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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 14:22
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

Leadfarmer, another hooray, I bought a Pilu this year and at last I found Dr. Ruppel that I so admired in one of your earlier pics.

Good choice BL. They are both wonderful.

My Piilu was a lucky random find in the garden section of a big DIY store a few years ago. They were selling them at £1 as they appeared dead (it was winter!!!). Naturally I acted dumb and bought a couple. 

Wooden planter for clematis.

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 10:31

I have a clematis in a wooden planter that I made a couple if years ago from floor boards and fence posts. I lined it with a sheet if thick plastic and slashed a few holes in the bottom. to save on weight I added 6" layer of broken up polystyrene packaging to act as drainage, then filled with compost.

With yours being at the front of your house I would weigh it down with heavier drainage material to help stop someone walking off with it. 

Heres mine, which is currently filled with clematis, sunflowers, climbing hydrangea and sweet pea...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/97F2BB08-D3A7-4B61-818F-16845E55330E-284-0000001A56E62A60_zps55113e91.jpg

 

Which Hozelock Automatic Watering System?

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 21:28

Thanks Bill. Im thinking of adding a soaker hose to my sprinkler, with both of them connected to my timer. That way Ive got all bases covered.

Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 18:12

tattianna, could you post a photo taken from an upstairs window so we can see the whole garden in one shot?

any suggestions for tall trees

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 18:06

Barcham is a well reputed supplier of established trees. Personally, for such a long term investment, I would prefer to go and visit them and choose the individual trees myself. They are located at Eye Hill Drove, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XF. Perhaps turn it into a weekend away?

http://www.barcham.co.uk

Haws Professional 2 gallon watering can

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 17:54

Anyone use one of the Hawes Professional Long Reach watering cans? Ive wanted one for a while as it would be great for in the boarders, but not sure if the long spout would be a hinerance when using in the patio?

http://www.crocus.co.uk/images/products2/PR/20/00/00/25/PR2000002585_card_lg.jpg

 

 

 

Poppy Fields

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 17:45
Little weeeed wrote (see)

I have the oriental poppies in my garden pots (all pink except for one purple one!) But no red ones. If I want some for the 100 yrs remembrance, where it's the best place to buy?  I have never seen a packet of seeds for them on their own.

Thompson & Morgan sell the wild red poppy (Papaver rhoeas) seeds

http://www.thompson-morgan.com/flowers/flower-seeds/poppy-seeds/papaver-rhoeas-flanders/6553TM

So do Crocus...

http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/papaver-rhoeas/classid.1000000958/

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 17:36

My Clematis Piilu is doing well as it scrambles amongst the Honeysuckle...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps1aee8ec6.jpg

 

 

But when my tall Mongolian Sunflowers begin flowering I think they will take over...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps51d25923.jpg

 

 

Poppy Fields

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 15:38

Thanks. I will try and prepare the area (currently poor lawn) and get some seeds sown.

Helping Solitary Bees - will they all nest in flower pots?

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 15:36

I once upturned a medium sized terracota plantpot and stufed a layer of moss from my lawn inside it. Later that summer I noticed bees (bumble?) were going in & out through the drainage hole at the top. I assumed they were nesting.

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