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Lyn Plant-Wells

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Ugly new garden

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 01:44

That's interesting. The gravel I intend to use (the same as in my present garden)  is 20mm from Wickes - actually from Yeovil as it is a pale whiteish beige rather than the local multicoloured mainly brown colour. The pieces are fairly irregular, although not exactly sharp chippings. I have seen the grid base to go under gravel - unfortunately it seems to gradually show through in places. A property nearby has the resin based fine gravel drive and path, which looks very smart but probably cost megabucks. 

Ugly new garden

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 20:59

Oh I will bore you all with garden progress!  Watch this space!

Ugly new garden

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 18:54

Thanks for the encouraging comments!

Ugly new garden

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 18:44


Wow! Big thank you to everyone for your input. I may well end up covering path with gravel - but edge with plants as per photo. The fish pond will have to go - the sides are raised (about 5 bricks in height) and just like a rectangular box. Nothing restful and too high to plant around edges. It's rather like a fish breeding tank. I will take more photos of the top end of the garden next week. It is better than the lower end with a hedge and small rockery above the 'potager.'  I do plan to fix trellis to the side of the shed for climbers and also have wall containers. I don't mind hard surfaces but the concrete path is quite ugly so if not gravelled I may go with small paving slabs. I put so much effort into the 'old' garden, as didn't plan to move at the time. Actually, I quite like a challenge so look forward to completing the makeover. The 'lawn' is a waste of time - too small to mow, so that will have my blonde gravel, as in the old place. Sorry, I am waffling. 

Out of interest, I attach pics of old garden as 'work in progress! Not sure if they will come out in correct order! May be fairly obvious I suppose.

Ugly new garden

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 02:56

I am moving at the end of March to a slightly bigger house with a bit bigger garden (still on the small side but not pretty like my present one - (see photo) I am buying from an elderly couple and the back garden is functional rather than aesthetically pleasing (he grew some veg in rectangular beds and there is a rectangular brick fish pond painted in a maroon colour) To the side there is a concrete path which goes up in about four steps to the rear of the garden. The whole thing is fairly hideous and I plan to gravel most of it with some containers, shrub borders and lose the fish pond. Any suggestions regarding the concrete path to make it more attractive? I can't afford to replace it with brick or tiles as the house needs work inside and I have a limited budget. My friends in France have a stepped gravel path edged with timber to prevent the stones washing away which is quite nice, however this seems rather labour intensive (I am fairly fit but retired so there are limits as to what I can physically tackle!)

 The pond is just out of shot, higher up the garden but the path is visible.  The end of the brick 'shed' to the left of the brown door, will be going and so will the wheelie bins (a pet hate!)

any other suggestions, short of bombing it, would be welcome!


Apologies for the length of this post! 

Moving roses

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 10:16

Yes I have informed them that I will be taking some plants (they are buying it to let)

When I moved from my previous property I took about 3 plants as didn't want to 'push it'  (the new buyer wasn't really a gardener. when I visited some months later nearly all the shrubs etc had been dug up and discarded as he had gone 'minimalist!'  Quite infuriating!

Moving roses

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 14:36


Thanks very much - will do! 

Moving roses

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 11:44

I will be moving house at the end of March and want to take some roses with me. Hankey Pankey (3yrs old) Ballerina, Princess Diana and a climber. Last 3 are 1 year old. I can't leave it until moving day to dig them up. A friend suggests pruning first (buds are now forming)   How far in advance can I dig them up and what other tips would you guys suggest?  The climber hasn't started climbing yet. Thanks.

Primroses/Primulas in borders

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 16:10

Thanks to everyone.  I will put the Tete a Tete into a container when they have died down as I may be moving in few months. The garden looks very scruffy generally - apart from a type of upright periwinkle (?) with white flowers. It has been in bloom for the past 3 months and really cheers up the garden. It came from a tiny sprig pinched from  a public garden 2 years ago.




Primroses/Primulas in borders

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 12:33

Thanks for all the advice. While on subject of advice, what should I do with Tete a Tete after flowering indoors? I don't have a greenhouse (have small shed) 

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Discussions started by Lyn Plant-Wells

Ugly new garden

Concrete stepped path 
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Moving roses

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Primroses/Primulas in borders

All leaves, hardly any flowers. 
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Plant ID

Tall, exotic looking flower 
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Nuss Schnapps

Yummy alcoholic drink from green walnuts 
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Chicken bedding 
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Rotting courgettes

Brown tips How long will a visit to the Doctor Who Experience take? Please allow up to 1.5 hours for a visit. The interactive element will take 30 minutes and the exhibition can take up to an hour. Feel free to stay longer though! 
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Very leggy Philadelphus

About 10' + 
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Rose suckers?

Tall shoots with 9 leaves 
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Pruning Hankey Pankey

Lots of leaf buds and a couple of flower buds 
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Pruning 'Hankey Pankey'

Is it too late and how hard to prune? 
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Talkback: Insects and seed heads

Seedheads are great for sheltering insects but earwigs can be a nuisance as they nibble flower petals. However, I have a friend who never k... 
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Last Post: 07/03/2014 at 13:37

Patio cleaner

Green gravel in back garden  
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Replacement for Hydrangea

Bush rose? 
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Surviving Geraniums

Tatty looking containers 
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