Latest posts by KT53

Malvern Spring Festival

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 07:52

There actually may be some truth in the claims at Chelsea.  Some of the gardens cost 10's of 1000's of pounds to create and require major sponsorship.  As the woman from Chelsea said last night, applications had to be in very shortly after the Brexit vote and major companies were still wondering what the effect would be.  The first thing to happen in that situation is that non-essential spending is suspended.

The gardens at Malvern aren't on that scale and most don't have much in the way of sponsorship.

Barely started and I'm already overwhelmed!

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 18:26
ripply says:

 I know that perennials die back in winter so does that mean the garden will be bare soil? How do I mow the lawn around these plants? It's all very stressfu! 

I feel like giving up basically, and just having grass with maybe one tree/bush plonked in the middle to give the appearance that I've made some sort of effort. The garden is quite big, about 23m long. It wraps around the house with the widest part being 15m and the narrow part about 7m. 

I'm obviously useless at gardening as I haven't managed well with the few pot plants I currently have. I've even managed to kill the vinca minor! 

Does anyone have any advice, before I throw in the towel completely? 

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 Perennials are generally planted into the borders so they don't stop you mowing the lawn.  You could get inspiration by visiting gardens in the National Garden Scheme.  These are mainly private gardens which once or twice a year for charity, and often do have for sale the plants which are growing in the garden.  That way you can see the actual thing rather than photos.

Here's the link https://www.ngs.org.uk/

Mare''s Tail

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 18:21

I'm trying the 'pull the tops off' method now that I have depleted the darn things by spraying and covering over the past few years.

Garden edging

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 17:18

Call me suspicious if you like, but why has mrgreen2 responded to a number of topics which have been dormant for months, or in some instances years, and recommended items from Amazon?  Is he on some sort of commission?

Outside mirrors

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 09:49

Acrylic would be safer than glass.

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 19:12

I know Charlie is obsessed with water features, but today they were designing a garden for a couple with 2 young children; the youngest only just walking.   Charlie claimed that it was safe because "It's only a couple of inches deep".  That's plenty deep enough for a young child to drown in if they fell in face first.

I just don't think water features which have any form of stream, and very young children, are a safe mix.

New turf problem

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 08:13

The turf has only been down about 10 days so it's far too early to start worrying about its growth and some brown shoots.  The rain we've had over the past few days will certainly help it to establish.

Crack in base of water butt

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 08:03

If you empty and completely dry the interior, the seal adhesive tape used for flashings might do the job.  You would need to check that it's OK for plastic.

Mares tail!!

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 19:01
Chloe Kraven says:

 plans to wreak havoc on our decadent Western gardens by releasing the resultant monster into the wild at the Chelsea Flower Show.

you have been warned 

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 Oh no - he hasn't crossed Joe Swift with Diarmuid Gavin has he.  What horrors that hybrid could produce.

My polytunnel is too hot

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 17:16

I suspect it's more to keep birds out than bugs, so almost any kind of netting attached to a frame should do the job.

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