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Need Garden Landscape Ideas

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 12:12

Hope you're paying for your advert,  thiestka..san vu.....mrs architect.....

Reported anyway

Eucomis Sparkling Burgundy

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 11:57

You can leave them outside, tucked against a wall for protection, and fleeced in severe spells, or put them in a cold frame or similar, if you have one.  They don't really need more than that. It's wet that's more of an issue. 

18cm bulb would probably need a 45cm pot to itself   

If you do  a little search, you'll get some images of them, and that'll give you an idea of what to expect when they grow  

Tree for shade

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 11:52

I'd add trellis to the fence, assuming it belongs to both parties, and grow climbers. 

A 'fast growing tree' by definition, doesn't magically stop at the height you want, and will be quite invasive in terms of root spread, and as I'm guessing it's near your house, I don't think that's a very good idea at all. 

Alternatively, some evergreen shrubs which you can mainatin more easily, planted in front of the fence, but again, it depends what room you have, as most shrubs eventually have a fair bit of depth and will extend out into your plot. 

Bamboo is very contentious, so it's not something I'd recommend unless you really know what you're doing. It could create a much bigger problem than the bit of wall. 

A little more info about the room you have and the location of your property in relation to the neighbouring one would be helpful. It also depends what experience and how much time you have for maintenance of any planting. Otherwise, suggestions aren't always very helpful.

Eucomis Sparkling Burgundy

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 11:32

Planting depth for bulbs is usually around three times the depth of the bulb, so if the bulb is 2" /5cm deep, it needs a 6" /15cm hole, with about 4"/10cm soil above it. It's not an exact science though, just an approximation, so don't worry too much. 

A gritty mix for them. Use a soil based compost if you want to keep them in pots long term, but if not, any MPC will do. They should be fine together in a pot that size, but as they grow, you can pot them individually. They're really striking plants, but not totally hardy, so it depends whereabouts you are as to what you do for overwintering them   

Are you sure you mean 18 cm diameter for the bulbs - that's massive! 

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Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 11:11

Nice clump of snowdrops BM- - mine are still a bit shy, but the clumps are growing which is the main thing.  

At last - a few crocus are starting to appear here. Literally - a few, but lovely to see them anyway 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 10:33

LP - Ah!  

I don't do anything special. It gets plenty of water, either naturally, or the odd watering can if there's a prolonged dry spell (aye right ) and a feed of B,F&B  in spring if I remember, although it's got a little bit of Cardamime pratensis at it's feet so I don't always bother. A mulch of manure or compost to keep moisture in, although again, only when I remember as it has a fair bit of foliage round it's feet so it doesn't readily dry out. It's predominantly east facing. I just put some compost on it yesterday in fact, and gave it a bit of a trim for the new season. There's plenty of new growth emerging. I occasionally do a watering of tomato food till it flowers if I don't do the B,F&B. It gets the same treatment as the other clematis I have. Not sure what else to suggest if you don't do something similar   

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 10:08
Dovefromabove says:

I've just spent an annoying few minutes reporting a phishing scam to Apple - some low life emailed me an invoice purporting to come from them and hoping that I'd put my card details into it - apparently I bought some sort of 'game' in the wee small hours ... as if

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God loves a trier Dove   

One load of washing done - bedclothes to do now. not suitable for hanging out unfortunately. I love being able to get bedding out. Simple pleasures  

Must get on with sewing too - proper loop for the spike end of the ice axe instead of a bit of cord which isn't easy to tie in when you have gloves on. Not likely to need it tomorrow as the snow's all disappearing again. 

I'm racking my brains to think of a Nora - but I'm sure LP will enlighten me!


Posted: 18/02/2017 at 10:00


The neighbour across the back from me has a bog standard green bamboo in a raised timber bed which is around  8 or 9 feet, roughly,  in diameter, by about 2 or 3 feet deep. The bamboo has grown a lot - it's about 9 or 10 feet in height and diameter - and I remember it being planted before I moved from the house round the corner in 2009. It's probably been there about 10 years anyway, and has grown quite a bit in the four years I've been in this house.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 09:17

Oh LP - I hope all is ok with the baby. Puts our little moans and groans about s*d all into perspective really.

I don't know what plant you mean. I don't have anything called Nora... 

DD- love to you as always. Keep hanging in there - you'll come out the other end like a butterfly emerging from the chrysalis xxx   

Clematis Montana

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 09:14

GD - the problem with these kinds of offers is just that - you don't always know what you're getting, because if they run out of something, you get a replacement which might not be suitable for your needs. Far better to buy for the purpose you need and the position you have. Spend a little time researching and get the right thing, especially if it's for a pot. 

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