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Talkback: Planting to cut winter fuel bills

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 15:55

Thanks for your concern, Joe. It is not a botched job, I think, but the wall's inability to 'breathe' and tends to happen where there isn't much air circulation or where condensation runs down - behind furniture or below windows and beside the doors of the conservatory.. We have wallpaper, which insulates a room, but which also makes it harder for a wall to breathe.Draught-proof houses mean less ventilation, too. Wales is a very damp place and I dry washing indoors (no choice). More ventilation defeats the aim of cwi but perhaps we should install a few more ventilation grilles.  

Talkback: Planting to cut winter fuel bills

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 08:27

Interesting! Happymarion, I love the idea of your garden, but I'm still hesitant about growing things up my walls, because of the issues mentioned earlier - damage to rendering (already old and probably not too strong) and root and perhaps roof invasion, since I live in a bungalow. My son lived  for a while in a house that had been seriously undermined by tree roots. Also, what about damp?

Galest, thanks for your comment. I have a 1930s bungalow and had free cavity wall insulation fairly recently because of our advanced age! Since then, we have had problems with damp mould on the walls. I suppose the cavity was there for a purpose that was defeated by the CWI.I have sometimes wondered whether old houses with thick walls suffer from damp because they have no cavity. This would obviously make the house colder. My mother lived in an old house with 18" thick walls that had been incorporated into an early C20 terrace. It was very warm, insulated by the other houses. Perhaps we should all go back to living in terraced houses!

fence planting

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 08:15

Sotongeoff, another very useful piece of information.

Plants between concrete path and wall

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 08:13

Or a raised bed and added topsoil.

Petunias growing faster than expected

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 08:09

That's a useful article, discodave. Thanks.

David25, as long as you pot on these seedlings at the appropriate time and make sure they are watered and turned regularly (they grow towards the light), they should be OK. They will need to be carefully hardened off and then put in your cold frame and protected from any late frosts with bubble wrap or fleece, and be careful that they don't get leggy because they ae growing towards the light. You want nice compact, well-shaped plants. If they get too tall and thin, you can gently pinch out the tops.

Plants between concrete path and wall

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 22:41

I have a border just like this. it is full of mixed perennials which spill over the edge of the border and soften the hard, straight edge and cfreating the impression of a wider border. We put in a plank of wood and made a raised bed against the wall. Frankly, I stuck in plants that I had dug up from elsewhere, rooted cuttings and bulbs. It geets good sunlight. I just varied the height of the plants, so that some add height, others flowing over the edge of the bed. I tried to provide a long flowering period with hellebores and aquilegia for early interest, osteospermum and cranesbills for season-long flowers, lavender for scent and japanese anemones and crocosmias for late colour.  It looks great, though I need to add more seasonal bulbs.. There is a similar very narrow bed along the whole length of our very long drive and I treated it similarly. This bed is no more than 12" deep but the plants bollow out frm it and it makes the most of the space and helps hide the horrible wall.

raised flower bed plants - ideas please!

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 18:41

Oh, crumbs! I hope you are not expecting something brilliant! There are a couple of photos of my garden on another thread, about what plans we have for our gardens this year. I'll have a look and post the name and location of the thread. Hope things go well with the shed.

Planting Hellebores

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 17:43

I've started planting in the garden, just snowdrops and tete a tete daffs in the green. So glorious to get out and start a new year's gardening! lots of things have started in growth and when I pruned the hydrangeas (i always cut them right back) there were already fat buds that I felt sad to cut off. I'd obviously left it too late and gave them a setback. It is quite mild here in Wales, but I'd be quite happy to plant hellebores now. They are great garden plants - I love them. All I ever do to them is cut off the tattered old leaves so that the new flowers can be seen.

Side of House

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 17:35

Well, time is the issue. I haven't done a boot sale for years, but used to sell at them quite regularly and loved the cut and thrust of bargaining, the fresh air and the friendliness. Whether I'd really start again at my age I'm not sure, but it is a nice idea Ieven if it is only a fantasy, the attraction of turning unwanted and free plants into cash.

I really hope that you have a great time turing your vision into reality in the garden and that the end result is all you hoped. Happy gardening!

Planting Hellebores

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 16:15

They'll be fine if they've been outside in the garden centre. They sound nice plants. Are they in flower?

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