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japanese style but new to it all help please

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 09:37

I've replied on the other thread.   In a garden this size, a Japanese courtyard style would suit best and would not include any grass.   Once a seating area is made there's be so Little garss left anyway it would be a pain to mow and maintain once the rocks, gravel, usual lanterns and water feature went in, let alone the plants.

It could work out very calm and restful though.   Nice project.

starter garden japanise style help please

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 09:33

I think you need to go to the Library and read as many books as you can find on the Japanese style.   It's not just the plants, it's the whole balance of rock, stone, water, moss and a limited palate of plants.

You'd have to do a lot of ground work to prepare the soil and lay weed reisistant membranes for the gravel areas.  You'd also need to source and price rocks and think about getting all the materials into the garden.

Usual plants include bamboo, Japanese maples, spring flowering cherries, azaleas, hostas and moss.

Have a look at this site too - http://www.aboutjapanesegardens.org/  It explains the basics and gives examples of Japanese gardens and their creation.

Pruning

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 23:31

Which lasts about 10 minutes and then it's ugly for 11 months and 4 weeks.

Wood based cat litter

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 22:17

We add ours to the compost after first removing the poos.  It breaks down very well and helps to balance the nitrogen content from grass clippings.

Pruning

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 20:47

At the risk of upsetting people, I would prune it with a spade - dig it up and bin it.  Desperately dull little trees with a short life span and no redeeming features.  I was given one and was only two pleased when it turned up its toes one very hard winter.

Group 3 clematis pruning

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 18:24

I grew Silver moon and Sunset in hanging baskets one year but their roots ended up too restricted and dry by  the end of summer despite regular watering and not being in full sun.  They've done much better since I liberated them into the ground.

I have started pruning my group 3 clems and have taken cuttings of Crystal Fountain as there were so many buds higher up.  Not convinced they'll work this early but nothing ventred, nothing gained.  With others like Arabella, Little Nell, Princess Diana and Etoile Violette I shall try layering a couple of stems to see if taht works better and then cut all the other stems as usual. 

 

I need new secateurs

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 09:28

Definitely Felco.   Good quality and designed for left or right handed use depending on model chosen. 

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:43

Snowdrops flowering since mid December out the sunny front and just starting in the shadier spots.   Cyclamen in the ground have finished now but the ones in my hanging baskets are still flowering, hellebores starting early and flowering for a couple of weeks now but no flowers yet on crocuses or daffs which are only just poking their noses through.

Hedging and Horses

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:00

I planted a holly hedge thinking the neighbouring cows wouldn't eat it.   Wrong.  The new shoots are very tender and juicy apparently so I ended up with a short, fat holly hedge.    We've now erected a barrier of metal mesh that builders use for reinforcing concrete and the holly is finally starting to grow upwards.

We have horses in a paddock across the road and they have eaten all one side of an abies Xmas tree I planted 4' from the fence and also went for an oak.   They don't seem to eat the odd hawthorn that's growing along the stream or a couple of native sambucus on the field edge.   Hawthorn does make a fast growing and wildlife friendly hedge.  You need to keep it trimmed to help thicken it.

Have you sown any seeds yet this year?

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 11:11

I'm waiting a couple of weeks till light levels and day length get better.  I've been caught before sowing too soon and then having to cope with leggy seedlings.    Can't use the greenhouse till April when I can start taking out the big pots of plants stored for winter protection.

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