
Ground will settle quite a bit over winter with the weather, so I'd definitely leave it so that you can adjust that next year, but others disagree, so it's really up to you I'm afraid.