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Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 20:04

You've grafted really hard Chris and it shows. Amazing how quickly you can get a pond looking established if you think about the planting carefully 

I'm quite worried about you getting knocked off that bench when someone comes in the gate though....

How is your pond doing GD?

Lovely pix of your garden, as always,  BL. 

You'll get plenty of help if you're making a pond Sandra. Lots of us have them - in all shapes and sizes, so don't be frightened to ask for tips and advice when you start it. We used to have quite a lot of threads with various pix, so you could also try doing a search by using the option at the top of the page.

Lonicerca hedge

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 19:55

They look very smart Chrissy - you've done a good job getting the trunks straight to make that 'standard' shape, if that's the correct term for it. I expect it isn't, but you know what I mean!

I have a couple of different ones and I just prune out individual stems to keep them quite loose, although they're used as structure behind and beside other planting They provide all year round colour  (vital here for wintertime) and some berries for the birds, so they're very useful in my garden.

Might try a bit of shaping and trimming since I bought a new pair of snips....

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 19:48

It's always a thrill isn't it Hosta? I'm the same when I see a bulb, or the new growth of a perennial emerging. Daft aren't we   

Good that you haven't lost all of them. I only sowed some of mine at the weekend.I kept the outer cups from our coffees on a Friday, and sowed them in that. Quite deep, although not too wide at the top. 3 in each for me - not as tight as you with the compost....

Mr Steinmeyer made life long friends in Comrie, and one chap who he befriended died just two weeks before him. He was only a young lad of 19 when he was captured.

Nice when something good comes from something so dreadful. 

Large Pittosporum

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 18:59

I think you can prune them to keep them manageable Lester. They're not always very hardy up here, so I don't grow them - although I'd like to.

I'm sure you'll get further advice on pruning, and it's probably best done when the danger of frost is gone - especially if it's that size. Do you know what variety it is? 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 18:55

Just saw a nice item on the Scottish news about a former German POW held in a camp in Comrie, Perthshire. He's left a 380 grand legacy to the village, as he was treated well when he was there. Some of it to be specifically used for older people. He said that the surrounding hills had kept him going, especially through the winter. In light of today's 'Vera' celebrations, I think that's a really lovely story to balance things out   

Plants for around a small pond?

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 18:30

There are some nearby - honest guv 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 18:29

I didn't want to say that Hosta, but...it certainly has....

How's your weather been today? Has it been Paul Wellered? 

Plants for around a small pond?

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 18:25

I have a tiny pond at this house and I have a few bog lovers and marginals, plus other plants for a drier spot. Caltha palustris Alba ( white marsh marigold) Juncus spiralis ( corkscrew rush)  and Iris chrysographes in the wetter parts, and a Phormium, a Libertia and a Clematis further out. The clem grows on the screen, and there's a 'box' at each end of it which has further scope for planting.

There's a fern or two which have seeded in, and some Cardamine pratensis (cuckoo flower)  which I moved from another part of the garden. There's a couple of plants in the pond - an Equisetum for height, and a pygmy water lily. 

You can see just how tiny it is in this pic 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 17:22

Perhaps he gave her a snog Dove  

Oh Liri - I really hope you don't get stuck anywhere en route. The forecasts are a bit hit and miss depending on which one you read, but it'll certainly be windy and there will be snow. It's been every shade of weather here today as Joyce says....sometimes all at once. It got to about 6 when there was a bit of sun but it's already back down to three like it was this morning. 

I'm slightly worried about your storage 'bogs' for clothes Yvie - won't they get mucky?   

Excellent that you've lost enough that stuff doesn't fit. Always a bit of a boost. 

Hope you get a tenant quickly Hosta. Sounds good anyway.

Not sure what spring holds for us here chicky.  March came in like a lamb so it may well go out like a lion!

Lonicerca hedge

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 08:04

Yes - they take any amount of hacking. Fast growing. I'm not so keen on them as hedges, but I like them against fences or walls as a backdrop to other planting. Good for wildlife to hide in too 

They are good for shaping - what do you create Chrissy? 

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