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plants and container for small rockery

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 18:14

I have a nice terracotta pan which I have some sedums etc in. I had pasqueflowers in it last spring and cyclamen before that. The pasqueflowers have been planted into the raised beds so I'm about to put some other things in. 

This is it with the cyclamen:

 and with the pasqueflowers last year:


smallish daphne other shrubs

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 18:05

I'd second Hebes and Euonymous - both very useful and Hebes come in various sizes so they'll suit any size of border. Choisya would be good if you have room and it's a sunny spot- they get quite big although the golden one (Sundance) is smaller I think. 

Weeds rampantly growing throughweed fabric - help please!

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 17:15

Not a quick fix Lorna but at least it's not a big area. If you can cut everything back with a strimmer or shears, cut through the fabric right round the edge with a big knife, then divide it into smaller square sections, you might be able to dig out most of it a piece at a  time. Brambles often have quite shallow roots. New growth that comes through could be treated with weedkiller. It will need going over a few times though.  I had a similar problem at a previous house where the pond liner had been taken several feet up the bordering bank and planted up. Large areas of chicken wire had been put down too,  to hold the mossy grass in place at the edge and it was all tangled up with weeds, brambles and horsetail. That was the only feasible way to  tackle it as we couldn't use weedkiller because of the proximity to the pond.

If you do a little bit at a time, it will seem less daunting, and you could cover up the bits 'in waiting' with heavy black plastic once you've cut the weeds back just to help prevent too much new growth. Old compost bags weighted down will do the job.

Pity you hadn't put the shed on that bit - would have sorted half the problem right away! 


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 16:53

Very good Stacey - it wasn't there when I posted. 

I've sent you all some rain - might be a touch of sleety snow in with it...enjoy! 


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 16:51

archie - that's almost barbecue weather for you...

Started to clear a bit here but that's the calm, before the you-know-what. Distinctly sleet laden clouds now and only 5 degrees. I could just about take off ma simmitt if it goes up a few degrees 

MrsG - you can never have too many clematis and I bet they'll all be fine with a little tlc. However, I'm going to have to confiscate that white quince as we can't tolerate salty language you know....

I've got the perfect spot for it....

Convert grass to gravel/chippings

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 12:42

If you use timber for the supports for your terraces, it would also be worth lining them with black plastic to give extra protection against any soil or water lying against them, especially if they're higher. I built a revettment wall years ago at right angles to my deck which was a couple of feet high. I used marine ply fixed to concreted-in posts, lined it .with plastic then faced it with decking. That ensured it was substantial enough to retain the planted area behind it and would last well.


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 12:32

Just home for some lunch and having a quick look round. Glad Mum's fine KEF 

I'm surprised there's no ducks in my back garden right now fidget. Somewhat pond-like at the moment 

Front grass is getting longer by the minute - it'll be a while before it gets cut though! 


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 08:22

Hugs to you for your mum KEF. x

Have to go now so will catch up properly  later.

Carol's saying snow up here tomorrow...hope it stays slightly further north...

New perrenials... Should i protect?

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 08:20

I should have added that if it was plug plants I'd do exactly as chicky says - pot them up. I rarely buy plants that way though. It does depend on your own soil conditions and climate etc. I wouldn't take the risk up here in March  with our cold wet soil! 

New perrenials... Should i protect?

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 07:54

At this time of year lots of small plants have only just been put into that pot you get them in so they're not very well established MrsG. They've often been newly divided for example. It lets them get a bit root growth and get settled in if you leave them for a little while. I bought a few Irises recently - they're newly divided so the roots aren't filling the pots yet. If I plant them out just now they'd tend to fall apart, so I'll put them in the shelter of the house or put into the raised beds still in their pots till later in the year. 

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