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Long, thin, narrow strip to plant up...

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 14:44

Yes, I also agree that border needs to be widened. Personally I'd be inclined to cut into the grass too by removing 2 strips of turf of about 80 x 200 cm , with an interval of about 350 cm which would make the shape more attractive to the eye IMO. This would give you some more room for (larger) shrubs and plants and maybe even a small tree?The photo shows what I mean, the brick paving would be your lawn.

 I would advise you to draw the border at scale. Then, draw the evergreens so you'll be able to see what's visible all year round and how much space you've left for other planting.

Instead of using trellis only you could consider training a shrub to cover a part of the fence (I'd recommend Garrya elliptica) and repeat that once or twice.

There are lots of sites where you can find photos of borders (Google) and of course lots of info at the library to give you ideas...

A lovely project, Wildcosmos, and I wish you lots of succes. Please, would you be so kind and show us the result? And if you need more advice you know where to find us.

Fork Handles

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 14:42

Just popping in to say hi to all the forkers here. Busy day cleaning, but sun is out and not so cold as yesterday.                                                                                            Inka, you're getting a pat on the back from me. That's some  effort!!  

Signing off  now, have to get back to bathroom.

Guess the little tree

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 14:19

This is a photo of Cotoneaster dammeri  'Coral Beauty'. Flowers in May, is evergreen up to -25 C and is normally used as a groundcover. Can grow up to 2 ft.

I really think this is the one you are looking for.

Looking after an orchid

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 13:57

Hi Lisa,

To me, it looks like the leaves have been badly scorched by sunlight, earlier in the year. I have had the same with my Moth Orchids because mine are standing on a window sill facing south-east where they get too much direct sunlight. They need lots of indirect sunlight, so a sill facing east or west would be best.

You have repotted it correctly and is otherwise looking very healthy. After flowering a new leaf usually appears.

Instead of watering once every week I would be inclined to mist one week and water another week until it gets warmer and brighter again. Water temparature should be lukewarm and preferably no tap water. When the roots are still green, no watering is needed. Hopefully the orchid will recover soon.


Fork Handles

Posted: 23/01/2013 at 15:42

Oops, I do hope I used the correct word. I thought the offspring of cows was written as calves. Guess I remembered wrong  See, that's what you get with foreigners


Ok, signing off to do some shopping.

Fork Handles

Posted: 23/01/2013 at 15:16

Oh that, hmmm I tried to shorten the open space but instead did the opposite, LOL.

Lottie, I remember notepads too!! Glad that the heating is working again. I have a foot warmer in my bed. Otherwise I will be up all night with cramp in my calfs.

Fork Handles

Posted: 23/01/2013 at 14:49

Don't know Geoff, what do you mean?

Fork Handles

Posted: 23/01/2013 at 14:22

Thanks Geoff,        Sorry to ask, Insomnia1973


Is that AT Gary, trying to sell some "sn(e)akey business" ?




Looking after an orchid

Posted: 23/01/2013 at 14:09

1. What soil did you re-pot the Moth orchid in?

2. Does the temperature in the room go beneath 18 C at night or is it standing in a cold(er) spot?

3. What is your watering regime?

4. A clear photo could clarify a lot

Fork Handles

Posted: 23/01/2013 at 13:50

Jo, maybe OH could rent a front loader, that would keep him safe (until he drives into a ditch that is)

What's Fine Fare? Could someone explain please?

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