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Small garden water feature

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 19:43

You have nothing to lose - apart from a couple of plants! Go ahead and try it - you never know!  Apart from water lilies who don't much like running water.

Securing an unstable dry stone wall?

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 19:38

The hedge would have to be planted on the other side of the wall from you - ie in the farmers field. If rebuilding is not an option could you perhaps speak to the farmer and get him to erect some stock fencing on his side to keep the cows away from it? Then all you need worry about is your little uns and how to keep them away from your side?


Posted: 27/05/2015 at 17:12

It is raining - hurrah! I have planted a little bit of box hedging, some pots, about a dozen plants and reseeded a goodly bit of lawn edging and this will give them a good watering in. The first time it has rained here for a few weeks!

Getting the 'proffessionals' in

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 17:07

You are not cheating. You have an awkward shaped garden, you are inexperienced and do not want to make mistakes. There is nothing wrong in getting advice. Even if you have to pay for it! You will still have fun doing the work, picking the plants etc etc.  We cannot all afford to or want to, learn from our own mistakes. You will still have ample opportunities to come on here and ask for advice! Good luck!

Planter suggestions

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 16:56

Just line it and treat it as any other hanging type basket - unless you are looking to fill it with perennial type plants? Forgive me for this but it does not look too attractive - I would fill it with shade lovers and tuck it into a shady corner of the garden!

Securing an unstable dry stone wall?

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 16:50

   Posts and chicken wire will only stop the children from going near the wall - it will not secure the wall. The only way is to rebuild it and for that you need to talk to the owner. Up here in Scotland, I got a dry stone wall rebuilt and it cost about £50 a metre (3 foot tall). That was about 7-8 years ago. Not sure what the price would be now but quite expensive I would think.              

Getting the 'proffessionals' in

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 21:03

I understand where you are coming from Mother Hen. Nurseries may do a design service but I would reckon only for plants. You need some advice on hard landscaping as well. In fact a total design. So your idea is a good one - get a garden designer. You will be able to sit down with them and chat about what you want in general terms ie somewhere to eat, a border with perennials, a pond, compost heap - whatever. You can also tell them if you are intending to do the work yourselves over a period of time - whatever. A budget both for the design and for the garden as a whole. The smaller the garden, the cheaper it will be. They will be able to give you rough ideas of how much paving for instance will cost per sq. metre. If you do get a scaled drawing then you can work from it over the years when you have the money and you know that the whole design will be cohesive.

A garden designer will have different prices for sketches (the cheapest), a design to scale of the whole garden, planting plans, structural plans etc etc. I say go for it. Money well spent. A garden designer will normally only charge a nominal ff for a first visit (or free). They will have their portfolio with them so you can check out if you like their style or not. And should have lots of before and after photos.

How do they do it - slugs?

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 21:45

How to slugs manage to find juicy young plants in a garden my size? I planted some delphiniums and some lupins a few days ago and sprinkled around them with slug killer. Went out today and could not believe the number of empty snail shells that were littered around the plants. How do slugs and snails find their prey in a large garden full of plants? Is it by smell or what?

Persicaria bistorta 'Superba'

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 21:40

Yep, that definitely looks as though it is dead. Did it have any green on it when you bought it?

Choosing a flowering shrub for garden - where to start?

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 21:22

Lilacs have a short flowering time. If you do want one that will flower for a long time you could try a hydrangea, or viburnum splendiflorum, potentilla or abelia, Or a smoke bush might go well with the painted wall depending on the colour of the wall. No flowers to speak of but  lovely dark purple leaves.

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