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Daunting large garden and where to start

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 17:36

If you type  Garden Pictures 2015 into the search box at the top of the page, you'll find last year's picture thread Carl. The current one won't have as much on it yet. It's called Garden Pictures 2016 if you want a look at that one too. 

New build house waterlogged garden - clay soil

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 17:25

dudeni - it's not much consolation I know, but it's such a common problem, and rarely a week goes by without someone with the same issue.

I'd agree with Dave - you'll be fighting it constantly. You can improve areas to plant into, adn there are plants which will cope well enough,  but grass needs good drainage and light to be half way decent. 

RIP Ronnie Corbett

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 17:20

Lyn - couldn't agree more. Wonderful memories  

Plants for shaded area

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 17:18

It's a very narrow border Natalie, so it's a bit more limited, but there's plenty of things which will be happy there. Perennials - Astilbe, Japanese Anemones, Hostas, Geraniums (the hardy ones, not Pelargoniums)  Pulmonarias, Dicentras, Pulsatillas, Heucheras and Tiarellas for starters. Some evergreens to give a bit of background and structure - Pachysandra (low growing) prostrate Gaultherias and some of the variegated Carexes. They'll give you a foil for the other plants. 

There are annuals which are happy in shade too - Busy Lizzies in particular - so you could add those for summer. Spring bulbs planted this autumn among those will add some early colour. Crocus, snowdrops and anemones will all be fine there. 

You could add some sweet peas for summer - they will do well enough with a bit of shade. Clematis for the fence is a great idea - take a look at Taylor's online site and you'll find loads for that aspect. The alpinas might suit you as they're early and need no pruning. You could then add one or two for summer/autumn depending on how much room you have. 

RIP Ronnie Corbett

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 17:08

That's what all the headlines will be Steve. Couldn't be anything else really. 

The Two Rons back together eh? 

"I know my place" ....brilliant


Daunting large garden and where to start

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 12:42

Give yourself a bit of time there Carl. Until you have shelter in there, plants will struggle to grow, so get some hedging plants on the side of the prevailing wind - your left side I think, if I've understood correctly.

You can also divide the space up using hedging to make little micro climates within the area. Think of the big National Trust gardens which have garden 'rooms' within the plot. What you use for hedging is down to what time you have for maintenance. that way, you can create beds and borders which will work. 

Don't worry about getting everything done right now. It's a process. Get the basics in and then have a think about what you need from the area. Have a look at different threads here re plants - we have a thread for our garden pictures and you may see some styles and plants you like. No point planting random stuff unless you know it will do well where you put it - it's a waste of time and money - so read as much as you can about plants and shrubs, so that you get an understanding of how they grow.

If you're new to gardening, it can seem very confusing, so do a bit at a time and keep asking questions  

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 08:00

Morning all/afties Pat. Cool and cloudy here but dry.

So sorry to hear your news Dove. As Verd says, so many of us have been through it and understand. She's in good hands in that lovely home, so that helps enormously.Love to you all  x

Watching the peregrines will be a nice way to de-stress.

I'll have a quick look round before I head out. 

Have a good day everyone.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 19:37

It's not even 20 in my house BL!  

Think some of the avatars look a bit smaller, but I don't always look at them too closely....

Vipers Bugloss

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 18:56

TTwitch - weather and area you're in is often a big factor. I don't sow very much indoors  because I can't get them outside as early as folk further south, and things are often hit by cold, wet weather and they just stall. Direct sowings will frequently catch up  

To Keep The Trees Or Not?

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 18:28

In a small space, plants really have to earn their keep MJSR. Choosing wisely for the bulk of the planting means you can have a bit of fun with seasonal stuff - whether it's perennials, annuals or bulbs. Get the structural planting in first, which will give you value for the bulk of the year, then add bits and pieces to go in front of those.  


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