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North facing wall.

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 12:20

They're good on here aren't they Balvinder! I knew someone would know which roses would suit you. I'd agree with obelixx about the concrete. If you want a good display, it pays to get the preparation right. It would be a shame to spend your money and then always be struggling to get the plants to perform. I had a  similar problem last year when creating  a raised bed in front of a fence. There were 2 large concrete blocks underneath part of it and, although I could have left one of them as it was on it's end, I dug it out to give my plants the best chance of success. The soil would have been shallow and it could also have affected the drainage.

Awkward Soil Patch

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 11:39

Good suggestions there. I have a similar strip on the outside of my fence and I'm just going to stick a line of heathers along it. I don't really like them, but it will provide easily maintained cover and is also good for wildlife especially at this time of year.

Can any one identify this plant and give basic care info

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 11:36

Red Edge I'd say. Dave's advice is sound - replace a bit of the compost layer as well before the mulch 


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 11:34

That's good Dove. At least we won't have to shout now for you to hear us.


Dead lawn

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 11:31

I'd agree with Dave, Raymond. It's a common problem with builders and new houses. It's what's underneath the grass that determines  how it will perform and if that's not brilliant it's always going to be difficult to keep it looking right. The fact that they added fertiliser to the ground before laying the turf tells the story. There should have been a good layer of soil instead. Adding fertiliser at that point has just given you a false, temporary result and the yellow patches indicate the poor root growth Dave mentions.  Give it a chance to dry out and then take it from there. If it's only compacted rather than the soil base being inadequate, you can spike it to give drainage holes, which you then fill with grit or coarse sand and that may be enough to improve it. Then you need to be a little bit meaner with the food! 


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 11:16

Morning all. Late for me - was catching up with Salamander from last night. Don't think anyone here is watching it. It's very good. 

Dull here and a bit damp looking - supposed to rain later. Will get some compost at GC as they had a good deal there when I was in yesterday with a friend. Got some dark sweet peas so I'll just sow them straight outside I think once I get compost into raised bed. No suitable creams or whites so I'll get them online. Louise, I presume you just want to get your sw. peas hardened off a bit before putting out? Sounds right to me - if they're too coddled and warm they just get leggy. Remember to pinch them out as well. David's sp thread will give you all the info you need 

Edd - don't get me started on stupid people who go up hills inadequately dressed. Have seen so many of them 

Dove - hope the ear's better soon. Don't delay getting the right treatment.

Hope everyone has a good day. Think I may have to do ironing later 


Posted: 08/03/2014 at 20:20

Ribes sanguineum Matt - the flowering currant 


Posted: 08/03/2014 at 20:16

Fatsias look great in that sort of situation as they have tropical looking foliage but are pretty tough and easy to grow, and give a good backdrop to other colours. If your soil's suitable, rhododendrons have good sized flowers and the bright red or pink ones could work well.


Posted: 08/03/2014 at 19:51

I'd like to get another Miscanthus Verd, but I don't think this garden will lend itself to them. I've got a different look here- a bit more traditional -and I'm not sure I could work one in without it looking wrong.

Once the extension's done though... I might be able to create a suitable area outside the French Doors as I'll have a small decked balcony and will probably put some of the phormiums below it, and....

Yes - perhaps I can work one in after all  

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 19:43

I think you're right - they need careful consideration in terms of other plants. Many people keep it subtle - lots of green foliage, bit of white etc so that the poppy is the star of the show. Only problem with that is, once they're over, you need something else to take their place or it could become a bit flat. Depends on the look you want though. I feel they work best in contemporary 'less is more' gardens. A Scandinavian look perhaps! 

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