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2 days ago at 15:35
wow Rachel - that's so kind, will look over and respond on House as your image ideas are on there. Thanks
3 days ago at 17:12
help! my bamboo was delivered a few weeks ago looking healthy. I planted it into plastic containers with drainage holes at the bottom. However over the last few days I've noticed it is going really yellow. It is in a windy location however I was told that it was suitable for it's location. What am I doing wrong?
3 days ago at 20:18
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3 days ago at 19:44
ok soil test kit bought so will do that tomorrow. Can I check, if I do a large bed at the very back against the wall, will it be east facing tolerant plants that I will be looking for?
17 Sep 2017 16:48
thanks so much Borderline - I'm being drawn to a white/green planting scheme. I'll go away and look up all those plants and see which ones I fall in love with. I'll also get a soil testing kit.
17 Sep 2017 16:45
Loving this thread. I'm going to be cheeky and ride on your tails MrsGarden. Lots of plants to go away and look up. I'm planning a white and green scheme. when I build up my knowledge, find out what my soil is and give it some tlc. Fairygirl, would you be wiling to post more photos of your garden - it sounds gorgeous.
17 Sep 2017 07:11
16 Sep 2017 18:51
Ok - a not very good 2D plan and definitely not to scale! Hope it makes sense! I've also added the key window views that I'll be planning planting/features for :)
15 Sep 2017 15:06
Thanks Bob and Borderline.
So yes in answer bob the dining seating is there as it gets the most sun in the afternoon and evening. The table is starting to rust and I am trying to persuade dh to invest in a new corner sofa dining set so it can be seating and dining and will be in grey. I have a phormium in pot that needs replanting and u I was thinking about planting it in the area to the left of the table, just out from the rhodedendrum. The area in between the tree and garage gets the morning sun so I guess I could set that up as a little bistro breakfast area and plant things to climb up the garage wall (which I do fancy in black having seen it photoshopped).
Borderline, I too was thinking of curves to compliment the existing curve in the lawn. I've been told/read that you shouldn't plant too much under a hornbeam hedge so I was thinking of cutting a narrow border along the hedge, laying chipping to improve the drainage and then a thin layer of grey slate on top, but along the back wall, having a really wide border, curving it out where it comes under the tree and having shady plants on the tree side. I just can't imagine what goes in the curved bed area very well.
I will try and scribble some ideas later. for now here's my Pinterest - I warn you there are a lot of pins and not enough budget to create my dream! :) https://www.pinterest.co.uk/sayasara/home-outside
14 Sep 2017 16:30
Oh Will that looks fantastic. I'm sold. It looks a lot like some of the pics I've pinned on Pinterest. Do you paint too ;)
13 Sep 2017 16:49
we don't need the full driveway - just wide enough to get a car to the garage - mainly for re-selling in the future.
13 Sep 2017 13:13
Ok - resized as suggested on the forum. So this the back garden from left at the hedge to right to the garage. The final view is taken standing in front of the garage looking down the driveway which is where we get sun in the latter part of the evening. My dad has suggested simply painting the garage (walls and doors) black will help it "disappear". The garden is west facing so in front of the wall and hornbeam hedge are shaded in the afternoon. Not sure whether to go for a raised border in front of the wall. The area paved to the left of the garage is sunny in the morning to lunchtime and then shaded, was thinking of this for veg beds? The soil is clay and gets very wet in the winter/early spring, especially in the left corner of the hedge/wall. If my daughter has her way there would be a hot tub in there somewhere! I'm being drawn to white and green planting, not cottage garden but not totally modern or formal either! The funds are not huge and we will probably have to break things down into smaller projects for the next couple of years. I will sketch out some ideas later but if there are any budding designers that want to make suggestions - please do! Thanks.
13 Sep 2017 12:55
2017/18 is the year of the garden! I spent 2016/17 reviving the lawn from being 90% weeds and moss and painting walls - so creating a blank canvas really. Now I need some inspiration as to what to do. We have very little budget but I want to get it right, especially in terms of disguising the garden in the garden and integrating the driveway into our garden design. We can't do away for the drive/garage so need to find ways of screening or re-focusing what is seen when looking in that area. Any ideas gratefully received right now as I am finding far too many hours on Pinterest trying to decide on a course of action.
photos to follow when I work out how to stop them importing upside down!
09 Sep 2017 13:41
Thanks fairygirl. Will do.
09 Sep 2017 10:05
Hi. I've just had to renovate my mature hornbeam hedge as it was being suffocated by a large amount of ivy. We have cut the ivy back & are waiting for it to die. We are also not sure if this why it was browning early or if it had a fungus. have been advised to give lots of manyre. Should I do that now or is it likely to. E too poorly to handle a feed just yet? Thanks.