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Crockham Hill garden goings on

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 14:26

Well I'm afraid there hasn't been anything much going on with the raised bed except for getting some of the plants in the. I haven't been able to finish off the wildlife pond as my washing machine went bang a few weekends back so that cost £210 to replace which took up the little spare cash I do have, my new pay rise (first for 20 years) and also some of my savings. 

But despite the cold and wet weather we've been having I have had some visitors to the garden that I've not seen before.

Meadow Brown on the Spirea

Red Admiral

Peacock on the Buddleja Buzz

Some plant identification please

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 21:07

On saturday I was in Thamesmead doing a favour for the family picking up a chest freezer and I was given a load of plant pots, odds and sods ornaments and this pot with a couple of plants in it. One of them I know is a Crocosmia...but I don't know which one. But I don't know what the other plant is.

Also when I got home from work today I noticed this little flower in a verge of the driveway. Not seen it before and was wondering what it was.

Some bugs of some sort on Geum's

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 21:16

I have noticed on some of my Geums (Blazing Sunset I think) have gained these little yellow/green blobs on them. I think they are some sort of bug or parasite. Can you let me know what they are and if they are harmful to the plant. It hasn't flowered very much but it is the first year it has flowered after being planted about a year & half ago.

Crockham Hill garden goings on

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 18:36
chrissieB says:

Noticed your comment re peat free compost - it's not the plant that minds whether or peat free it's the gardener.

Some of us, like Monty, do not use peat based composts as we don't agree with natural peat habitats been destroyed to provide us gardeners with a particular type of product. 

Your lavenders won't care a bit so if money is tight don't use it replacing any more compost but I would encourage you to buy peat-free in future : )

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 Hello ChrissieB and thanks for the comment. I had originally started out with the plan to not use peat based composts as, like you and Monty, I don't like the idea of the peat habitat being destroyed just for us gardeners. And I think it's up to us to push more for peat composts being taken off the market by simply not buying them. This time was a chalk mark up to upstairs neighbours were raving about this particular brand and I did some checking on the internet as well with the same result. It wasn't until I got them back home that I noticed what I'd actually bought...well you live and learn!!!

Lavenders seem to be doing fine and I'll have to get them into bigger pots at some point. Not sure what I'm going to do with all of them though...I haven't got a garden big enough for them. I do have some more large planters on order though.

Oh and I certainly do plan to buy peat free in the future as I want to grow as organically as possible, but rather difficult with the way my upstairs neighbours garden

Crockham Hill garden goings on

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 18:26
daffygardener says:

That beautiful planter wouldnt look out of place in many gardens, well done that's brilliant.👍 And I know how hard that will have been to achieve as I garden on heavy clay too. Am looking forward to seeing that one planted up. It should be an inspiration to anyone to achieve something like that. 👏

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Thanks for the comments Daffy. I'm really clueless about making planting schemes etc etc apart from tall plants at the back and smaller at the front. Although watching Gardeners World & Beechgrove you can mix and match sometimes. I have some ideas but will have to place pots around the bed and see what things look like. My problem is not being able to visualize what plants will look like when they get to full size. 

Crockham Hill garden goings on

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 09:57

Well the raised bed is now 99% complete. Just need to get some large hand sized stones to go around and some into the wildlife pond. and just need to finish off the small stones around the edge. Then it's get on with the planting. Wildlife pond first...though that will have to wait until next payday in July. Don't know yet if I should paint the capping or leave it the colour it is.

Now I can get on with building the new step across the garden and make an extra planting area. I've abandoned the idea of putting in shelves up the side of the bed for window box planters for the moment. I'll put some planters just along the top to add extra planting space.

Crockham Hill garden goings on

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 19:22
josusa47 says:

I'm impressed by your handiwork and your zeal for upcycling.  I hope you use Freecycle?  If not, give it a go.  It's a locally-based online swap shop.  Though in my experience, anything garden-related is snapped up eagerly so you have to respond quickly.

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Thanks for the commet josusa47, and glad you liked the pics. Always into upcycling, especially as I have loads of wood at work, from scrap pallets, that would otherwise be chucked out. I have plans for bird tables & nest boxes, butterfly boxes and various planters. I have used freecycle in the past and got a few things from there but most of the local stuff seems to be kids & baby stuff so I have given up on it a bit.

Crockham Hill garden goings on

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 13:40

Well not much done in the garden this weekend, just some tidying up as it is a bit too hot...also I have no money to do anything. But I've chucked out a load of Raspberry plants that I had growing in plastic tubs...they never produced much fruit anyway so they have gone for composting. This has cleared the paving slap area in the back garden. And allowed me to move some of my flower tubs about.

I also laid a couple of half paving slabs by the garden gate so I now don't have to strim this bit...just run the lawn mower over it.

Also while I was out some young Bluetits were having a paddle in the birdbath so a couple of shots of them

A Hypericum curiosity

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 12:56

Not sure if this should be on this section or the problem solving one. But anyway I have what appears to be 2 different varieties of Hypericum in the front & back garden. And I have an odd thing going on. The one in the front garden is always covered in bees...the one in the back garden has never seems to see a bee at all. Now the front garden has a lot of other bee attracting flowers in it and the back garden not really, but that will change once I've got the raised flower bed finished and planted.

I'm assuming they are 2 different varieties as the flowers are different. Here is the one in the front garden.

And here is the one in the back garden

Why is it the bees don't seem to be attracted to the one in the back garden??? Is it because it doesn't produce any nectar or is it just because there isn't much else to attract them into the garden???

Clueless new gardener - Caring for plug plants

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 21:39
Rose tree Cottage says:

Hi there,

Ive just noticed this is an old post. If anyone is still about to identify a few  of my perrinals, I will post a picture. 

I love plants from T&M but I find their labelling challenging and most unhelpful as you don't see label info till you have moved all plugs from spaces, so hence got a bit mixed up. It isn't a great problem until you come to planting and want to get them all in height order in their final locations. Any help would be greatfully received. But not sure if anyone reading this thread now but maybe it will alert people that a new posting has been made.

Many thanks

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 Just found this thread and like me ElectricJo I started as a clueless gardener and it wasn't until I started buying plants and trying to grow them that I started educating myself...I still have huge amounts to learn but i'm enjoying learning.

I find T&M's labelling a bit of an issue as well Rose Tree cottage but most plants I get from them are good. My only beef with them is that sometimes they don't send plants out until Friday on a 2 day service so that means they spend a whole weekend plus a Monday without any water.

I've been getting the special offers from T&M for my raised flower bed & wildlife pond project and it is certainly an inexpensive way of getting lots of plants. I tend to find the best way of sorting the plug plants out when they arrive is to take each type in turn....triple check thinks and do all that without any interuptions from anyone

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