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Crows and Magpies!!!

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 13:34

Here it is Tracey. It's one of those wall hanging thingies so it's against a square pot but a standard basket would do the job as well. Mine is on the remaining slabs in the garden which makes it easy to keep clean, but Dove's right - if you have it on grass or gravel you can peg the sides down to stop it moving. I have lots of pots round about it just now as the garden is still under re -construction,but they give a bit of shelter from the wind and weather!  

And no - it's not a real hedgehog - it was my oldest daughter's when she was little and we're quite fond of it


Crows and Magpies!!!

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 22:34

Tracey - I made a 'cage' on the ground with an old wire hanging basket. I have a fat feeder inside it as well, and it means small birds can get in to access the  food and bigger birds like magpies and pigeons can't. (I put food out in the open for them)  The dunnocks and robins love it, and I attach an apple to the front as well so that the blackbirds come in, and they can reach some of the food nearest the edges.

I'll try and get a pic tomorrow if I get a chance 


Posted: 10/02/2014 at 20:14

Fidget - are you joining me on the naughty step....

I like Verd's hat 


Posted: 10/02/2014 at 20:02

Poddington - how about Sage and Onion....

Planting in a small gravel boarder

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 19:52

We crossed there Verd. I agree -a repeat planting is always best for narrow areas, hence my Hebe and Lavender suggestions 

Planting in a small gravel boarder

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 19:49

Are you looking for something low growing, or do you want to cover the fence Tommy? Also, do you want a mixture of planting or the same plant all the way along?

If you want to hide the fence, you could attach wires and put climbers in  - Clematis for instance. There are loads of choices for that. If there's good drainage, you could have things like Thyme (low growing) and Rosemary (taller but  there's a low growing one too) which are both evergreen.  Lavender would also do well there and needs the same conditions  (also evergreen) and you could have an impressive hedge to look at.  Some of the smaller Hebes would also do a similar job (the bigger ones would spread too much for the size of border)  and would also create a very smart uniform look. You may want to think about colours you like too - I'm sure you have preferences there - and it also depends how much  time you want to spend maintaining the border.

That's just a few suggestions to think about.  Hope I've not confused you too much! 

Osmanthus burkwoodii

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 19:29

I think if you have to keep them in pots it's important to make sure the pots are big enough to sustain them and you remove some of the old compost each year and replace it with fresh, as shrubs will use up the nutrients very quickly. Also, making sure they have adequate water but aren't waterlogged either, and they have suitable drainage. Plants in pots are always going to need more attention than they would in the open ground. Bringing them inside means they'll lack light too, which won't help.

Is it possible to post a pic, and is the balcony quite small Possum? If it's not over or under watering, it may be as simple as  needing fewer shrubs in bigger pots so that they have room to grow, especially when you say you've had the same issue with other plants.

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 18:54

You're getting good MrsG - cutting and pasting!

I was looking at the next picture 

The foliage looks so fresh on that pic doesn't it? 

I'd like a plant like this...

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 18:06

I know the one you mean MMeerkat it's a particularly nice one. Beautiful colour.

BL - isn't it strange how they can be so different! I think Knautia is more forgiving  of wetter conditions than Scabious, but that may just be my own experience.

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 13:51

What lovely pix DD.  Where is the location? My crocus aren't out yet but I've lots that aren't far away and I'm looking forward to them.

I agree totally Fleurisa. Not an Iris I care for at all - insipid colour isn't it?  I have 'Purple Gem' which are deep purple and I've grown 'Pauline' before which is also very dark.  

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