Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

Recommendation for a climber

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 11:08

Solanum, the potato vine. They have either blue or white flowers. I have a white one that flowers all year round and is evergreen. It started off as a 2ft twig that wasn't wanted and is now 8ft high and 12ft wide.


Some advice please on my bk garden

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 10:58

You could have your lawn as a big circle in the middle and then recycle the gravel and the paving stones and have raised beds too.

New House Garden

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 10:52

If you want seaside, Tetley's suggestion about a boat seat is good, and grasses, agapanthus and lavender would be good plants. If you mulch with different sized gravel in different parts that would complete the look, maybe paint the fence in a pale blue or grey if its yours. I would also re-edge the lawn, as that small job will make it look better. You have a lot of nice plants already and they may benefit from a little pruning. Some of your plants in pots might be good to add to your seaside area.

1960s 1970s inspired bouquet

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 23:19

No probs Hollie. 53 years married, 58 years together. Makes my 22 together, 15 married look tiny.

1960s 1970s inspired bouquet

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 12:33

This is a pic of my mum's in 1963. You can see carnations, fern, arum lillies and those horseshoe things. I'm guessing the flowers were all white.


Garden Virgin

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 17:41

Hi, what direction does the sun travel through your garden during the day? Does it go from left to right across your garden or does it go from the front of your house to the back or vice versa? You would want some shade but not completley block out the sun.

Do you want to paint your fence or leave as it is?

What kind of plants do you like? Collect pictures, see what is growing in surrounding gardens to get an idea of what likes the soil conditions.

Have a look at garden centres, B&Q(great for reduced plants of all types), tv programmes. You'll find your ideal garden, good luck!

My1st garden!

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 17:21

5th picture - I think I would keep it as a gravel garden, but plant it with grasses through the membrane. I would also trim any small twigs that are very low down on the plant that's already there to tidy it up and remove the weeds. I did this for the front garden of my former brother in law and it did look good.

4th picture - if the slab is loose I would put it in the middle of the gravel and get a large plastic terracotta looking pot to stand on it and either put in a standard plant or seasonal bedding that you can change through the year.

3rd picture - coloured slate or gravel on the ground, maybe a coloured pot standing just proud of the alleyway, or painted trellis on your wall only.

1st and 2nd pics - as you have some circles already, you could have a small circular lawn or curved beds.

Sorry for the reverse order.




New front garden

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 09:43

I would have a narrow path in front of your windows for easy access to the gas meter. You could always have a couple of plants in pots at the start and finish of it too. Whereabouts are your pipes and how far down? It might be best to have plants that are shallow rooted where they are.

Pyracantha can be vicious. The thorns can be 2-3 inches long. You could have a lavender one. Not so much pruning and you can make use of the flowers when they have gone over.

If your garden is going to be surrounded by sleepers, you've created a raised bed, and I remember reading that you wouldn't need to dig over the soil, just top it up with topsoil and the plants roots will find their way down.

What plant?

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 15:59

It reminds me of Eleagnus

Help needed!

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 10:08

If its their fence, its up to them to repair it, not you. I can't see anything attached to the fence, and if it was the plants I think they would have found a way through the gaps, and your plants aren't doing that. Could also be that the posts are now rotten, looking at the colour of the panels.

They're trying to pull a fast one, and if it bothers them so much they know what they should do.

If you wanted to be neighbourly you could offer to pay a third or half, but if they are not being nice about it, don't.

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