Fairygirl


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Window boxes

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:55

I'd agree with you Pentillie - the traditional wooden box seems to have fallen out of favour. It's all terracotta or lead or plastic now. I haven't seen one in recent memory anywhere. I reckon you'd be better off getting some timber and making one. I did one for  my girls' playhouse 15 years ago but I just made a  false timber 'front' and sat a plastic one on brackets inside it for the plants so that we could take it out and they could do the plants themselves more easily.

Help!! - new gardener!

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:47

Second pic - bright green one - looks like a Spirea. I'd agree with art about the Kerria- it flowers at this time of year though so it's an educated guess - but the pix don't enlarge so it's a bit tricky to be accurate with the shrub it's growing through. Solomon' Seal (Polygonatum) for the last one definitely, and I'd say Centaurea  for the first pic  too.

Pruning Hebes

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:41

I'd say that's more like one of the pinguifolia types. There's quite a few varieties though. Looks a bit too green to be pagei.

Your hands look much cleaner than mine art 

I did the same with a Red Edge one Salino..not sure it survived though....

Pruning Hebes

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:31

Here's a better one. I even went out in the rain to take it....

http://i1331.photobucket.com/albums/w595/fairygirl55/P4220002_zps5b6ed706.jpg

 

Pruning Hebes

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:25

No probs KEF 

Not a great pic but you should be able to enlarge. I can take a better one if necessary

http://i1331.photobucket.com/albums/w595/fairygirl55/P3190012_zps5d331dd2.jpg

 

Pruning Hebes

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:18

I had a buxifolia type one in a pot at the front door of a previous house art. It got virtually no sun and only ever had a few flowers because of that - in fact it's a wonder it survived at all! I kept it more as a box 'replacement'  and trimmed it now and again to keep it tidy. Could it be that type?  I have three vernicosa ones at the moment which I've just put into big terracotta pots for that same purpose - they're similar to box too.  I can put a pic on if you want to compare. Perhaps you could prune it a few times over the course of the year and gradually get it back. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:53

Update on the 'acid green' thing Dove- I know it can be  a nuisance, but Alchemilla would look great with Ophio. or perhaps a well chosen Euphorbia depending on the look required?  Some of the unusual tulip varieties in a pot with it round the base could be quite a striking for this time of year.

A row of five big pots on Verd's estate would be even better  

Help ID my plant please???

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:45

I'd agree with nut- Elder. The leaf at the bottom left of pic gives the best clue 

White limestone discolour?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:37

It's probably due to the aspect. Shade and damp causes more moss and algae etc to form on paving or hard surfaces so, although gravel is a better option as it's less slippy, paving can be blasted with a power washer to get the stuff off. If the neighbour laid theirs on soggy ground that would have made it worse anyway. Could you compromise and use a different colour of gravel if you prefer that to paving? Or mix a bit of both perhaps. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 08:17

I think it can look right round the edge of a big pot with something like white lilies. Either that or a very strong colour - red -your pelargoniums - hot pink or a limey, acidic green. Dove's idea is great too - a geometric design using it in blocks for a subtle look like a chess board.

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