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redesigning my tiny bland front garden

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 14:15

Shorthand for Garden Centre 

Evergreen Shrubs?

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 14:09

Choisya would be my first thought or Escallonia. Ceanothus maybe -if you like the blue flowers.

redesigning my tiny bland front garden

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 14:06


Jesse- your GC sounds very condescending! Hebes are great if you want the look of box balls but don't want the trimming as there are plenty of small rounded ones available. Flowers on them too which attract bees.

I have 'wee' borders too! 


Posted: 22/09/2013 at 10:02

Morning all. Looking nice here. Not caught up with all the posts for last day or two yet. Back aching from too much construction work so will try and do some planting today if poss. I don't seem to get too much trouble with vine weevil but I do check every plant I buy before I put it in and don't buy too many 'imported' plants whenever possible which may help. Better find some wood to touch now...plenty outside anyway! Cats are a b****y nuisance Dove. Apologies to cat lovers- I've had several myself- but they are! Stacey- chickens do scratch and dig all sorts of stuff so it might not have been weevils they were after.

Verd's specialised Cornish ones are very interesting - are they big and ugly and scary enough to deter children Verdi? 

Clay soil

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 09:53

I've always  gardened on clay wendy and adding well rotted manure or even the dried stuff you can buy is the best solution along with plenty of grit. I add a handfull or two whenever I plant anything. A bit of prep might seem expensive but it's well worth it in the end. Some nurseries also sell off old compost cheaply and that's useful for adding to beds to make the soil more friable without it costing a fortune. At this time of year some of the diy outlets will be having offers on compost  so that can be a cheaper way of getting some 'lightness' into the soil- a few of these big bulk bags will go a long way.

You don't mention how wide the borders are or how high you want the planting to be but for lower growing planting hardy geraniums are always a good bet and  if you have some sun, the sedums which flower just now ( ice plants)will grow well and Hebes are evergreen if you want structure all year round. Many bulbs will thrive there and if you have some shady bits, Heucheras  and lots of grasses- the sedges - will also do well. 


Posted: 21/09/2013 at 08:36

Morning all. Taking daughter to get something at shops  (early or I won't be going at all!) then more sorting outside while weather's good. Might even get some plants in if I'm lucky- hurray!

Make me something nice please Dove- I'll be hungry later and in need of cake of some kind.

Have a good day all 

topiary ideas

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 08:31

Pyramid? Big cone- like an ice cream cone? 

Qqqqqqqquite exciting........

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 08:22

Start with the structure jeannie so that you have a backdrop for everything else. If you do a section of your garden at a time it makes it less of a chore but you might want a hedge or a repeat of a nice feature shrub right round the garden (depending on the size etc) so it may be worth getting that in place first, then do a border or area at a time as the aspect will change and that determines what you grow. Taking time to prepare an area is time well spent. You can make borders bigger in time if you get the bug and can't resist plants of all types!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 19:59

Well deserved Woody- but nut's right- you shouldn't have to be moving! You'll be full of that cake Dove made for you too 

chicky if you're on here tonight- I've got some White Imperial tulips, Allium sphaerocephalon (some of which are already planted in pots with Verb. bonariensis) and some Tresamble narcissus and I want to order white Joan of Arc crocus and a selection of purple and white tulips, narcissus and crocus plus some of the dwarf Iris. Shouldn't really be buying anything but youknow what it's like! 

Feeling weary from my slab lifting so having a rest just now.

Pond Visitor

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 14:03

We had all our fish nicked at last house- definitely human. There were 2 huge koi and 4 big Golden Orfe in the main pond and three little koi in the smaller netted pond. They put the net back so we didn't realise at first and they were very skittish. We initially though fox as we had a little family of them in the bit on other side of driveway and we had a beached area at that end where the fish often swam.  We discovered the biggest koi dead and partially hidden in at the edge where the spring came into the pond. We presumed it had been dropped. After a few weeks and no sign of any fish we knew they'd all gone.

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