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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 19:21

Great pix Deano and KEF! And smashing spuds Archie!  

KEF- it'll be fine - I'm sitting behind it so I'll keep an  eye open for any probs ...

Forum up the creek

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 14:31

gardenfantic - I don't use explorer either so it's not that.

As  Daniel has said here - hopefully the issues will be fixed soon and we'll all be happy bunnies!!

Thanks Daniel 

Planting for 45° bank

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 14:20

You have a big project there Hfl - very exciting though! We had an Acer  next to the bank too (which you can see just next to the stone gate posts) but it was the wrong location for it- too exposed and sunny. They would be lovely if you want a slight Japanese touch. I think whoever planted it did so because of the colour!  Groundcover plants that knit together and stabilise the bank would be a big help to you. The Vincas previously mentioned are ideal for that, as is BL's suggestion of hypericum - it's taller too so you get a contrast. The problem with lots of ground cover plants is that you can end up with everything the same height which is very uninspiring. We had a  pencil conifer for vertical interest (not in that pic)and you could use something like that very effectively - there's a blue/green juniper that is similar. At the foreground of my pic you can see where the area flattened out and there was more conventional pond side planting etc. That end of the bank (right hand side of the path) had phormiums and crocosmia and hostas. It all had to be bunny proof!   Some of those could be incorporated too for your oriental look and are all pretty low maintenance. Ferns are another good plant beside the pond and are easy to maintain - the Hart's tongue varieties are evergreen.


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 13:41

 Mark, weedkiller can be used if that's your preference but you may need several applications to get rid of persistent offenders and you'd have to be careful not toget it on plants yu want to keep. Another alternative is to smother them thoroughly with black plastic so that you deprive them of light, and leave them till the late winter/spring so that you can start afresh. Are they on an area where you could use a lawn mower or a strimmer? If so, you an use that to cut them right down first to make it easier. If not, shears will also do the job. Some weeds -like horsetail- can still make their way underground to pop up at the edges where they get the light but you could  tackle those individually if that happens. Many weeds are made worse by digging unless you are very thorough about getting every little piece of root out -eg bindweed - as even little pieces left in the soil will regrow.  

This forum is a bit of a joke!

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 13:23

Verd andMrsD - have you tried refreshing the page you post onto once you've submitted it or the pages on threads you want to look at? That seems to be the only way it works just now. 

Unless the iPads have other problems too!

MrsD - the 'email response' doodah hasn't been working properly for a while. Tina already flagged it up to Daniel recently. I don't use it but lots of people do. I use  'followed threads' which gives you the ones you follow (although that doesn't seem to be working very well either) but it might at least let you see where you've posted etc. Failing that, you have to just look through each thread and refresh the pages as you go, but it can be time consuming!

Weed or Plant identification

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 08:10

I think welshonion's suggestion is probably the quickest and easiest method of solving the problem Kevin. It's very frustrating when this happens but you'll get round it somehow!


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 08:06

Dove that's really nice. It sounds like a lovely Iris. Go out and get that bed dug - or you could wait till you retire -plenty of time then!   

You have a lot of digging to do, what with the wildlife pond as well 

Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 08:02

Hi Mark. As Dove says the site's giving a few probs just now but stick with it! There's lots of great people here with loads of experience and knowledge to help with any of your queries. I've learned loads already. The Morning and Evening forkers threads are good for catching up with what everyone's doing, or just a little bit of chat, and if you need plants identified you can put some pix on a separate thread and you'll be virtually guaranteed a reply!


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 07:51

Morning all. Cloudy here but it's to get better. More 'shed base sorting' later I think.

Stay safe on those heels chick!

KEF-    -especially just now with it taking so long to get round the threads!

Stacey I divided some of my favourite Iris earlier this year as they'd been stuck ina pot too long and there's loads of new shoots popping up. Lovely when you see  something growing away safely isn't it? 

Very autumnal feel here now. According to the news, youngest daughter might get exam results today, although they said in our info it would be tomorrow 

She may need chocolate ...

HAve a good day all.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 22:15

Bed for me too I think.

Goodnight forum friends...

I like that chick 

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