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What to put in cleared terrace border?

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 09:27

Hi Catherine, although you're north facing you could try Phormiums if you like them. They prefer a sunny position but I've grown them in shadier spots and as long as the drainage is good, they do well. Some of the yellowy/creamy/green varieties will brighten the area too, on dark days I've also used Hebes in the same way - you'll get the structure but fewer flowers.  Shrubs like Sarcococca(Christmas box) should be fine too, and you can keep them trimmed to a nice shape if you want a structural look like box but without the expense. Pittosporum is evergreen - lots of colours and shapes with those. not 100% hardy everywhere so just check that. I've got Pernettyas (called Gaultherias now) here which are happy with shade and are evergreen - berries on those too. Hardy geraniums will grow almost anywhere so they would provide you with colour - loads to choose from - and they'll fit your cottagey theme. If you site them at the edges of the wall, they'll often tumble down too. Pachysandras and Tiarellas are low growing and evergreen. Dicentras  ( Bleeding Heart) Heucheras, and Polemoniums (Jacob's Ladder) are very useful perennials for shady aspects and Hostas if you can cope with Mr Slug and his friends!  Lots of bulbs will be happy there too.

Hope that gives you a couple of ideas - there will be loads more ideas from others here 

Overseeding the lawn

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 09:14

You sound like you've done all the right things jack. As you say, the conditions are going to make it difficult for a lawn to be at it's best. If you're keen to keep it you'll just have to accept that it's going to need a bit of maintenance. If you think the space can stand it - you've said it's a small space - perhaps you could take the shadiest section away and plant that up instead. It would be a shame to pave it over again as a green space is always preferable, but sometimes grass is more trouble than it's worth in small areas. Greenery is always a better solution, and plants won't necesssarily be more work than grass which people often assume. If you get tired of grass you'll get plenty of ideas here for an alternative. 

Plant ID please

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 09:06

Are you losing your touch nut?...


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 09:02

It's worse than that KEF - I'm collecting my daughter from Uni to take her somewhere, which means I have to go into Glasgow....would rather pull my liver out with a rusty hook than drive in there...

You won't desert us now you have new friends, will you chick? 


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 08:21

Sorry Verd - I promise to do good now but my wand was in fighting mode after recent 'stuff' here...

Bill has good friends here Verd - even if we're only in cyberspace.  I hope he'll continue to come here for support.  I'm sure he will. 

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 08:10

Ggirl - lots of things will be happy in the clay soil - all the ponds I've had have been surrounded by it. The flag irises and bog plants of all sorts will be fine if it's wet and soggy all the time. A grass that looks great by ponds is Spartina. Not always easy to find but it copes with fluctuating water so it want mind being wet sometimes and dry at others. It's an arching green/yellow grass with foliage like a finer Phormium. Gets to about a metre or so and forms a nice clump. Schizostylus (Kaffir lily) grew well round my last one too and they give a bit of late colour. All the sedges will do well in clay.


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 07:58

Morning all. Frosty here but it's only been around 3 degrees most mornings here anyway so it doesn't feel colder- much nicer though. Clean and fresh instead of miserable and wet. Sorry you're getting it Verd- didn't mean to send it to you...

Aren't they beautiful chicky? When I was a child, we had an owl who often used to sit on the swing in the back garden. 

Lovely comments to Bill last night. It's a situation none of us with children would ever want to go through, but we never know what's round the corner. I hope he continues to share his feelings with us here. Continued support is vital  - wherever it comes from. My sister and BIL needed it many years ago.

No work for me today but other things to do. At least I'll get washing out. Simple things.

Stay safe if you have stormy weather everyone.


Plant ID please

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 07:49

My first thought was Lamb'sLugs/Ears too, just looks a little too fuzzy for Knapweed/Centaurea but I can see the similarity to that as well. 

Waterlogged veg patch

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 19:11

If it's not too big an area, could you cover with polythene, leaving spaces for airflow like a polytunnel type of effect? It would warm the soil up and prevent further wetting. 

conflicting answers

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 19:06

Lisa- it breaks my heart to hear of the issues you have with neighbours. Like Duncan's thoughtless, inconsiderate and ignorant ones, it becomes so difficult to deal with because if you stand up to them it can end in retaliation. There's no support for decent people who are just trying to live their lives in peace and quiet. I'm fortunate that the ones I have issues with aren't immediate neighbours, but it makes me feel quite insecure at times.

Duncan - it's great to recycle isn't it? That wire will make a lovely support for all your lovely plants...

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