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My new project. Where do I start!

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 13:56

The key is definitely pale, calming colours, Insomnia. I see what you mean about your green fences. I've used B & Q's 'Oregano' green, and blues with names like 'Forget-me-not'. Other brands are available! Perhaps as an alternative you could paint some openwork trellis panels and fix them to the fence (not continuous, but just to break up the appearance of your existing fence). You would need to decide whether to fix them in landscape or portrait format.

Replanting between leylandii stumps

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 07:48

How old are these leylandiis and what is the diameter of the trunks at ground level?

My new project. Where do I start!

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 07:41


Before you go for the red will make your garden seem smaller and not very relaxed. Think about the paler blues and greens. They will expand and brighten your plot. They also show off theplants that you grow in front of them.


Leaving the garden to itself for a year - what to plant?

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 06:46

The thought of a non-gardener hiring a so-called gardener to do someone else's garden is pretty frightening. Make sure you hire a reputable gardener before you go, Viola.


Posted: 12/07/2012 at 06:17

Another bonus this year has been the economic crisis. Councils seem not to have had the funds to do as much mowing of road-verges and other public spaces as usual, so there has been a outbreak of wild flowers in places where they haven't been seen for years.

Leaving the garden to itself for a year - what to plant?

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 09:12

How big is your garden, Viola? Unless it's large and complicated I would have thought that a gardener coming in once a month through the growing season would keep the lid on it.



Posted: 11/07/2012 at 09:05


I think it has been very interesting to see what plants seem to have done better this year. At one end of the scale, goosegrass seems to be rampant and, more strikingly, mid-season clematis seem to have done very well. I agree about the foxgloves and orchids - our local twayblades are superb.


Does anyone know the name of this plant?

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 18:03

Still think it's Goatsbeard - I'll try to find time to say why later, but as a first check the leaves of Scorzonera are a lot more elliptical than those of Goatsbeard. Also if this plant is 50-100cm tall it's Goatsbeard. Goatsbeard usually closes at mid-day - hence another name 'Jack-go-to-bed -at-noon'.

Does anyone know the name of this plant?

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 08:40

It is Goatsbeard.


Posted: 09/07/2012 at 17:22


As a general rule, if it's for sale in garden centres you can plant it out. As late summer () and autumn approach, you need to be hassling your friends for perennial plants they have split. Farmers' markets, WIs and gardening clubs can be good sources of cheap plants.

Happy gardening!


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