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White garden

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 12:32

Lou - I had another thought as soon as I sent that first post but didn't have time to edit!

White broom will also make a lovely hedge. It glows in the fading light in late spring. I planted one at the gate of a previous house for exactly that purpose. Not strictly thought of as evergreen, but it does stay green. Dead easy to maintain - thrives on neglect. Just trim when you need to.

White garden

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 08:14

Eleagnus - there are silver varieties, although I can't remember if they are the evergreen ones Lou 

Every green for front garden

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 08:12

Hi Denise - whereabouts in the country are you? Things like Cistus aren't reliably hardy  up here for instance, so make sure whatever you choose will suit your own conditions.

Are you sure you mean perennials and not shrubs? Perennials die back in winter. With the aspect you have, shrubs which like a bit of shade will do best. Good old Potentillas are very straightforward, and Euonymous will give easy to maintain evergreen cover. If the soil's not alkaline -  Azaleas, Pieris and Skimmia will all do well. They can all be pruned if they eventually get too big, as it's quite a narrow border you have.

You can interplant with some spring bulbs for a bit of extra colour too. 


Posted: 15/06/2016 at 08:03

Morning all/afties Pat. Terrific pic! 

Tuck up warm though  

Glad you had a safe journey BL. Hope the weather's a bit better here than you've had at home recently.

Lots of rain here overnight and still raining now. Nice steady stuff though - perfect for the garden, and especially my weed and feed. I'm getting quite good at timing  that   

We had a power cut last night though, so I went out to get on with digging the post hole for the relocation of my side gate. Managed five minutes and the heavens opened   

I was forced to do housework till it came back on....what's that about?  

Off to work soon - hope everyone has a good day  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 07:52

I'll echo the others Joybell - beautiful 

It is indeed amazing David. No matter what else goes on around is, nature just carries on doing it's thing. I watched a programme the other night about butterflies, and marvelled again at how they go from caterpillars to 'sludge' to those stunning creatures. We sort of take it for granted, yet it's such an incredible process.

Don't know how you deal with those fluctuations in temperatures! 

Tiny Plants

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 17:43

A fairy sized plant Clari.....I'd never fit in there.... 

Saxifrages and sempervivums would be my suggestions. They don't look that small though - are they really tea cup sized? 

Rhododendron novice

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 12:50

Nicola - I'll just back up what obleixx has said re the establishment of smaller plants over bigger ones, but if you have your heart set on a bigger specimen, take care with the prep for it and keep an eye on it till it's growing well. It's an expensive outlay so it's always worth investing well in the planting hole and aftercare too 

 A healthy plant filling a 7or 8 litre, or even a 10 litre pot, will put on a fair amount of growth over the rest of this year, given the right coAnditions and care. 

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Posted: 14/06/2016 at 12:42

I think you timed that exceptionally well fidget - well done!  

Next time-  make hubby drive though...  

Sorry your day was spoilt. Hope you're feeling better now. Horrible having that kind of journey when you're feeling rough too 

Bushman - don't your lot get 'flashes' done for the riders? ( short, printed ribbons with a pin at the top to fasten on) We do loads of them for different organisations. Think we've just done one for Peebles, and we do a big one in early spring - forgotten who it's for right enough 

Hosta - fingers crossed you're turning the corner with the sleeping. 

Lovely to have a grass snake too. I just saw a collared dove sitting on the fence round the outside school at work. He/she must have good balance - it's whole body was lying on/across the top rail  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 08:07

Pat - what I like is seeing the different styles people have, as well as individual plants. For instance, I'm not a fan of the 'traditional cottage garden' for my own space, but I love looking at pix of BL's garden as it's a superb example of it, and I can admire and respect all the work and thought that's gone into achieving it. 


Posted: 14/06/2016 at 08:01

Morning all/afties Pat if you're about.

Not had time to catch up - had to work extra last night, although at home, so I didn't dare put the laptop on or I'd have got nowt done  

Ppauper - I think that's the snail that's been eating another poster's plants! 

Hope the sickly ones are a bit cheerier today after sofa surfing. 

Work for me shortly. Am I getting old, or as soon as it's Monday, before I know it, it's Friday? Each day seems to go by very quickly  

Anyway, have a grand day all 

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