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What is best around decking

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:51

Some structural planting to soften that fence would be good Simon. It would be worth getting some trellis on it and putting a few climbers there.  I'd be inclined to create a border along the front edge and  have some planting along there as well to give a little screening and make the deck seem more secluded. Grasses would be good  as there are loads of different heights and shapes to choose from, and the flowers spikes give a bit of movement. You could mix airier types like Miscanthus and Stipa with the aforementioned Phormiums.  They won't like sitting in heavy  soil so you'll need to spend a bit of time creating a good environment for all your plants first,  as you said. 

If you have other planted areas round the garden you could use some of the same plants to give a bit of unity. Repeat planting is very effective to link areas of the garden together. 

Seed sowing

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:35

Is your  lettuce bolting Tracey? It likes a little shade so stick it in a less sunny corner and see if it's better. I do regular sowings in pots/troughs and pick the young leaves like fidget does. Rocket's easy so give that a go if you like it.


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:31

Looking good Dove. Can I borrow your builders? 

Lizzie- oh to be only 50 again... Definitely wouldn't want to be 40 - had a six week old baby to look after. She was very good though. Still is really 

Chicken and Parma ham eaten with some roasted carrots and tomatoes. Enjoyed that. Sowed some basil while it was cooking.


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 17:33

If you can keep it in a shadier part of your garden Susan it'll appreciate it.  Morning sun at this time of year isn't great for it - same as Acers - and try and give it some shelter from wind as the blooms are quite delicate. Keeping it well watered in late summer is important as that's when it forms it's buds for the following spring. 

I have a birthday this year so what are ŷou going to get me?

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 17:25

That's easy Verd.....


raised ponds.built out of sleepers and scaffolding boards

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 17:13

I had a raised pond in a previous garden and  I made it when my children were young. It was about 2' high at the end nearest the house and ran into a sloping border which formed the beach for birds and wildlife to get in and out. The girls were educated about it and had a wonderful time watching all the snails, pondskaters, tadpoles and birds using it. We had a timber edge round it so it formed a seat. I never had a problem but it depends entirely  on how you teach children and, of course, how you supervise them.

I don't have any photos unfortunately as it was pre digital camera! 


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 17:01

Maybe I should change my name to Fairylady since I'm slightly older than 27....

but only slightly older of course....

Busy day at work. Washing is wet but it smells nice now that it's inside drying 

Off for a look round to catch up  before I do dinner. Chicken wrapped in Parma ham.

Aubrieta and fuschia

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 12:51

I'm treating myself on Friday 

The aubretias will romp away very quickly. I'd agree with Lyn about the Fuchsia care. Give them a bit of time in a bigger pot.

What is best around decking

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 12:48

Is the deck on the same level as the surrounding garden Simon? If you can give us an idea of aspect and size for the borders you want to create it will help with suggestions. Also, what type of planting you prefer - I'm guessing more structural than flowery - and any colours you like. 

If you have a bit of shade Fatsia japonica is a great structural plant and is evergreen. I had one at the end of a deck in a previous garden.


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 12:45

I need to haul my lazy **** up a few mountains if I want to keep eating what I like doc  

Stop changing your names you lot - I'm old and easily confused! 

Someone asked about sticking plants in bigger pots - when there's roots showing at the bottom of the pot they're in, that's when to pot on. They've used up the room they have and need more. If you have more than one seedling in a pot, you prick them out into individual ones when they're big enough to handle, ie a couple of pairs of true leaves. 

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