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Posted: 23/03/2014 at 08:51

Morning all. Had a good sleep for a change. Lazed around for a while watching Griff Rhys Jones and having brekkie. Beautiful day so no doubt I'll spend ages debating what I should do to make the most of it. Grass needs a cut so I might do it even if the ground's still a bit iffy. Lots of painting still, and maybe get the big pot washed for sw. peas. Might just sow them and cover them till they germinate.

Hope everyone has a good day. Off for a look round as I wasn't on last night  

New gardener seeking advice

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 16:35

I have some low growing Gaultheris which have red berries and are good for shade. In the same border I have Tiarellas and Heucheras - they grow quickly and are readily available. They have small flowers held high above the foliage. Lots of varieties. Pachysandra terminalis is also in the same border - small white flowers above bright green foliage. I'll put a couple of pix on to give you an idea. There are lots of Euphorbias which are quite low growing and many aren't fussy about sun or shade. Euonymous are useful foliage plants for sun or shdae - green and cream or green and gold varieties. They get to a reasonable size but you can easily trim them back if they get too big.  If the soil's not alkaline you could try some of the dwarf rhododendrons as they will take a while to get big so wouldn't take over quickly. 

This pic shows the Gaultheria (with the berries) and there's Euonymous behind it - green/cream foliage:

 this is a Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade' :

 and this is another Heuchera 'Alabama Sunrise':

 There are lots of purple Heucheras, easy to obtain. Hope that gives you a couple of suggestions.


Posted: 22/03/2014 at 16:19

Some more painting done but rain came on. That orange fence paint should be banned - it's  a nightmare to cover up 

Think I'm single handedly keeping Ronseal in I know how those men who  painted the Forth Bridge felt 

Is there any chance that the neighbour will get any chocs Verd? Or will it just be an empty box full of little paper cases....

New gardener seeking advice

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 16:13

Sorry - you posted the pic while I was typing!

New gardener seeking advice

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 16:12

Hi Ted. there will be lots of choices, but a few questions so that it makes it easier to offer suggestions. What sort of things are you already growing and are the beds/borders sunny or shady? Do you have a particular colour scheme in mind and do the plants need to be flowering as well or is that unimportant? What is your soil like - heavy clay, sandy ?

Also, if you can post a pic it will help too 


Posted: 22/03/2014 at 12:30

Not a lot of productiveness achieved apart from cleaning. Too cold to paint so will leave it till tomorrow and do the dreaded h*******k today I think.

Got a big terracotta pot soaking that had a Phormium in it (now planted in the raised bed) so I may venture out and scrub it ready for sweet peas. 

I'm scared!

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 12:14

Phasmid - sweet peas can transform almost anything can't they 

They should be available on the NHS doc!

One small piece of advice I'd give is - get some height - don't have everything on a similar level. It can look very dull even if you have lots of colour. And the aforementioned sweet peas will do the job very well Loganberry. A few wigwams dotted around will make a big difference 

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Posted: 22/03/2014 at 12:06

Edd's idea is a bigger version of what I suggested earlier Loganberry. Some posts bolted onto your paving /decking and trellis or the pallets fixed to them. If you use containers  - like your window boxes - and attach them with brackets or hooks rather than screwing them on, they can be removed and so could the trellis/pallets for easy access if necessary.  A more permanent raised bed will always be better than just containers,  it will give you more scope for planting and make it easier for plants to thrive. The pallets could be used to make that on the side you don't need to use for access, or do you need to gain access from both sides? 

Hedge Selection

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 11:35

Photinias can be iffy Danstar - many threads on here relating to the issues. Do you want an evergreen hedge or does that not matter?

Instant hedging will be very expensive too - whatever variety you go for!


Posted: 22/03/2014 at 10:43

Pappy KEF?????

It's like learning a whole new language on here sometimes....

Well it's not so dreich here today and all this banter's no puttin claes on wee Jeannie so I'll go and do something now...

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