Latest posts by Marinelilium

Ye olde Probleme of Screening from Neighboursee!

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 18:15
I would put a plant covered summerhouse, or a pergola for alfresco g&ts or a 'gay zebra' (as AT calls gazebos) at the end of the path then you can enjoy your house and garden from a new perspective.

(Failing that you could just have g&ts to blurr the view...hic***)

New vegetable bed - help with ideas

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 10:26
Looks like Photinia to the right Peter. They can take a good pruning.

Lettuce and peas are good for children to sow as they offer 'quick' reward. Eating peas from the pod or a sugar snap pea is a taste memory for life. Raspberries will be fine in a bit of shade as long as they get 4hours of direct sun.

Children enjoy watching beans sprout from the glass edge of jam jars filled with damp kitchen paper. It shows the Germination process from roots to shoots so they understand plant structure and growth from seeds. That awe and wonder is priceless and a joy to watch.

Anyone started there cosmos seeds yet?

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 16:42
Thought I would resurrect this link from an old post as it shows average dates for frost free zones taken from local weather stations:

It is the big differences in day and night temps that can cause seedling fails as well as poor light levels. Better constant warmth 20C (or constant cool 15C) than roller coaster temps.


Posted: 19/03/2016 at 16:13
That should read 'acacia'


Posted: 19/03/2016 at 15:56
Is it an acassia dealbata? Mimosa flowers which lots of people are allergic to.

Compost composition review

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 15:48
I bought a 20l bag of Homebase Seed and Cutting Compost which was reduced to 2.49 - should have worn a mask to walk away with it at that price.

So far have sown Mangetout, perpetual spinach, lettuces, beets, spring onion, bell peppers, sweet peas, cosmos and golden radish seeds so will let you know how it fares.

Hopefully can sow some of these seeds directly in situ soon and then compare difference with indoor sown ones over the summer.

North-east facing front garden ideas

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 17:02
Peter I have had some more ideas for your NE facing garden borders. Lilium martague, harts tongue ferns, Arum italicum and Zantedeschia aethiopica Crowborough would thrive in that garden. Bergenia would tolerate the shady moist part too.

Which trees to plant in a small ish garden?

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 10:59
Maybe because I am hungry but my thoughts turned to hazelnut, cherry, greengage, plum and apple. Self fertile, all available on various rootstock sizes different, blossom times all deciduous but most importantly DELICIOUS!

just of for coffee 'and a little something' to stave the rumbles ; )

North-east facing front garden ideas

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 10:35
Good information Peter! Cyclamens would thrive in shady, clay and NE aspect. For a formal evergreen Christmas/Sweet Box in the winter would fragrance and greet you and your visitors and it too prefers a bit of moist shade.

Another shade tolerant plant, Hardy Fuchsia, would arch well over the border edges or you could raise them up in containers. Keeping plants tucked within the walls will reduce wind the scorch.

Choosing white flowers or variegated foliage would lighten the area if you don't want to use solar lighting or an exterior light. (Personally I would use containers and then move them about at my will or whim) You cleverly went on a recce to see what neighbours had grown successfully - so many people don't. The Inspiration sections on this site are brilliant. Have fun designing Peter and can we have an 'after' pic pretty-please?

Trailing plants

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 18:03
It's a good 'do-er' for pots and baskets aym280. What colour is the azalea by the way?

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