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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 14:39

I poked him with a big stick fidget and he told me to **** off - so it was definitely a Mr ....

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 14:33

Sara-don't worry about the trees. At my last house we had a huge pond which had a conifer hedge running along one edge and quite a few trees along another. They provided a bit of shade from sun at the hottest part of the day. They provide lots of cover for animals and birds too. You'll have loads of scope there for a beautiful feature. 

so .. spring bulb planting time

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 13:44

I'm just getting mine locally LF - B&Q, Morrisons, GC and nursery although I did find a site called The Bulb Shop which is very tempting!

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 13:33

Whatever you decide to do Sara it'll be great. A pond of any size or type is such an asset. The blanket weed thing is always a bit of an issue but as long as you have some oxygenators, some floating plants (water lilies etc)  and prevent as much debris as possible from getting into it the balance will come. Straw is a good help in a big pond. If you intend having fish- overfeeding creates a lot of gunk for algae to feed on- so my one bit of advice if you want them would be- less is more! Pix of your progress would be lovely.

PS: only ten grand Sara? 

so .. spring bulb planting time

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 08:18

I do the same Verd. Are we control freaks do you think!  Big pots jampacked with one variety of bulb and grouped with other appropriate bulbs or plants gives great impact- especially at an entrance or on a patio or terrace. Putting some extra bulbs in pots is a good tactic because they can be popped in where there's a gap in a border and up here on my clay soil I only ever plant tulips in pots now to give them the drainage they need.


Posted: 18/09/2013 at 08:07

They sound lovely Dove. I  plant violas rather than pansies because they get decimated by the wind up here unless they're well sheltered. I'll keep a look out for those though!

If you grow well in a pot Panda- watch out 

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 07:58

I'd agree with Verd, Sara although I'd look at what you want for round the pond edges and the surrounding area and get a few things in there if you can - especially the early flowering ones like Caltha. They'll get going before the winter and give things a lift in the late winter/early spring . It gives you time over winter to browse pond plant catalogues and buy far more than you'll need as well... 


Posted: 18/09/2013 at 07:47

Morning Dove and chick. I got some Alliums (sphaerocephalon) which I've put into pots with the V. boniarensis I grew this year and they'll go in the new raised bed I'm putting along the sunniest fence in spring. I got white tulips which will go in a big pot and some white narcissi which will do the same this year- probably go in a border next year. I used to have a big pot crammed with white Joan of Arc crocus which were lovely in the late winter. Big pots are more effective I think, as you get real impact.

What are Panola Dove? 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 18:56

Am I first? Got lots of tidying up done and repotting of bits and pieces. Put some Allium sphaerocephalon into pots with the Verbena bonariensis I grew from seed so they'll go in a new raised bed next year. Lots of deadheading done but the sweet peas still doing their best. Prepared the shuttering for the step at the gate which I'll concrete tomorrow - weather permitting. Now awaiting dinner. 

quick growing shrubs

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 18:45

Escallonias usually need quite good drainage so just add plenty of grit if your soil's a bit heavy lunar. The dogwoods (Cornus) are good too for filling a space. 

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