- A very novice gardner that wants to learn
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05 Aug 2017 15:16
Thank you fidgetbones. Your going to hate answering my question haha. Do I lift the bulbs when finished flowering and store to plant next year or will it just come back again if left
05 Aug 2017 13:31
A name for this pretty flower please. I also have orange flowers but they don't seem to bloom at the same time
I bought some bulbs to plant as liked the picture of the flower, hubby decided to help & plant the bulbs but put the packet in the bin . Well he thought he was helping haha
24 Jul 2017 19:38
Thank you AuntyRach.
My hydrangea is also in quite a sheltered spot. It is at the side of the garage which only gets a little sun at tea time onwards with shrubs and as mentioned in the past (a now 15-16 foot buddleja ) facing it about 3 feet away. I have however given it a little plant food as it's the last plant towards the water butt at the back of the garage so often gets the last from the watering can !!!
My plant is also getting quite large, do I prune when I remove the heads in spring & how far or where do I cut back too. Thanks in advance
Last edited: 24 July 2017 19:43:40
23 Jul 2017 22:19
Stunning pics AuntyRach.
Can I ask which variety of Hydrangea is the one bottom left?
I have the exact same which I thought wasn't blooming it's best as I followed incorrect pruning last year. Obviously looking at yours I now know it is blooming as it should. Any tips please on keeping it this way..... i.e feeding, pruning etc
18 Jul 2017 23:14
Hmmmm!!!! Looks like I'll try with the cuttings for my friend Borderline & Fidgetbones......can I keep it trimmed to keep the size down or will this affect the flowering as it is a lovely flower.
18 Jul 2017 22:07
I don't know if you have heard of it but whilst in my hols I made friends with some Canadians. We were talking about gardening etc and one of the ladies was saying how deer kept eating her plants. She was told to mix egg whites with water & spray on all flowers and this would keep the deer away from eating the plants. She did try it and it most certainly worked
18 Jul 2017 21:50
It may be easy for you fidgetbones, you know what you are doing haha.
To be honest, I think it is growing from my side of the fence, but hard to see with all dense foliage of it, and other plants around it. Neighbours do have the honeysuckle that I know, that only hangs a little over my side of the fence so I get the scent without the hard work haha. If the Leycesteria was coming from under the fence, could I just split it at my side & dig it up??
18 Jul 2017 21:12
Sorry Borderline, you will be cringing every time you see my name haha
Can I take cuttings from the honeysuckle.......( you have probably guessed by now) if so how & when? My friend has just took a really old ordinary honeysuckle out as it was past it's day. I'm sure she would like some of the himalayan in place if, she has admired mine but wasn't sure what it actually was.
You must be a very experienced gardener, do you fancy a weeks full board holiday in my garden haha. I do live on the coast, only ten minutes walk to the beach.
18 Jul 2017 20:54
Thank you Borderline
Looks like I may have to get the pit helmet on & go underground, The area it is sprouting has another very large buddleja and three...if not four very mature shrubs, plus a very dense covering of stinking Iris, these I'm going to dig up as to be honest, I'm not very impressed with the flower, plus they have been left to over run the area. I may come across the Anemone root system whilst digging deep to get the Iris out.
The honeysuckle I think will cut right down this year so I can start a fresh next year & keep it all reasonably tidy, preventing other plants that may be hiding getting strangled.
18 Jul 2017 20:12
Thank you all
As it hasn't been pruned this year (or for however many years prior ) is well over 8 foot in height and a spread of about 6 feet. How far can I prune and when please.
The Japanese Anemone
As I said on previous post, has just appeared from under another large shrub, can I dig it up & pot it? If so when....is it a bulb/tuba or do I need to de-head before it seeds.
This garden has been & is still throwing surprises. I have a peach honeysuckle, which I thought was lovely, this has been growing for some time now. Only a few days a go did I spot the buds of another one, fighting it's way between a (obviously in this garden....large) buddleja & the honeysuckle, I trimmed back to give some space & more light to now have a lovely yellow one.
Not to mention all the pots that looked old & dried up, but I watered anyway & have now got other plants coming through.......... no doubt I will be posting pics of them on here very soon haha
17 Jul 2017 22:57
Can anybody identify these two please.
Both taken on a new tablet so not sure how to edit etc, hence the poor quality.
14 Jul 2017 22:46
Thank you AuntyRach,
We are getting there. As said in previous posts, only inheriting the garden last October, it's been a waiting game this year to see what the garden has to offer.....and believe me, it's an awful lot, we have had colour since february and new things still coming through. Hence why joining this forum as my knowledge is very little.
