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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.


Posted: 20/09/2013 at 13:57

Does that mean you've made one Dove?? 

Welcome MMouse 

Went to Gc and managed not to buy any plants or bulbs but did buy bird food and also membrane for the path. There were a few bargains I might go back and get - things the nursery doesn't have at the moment, but the bulb selection was poor so I've just been online - planning for the ones I want to order...

Best go now and start shifting slabs. 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 13:50

Looking really good Singy. Pergola's very impressive! 

Are you putting more planting on the pergola? It's a great opportunity for climbers isn't it. Pix were fine when I enlarged 

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 11:38

Sara anywhere that sells pond plants will be selling stuff off just now or in the near future so it's a good time to buy and you can just keep them in containers of water  or similar over the winter in a sheltered spot. I had water hyacinth many years ago and it's really beautiful- not too hardy up here so I lost it, but beautiful fragrance. Water mint is handy if you've a space to fill, but- like it's ground dwelling relations- it's invasive so keep it in containers. At my last house it had been planted at one end, where the spring fed into the pond, in 3 or 4 tyres so it wasn't an issue although it seeded around a bit.  Great for wildlife.

Lovely bit of work there dannyson.  It'll be really great next year when it all fills out and you get all the wildlife in. It doesn't take long either. It's the best feature to have in a garden by far. I miss the ponds at my last house and even if I can only have a tiny one here I'll do it.


Posted: 20/09/2013 at 09:33

I had Hydrangea petiolaris on the north east wall of a previous house and we were about 700/800 feet up (west of Scotland). The wind would have taken your head off sometimes as it came straight up the valley and we had no shelter in that bit so I dare say it would be fine in your location. Rabbits were our biggest problem! It self clings but you just need to guide it onto the wall to start it off. It can cover big areas in time but it's easy enough to cut back. I've seen it in lots of locations in the Lake District too - the climate there is quite similar to where I am- wet and windy!  

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