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Britain's best gardens / Britain's garden revival

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 23:28

I haven't had time to watch it yet so can't comment except to say I've never understood why you would grow 90% of the old fashioned, once flowering roses when there are so many beautifully perfumed repeat flowering, disease resistant roses with stunning flowers available now or, if you really must have the old kind, why you wouldn't fling a summer flowering clematis up the climbing sorts to spread the season of interest.

Don't like Joe Swift.  He's not a plantsman and even when he does have something interesting to say about design he does it in that dreadful mockney accent.



Posted: 07/01/2015 at 22:33

I have had one bunch in flower since late November but they are in the most sheltered and sunniest bed.  There isn't a sign of the many other clumps I have around the rest of the garden though I admit the grass has been frozen so I haven't been across to check the beds furthest from the house but nothing doing in the bed immeidately behind the house where I have several clumps.

Bringing a bland wall to life

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 22:21

My mirror is small and decorative and next to a door and doesn't confuse the birds at all whereas they do fly into the French windows.

The OP's wall looks like it's close to the house and is unlkely to have birds flying at it but it does need breaking up and disguising with either plants or artefacts or both.   I took the picture below at Malvern Show one year - full of goodies for disguising a plain wall and for growing plants on a wall with no soil at the base.



Bringing a bland wall to life

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 17:52

You can hang all sorts of different pots and troughsand hanging baskets on brackets in which you can grow plants in summer - any traditional hanging basket plant would work so you can ring the changes each year with upright and trailing pelargonimus and petunias and so on and violas in spring and autumn.  

You could also hang ornaments such as metal lizards, lady birds or whatever you like and find at garden centres or car boots..  I have a metal framed mirror on my back wall.

You could attach a large panel of painted trellis to two battens scerwed to the wall in order to cover more of it and then either plant something to climb up it or use it as a backdrop for hanging pots as above.,

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 18:31

No, it's very peaceful.   You can tell where he's been but don'have to read his tripe.

Garden Journal/Diary

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 12:02

I'd like to have ago at this but haven't figured out a way of making the info easily retrievable for future use.

Do I simply make a daily note of each job I do/items sown or planted/foliage, flowers, fruits appearing or do I need a spreadsheet approach?

What do you do?


Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 11:02

No fruit cake for me thanks Dove.   Have to get into a posh frock on the 17th for the annual ball of our dance club.   

Very frosty here today so no gardening but no wind either so a good day to start tying the winter windbreak mesh to the field side of our fences.

Hedge - Escallonia???

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 10:43

Verdun - you are in an exceptionally mild corner of the UK.  All your planting advice should come with a health warning for even mildly frosty places!!

Hedge - Escallonia???

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 00:25

I too would advise against laurel.  It's a thug and the more you cut it back the more the perisher grows.   Very dark green leaves are dull and look awful when they're cut with hedge trimmers as these shred the large leaves.

Escallonia would be lovely, easy to maintain and is also quite hardy.  I've had Lonicera Baggesdon's Gold wiped out by heavy frosts and wouldn't even try a pittosporum here.

Swiss Chard

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 23:57

Another fan here.   The leafy bits can be eaten raw in salads or cooked like spinach but is a softer taste and doesn't coat my mouth like cooked spinach does.  The stalks are good stir fried or in quiches.  

Easy to grow and attractive.   I've seen the red ones grown in ornamental borders with red Bishop of Llandaff dahlias, red onions, cavolo nero and red cannas.   Stunning. 

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