I may add that (on the before pic) it is my poor suffering hubby that is stood on top of the pagoda pulling wild shrub from strangling the conifer. Bless him, he gets most the physical stuff & I get to do most of the pretty stuff. Not only that he can be lethal with secateurs so is only allowed to use under supervision to save any flowers that dare to reach out too far haha.
So glad you put your pic up, It has shown my hubby that a garden does not have to be uniform with a place for everything, but can be natural and still stunning.
14 Jul 2017 20:31
Not a patch on any of your gorgeous gardens but we have made a start. 20+ bags of overgrown shrubs etc. A touch of wood stain & an attempt of a natural bird feeder (Olaf the bird cafe) & a bench Next door had to have a huge pine tree cut down so we did a little re-cycling.
Our regular visitor (Percy), he soon lets us know when the bird cafe has run low by tapping on the patio doors to tell us.
I am really enjoying this forum, help there when needed but also a lighter note with a bitbrilliant of, fun xx
14 Jul 2017 19:43
Thanks for your input Cloggie & Posy. Luckily for me. My garden backs onto a farmers field which has plenty of nettles (most probably why I have loads of butterflies). The nettles are on the other side of my hedgerow so apart from chopping it back when it tries to invade my plants I will otherwise leave well alone. That's the butterflies happy & me one happy bunny. All I need to do now is choose a nice plant to go in the space I was thinking about
10 Jul 2017 11:12
Thank you all, it's been great seeing all your comments and pictures. The Miss Ruby sounds nice, might look into this.
I did however read an article regarding budleja's, saying that although they are great for bees and butterflies, apart from them growing rapidly & can take over a garden (obviously this can be prevented) What is also needed in a garden is plants that butterflies can lay their eggs & the caterpillar can munch on. I have got a bit of a wild patch in my garden so I am going to look into this & plant such a plant. Any ideas would be appreciated as although I'd like to keep the caterpillars happy I don't want the rest of my plants to suffer.
02 Jul 2017 23:45
Thanks for the advice. Guernsey Donkey2. I'm assuming with your user name that you live in a slightly warner place than me. I'm on the east coast so will take on both yours and Posy's advice.
Posy, yes my garden does get quite high winds, due to being on the coast and also backing on to an open field so as your advice, will cut back late autumn and will most likely hard prune in february/march as all three have grown vigorously this year. Only moved in the house last Oct and the larger of the three was around 3-4ft tall and now, well over 12ft.
02 Jul 2017 19:34
10 Jun 2017 18:54
I have been taking photos of every plant that is growing. Up to now I'm liking most but do need to thin out & decide what to do. I have been getting tips of friends & also a volunteer gardner who keeps a beautiful cottage garden at a local farm museum that I visit often & also volunteer when I can. Bless him, he has so much patience with me when I'm running round like a child in a sweet shop pointing & asking questions haha. I have also told him about this forum & although he isn't great on technology he says he would love to have something like this as he isn't himself an expert.
I have again tried to upload some pics on here but think as you said, they are too large so will try to make them smaller.
I am at present dead heading marigolds & giving them away plus keeping some myself as one of the beds was over run by them, I have pulled quite a few up which has given more plants some sunlight & breathing space, 2 of them roses which are now in flower, plus the Oster is looking much better.
The bed I am talking of is in front of a natural hedgerow so plants are also trying to compete with bramble & rape seed which I am constantly pulling out as not sure about weed killer so close to plants.
Well time to play in my garden for an hour before relaxing
08 Jun 2017 19:24
Thank you Obelixx & Fairygirl
It has got some trellis behind it but I think I may need to extend this. Obviously in October there was very little growth and I only guessed that it could be a clematis. My other idea is to put an arch there so can hopefully train the clem to go over the arch & not up to the roof top haha. You will see in the picture I have posted that the horizontal growth is all new growth, hence my cry for help on here.
Who ever started the garden new more about gardening than I do as (I'm certainly not complaining) new buds/plants are appearing constantly. I have had some colour in the garden since february, As stated before I have only really had pot plants so all a new experience for me, The ground looked solid but was reluctant to start digging it over until I knew what/ or if there was something growing........... and Booom!!! three beds full of flowers & shrubs.
I believe there was an elderly lady in the house before us who was ill for some time so am assuming the garden was left to fend for itself for a while.
I'm loving this forum already, just hope you won't all get fed up of me as I have lots to ask and plants that need a name.
Last edited: 08 June 2017 19:26:59
08 Jun 2017 15:00
Why the picture has come side on I don't know but you can see the over hang of new growth????? I believe if good old google is correct it is a group 2 and I think it is a firefox. Attempting to up load another pic of a lovely yellow flower which I cannot seem to find a name..didn't load this time, can we only have one pic per post??