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Planting in 3s - spacing

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 16:32

You need to check the final spread of each plant so, for example, if you have a plant that says spread 30cms and you plant three together they need to be spaced 30cms apart so they can fill out their space without being crowded.    If your goal is to  fill the beds quickly to keep weeds down you can plant a little closer but you will then, sooner or later, have to referee and remove some to let the others have the space they need to grow well.

Before you plant anything, make sure the new beds have been well prepared with all weeds dug out and the soil improved will well rotted manure or compost to help with moisture retention in dry spells and - strange as it may seem - drainage in wet spells.

Then set out the plants in their pots so you can see whether your planting scheme works - contrasts of leaf shape, texture, size and colour.   Ditto with the flowers.   When you do plant, put things in at the same depth they were in their pot and make sure you first plunge each pot in a bucket of water to ensure the root ball is thoroughly damp before planting.   Water the whole bed thoroughly when done and make sure they get watered in dry spells till the plants have established themselves and can cope on their own. 


Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 16:12

I'm actually watching this live for the first time and have yet to see any of the others I've recorded.   Enjoying it so far and especially seeing Charlie having fun.     Seems like a good design so far and I love the bog garden, probably cos it's got the same plants as mine.  

We have clumps of bamboo in our new garden which I did want to take out but maybe just taking the leaves off up to head height will be enough.     Worth trying.   Will have to make OH sit and watch it.

We have lots of pots at the mo for things that can't go in the garden as they need protecting over winter.   Some are ceramic and some plastic.  All get heaved about in the wheelbarrow as there isn't a smooth path to wheel them to shelter.   OH hates pot moving time in spring and autumn.   Hard work.

Websites and books on woodland garden design??

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 15:50

Go to the library and look in their gardening section to see what they have.   If nothing, ask if they can get you a copy of Beth Chatto's Woodland Garden - https://www.amazon.com/Beth-Chattos-Woodland-Garden-Shade-Loving/dp/1844033724

I haven't read that book myself but she does write well and is a renowned plantswoman.

Same goes for Keith Wiley and plants so his book should be good too - https://www.amazon.com/Designing-Planting-Woodland-Garden-Combinations/dp/1604693851 

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Posted: 28/07/2016 at 15:42

Liri - the pheasants have had our blueberries this year apart from the few I glean when passing to feed the birds.    I made purple gooseberry and elderflower jam at the weekend.  Hope the new neighbours like it as I have pots to give away.     Love the Pendle hill and Ribble valley area.

Here are some of the stripes.  The other small bedroom has the same stripes but with blue walls and an orangey sort of floor..........   You do see why the stripes and the orange have to go.

Possum's room has a black and white mural sized photo of New York harbour and skyline with a a painted red border on one wall and dark grey on the others.   She might keep the photo but not the grey.  Too very dull and dark.   

The garden is currently a wild meadow formerly trimmed by 2 sheep so OH will strim and chop wood for kindle while I paint cos he can't drive a paintbrush to my satisfaction.

Last edited: 28 July 2016 15:42:50


Posted: 28/07/2016 at 13:51

Back from a 3 day jaunt to the new house to take essential bedding, table, chairs, fridge, crocks and paint so we can go and spend 10 days painting rooms before the furniture arrives.   Two of the bedrooms have painted blue, white and orange stripes!   One day to go down, another to come back and the one in the middle to clean, clean, clean.   Exhausting but satisfying.

Checked the teeny weeny solitary clem I found on our last visit and it has doubled in size thanks to being weeded and watered and pep talked.   Very pleased with that.

Now to get on with the sorting and prepping and packing and getting rid of unwanted goodies and caring for treasures already potted up for the move.    House needs a good clean too.........Didn't hear about the latest attack in France till on the road yesterday.   Dreadful.

Amusing item on Belgian radio news tho.   They're running a poster campaign to discourage people from littering along in lay-by and rest areas.   It shows a pig with a gleeful face leaning out of a recognisable Fiat 500 to dump a bag of rubbish.   The slogan asks people not to treat lay-bys like pig sties.   Apparently Italians in general and Fiat in particular are up in arms at the insult so Belgium has had to apologise and all the posters will be modified to disguise the Fiat by the end of this week.


Posted: 24/07/2016 at 21:38

Isn't Panda a bit old for guides?   I never made it as far as guides.  Got thrown out of Brownies before my 6 weeks were up for being disruptive cos I didn't want to be a bl**dy Pixie.   Wanted camp fires and sausages.

Mrs G!  What are your doing letting OH loose in your shed?  Ours is definitely my woman shed full of my gardening stuff.

Off to bed now.  Up early tomorrow.  "See" you on Thursday.


Posted: 24/07/2016 at 18:53

Pat - Vendée, end of September but 3 day trip tomorrow with a van to take essentials for camping in a couple of weeks while we paint bedrooms and decide what's going where ready for the move.

Joyce - at the rate I'm going I shall need a van for plants but I wanted the bindweed bed cleared so I could put back all the ones I'm not taking that are currently lurking in pots or a nursery bed in the veggie plot.  Some roses, clems, shrubs, hostas and agapanthus in pots, the gunnera I've been nurturing along and loads of hemerocallis, hardy geraniums, geums and hardy perennials I haven't found listed on nursery sites near the new garden and a tray of pots of snowdrops to start me off for a winter garden.  I've got hamamelis on order and there will be more clems cos I haven't found a supplier for those either.

Time to get showered before dinner now.


Posted: 24/07/2016 at 15:47

Great to get an extra butt from ma.

Not only do I suspect they do not know which way is up but they a) plan to bring hens and get more and b) think they can manage without Marie-Christine who comes for 5 hours every other Tuesday and is an absolute treasure.   Both work and they have 4 kids and OH and I spend far more than 2 days a week out there and it's far from perfect.

I have just spent an hour just spraying the dreaded glyphosate on the bind weed ridden bed and the weeds in the old cobbled road. 

Last edited: 24 July 2016 15:48:24

Plant identification

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 15:39

It will need to be a large pot as clematis are thirsty, hungry plants.  It might just to be easier to stretch wire across between fence posts.  You need one every 12" or so in order to train the stems as horizontally or diagonally as possible as this encourages flowering.  When you do get some flowers, ask us again and then we can maybe work out what it is ad when it should be pruned to get the best out of it.

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