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Can anyone help identify these shrubs/bushes?

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 13:13

I think I'd be inclined to have a word with neighbours and suggest they watch the growth as you do not wish it to make your parents bungalow walls damp.  That way, if there is an issue later on you will already have suggested they needed vigilance on this point.

If you have an interest in autism

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 13:09

Absolutely, Dove.

Plus the sense of humour surrounding the horrors of our help system makes me wanrt to do something.....not sure what....

Phlox - subulata as ground cover ?

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 13:06

I know periwinkle (vinca) can be invasive, but I have several different types (no idea of names) but there is a lovely double one as well as "major" with big flowers and "minor" with smaller ones - lavenders, and puce purple, and white.  They are great for covering a bank quickly and are evergreen and seem to flower all year round.  There is also one with variegated leaves.  I find them easy to remove when they exceed the limits I have in mind for them.  You should be able to find somebody local to start you off with a few making them cheap (well free!) as well.

Greenhouse seeds

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 12:57

I have two "tools" for seedlings of all kinds.

Ist is the bottle top waterer - a tiny watering rose (available cheaply in packs of 2 or 3 from the garden centre).  You fit in on the top of a plastic bottle filled with water and it then gives a delicate spray either to souil or new seedlings.

2nd is the seedtray base with no holes in - water into that and then stand the seed tray in it to absorb water.  The beauty of this is that new roots are drawn down into the soil to weather the dampness is.


BUT as others have already said the greatest danger to seeds/seedlings is too much water so make sure the soil is barely damp or you'll have problems.

good luck - I'm sure you'll have a garden full of colour in the coming year.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/12/2015 at 21:53

Thank you all for your encouraging words - I'm beginning to look forward to re-arranging the garden into a more manageable formula...but I still need a veg patch....somewhere.  Life would be unthinkable without fresh runner beans. 

Christmas presents for Gardeners

Posted: 11/12/2015 at 16:46

Birdyboots - well now I know what to look out for...glad to hear that it works well for you

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/12/2015 at 13:35

Hostafan - the garden is very large and I've developed it from nothing over many many years, but I now find it too much to cope with.  An opportunity has come up to sell the end part - too good an opportunity to miss especially as I can then help grandchildren through their university education.  I know the developer will bulldoze the plot so I'm taking everything possible, including the soil, much enriched over many years, before he gets going on it.  Somethings I just have to accept cannot be saved. 

Sometimes advancing years just get the better of us and we have been unable to find a garden with a  smaller house - the only smaller houses seem to have that awful thing the "manageable courtyard garden".  I can survive happily with the smaller house, but not without a decent chunk of garden.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 16:58

as I'm about to lose the end of the garden I've been moving the good soil from my veg plot down to the bit we will still have - it's very warming work so I don't think cold weather would worry me, but need to keep at it before the soil freezes.  So far I've shifted the contents of two large compost bins, but now it's the actual veg plot....but it's full of lovely fat worms....also potting up my favourite plants.  I've bought 1000 plant labels off the internet to label them all before they lose their leaves so that I don't confuse all the clematis varieties.  Please don't tell me it's the wrong time to lift clematis - I don't really have any other option.

Which tree?

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 16:49

does it have to be a tree? I have a lovely Osmanthus which is about six foot tall and much admired by visitors

Christmas presents for Gardeners

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 16:47

I just wanted a new border spade and a replacement watering can - nothing posh, lightweight plastic.  Then I had to go to B and Q and they had a really nice spade reduced to half price (I think they re closing down) so too good an opportunity to miss.  Whilst it was adorning the kitchen I went to dig something up and the shaft broke on the old the new one is already in service. So what now?  Perhaps one of those hoses in a box that can be screwed to the back of the garage and puts itself away when I've finished watering.....unlike Wales we suffer from a lack of water most years......though some waterproof clogs might be nice right now as I've got a hole in my current pair, and for once we have had lots of rain.

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