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Posted: 03/09/2014 at 08:10

Fidget - like wading through treacle sometimes isn't it?  You wonder sometimes what goes through the heads of the people who make some of these decisions. There's no consistency or common sense  

I'm much better today really - thanks everyone. Nothing compared to many people. Just frustrating when I want to get on with things and it's dry. 

Better go. Will catch up later 

creating impact with 1 narrow bed in a small urban garden

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 08:06

Having too many bits and pieces in a small area will always be impossible to get coherent. Pick one or two favoured shrubs and repeat them along your border.You can then add bulbs for spring impact in between as well as in pots at the base of your raised bed, and pots of summer colour when they fade. Use a big statement pot in an opposite corner with a similar feel as the bed or a piece of sculpture. You can always add pots next to the house as well. You're right in choosing a colour scheme as well - keep the colours to a minimum to give impact, you can alter that with the seasons. For instance - use green foliage , white flowering shrubs and then have  your extra planting all in the same colour, perhaps  bright yellows in spring, purples in summer, reds in autumn. The background stays the same and the colour alternates throughout the year. Painting the wall a contrasting or toning colour can also help the overall look to make it a feature in itself. 



Posted: 03/09/2014 at 07:53

Morning all. Dry but cloudy here. Full day at work today for me too. We're very busy suddenly with extras for elections and a  couple of people off on hols, so may not get anything done outside after. Nothing done yesterday either as I still felt a bit rough and shivery  

Liri - I can lend you my crampons...

Off for a quick look before I go. Have a good day everyone. 

Fab Gardening Programme

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 21:35

I have to agree with you Lesley. It was everything I disliked about Scottish gardens and Scottish gardening in general  - Heather, Rhodies and twee, outdated bedding.

Where it scores now though, is the simple clear advice from experienced people, as you say. Even when they discuss plants I'm not particularly interested in, it's presented in such a gentle and well informed way that it's a pleasure to watch. The comparison trials are excellent for anyone trying to decide what to plant - whether flower, fruit or veg.


Posted: 02/09/2014 at 21:09

You're right fidget - sludgy 

It's such a strong flower shape  - which deserves a good crisp colour to show it off. 

New Member

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 21:04

But you always have a 'whale' of a time when you're out David...


Posted: 02/09/2014 at 21:02

Harmony's nice too fidget. It was me that didn't like KH. It's a horrid combination of yellow and lavender....yuck 

A nice row of them in identical terracotta pots is a good way to have them, or down a set of steps 

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Posted: 02/09/2014 at 20:50

Welcome freewillow. 


Posted: 02/09/2014 at 20:41

The reticulata ones are lovely -  a bit different from just crocus etc at that time of year. I always have them in pots. The purples are a good rich colour and the flowers are so neat and sharp, like the Chrysographes Irises. Cheap to buy and an instant hit of joy at the end of the winter 

Dry for now Lesley..but a bit overcast and chilly, not the sunny weather we had at the weekend   

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