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Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 13:26

Yvie - rasied beds are great for getting plants at a height where you can appreciate flowers that you might otherwise overlook in a more traditional border.

Greta suggestions already for your shady area. I have a narrow shady border along my back fence which I can see from the house and I specifically planted it for  mainly  winter/spring interest as we get lots of long, dreary wet days here at that time of year. People often forget how important it is to have something to look at from the house on wet days so a bit of structure is worth putting in. I've got lots of white and cream daffs and  crocus in there along with ferns,  native primulas and cyclamen with white Anemones and Astilbe for later. I've got Heucheras, Bergenia, dwarf Gaultherias, Osmanthus burkwoodii, a green/cream Euonymous, a bright green Lonicera (shrubby honeysuckle) and Pachysandra for evergreens and I have a couple of gold/green carexes which will go in later this year. The flowers are all shades of white, cream and a little yellow. It's amazing what you can get in to give some all year colour and interest. 


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 13:02

We're all still learning Charley, and some plants and some methods of culture and care are easier than others. I've learnt a huge amount in the time I've been on here. It's a great source of info. Learning about the weather conditions in the area you're in is important  too - Verd is about 400 miles south of me so everything up here would be a month or so later anyway!  

Verd - you have to remember you live in a 'different country' from us ordinary folk.....

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 12:55

Always great seeing Berghill's slide show 

Good progress Shaun -it's  a great way of growing plants of any kind and makes a nice feature during the winter too 

A couple of people (Lesley and B's Mum I think) asked for some pix pf my new containers/raised boxes for the apple trees I have so here's a couple of before and afters and I turned round and took a few of the other side of the garden with the raised beds I did last summer. Most of the plants in pots will get homes in due course! 

The messy bits around the apple tree will have paths eventually and there's a screen to be made between the tall post and a matching one about 8 feet to the right of it which will give a glimpse of the borders behind. There will then be grass in front of the apples and the other bit of the garden where all the pots are.



Can anyone identify this bush for me?

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 11:56

I'd day Holly too - many have smoother leaves.  Cherry laurel has black berries as far as I'm aware. 

wasp thingy

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 11:49

Hi Linda, I get wood wasps here sometimes which are quite scary looking things - like a giant wasp and with very noisy, fluttery wings! Don't think their bodies have red though. Try googling them and see if it rings a bell though. One of the wildlife experts on here (nutcutlet) isn't around today but she would probably have a better idea of what it could be. 

Spring primrose

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 11:45

It's funny how some plants simply take longer - and it can be very frustrating! Unless there's an obvious reason for a plant not growing or thriving, ie disease or lack of water/nutrients etc,  it's often just a matter of time.

Patience is the most  difficult thing to achieve in gardening isn't it! 


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 11:41

Were they just tiny plug plants when you bought them Charley? If so, they might have been better potted on first for a few months before planting out so that they get a chance to mature a bit. I don't usually buy plug plants but if I do I treat them the same way as I would treat a cutting - potting on until it's a decent size, filling a 3/4" pot or sometimes a 6" pot before I plant out. 

In any case, you may get some flowering this year and some won't till next year. It's always a bit of a learning curve! 

identification please

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 11:10

That's  a shame Billie - they are inclined to be a bit floppy and need some support. I don't normally grow them up here now because we can often get quite wild weather in summer and it decimates them.  Bees love them though.

Spring primrose

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 11:06

I think it's a funny old year Charley. I just noticed a native primula flowering the other day and I'd planted it about a month ago when it was looking a bit sorry for itself - we've not even had much rain and it's not been watered much so it must be a pretty tough one! I bought some polyanthus last year as a bargain in late spring - they never stopped flowering all summer and into autumn. Most Lychnis like well drained soil and a sunnier spot so if they're in the same site as your primrose it's possibly too damp and shady for them. There are some which like moister sites though.


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 10:58

bekkie - the Scottish midge is our own secret weapon - it's specially designed to keep foreigners at bay...

I remember being at the top of Ben Lawyers years ago and there was a huge cloud of giant black ones - it's  4,000 ft above  sea level. They don't give up easily!  

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