M Fent

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Strawberry Growing

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 20:03

For those of you who grow strawberries, where do you get a better crop; in the ground or in containers?

Inspiration needed.

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 13:10

like this picture; with the seating area surrounded by the plants


Inspiration needed.

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 13:06

Hey KC, I think that since your garden is such an 'awkward' shape it might be a idea to create the illusion of a bigger garden or to blur the boundaries so that you don't know where the garden ends. To do this you could plant taller shrubs and small trees (mock orange, hawthorn, cherry, ornamental crab apple, lilac etc?) to the back in that pointed triangle and then have borders surrounding a central seating area in the middle of the plot; I'm not sure what sort of plants you like or what type of garden you want but having lush green foliage and some fragrant flowers could distract from your nuisance neighbors! and it would be nice to sit amoungst the plants in summer you could even mix in some perennial veg and soft fruit bushes (raspberry, blackcurrant etc) in with the flowers to make it productive swell. Personally trying to plant a conventional garden with flower border to one side of the plot and a lawn in the middle would be unoriginal and trying to mow the lawn could be problematic given the shape

Grass Paths

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 19:02
Cant you buy some sort of netting that you put into the ground to take the weight off the soil which in turn should stop it from getting too muddy. A grass path that is kept trim and tidy would look rather nice.

Hawthorn Topiary

Posted: 29/11/2015 at 15:19

if it doesnt flower when clipped then not aloT

Hawthorn Topiary

Posted: 29/11/2015 at 13:34
The Pyracanthus against a wall does look very good. I think Hawthorn would look good trained as a pyramid, especially in spring with its blossom and then in autumn with the bright red haws; ready decorated outdoor christmas tree anyone?

Theres a thought: if you clip Hawthorn will it flower? And will it produce haws?

On a different note I realise when ive already posted a question, the answer to most is very much give it a try becuase plants behave and adapt very differently to the one next door etc.

Watch out Chelsea Flower Show, sales of Hawthorn is going to sky rocket!

Small is beautiful and can offer life to many creatures

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 22:24
Is artificial grass really that wildlife friendly? Even if it doesn't impact wildlife on day to day basis, the fact its made of plastic (correct me if I'm wrong) has a negative impact on the environment.

However I do love the mixed hedge you have planted which will be bustling with birds and insects.

Hawthorn Topiary

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 15:46
Has anyone on the forum ever tried to 'topiarise' Hawthorn? I read Arne Maynard writing about it but wondered if anyone had done it in real life and not at Chelsea et al.

North Facing Border

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 13:58
Im was thinking gravel however we get a lot of leaves from the wood at the back and im thinking trying to sweep them off gravel will be a pain. All the other paths in the garden are concrete with large aggregate mixed in which seems to give some grip. That path will also be used heavily so maybe gravel will get tracked around.

North Facing Border

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 12:23

It is good to hear other people who are in the same situation. Can you suggest any plants that do particularly well in your garden topbird? Is it possible to get some photos? It is always good to get inspiration

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