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Thin, shallow and uneven borders, full of wood chippings...

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 10:02

SPea - can you scrape out all the rubbish and bark etc and pop a few bags of topsoil/compost in it? I'd put the Phormium in a big pot at the front door. It could probably be divided into two plants by the look of it.  If it's growing happily there - which it seems to be - then it's probably fairly well draining and sunny, so you'd be able to grow quite a varied amount of stuff there. 


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 09:56

Marion - those tulips are looking terrific. Are they 'Spring Green'? I love the little striped species ones as well. You're plants are all so much further ahead down there. Daffs only just starting to come through here apart from old established ones. Those Arums are lovely too.

What a busy hard working woman you are! I hope you take some time out to enjoy your big anniversary 

I'd second the Sedums if you want loads of butterflies and bees. Easy plants to work with too.

Disappearing bulbs

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 09:50

I hadn't thought of mice lilly but it does sound like it's animal more than anything really if there's no problem with soil conditions. Not sure what you can do about that - apart from getting a cat!  

Have you tried any in pots as an experiment to see if they fare any better? 

Plant addiction

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 09:47

I can buy what I want, when I want - that's the advantage of being on my own again!  

A new log path project

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 09:43

It will look terrific Chris. You'll have a lovely space in the summer and by next summer it'll look like it's always been there. 

I can highly recommend some native primulas, snowdrops and some of the pale cream and white crocus for this time of year too. I've got loads of them in a shady narrow border at the back and they glow.


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 09:39

Bulbs are such great value. I spent around £70  last year on approx 500 bulbs, mainly from an online bulb company. The crocus have all been terrific, loads of narcissus about to flower and I have alliums and Dutch Iris for later. Can't beat them for impact at this time of year.

Raised beds

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 09:33

I'd agree with art and scroggin. Heavy duty fencing timber is very cheap and does the job brilliantly too. If you add a little edging on the top - like a coping - it'll look posher. Mitre the corners.  I'm going for more timber today to do that on mine as they're not for veg - they're for ornamentals. 


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 09:26

Oooh chick! Very nice 


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 09:24

Morning OL. Sweet peas  Maybe you need to come at them with a triple prong attack - beer traps, grit and some frogs! I've not had problems with them here - yet, but I think the miles of gravel and timber they'd have to cross leaves them feeling like they've been on a rough grater! Once I do a lawn it might change  as they'll have an easier route 

Poke a few seeds directly into the ground next to the ones you've got as a backup. 

A new log path project

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 09:18

It's looking great Chris. What lovely pix with the sun glinting through the trees. You should put them on the Garden Gallery thread too 

What other plants have you got in there?

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