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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 16:43

Just added some planting to the small border on my front block paved driveway. It now has hyrdangea, box balls,crocosmia, lupins, salvias and foxgloves. A couple of foxgloves have self seeded at the front of the border and I shall leave them be..

Last edited: 27 May 2016 16:45:13

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 16:35

I would post photos of the border I've planted up today, but this new look forum has decided it doesn't want to allow me to post photos from my laptop. Nor will it allow me to post photos from photobucket. Extremely frustrating.

Well after much grief having to resize them I've finally managed it. The file size restriction is extremely inconvenient.


Last edited: 27 May 2016 16:42:07

Planting a large Wildlife Pond

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 19:38

Steve, i'd love to see some more photos of your pond, it looks amazing.

Leggy Magnolia Susan

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 17:48

My Magnolia Susan is becoming a bit leggy, and the flowers tend to only appear at the top of the plant. Its about 6ft tall and I'm wondering if it should be pruned this summer?

Any tips on pruning magnolia please?

Forum changes now live

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 11:31
Bonsai-Marc says:

still half a page missing before the 1st post above, with or without the advert, we have space and a huge start new thread button

See original post

Still looking pretty poor isn't it, the spacing is extremely annoying, especially the wasted space from the centre of the screen upwards. 

And any quoted post (such as the one I've just quoted) appears in massive text completely dominating my own post. Completely unnecessary and greatly spoils the look and feel of the forum.

Last edited: 16 May 2016 11:33:08

Buddleia help

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 12:17

If you cut it all down to 2ft then id leave it alone now, it will grow this summer and you can do the same again in Autumn. They are tough plants though, and if you do cut it back further it won't harm it, but you could loose this years flowers.

twig looking magnolia and hydrangea

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 09:34

From the web..

Magnolias perform best in a loamy, well drained soil but rich in organic matter.

A slightly acidic soil is best. Lime or alkaline soils are more difficult for (most) magnolias

Last edited: 14 May 2016 09:35:07

Which petrol mower

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 22:49

Go for a Honda, and consider a self propelled model so it goes along by itself with you walking behind it. Also consider if you want one with a rear roller for stripes, they also help with mowing upto the edges of the lawn, whereas with a wheeled model the wheels fall off the edge of the lawn and into the border.

Large Wooden Planter

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 23:00

I lined my wooden planter with plastic sheeting. I made cuts in the bottom for drainage and then put a few inches of broken up polystyrene in the bottom to act as drainage, before filling with compost.

A suitable clematis, climbing hydrangea or honey suckle might work in your aspect, maybe ask your neighbour if you can fix a trellis to the wall, or some wire twine?

Heres the one I made..

Last edited: 12 May 2016 23:01:16

Camera Talk

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 19:30
Sheps says:

For those that are a fan of the Kingfisher, the shot was taken a few years ago at a local nature reserve.


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 Great photo. The one and only Kingfisher Ive ever seen was in Barnsley of all places.

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