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any thoughts for long thin stretch next to driveway?

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 06:41
Thank you these are all good ideas hmmmm now I have to think and see which idea is the best! Thank you all so much

any thoughts for long thin stretch next to driveway?

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 13:52
Thank you for all your repliesso far! Lead farmer, thank you but making such a border here would mean extensive irrigation in the summer due to heat. Plus it's north facing so not sure it's ideal really, as much as I would love a nice long border like that!

As for bulbs, the usual daffodils, crocus, tulips etc all thrive here. The problem with planting them in grass here is that it gets warm very early in the season and having long grass means having LOTS of mosquitoes, which is a nightmare.

Other gardens here tend to be very boring as there isn't a big culture for gardening (which is surprising, but this is changing slowly). I love hydrangeas too but it would look awful in the winter with all those bare branches! I have a feeling that clean ad formal is the way to go as it's also not much of a "usable" part of the garden.

The soil isn't acidic so not good for rhododendrons or azaleas (which I'm not too keen on anyway).

Any how any thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated!

any thoughts for long thin stretch next to driveway?

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 14:52

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Hello garden lovers, I am currently revamping the garden of the house that my husband and I have moved into. There is one stretch of it though that we're quite stuck with! It runs alongside the house and driveway, is north-facing (gets a little sunshine in the morning and afternoon from end of March through to beginning of October). We live in the north of Italy, close to the lakes. At the moment, it is a rather randomly planted long stretch of grass with a couple of Japanese maples and little else going on. Our thoughts were to make it a little formal (seeing as it's also north facing and it gets very dry in the summer with temperatures up to 35C and the winters here are very cold, at night down to -10C). I was thinking to get rid of current planting and plant maybe a line of needle cypress/junipers (the variety that doesn't grow too big, any suggestions?) along the driveway bit, but then what to do with the rest? I was also thinking of planting lavender underneath the current trimmed hedge but doubt it would thrive in such a position... I want to keep as easy Mediterranean clean look. Any suggestions? we're scratching our heads here! see photos to see what I mean thank you all! 

Narcissi Erlicheer - planting indoors?

Posted: 30/11/2013 at 09:38

Just to update, I have followed the instructions from the link that swiss sue posted. The bulbs began sprouting in cold storage after about 6weeks. I then brought them indoors and they are still growing, albeit much slower than I expected (I grew paper whites last year and they were super fast to grow!). They are still small, green shoots... I hope they do flower for Christmas! I will try to move them to a sunnier spot and see if that speeds them up a little. 

Propogating monardia

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 22:19
Right I understand, thank you!

Propogating monardia

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 22:18

Propogating monardia

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 21:11

Hello all, I'm trying to find seed for either Monarda Blaustrumpf or Monarda Scorpion, does anyone have any idea how I can get a hold of them? I see that propagation is by division or root cuttings so does that mean that by seed is impossible?

Also, I live in the north of Italy with dry sandy soil and hot weather, so I presume it would be best to keep them in part shade or a moist shady area?

Narcissi Erlicheer - planting indoors?

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 08:17

Hello all, I have just bought a pack of 10 erlicheer narcissi bulbs, thinking they would come with instructions for indoor forcing but no such luck.... does anyone have any tips? I grew paperwhites last year which was dead-easy but can't seem to find any info on erlicheers. Help!

Vine problems

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 12:19

yes it was very dry! We watered them profusely but they're still not in good shape. Even the veg and tomatoes suffered this year.

Vine problems

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 10:21

Hello everyone, I live in Italy and am growing some vines in my garden, one is a rosé grape and the other is called American grape or "uva fragola" (strawberry grape). Both varieties seem to be having a bit of trouble. A lot of the grapes seem to be "drying up" on the vine without maturing. A lot of the leaves have a yellow/brown hue. We have been eating the few grapes that have matured but they aren't maturing very well. We have been treating the plants with "verderame" (copper based treatment) and watering regularly. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

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any thoughts for long thin stretch next to driveway?

am stuck for ideas with what to do with this part of the garden... 
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Last Post: 01/04/2014 at 06:41

Narcissi Erlicheer - planting indoors?

forcing indoor bulbs 
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Last Post: 30/11/2013 at 09:38

Vine problems

having trouble with some vine plants... 
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Last Post: 14/09/2012 at 12:24
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