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Front Garden Stars

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 19:49

Bizzie B, yes Herefordshire is lovely place and not too far away either, we are practically neighbours indeed. Thanks for the Leucanthamum info, I am going to start googling asap to get some on order for my back garden borders. And, I want the Dianthus Crimson Rim too, they are so pretty. Oh dear, I can feel a budget blowing garden order coming on, hope MrT is sitting down!!!

My pic of my newly shaped berberis, I lost count of how many times the thorns attacked me and went through my gloves. Nevermind, should last for another 6 months, hopefully.


Water Butts

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 09:06

I desperately needed to see this post, I have 5 x 220litre water butts dotted around my garden and they have ugly green bases and black lids. I have been struggling to think of ways to disguise them, but couldn't really think of anything that would work. The chicken wire is so simple yet brilliant, thanks madpenguin. Will order some now.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 09:01

artjak, the morning glory looks beautiful, is it a climber?

I'm digging a pond by hand...

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 08:59

I would give anything for a more 'dinky' pond SteveJ!!!  haha, your post made me giggle. It looks great already, and I am jealous you get to have lovely marginals etc. 

Whitebeam problems

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 08:55

Hi again, I meant to add last night that some of the leaves on my whitebeam do still, all of a sudden, just fall off. It's not all of them though. I asked in the local trade garden nursery and they said that whilst they are still young they still struggle with the elements. Apparently, wind can affect the leaves, and my garden is a very open, windy site. So Invicta2 is spot on about them taking longer to settle in adverse conditions. Depending on where you are in the country, you may have had some wetter or windier weather the last year or so.

Front Garden Stars

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 08:50

Morning BizzieB, yes my Berberis had a drastic haircut last night in fact. I should of taken before photo's, but will add an after pic later on to show you. It had grown to over 6ft tall since it's last chop in March, so have cut it back and shaped it again. They are beautiful plants and I will definately be keeping it when I re-do the front next year. Your right about the slate looking lovely when wet, and living in Wales thats about 89% of the time, haha.

Your front garden looks lovely, the berberis looks great with those white flowers - sorry, new to gardening and not sure what they are! Feel a total moron on here sometimes with all the knowledge others have.



Posted: 29/07/2014 at 08:43

Morning Verdun, you are quite right, I only cut the one and only flowering stem right back to the base of the plant. There were no other flowering stems visible at the time as I mentioned it was a new, small plant, planted in early May. I did not cut back the foliage as that looked absolutely fine.

Sorry for any confusion, I thought it was termed 'second flush' if something repeat flowered, my mistake, newbie at this gardening malarkey. So I must have amazingly rich soil though if in two weeks I get a new flower stem emerging! Pat on the back me  

I'm digging a pond by hand...

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 22:30

We dug an 8ft long pond in our last house as my husband keeps koi carp. What a tough job that was, so I can sympathise Steve J.

When we moved to our new place, husband decided a pond upgrade was needed. He explained that a 20ft long pond would be better this time, and I said fine, but do not expect me to dig it! Luckily, we had diggers in this time, and decided to have raised walls too, although in hindsight I would of preferred a ground level one again.

Good luck with your pond.

Whitebeam problems

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 22:25

I am not sure what else - if anything - you could do Abby2. I have only fed mine for the first time this year, obviously all the new top soil probably helped, but I also sprinkled some granular feed on to the whole border at the end of May. I think it was by Vita max and it was called gro more. Hope this helps.


Front Garden Stars

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 22:17

I was quite in love with my Japanese Maple, until Pete8 posted his pics! How beautiful Pete8, I have complete garden envy.

My front garden is next years project, when we moved in we made the front garden 'easy maintenance'. It has the maple, a tiny acer I bought from a garden centre 3 years ago - I think it' still the same height today as it was back then - a berberis, a forsythia and a mildew covered minature willow. I am hoping to get the willow out this year and replace it with a Magnolia Stellata instead.

So, please excuse the slate chips and the bland state of my front garden, but even so, I still love my maple tree



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