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New planting for front garden wall

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 17:41

If you fancy a brighter geranium -  Anne Folkard is a deep magenta with a black centre and brighter, slightly yellowy foliage. It spreads quickly so it would fill a few gaps if you wanted some extra cover. I used it with Euphorbias and Sedums (Iceplants)  a few years ago in  a previous garden 


Posted: 16/05/2015 at 17:31

Enjoy noshing then doc!  

Am I thick KEF? What's BB? 

Enjoy your noshing too 

Lawn Revival

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 17:22

Hi Iqbal. Is there any grass showing at all? Lawns can look pretty dire after scarifying so don't worry too much. If there was more moss than grass it's usually due to the conditions - too much shade, compaction or waterlogging - or a combination. It can be difficult to keep grass growing well in that kind of site. If you've given it a feed, any remaining grass will start to come through - especially after some rain. If it's still  looking a bit bare in another week or two, you may need to re seed the whole area. I had a north west facing front garden a few years ago - it had  mature trees so very shady and was very compacted. It was an ongoing battle to keep the grass looking half decent, but it was a small area so I didn't mind.

Come back and let us know how you get on - others here will also offer some help with it.  


Posted: 16/05/2015 at 17:13

Are you off to Chelsea doc? 

setting up a trug

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 17:12

I wondered what that was Edd -a trug is usually one of those baskets for  collecting cut flowers or veg 

If you're worried about drainage, mix some grit with your compost/soil as well Sandy. It does depend on the type of veg or plants you intend putting in it though. As Edd says, these containers will drain well anyway. You just have to ensure that the drainage holes don't get blocked up with the compost. 


Posted: 16/05/2015 at 17:06

Cracking result Panda  Oh - didn't need my simmit after all - but it was a trifle 'brisk' on the tops  which is why I didn't go Munro-ing today. Would have been more of a low flight than a walk in this wind  

At  least the showers were fast moving -  and it dried the breeks off quickly!  

I misread that fidget - thought you said 'towel'....

I don't mind the bittercress Liri - at least you can pull it out - unlike dandelions 

BL - keep cracking the whip at all the helpers - but be careful of your achy bits 


Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 16:53

Lovely columbine Frit 

Verd - I think you just go to one of those posh estates and take photos.... Grass is looking nice and healthy too 

WWomble - that's a really unusual colour of Iris. Would look lovely with creams,soft yellow and some purply foliage. Subtle 

chicky - wisteria's looking terrific. You must be thrilled with it 

I still have loads of daffs in flower  My white dicentra is lovely just now though

 and the little Tiarella (I was meant to move ) is covered in blooms.


help man down man down

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 16:34

Oh dear - what a sad little plant  

He wants to be outdoors right enough. Bung him outside anton, even in a pot in a sheltered corner and when he's recovered, get him into the border where you want him. He'll be fine. Or she....

Re your query about buying bulbs and leaving them in the ground - it depends on the bulbs! Most will stay in the ground and come up every year. Alliums can be left in situ - well drained sunny spot for most of them. In late summer /early autumn the GCs, nurseries and diy outlets will get stock in of the popular bulbs - daffs, crocus etc. That's the best time to buy and plant them, and they stay in the ground too. Tulips are usually left till a bit later in the year to plant and many people treat them as annuals as they can be a bit trickier to keep going in the ground.

If there's a specific bulb you're interested in just let us know - you'll get plenty of help and advice  

Growing leaves

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 16:18

Alexsia - I've always grown Fatsia which has large, bold leaves for a dramatic look in flower arrangements. They last well too. I often use them just to bulk out the space in a vase but they also give a good contrast to the flower.

They get big but you can prune them back. Shady spot that doesn't get too dry is ideal for them  


Posted: 16/05/2015 at 08:43

Flotterstone is where I start from Lesley - so I presume you mean the Inn there. It's nice - been in with ex partner now and again - but I'll be taking lunch with me.  I'll do the 3 hills that include Scald Law and maybe the 2 kips further on as well. It's  a decent walk.

Off now - got my woolly simmit on...

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