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Posted: 22/01/2014 at 22:48

We have blueberries growing next to strawberries,tayberries and gooseberries. We created a raised bed and just put ericaceous soil around the blueberries and this is their third year now and nothing has suffered by having two different soil types side by side. You could always dig out the soil and replace it with ericaceous, we've done that with other plants and nothing has died.


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 14:45

You could have Cleome which are annuals, or Cosmos, white campion, white Honesty, poppies, Camassias. In the shrub line you could have Choiysia, dogwoods, amelanchier

Plant Gift Ideas 60th Birthdays

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 14:37
Edd wrote (see)

Purple shamrock. for ether out door or in. You will be amazed and so easy.




Have had this myself for over 10 years. Flowers at least 3-4 times a year, very pretty plant.

You could go for a hamamelis, or find a plant with her name.


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 14:34

Have been growing tomatoes in hanging baskets - garden pearl, maskotka. Also in pots, costoluto fiorentina, tigrella.

I will be growing the costolutos again, along with black krim.

My granpa in law always used to grow these and did well with them - Alicante, Gardeners Delight, Moneymaker and Shirley


Talkback: Front gardens

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 10:58

There's still room for two cars, but one is now hiding behind all the plants.

Talkback: Front gardens

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 22:41

Our front garden was block paved, with steps and two areas laid to grass. Now 10 years later there are cornus, lavender, phygelius, sambucca, conifer, bulbs, primroses, choisya, pyracantha, comfrey, contorted willow, kerria, crocosmia, phlomis, digitalis, pinks, grasses, cyclamen, agapanthus, chinese holly, photinia. And I use these to make a Christmas wreath.

How to tackle completely overgrown garden?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 22:32

Definitely get your brambles cut down and rid of. It might be worth not doing anything to see what comes up as you may have a lot of spring bulbs and summr ones too. Turf might be a quicker option than seeding though that depends on your budget. You can trim any shrubs now and see how they turn out. I have a garden as  long as that, but mine had virtually no plants in it so I was fortunate. I agree with Steph about your orchard as my house is built on an orchard and has an apple tree in it as do the neighbours. You could find yourself with some nice and rare fruits for juicing, pies and cakes if you're into that sort of thing.

I hope I was missed?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 22:24

I bet. I remember waiting for the bus to school and my hands ached as it was so cold. And we had to do our mock O levels wearing our coats because the school had no oil to use to heat the school. Keep warm!

Name this vine

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 21:45

Abutilon Kentish Bell

Rejuvenating Overgrown/Gangly Roses (8'+)

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 21:48

I would cut those roses right down as they will produce new shoots and you'll have flowers. I did this to a climbing Arthur Bell, delicious perfume and the flowers start off an intense yellow and fade to pale lemon. It survived the winter and produced lots of flowers.

Discussions started by Gardenmaiden

Plant ID

Mystery plant at the bottom of my garden. I've never seen this before and it isn't something I planted. 
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Moses in the bulrushes

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What to do when the plant has gone over 
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