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What is your weather like?

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:42

Our blackies have been very 'present' W'song - isn't it lovely to see them, and hear them too  

Mrs B was sitting on the fence this morning waiting for her breakfast. 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:38

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OH has informed me that today he will be "torqueing up his nuts".... I hope he's referring to the 'van wheels 


I do love a sheep Pat - couldn't eat a whole one....

I always have a chat with them when I'm walking - hope that keeps me safe from their marauding tendencies.... 

There's a hill which is renowned for having some goats on top which habitually nick walker's lunches  

Have to head out soon. Really can't be bothered, but might do some seed sowing later  


My1st garden!

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:16

I don't think a pergola with seating will be of much use in a north west facing garden unless the garden's long enough to accommodate it at the end where it gets most sun. Something simpler might get used more  

I'd agree with BL - some climbers along that rear fence will instantly make that more attractive.  It should be south east facing so will get a decent amount of sun. A good border there to incorporate a seating area would be ideal. Put in some year round interest for attracting wildlife, plus some evergreens and spring bulbs, and that gives you something nice to look at during the winter. I'd keep the hedge too - privacy will be necessary with that conservatory in the far corner. 

The area nearest the house can have some simple planting around your patio. Treat that separately - it will be shadier. Small areas work best if they have decent sized planting areas but fewer of them, otherwise it becomes very fussy. 

It also depends how much time you have to devote to your garden maintenance. 

Plant containers

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:06

Make a small hole with a nail or an awl, then drill with a spade bit. Very simple 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:04


Knew that nice frosty/sunny spell wouldn't last  

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 08:13

Morning all/afties Pat. Lovely to see the skinks - and the biccies  

chicky - that's really worrying for you all. Hope they can get to the bottom of it. xxx

Dull and cold and damp here too doc. I admire your ability to face a supermarket that early in the morning.

Oh 'eck fidget - and I thought they were my friends ...


Off to work - see you all later. Have as good a day as possible 

Just purchased a few plants

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 08:03

Small plants need protection as Verd says. Give them time to grow on before planting out - they'll never do well if planted now. If you can rig up a temporary cold frame to get them hardened off  later that would help too, depending on your own weather. Even hardy specimens will suffer if stuck outside in the elements at that stage. 

Ideas for front garden/drive

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 07:59

Low growing shrubs. As mentioned - Euonymous, also  Hebes, and even just Lonicera nitida which can be trimmed occasionally to keep it in check. If you don't have alkaline soil, Cryptomeria will form a mound and looks like a little fir tree. None of those will require much attention and you can add the odd perennial or bulb for seasonal interest through the middle, or at the parts furthest from the car.


Posted: 10/03/2016 at 20:12

Trial and error B3 - you can start small - literally - and get more adventurous as you go along!  

GCs often don't have a huge range of alpine plants, but if you start with the more straightforward ones, you can always try a specialist if you want something different as time goes on.

Having them by a seat is the ideal place too - their tiny little flowers are easier to see  


Posted: 10/03/2016 at 18:07

I could throw  pots with the clay I have here. It's perfectly possible to create an area for alpines. Stick with some of the simple to grow, readily available plants and you won't be too disappointed. Try saxifrages for example, they will be fine. 

If any fail, you can try again -  they're not expensive in most GCs or nurseries  

I wouldn't worry about high nutrients B3. If you mix compost in as you plant, they really won't need much else. In severe weather - wet that is - you can create a bit of shelter for them with a canopy of some kind if you feel it's necessary. Rain is what they don't like, hence the sharp drainage required.  

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