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Do these grow through plants?

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 18:01

If you don't yet know what will come up in your garden the best advice is to wait for a whole growing season to see what grows.  Take photos and make notes of gaps to fill and plants to replace/lift/divide/remove and have some annuals on standby to plug gaps.

All plants have an optimum size or eventual size and, to do their best, need the space to get the light, water and nutrients they need to produce decent foliage and/or flowers.   Once you know what's there and can improve the fertility of the soil with mulches of good garden compost, you can think about layering plants for a succession of blooms so that, for example, daffodils get replaved by aquilegias or hardy geraniums and they get replaced by late flowering plants such as rudbeckias and heleniums.

Don't try being too ambitious too soon as you may end up spending money on plants which don't get established and die or are weak.  


Talkback: Garden birds

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 17:55

As I live in belgium, I didn't do the RSPB bird count but I have had loads of birds in the garden at the various feeders as well as some good sitings in the marshy paddocks next door and across the road:-

blackbird, buzzard, crow, chaffinch, coal tit, dunnock, great white egret, Egyptian goose, fieldfare, great tit, blue tit, marsh tit, greater spotted woodpecker, grey heron, house sparrow, magpie, mallard, pheasant, robin, sparrowhawk, starling, turtle dove and wren.   I've also heard barn owls but not seen them and today was bright and sunny and I heard a chiffchaff.


Small pruning saw needs replacing

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 16:31

Wolf for me too because of being able to change handle lengths for different jobs.

Hanging baskets and window boxes

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 16:28

I know it's a bit early yet but, since I'm sat on a sofa recuperating from my op, I have time to think about garden projects this year.   I'd like to do some interesting hanging baskets and window boxes this year instead of my usual trailing pelargoniums.   Don't like petunias cos they feel sticky when I dead head.  

So, the question is, what are your favourite plants and combinations?  What works well in full sun and what would you avoid like the plague?

"desirable" plants that become invasive monsters

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 11:53

I have alchemilla too but am ruthless about cutting off the flowers to restrict its spread.  My flower arranging friend almost wept when she saw me doing that and chucking them on the compost.      i find it's a good weed suppressor whilst waiting for other more interesting plants to beef up. 

BBC Archers Message-Board

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 22:38

Sorry HCF.  I missed your reply for some reason.

I suspect a thread about dogs in gardens could run and run.   My pair like to go chaising up into the far corner as fast as they can in case anything's lurking and then Rasta has a good dig about for rats and other rodents or hedgehogs which can be a pain when she makes a crater next to some treasured plant or heads for China in pursuit of a mole in the lawn.

Bonzo likes to inspect the pond by going ploof ploof through it and I've seen the perisher trying to emulate Rasta and dig for moles but, being a Labrador, he lacks her terrier technique and tenacity.   Still leaves me with a bomb site though. 


"desirable" plants that become invasive monsters

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 21:05

Helianthus lemon Queen is a bit exhuberant in my garden and I may have to get ruthless with it this year.  Phlomis Russeliana is self seeding very happily and so needs rooting out a bit this year and lysomachia clethroides alba needs lifting, dividing and giving away as it's a bit too happy.    Cornus Midwinter Fire is a suckering thug.  I moved one shrub a couple of years ago but must have left bits of root behind so 18 months ago I dug up 12 new babies and transplanted them elsewhere and into pots and blow me if it hasn't popped up again in its original site.

Evergreen grasses

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 20:46

No problem here.  Never got a pensisetum through a winter yet.

Evergreen grasses

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 18:41

My garden is cold and exposed so we wait till March and then take the hedge trimmers to them but OH may well use his nice new sharp garden shears this year.   Too big a job for secateurs.

The evergreen forms such as carex buchananii just get a comb with a garden rake.

Edging for bed

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 18:38

My sleepers were old na dhaven't bled at all.  In fact they've dried to a silvery grey and they had black plastic on teh inside to protect them from moisture in teh soil and prevent any leaching.   The shadier ones are actually growing lichens and mosses.

I've used wooden log rolls as edgers and they do rot very quickly really.   The concrete ones are much better as long as they're supported somehow and are also growing lichens now.

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