Linda Winde

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Posted: 17/11/2013 at 14:48

Thanks for the advice everyone!  Its helped with the plan, which is now to remove the Leylandii & extend the drystone wall all the way around.  Some of the hard landscaping; a patio area and path has been started in the meantime.  It really only leaves me with two smallish borders to plan now.  I'm thinking of a cottage garden look with roses etc.  but then again I want some Winter colour too. Plant suggestions very welcome...I wonder if Santa can send me Joe Swift for Xmas... 

By the way, Dovepondplants - great site, thanks, thats going to be really useful.

I'm also looking out for something nice to put at the end of that path; perhaps something that the birds will like.  Anyone have any equally spectacular websites for garden ornaments? 



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Posted: 15/11/2013 at 00:34

As for the Leylandii, thank you for warning me about that Dave.  There are a few of them, all very negelcted & overgrown.  I've already ordered some bare root hedgegrow plants to replace them but was thinking of just cutting back the ones that were there and leaving them to shelter the new plants for a while.  It sounds like it might be better to just remove the old ones?

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Posted: 15/11/2013 at 00:13

Hi again, my turn to apologise for not replying.  I've had Sara's problem; apparently I am expected to work in order to be paid & it really eats into my day sometimes.  Sara I love your pond, the pics look great..especially the one decorated by the lovely model aka Moss-paw.  I think if I was to put a wildlife pond in my little spot it would look more like a puddle in comparison.  I do have a bigger pond in the back garden that i'm also going to be planting more eventually too.  Mines more a fish pond than a wildlife one but the local wildlife dont seem to have recieved that memo & like you I've edged it with rocks & stones to try & keep a natural look.  I am sometimes not sure what to put in different places but find I learn a lot by asking the names of plants others use so thanks for that info.




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Posted: 11/11/2013 at 23:36

Hi Sara, good idea.  I love ponds!  I actually do have a largish fishpond in the larger back garden & that is pretty popular with the wildlife & had thought about another here - but actually a wildlife one is a really good idea.   What plants have you used around yours? 

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Posted: 11/11/2013 at 22:14

Those pics were taken after the recent heavy rain.  The ground is dug and additional muck n stuff will be getting added.  I thought this was a good time to plant trees, shrubs, bulbs.. stuff..? 

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Posted: 11/11/2013 at 21:13

Hi Stargaze,  No..I mean I will be finishing it by Xmas, its over a whole month away  .  

I do understand I'm going to have to let some things grow ..apparently & I wont be doing it alone so dont let my bonkers timescale put you off. 

AND..I've already started..i've ordered solar fairy lights .    


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Posted: 11/11/2013 at 20:46

Hello gardeners!  I found this forum while looking for ideas & it seems really helpful so I thought I would see if anyone can throw some suggestions at me. 

I’ve been concentrating on the larger back garden up until now but now I'm ready to sort out this walled area to the side of the house.  Its a 7m x 14m blank canvas,   Christmas is coming (along with guests) & I need design ideas & plant suggestions please! 

The doors at one end lead from the Dining Room & I'm thinking of a small patio area in front of those.   The rest is open to suggestion.  It faces SW & has nice views of the sunset & surrounding country.     

I’m planning to underplant the old trees that are to the left of the house (looking from it)  with a new hedgerow but might put some screening up there until it grows.  There is a quiet road to the other side of the trees.

And... just so this isn’t too easy for you; this is on the North Pennines, the soil is claylike (though I'll be improving it).  There is lots of rain, wind & weather in general.  Temperatures can get to -10.  This little spot is fairly sheltered but plants need to be tough up here!  Any suggestions very welcome.









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