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Low growing plants needed

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 09:14

I found a gorgeous tri coloured variegated Ajuga in a garden centre. Never seen it before. Pink, white, green and purple. Had to buy 2! My side garden which is shady and blows a gale force wind most days is covered with the purple Ajuga. It spreads like mad. The purple Ajuga by my pond flowered for weeks. Never seen the blue flowers so clearly because of being hidden in the shade. It loves it by the pond.

Miniture Willow

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 09:06

I have one of these in a flower bed and have under planted it with all sorts. It gets covered in this rust, and also in ladybirds. The problem is I think they may be harlequin ones. I have to keep trimming the ends as they grow so long and blot out the plants. One wet summer the tree just fell over with its weight, so have had to stake it now. Lovely in spring with hanging catkins and bees all over it.

Astrantia major

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 22:43

I bought some white and pink Astrantia cheap from a car boot some years ago. I thought I had lost them as everything in the flower bed near my pond get eaten by slugs. Then all of a sudden I had a large clump. This I have replanted in my dry shady part beside the house. But the beautiful deep red one I bought from a garden centre last year, just got chewed away overnight! Yep! The wrong flower bed again. Waiting to see what colours I have coming up this year.

Plant ID's please

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 23:33

Or the first one could be an anemone or a ragged robin. Lovely wild flower with pink flowers.

The second one on the right is a perennial geranium, should know the name,Wallace something, too late at night. It has lovely pink flowers, and stays in a nice rounded hump. The one on the left could be an Astrantia. Star shaped flower in red or pink,

The third one is too small for me to see at this time. They look similar to the meadowsweet that is starting to flower here at home.Again a beautiful sweet smelling white cloud of froth you see on the sides of the roads, especially here in Devon in autumn.

Small tree stump in ground

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 23:21

My husband cut an Almond tree down that got honey fungus. He left the stump up to 3 foot high and screwed a bird table on it. They loved it with all our scraps and bird food on it when we had the snow 2013. Unfortunately I see the local cat has pulled that off. Still may remove that now to put in an apple tree, and Pheasant berry shrub that would fill the gap. The birds would benefit from them as well.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 12:50

My neighbour repairs and builds classic motor bikes. So I often have to listen to the strains of a motor bike revving as well as the usual smells coming from his garages.  He is slowing down now, so not so often. Yes we have a neighbour 3 or 4 down who must work in his shed all hours. His lathe or saw is permanently going, until an ambulance turned up as he had damaged his hand! Me as I work in a call centre, I like the ambience of just the garden. Peace, tranquility, and switch out neighbours!

Small tree stump in ground

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 12:39

As`someone said, drill holes in it, enough to put some soil in, and plant ferns in there, or whatever you fancy. Stumperies are all the rage at the moment. Think of all the insects you are helping, they will eat and live in it, which will be food for beds, And so it goes on. We had to once take a stump out with a car beside one house. It will rot in time.

conflicting answers

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 12:34

We only have 4' fences either side of us. Glad to say the neighbours are fine. My husband wouldn't let me put a trellis on top in case "it was against the rules"!!! In fact it is our 8 grand children and their fathers who knock the balls over the fences! I did ask hubby to put up netting, but he is black & white about things.Any way, none of you have mentioned the gorgeous early flowering Quince/Japonica. Mine is growing against a wooden trellis in the shady, very windy corridor, against my wheelie bin area. Salmon pink flowers (or other colours to choose) nice thorns, and then quince apples to add to an apple pie in autumn. I wouldn't touch Ivy, it will bring the fence down in time.

If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 20:28

The answer is rubber gloves. I buy them by the box full, get through 2 or 3 x 100 pairs a year. The problem is half way through you inevitably find one finger escapes. So you double wrap, the fingers. Pick up the poop, bag it twice and put it in the bin. My worse cat poo ever was when it was fresh and all these round worms wriggling in it. Had to be sick before tackling that lot! Tried everything that wouldn't harm the animals. Gloves is best.

Where NOT to order from online

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 17:09

Don't forget the RHS give a 2 year guarantee on plants. I bought a Holly from them. Planted it as recommended, and it just died. I took it back and bought a totally different shrub, no hassle.Mind you as per norm with me, bought more than the original price. Can't resist plants, have too many for my garden already, but still buying, and giving away or selling for charities.

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