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What Type of Garden is Yours.

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 16:08

Sorry Brian.  I have a teenager, two dogs and two cats plus a husband who needs supervision in the garden or he "weeds" my treasures cos it's quicker than selecting just the nettles, buttercups, couch grass and other nasties.   Quite enough on my plate thanks.

Good Morning ..... :D

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 16:03

Everyone welcome Louise.   Bunny - I'd do a dance but I've just had my foot liberated from an orthopedic boot and have to learn to walk on it properly again first.  T'other foot will be done in mid April so I expect to be doing an Indian summer dance by September.

The rain is now doing its best to trun to snow.  I don't approve.    Normally I wouldn't fuss as our winters are long but we had a glorious week in January and then another at the beginning of March and it feels as though we're being mocked and teased on purpose.

Good Morning ..... :D

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 15:00

The ones that most need potting on are the tomatoes.   Chillies and herbs can wait a few days more but then i'll be struggling.  And I need my window sills for the next lots of seeds.


Posted: 20/03/2013 at 14:57

Yes, patience is the key.  Wait and see what grows as the season progress.  Take regular photos to remind you later on and use easy annuals from the shops to fill in any obvious gaps or plant up pots for instant colour.

Make notes of plants and colours you like or hate.   Wait till autumn to remove shrubs and perennials yo dislike as that's the best time to plant new plants in the holes you create.

Come back here as often as you need to help with plant identification and care to help you decide what to do and when.      Enjoy your new garden.

Good Morning ..... :D

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 14:51

It is persisting down outside and cold and dark so I've spent my day dong admin and also the newsletter for my gardening group which includes women from Asia who struggle with our climate and plants and what to do when though they all have green fingers.  We also have European ladies of varying levels of expertise and a wide range of garden sizes and budgets so it's always interesting.

It's set to stay cold at night fo rthe next week at least so my babies are still languishing on window sills being turned every day to keep them growing straight.  some will need potting on by the weekend and then I'll really have fun as I've already run out of window sill space.

What Type of Garden is Yours.

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 14:45

All of the above plus pots and hanging baskets.

The veggie garden is raised beds for ease of access and drainage and ha s permanent rhubrab and fruit beds plus seasonal veggies except in winter when they all get frozen to mush.  Herbs in sunny spots and pots.

The flower garden includes beds in shade and full sun, damp beds and well drained, shrubs, perennials bulbs, a woodland corner, hedges and a wildlife pond.  

covering large slope

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 10:33

I think you'd be better off with things like the coloured stemmed cornus planted in groups of contrasting colours.   I have 4 and they all happily sucker or layer themselves along if I let them.   There's the bright red of cornus alba siberica which has lovely spring green foliage that goe sto purples and reds in autumn.  There's the fmae effect of Midwinter Fire, the burgundy of elegantissima which ahs variegated foliage and then the lime green of Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea'.   All will need pruning back in spring to maintain the colourful stems but you could do them in alternate years or just take out a third of the old stems every year.

You could intersperse these shrubs with clumps of easy care grasses such as miscanthus which are hardy, come in various heights and will provide movement as they sway in the wind a well as food for birds in autumn.

Have a look also at spreading conifers and small trees for contrasts of colour and form.   Clematis usually like something to scramble through rather than over bare  ground.  Kiftsgate rose definitely prefers to grow up things and has vicious thorns which would make trying to work around it very hard.


Posted: 19/03/2013 at 20:31

I don't see why we can't have both Fork Handles for the continuing chat thread and a daily, ephemeral Good Morning thread for those who don't want to wade through the FH thread to see what it's all about or who don't feel inclined to join it for whatever reason.     Whoever starts it each day would simply have to include the date in its title to differentiate it from the previous GM threads. 


Posted: 19/03/2013 at 07:55

Yes, because once the meeting finishes I have to drive from Brussels to Namur to help my daughter buy a bikini or full cozzie for her school trip to Italy this Easter and this evening I have to go and check on the Jazz/RnB class to see how they're getting on with theiir demos for the end of year show..


Posted: 19/03/2013 at 07:26

First garden group meeting of the year today and I, with the help of one other member, am supposed to be demonstrating rose pruning as our Japanese hostess and several of the Asian ladies haven't a clue and one or two of the others need some pointers for ramblers and climbers.   I suspect we'll be spending the rest of the morning indoors as the forecast is for very wet and windy stuff.   Better than recent snows but not friendly for gardening.


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