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Climber in a pot?

Posted: Yesterday at 12:11

I think I would build a low raised bed in front of it - the deeper you can make it the better.  There are then many things that could be planted in it, not necessarily climbers - Kerria and bamboo would both make an interesting screen, while the everlasting sweet pea (grow it from seed) and sweet jasmine could battle it out together on the trellis.  Any chance of attaching guttering to the shed roof to direct rainwater down into the raised bed?  That would help the watering.

Clay soil

Posted: Yesterday at 12:02

Euphorbias for a bit of drama, campanulas, bears breeches....and most of the garden geraniums (cranesbills)

What plant to use to underplant roses

Posted: Yesterday at 11:58

I am very fond of Ajuga burgundy glow - a little bit taller than your creeping Jenny and deep blue flowers above a mixture of green and dark red fioliage.  It spreads like the creeping jenny, but is also easy to take out if spreads too much. One or two plants (ask your neighbours - somebody is sure to have some) will soon spread out.  Pulmonarias are quite good too - nice foliage after the early flowers and don't forget the heucheras - again they spread well. My alchemillas need a damp area and haven't done well where it is too dry for them.


You're going to have fun with this - browse the nearest garden centre for ideas, and then beg bits from friends and neighbours.

Garden wall problem

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 21:24

Eila we don't have the option to render or paint - neighbour has specifically said no to that.


Raisingirl - the exisiting "hedge" currently comprises  holly, abelia, viburnum bodnantense, and escallonia, a large shrub rose (sweet Juluet) more holly and philadelphus all about six feet tall.  There will be just a small section where the wall will be very visible and that is where I intend to put cotoneaster, or possibly pyracantha.  I think we will be able to conceal the offending wall OK.  I'm just amazed that anybody can want to hide all that - but then what do I know?  Some of us like shrubs, scent and birds and others prefer high walls and no plants.  We are all individuals.


meanwhile OH is so upset by neighbours rude response that he is considering a very naturalistic boundary to replace the existing hedge at the front which the neighbour also wants removed.  We have several large sections of hollow tree and OH has decided to treat them and set them in concrete as our boundary between the two houses at the front.  These can then be planted with something colourful! I wonder what his comment will be when he sees that?  Perhaps he'll build another wall adjacent to it so that he doesn't have to look at growing things.


Thank goodness we have really nice neighbours on the other side.


Many thanks for your concern - much appreciated.

Mystery digger....

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 21:05

Of course if you are near open countryside......rabbits?  The photo is not really cl;ear enough to see.  I very much doubt digging through concrete - alongside is more likely.

Mystery digger....

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 13:09

If it was moles you'd see the molehills.  Moles love fertile soil that is full of worms and yours does not seem to  fit that description.  Many small rodents burrow underground (mice, shrews etc) and can be very prersistant if you have intruded on their territory.  Toads also burrow into the ground and you do not need to have a pond to have a toad.  We had one who for years lived in the greenhouse, below the soil, and got quite upset each year when I was planting tomatoes into "his" warm soil.  "at the back of the shed! might suggest something that lives under the shed?

Garden wall problem

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 13:01

I am most gratefull for everybody's suggestions and comments.  In the end we have decided to decline his kind offer to part-fund his wall.  We have offered to share the cost of a small section that adjoins the house wall (we are semi-detached) where there is a short section of pre-existing wall.  He has declined this offer and very pointedly said that he will now build the wall on his side of the wire netting boundary line and instruct his builder under no circumstance to render or paint the side facing us. 


Phew.  With neighbours like that I think I am almost grateful that they want to shut themselves away from any contact with humanity.


We are now working on which shrubs we can use to conceal the breezeblock, which will grow to two metres relatively quickly.  I think there is only one very small section that will be very visible so am considering cotoneaster or pyracantha.  I reckon we could do quite a lot with just a fraction of the two and a half thousand we will not be shelling out.


I wonder how he will cope with anything that overhangs his high wall - it would be too much trouble for him to actually climb up to lop anything off!

Garden wall problem

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 13:21

sadly the alternative is impossible.  He intends to enclose his entire garden with this 6'  rendered wall so we are only one long side - he needs (?) the wall to go up both sides of his garden and across the back.  I just hope he enjoys sitting inside his prison wall with his glass of pino grigio,  surveying the very expernsive japanese  maple in an equally expensive pot which appeared this weekend.  I'm sure it will cast most attractive shadows against his walls.


In the meantime I enjoy a rather unruly jasmine and a huge pot of scented pinks, alongside the rest of my old-fashioned, labour intensive garden where grandchildren can still find odd corners to play hide and seek and friends can enjoy a morning coffee with home made cake.  The wisteria against the house wall is a picture, and the roses on the pergola are a picture.


Each to his own and I don't want to feel grumpy any more.  Live and let live.


Hmm. Once he's finished his modernist vision he'll probably put the house   on the market for some exorbitant amount.  We probably need both - his sterile modern version, and my children and family friendly version.

Garden wall problem

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 11:47

Many thanks for all your responses.  Yes, it feels like blackmail to me too. There's an element of bullying when he says with a smile "you don't need to be a part of this if you don't want to - it's entirely up to you". If we don't agree to share the wall then he still builds it but we have to see six foot of breeze block wall.  If we put wooden fencing  to hide it we leave a tiny strip between the two for all sorts of undesirable things to grow.  Either way the footings are right against the boundary, or straddling it, and deep for such a tall brick wall.


Reluctantly I think we have little option but to agree, though OH thinks we should not have to pay for the rendering on our side, as much of the wall will be impossible to reach because of my shrub border.  He think it best that we paint or render as we see fit, in our own good time.


His wife tells me we should consider ourselves very fortunate to be getting such a beautiful edifice, but then these people who profess to love their garden and the birds have systematically stripped out every plant and shrub that was originally there.  Needless to say the birds and butterflies are only there because we have created a wildlife friendly garden.

Hydrangea problem

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 15:05

These look like last year's stems, and as you say they seem to have caugth a bit of frost.


If you follow the stem down towards ground level you should see this year's new growth.  Taking care not to damage it, prune the old woody stems back.  Feed it, and the new growth should take off.  I find mine do not tolerate drought so you may need to offer water when it gets hot and dry, especially if it is in full sun.

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