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Wrong colour fence

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 08:07

Black is  a great  background colour jase. Brighter foliage looks superb against it. Your plot looks terrific.

I have a fair bit of black here and I also use Willow as a contrast in certain places. The key is to not go mad with lots of different colours. You have to take into account the hard landscaping shades - paving, gravel etc, as well as the planting.

The background should ideally  be in harmony with the rest of the garden, even if it's to contrast with plants, unless you want to create a bit of 'Gaudi' in your plot!  

Is this a camellia tree??

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 08:00

They can, and do, grow very large over time with the right conditions. You can prune camellias successfully, and it would be fine to do it now. If you're worried, take some off now and do the same next year after it's flowered. A tidy up round the base, a feed and a good watering, followed by a mulch will help it recover from the haircut  

Make sure it has plenty of water in late summer when the new flower buds are forming. It will be pretty dry round the base as the foliage canopy prevents rainwater getting through easily. 


Posted: 17/06/2016 at 07:54

Morning all/afties Pat.

Joyce - I've just been looking at Yvie and BL's photos while listening to, and watching Neil Kinnock crying on the BBC breakfast news. I think that highlights your earlier comment. 

Better day here today, hopefully a little warmer- it wouldn't be hard. It only reached 12 degrees yesterday. Barely into double figures when I went to work too  

Hosta - I have a spare shovel...but you're too far away for a quick visit...

Carpet fitter coming later so I may be able to move into my new bedroom. I'd have to sleep on the floor though....

Off for another look round here before I go to work, and earn a few shekels to pay for it all.

Have a good day everyone 

Garden Visits

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 07:47

Beautiful pix Yvie and BL.  

I particularly like Scotney - who needs loads of bright colour when you have a stunning building, water and greenery? The cow parsley one is my favourite. The other one of the Sissinghurst oast houses (?) and the sea of white daisies is also glorious. Less is more was never more apt. 

With you on the antirrhinums Hosta! 

Raised bed on concrete

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 20:28

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 20:06

Best of luck with that Joybell. I'm always in awe of people opening their gardens up to others! 

Hope the weather's kind to you and the visitors enjoy it. I'm sure they will 

Raised bed on concrete

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 20:03

L'Bird - I'm even more confused now I've read dente's post (I was posting at the same time)  

I can't see how putting gravel below a bottomless bed would help when it's sitting on concrete. The soil/compost would just wash through the gravel over time, and I think it would also move.  If it was me - I'd put a timber base on them, with decent holes drilled in them,  and use bricks or similar to raise them above the concrete.

I'd also line the base and sides with weed suppressing fabric or plastic to help prevent rotting. It will also prevent the soil running through the drainage holes. 

Last edited: 16 June 2016 20:03:54

Fed up

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 19:53

Sorry to hear that bulkerb, but you've probably done the right thing. You'll no doubt find a more appreciative client very soon.

Good luck to you 

Raised bed on concrete

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 19:49

I think the ones mainly used for veg growing are just four sides L'Bird, but you can also get ones which are more like a trough/planter on legs, and they have a bottom with holes for drainage. There are also those big 'trug' ones which are good for people who have difficulty bending down - they're waist height or thereabouts. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 19:28

Sorry  Nanniemo - I've just noticed my post has a bit missing - I'm having probs with the mouse. It should have said ' I'm not a ROSE lover'....apologies for my unintentional odd comment! 

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