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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 18:37

I presume you're like me then Percy - a  good cup of tea!  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 17:43

Cute pix Percy  

Nice to see the garden being well used during that untypical spell of weather we've had up here! Apart from the 'wash day' pic ....

That montana looks tremendous. 

Are you sure your coffee mug's big enough though? ...

RB - lovely to have a chrysalis to watch. I'm very jealous .Hope you get see it 'hatch'.  

Garden isn't too bad at all thanks. Lots to sort round the 'stension now to finish the back garden and organise the area down the side.  I've done quite a bit already, but work and hillwalks get in the way of gardening time   

White garden

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 12:52

I think it's an underrated plant Lou. 

The one I have here has just finished flowering - centre of pic, behind the geranium and hebe


What should i fill my new planters with (compost, stones, topsoil?)

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 12:39

Hi Scott - it really depends what you want to grow in them. For long term planting - ie shrubs, perennials etc, you'd want a mix of soil and compost, and probably some grit mixed in if it's for things that like good drainage- especially if you have high rainfall. For temporary planting , ie your tomatoes or annuals, you'd get away with compost. 

You could always have one of each, or even put a couple of divisions in the boxes so that you can have more variety. I've done that with raised beds I made here. I have one section which has planting that needs more moisture, and the others  have a lighter, more free draining mix.

As long as you remember which bit is which!  

White garden

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 12:32

Lou - I had another thought as soon as I sent that first post but didn't have time to edit!

White broom will also make a lovely hedge. It glows in the fading light in late spring. I planted one at the gate of a previous house for exactly that purpose. Not strictly thought of as evergreen, but it does stay green. Dead easy to maintain - thrives on neglect. Just trim when you need to.

White garden

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 08:14

Eleagnus - there are silver varieties, although I can't remember if they are the evergreen ones Lou 

Every green for front garden

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 08:12

Hi Denise - whereabouts in the country are you? Things like Cistus aren't reliably hardy  up here for instance, so make sure whatever you choose will suit your own conditions.

Are you sure you mean perennials and not shrubs? Perennials die back in winter. With the aspect you have, shrubs which like a bit of shade will do best. Good old Potentillas are very straightforward, and Euonymous will give easy to maintain evergreen cover. If the soil's not alkaline -  Azaleas, Pieris and Skimmia will all do well. They can all be pruned if they eventually get too big, as it's quite a narrow border you have.

You can interplant with some spring bulbs for a bit of extra colour too. 


Posted: 15/06/2016 at 08:03

Morning all/afties Pat. Terrific pic! 

Tuck up warm though  

Glad you had a safe journey BL. Hope the weather's a bit better here than you've had at home recently.

Lots of rain here overnight and still raining now. Nice steady stuff though - perfect for the garden, and especially my weed and feed. I'm getting quite good at timing  that   

We had a power cut last night though, so I went out to get on with digging the post hole for the relocation of my side gate. Managed five minutes and the heavens opened   

I was forced to do housework till it came back on....what's that about?  

Off to work soon - hope everyone has a good day  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 07:52

I'll echo the others Joybell - beautiful 

It is indeed amazing David. No matter what else goes on around is, nature just carries on doing it's thing. I watched a programme the other night about butterflies, and marvelled again at how they go from caterpillars to 'sludge' to those stunning creatures. We sort of take it for granted, yet it's such an incredible process.

Don't know how you deal with those fluctuations in temperatures! 

Tiny Plants

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 17:43

A fairy sized plant Clari.....I'd never fit in there.... 

Saxifrages and sempervivums would be my suggestions. They don't look that small though - are they really tea cup sized? 

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