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Posted: 19/08/2015 at 15:54

Too late - I've eaten them Yvie  

Only kidding - I saved a few   



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Posted: 19/08/2015 at 15:33

The plants are taking over - run for the hills.....oh no ...they're full of peat hags and thistles....

They've had a few of those talk ins Hosta. They had the 'a man died after touching Aconitum' story a while back. 

Aren't people daft sometimes? 

ideas for raised beds -new garden

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 15:29

It's always best to wait a bit and see what's what  

You'll probably find one end gets a bit more sun than the other but it doesn't mean you can't use some repeat planting as many shrubs and perennials will be happy in a bit of sun or a bit of shade. If you have windows that you regularly look out of onto the space, then try and have a bit of evergreen planting there with spring bulbs to cheer you up when spring seems a long way away.

I have a long narrow border along my back fence which is  mainly evergreens. It's north west facing - and gets a little afternoon sun at this time of year, complete shade from October to about April. I use Heucheras, Tiarellas, Pachysandra and native primulas for the main groundcover, and astilbes and Japanese anemones  for a bit of height. I have Osmanthud burkwoodii at one end which is evergreen and has scented white flowers in spring. I also use Lonicera nitida for height as well, which I just trim now and again. Loads of snowdrops, crocus, narcissus and wild rocket  tucked in as well. In areas which are brighter, evergreens like Hebes make good structural shrubs, and I have Euonymous and phormiums for contrast, with clematis on the fence behind. Loads of bulbs including alliums for summer. Pasqueflowers and Hellebores are nice for late winter/spring. My beds are purples, whites and soft yellows with brighter yellows in spring, but I also have shocking pink Dianthus in pots.

That will give you a few ideas to look at but you'll get loads more ideas from everyone here.  

Just a thought re planting clematis or any other climber for your pergola. You can plant into the gravel areas either side as well, unless there's concrete or anything there. As it's a new property, the chances are that the soil will be pretty poor so if you do that, just add plenty of compost/soil/farmyard manure into the area first. Most climbers need a good bit of nutrition to perform at their best. 

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Posted: 19/08/2015 at 15:13

I kinda know that Hosta 


Posted: 19/08/2015 at 15:12

It's very inconsiderate Yvie. If you live in the middle of nowhere, then fine,feed and indulge whatever you want, but when you have near neighbours, you do have a responsibility. Oh  I forgot - no one wants to take responsibility for anything these days....

Raining here too and I could do th e ironing. Then again... 

I made pancakes instead. 

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Posted: 19/08/2015 at 15:07

How very dare you Hosta - and did you have to go on a special government run course first? 


Posted: 19/08/2015 at 15:04

Quite so Hosta and Bushman.

I'm happily single now and hope to remain that way for a long time! 

Will Camellias or Viburnums survive in a narrow strip of soil?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 15:02

A word of caution re the white Escallonia - it's not too hardy. I'm in central Scotland- quite exposed garden at about 400ft and the one I planted about 18 months ago turned up it's toes. Winter wet is the main enemy and we just had too much of that for it. I've had the pink one before, but I'm not keen on the colour so I tried the white one. 

Camellias would be nice if you can keep them well watered at this time of year when the buds for next year start forming. Your soil may be neutral - mine is - and it's a common myth that all the shrubs you already  have need acid soil. They don't - they just don't like alkaline soil. Watering with rainwater is a good idea though - we have no need to worry about that here  


Posted: 19/08/2015 at 14:22

It seems a rather vile site altogether Hosta, so anything's possible with the people 'in charge'. 

I can guarantee none of my details will be exposed! 

Will Camellias or Viburnums survive in a narrow strip of soil?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 14:20

Camellias need a bit of shade from morning sun - especially in late winter when frost can damage emerging buds as the sun hits them. They also need plenty of water so if it's a dry, exposed site they're probably not suitable. There are lots of Viburnums so there's bound to be one that will suit. Choisya ternata is another possibility if it's not too exposed.  Escallonia if it's sunny and well drained. Can you give us a little more info about the aspect and soil conditions? That will help with other suggestions. 

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