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please help make this border better!

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 10:39

To improve the soil, could you perhaps remove all the plants, dig over the soil to loosen it, add compost/topsoil/grit, then replace the plants? Maybe not the best time of year to do it, maybe worth waiting until next spring which will give you time to decide which new plants you want.

Greenhouse setup

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 10:34

Brick base would last longer than a wooden base.


Just search online for local glass suppliers, take a samples of glass with you so you can get the right sizes. Probably only cost 4 or 5 quid for a typical size piece of horticultural glass. Or gradually replace each panel with toughened glass as and when they break, which costs a bit more.


Im sure aluminium can be painted but you might need to apply a suitable etching coat to the aluminium before painting?

Last edited: 26 June 2016 10:36:29

Is this comfrey?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 19:35

Thanks, I plan to plant some comfrey one day.

Is this comfrey?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 16:05

My local park has developed a new wildlife area which is attracting lots of bees, particularly this plant, is it comfrey?


Last edited: 25 June 2016 16:07:53

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 14:27

As for the rear garden, sunshine, blue skies and a garden full of bees thanks to the geraniums, scabius and foxgloves. I was going to Chelsea chop the geraniums but due to the number of bees I don't know if I have the heart to to do it?


Last edited: 24 June 2016 14:28:22

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 14:10

I have a small quadrant shaped border on my front driveway, as its seen by everyone who walks past my house I try and keep it presentable. I have hydrangea underplanted with box balls, crocosmia, foxgloves, lupins and salvia.


 

Last edited: 24 June 2016 14:10:50

Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 22:04

The gardens at Chelsea Flower Show are usually quite ridiculous and unrealistic. There were only a couple of gardens that I actually liked this year.

Last edited: 20 June 2016 22:04:30

Curling tomatoes

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 20:21

Could it be related to the temperature, perhaps at night time?

Water Butt Overflowing

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 17:40
 

 Where the pipe comes out of the downpipe, this needs to be no higher than the top of the water butt. If it is higher then water will still flow into the butt. However, if its lower than the top of the water then it will be impossible for the butt to overflow. Water will fill the but only to the height of where the pipe comes out of the down pipe.


You can see from the line I've drawn on your photo that where the pipe originally came out of your down pipe, it was slightly higher than the top of your water butt.


Last edited: 20 June 2016 17:45:00

Bee & Butterfly Friendly Plants

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 22:48

I compiled a (long) list of some bee friendly plants recently, to help me choose for my garden...


(I warned you it was long)


Aconitrum Carmichaelii 


Agrimony (agrimonia eupatoria)


Aconitrum Carmichaelii


Angelica (angelica archangelica)


Anise Hyssop (agastache foeniculum)


Aubretia


Bergamot (monarda didyma)


Betony


Bird's Foot Trefoil (lotus corniculatus)


Black Horehound (ballota nigra)


Blackthorn (prunus spinosa)


Bloody Cranesbill


Bluebell (hyacinthoides non-scripta)


Borage (borago officinalis)


Bugle (ajuga repens)


Butterbur


Cardoon (cynara cardunculus)


Catmint (nepeta cataria)


Chicory (cichorium intybus)


Chives (allium schoenprasum)


Columbine (aquilegia)


Comfrey


Cornflower (centaurea cyanus)


Echium Blue Bedder


Foxglove (digitalis)


Germander Speedwell (veronica chamaedrys)


Geums


Globe Flower (trollius europaeus)


Globe Thistle (echinops ritro)


Grape Hyacinth


Greater Knapweed (centaurea scabiosa)


Greater Stitchwort


Gypsywort


Hedge Woundwort (stachys sylvestris)


Herb Robert (geranium robertianum)


Hollyhock (althaea rosea)


Hound's Tongue (Cynoglossum)


Hyssop (hyssopus officinalis)


Ice Plant (sedum)


Lemon Bergamot


Lady's Smock (cardamine pratensis)


Lambs Ears (stachys byzantine)


Lavatera


Lavender (lavendula)


Lemon Balm (melissa officinalis)


Lesser Celandine


Lovage (levisticum officinale)


Mandora (Bee balm)


Marigold


Marjoram (origanum majorana)


Marsh Marigold


Meadow Clary (salvia pratensis)


Meadowsweet (filipendula ulmaria)


Myosotis Scorpioides (water forget-me-not)


Apple Mint


Mountain Mint


Mullein (verbascum)


Musk Mallow (malva moschata)


Oxlip


Painted sage (slavia horminum)


Pasque Flower (pulsatilla vulgaris)


Penstemon


Phacelia Tanacetifolia (Purple Tansey)


Poached Egg (limnanthes douglasii)


Poppy (papaver)


Purple Loosestrife (lythrum salicaria)


Ragged Robin (lychnis flos-cuculi)


Red Clover (trifolium pratense)


Red Valerian (centranthus ruber)


Rock Rose (helianthemum mummularium)


Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis)


Sainfoin (onobrychis vicifolia)


Salvia Waverley greggii


Selfheal (prunella vulgaris)


Small Scabious (scabiosa columbaria)


Spiked Speedwell (veronica spicata)


Sweet Cicely


Sweet William (dianthus barbatus)


Teasel (dipsacus fullonum)


Thyme (thymus)


Tickewwed (coreopsis)


Toadflax (linaria vulgaris)


Valerian (valeriana officinalis)


Viper's Bugloss (echium vulgare)


White Clover


Wild Basil (clinopodium vulgaris)


Wild Clematis (clematis vitalba)


Wild Mignonette (reseda lutea)


Wild Privet (ligustrum vulgare)


Yellow Archangel


Yellow Flag Iris (iris pseudacorus)


Yellow Loosestrife


Zinnias

Last edited: 19 June 2016 22:49:21

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