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Japanese maple in pest catastrophy

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 21:46

Is it in a pot?

It might still be ok - I think it's a case of wait and see - good luck!

Mini meadow a mighty mess!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 21:34

...and to finish answering your question Fg yes, I would love something softer...the slate, raised beds etc already add a certain hardness to my garden, so the plants I have are mainly softer and I'm worried that if I have anything too formal in that middle bed it'll be too much...

Mini meadow a mighty mess!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 21:27

Oooh I love those daisies Dove.

Thanks FG - I think I know the ones you mean.

So maybe 2 or 3 of them, and surround with...winter/spring bulbs, sterbergia, and possibly something more airy, wispy, to balance out the very neat, rounded forms of the hebes...

Mini meadow a mighty mess!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 21:24

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Mini meadow a mighty mess!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 21:17

Dove

I know what you mean about the shearing - the thought had crossed my mind! But there are so many plants on their side now and buds coming through on the tallest plants that I'm worried I'll just kill'em all off...how much would you shear? 

Wish you'd come and do it for me - I'd throw in some of that salami...

Mini meadow a mighty mess!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 21:14

Thanks WW - yes, I fear your analysis is correct! I thought seed mix would be an easier and cheaper way to get on with it, but am regretting my decision.

So yours are all perennial wildflowers then?

I like the idea of adding to it as you go on...I am too impatient for my own good sometimes

Mini meadow a mighty mess!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 21:12

Hi FG

Not sure if it's contemporary - I suppose so! I guess the slate and the raised beds make it look that way. But then other corners are more cottage-graden really and the house itself is a Victorian maisonette. There's also an old Victorian garden wall lurking to the very right of the photo above, part covered in sedum.

Ok here goes with some other pics...

Grasses are a good idea - I have a festuca and a stipa tenuissima already infront of the raised flower bed you can see.

That's the thing with small gardens - you tend to pack in one of everything because you couldn't possibly live without it!

Lots of herb. perennials and evergreen shrubs.

Already have 2 aers (one potted, one in another raised bed).

I toyed with the idea of a phormium (I like "chocomint") but was concerned it would become enormous!

Not sure about Buxus globes. Neighbour across the way has 3 in a row on her windowsill that seem very rigid to me...suppose they could look nicer if softened by other plants...

I wouldn't mind something that grows to about 60/70cm or so, could even be a bit messy like Salvia purple queen but that doesn't flop everywhere!

Thanks for your ideas

Your pets in the garden

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 21:04

Aaaah what gorgeous cats and dogs!

Making me miss my old cat though...would love to get a kitten when my daughter's a little older, even though I spend half my time chasing cats away from the beds as it stands.

Am hoping MY cat will be well trained and respectful in my garden, but cats are buggers for not listening to their owners

Mini meadow a mighty mess!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 20:59

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 you can see the bed in question just behind the little girl in the photo - it's a bit taller now but much messier and stragglier!

Mini meadow a mighty mess!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 20:53

Ok, so my 1m x 1m very mini meadow, full of cornfield annuals (sown at exactly the right quantity and the right soil, as per seed seller's instructions) is now looking like an overgrown bed of weeds.

Not enough sun.

Too much rain.

All soggy, floppy, no structure, plants lying on top of other plants.

Argh - it's horrible!

Nothing flowering yet either.

Tempted to quit whilst I'm ahead, as it ain't gonna get any prettier...take the whole lot out underplant with autumn bulbs (Sternbergia) and herbaceous perennials...then loads of snowdrops for Spring.

But I'm having difficulty trying to imagine what type of plants should go there.

Small urban garden by the way, plum slate, raised beds, water feature...this small bed is oval and set into the slate.

It's west facing and gets a lot of sun (when it is actually sunny, which it hasn't been properly in Londo for eons).

Shall I plant many of the same plant, creating a mini drift-of-something? Or a signature plant? Or just have herb. perennials coming through as the snowdrops and cyclamen coums fade? What herb. perennial would be the best for long flowering period?

I have several in my garden already, but am a wee bit stuck for ideas...

Would prefer cool colours - ideally only one - say silver and white, or lilac and purple...

Your expert ideas are much needed as I'm running out of time

 

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