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Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 14:20

Gardens never look the same year round which is why we're advised to plant a variety to give year round interest.  The focus will naturally shift through the seasons starting with early spring bulbs and blossom through the exhuberance of early summer flowers, autum colour and winter evergreens and coloured stems and, if you're sheltered enough, some scented winter blooms.

I confess I fast forwarded through Dirmuid's glasshouses as my greenhouse is far too small for exotics to be given space when I need it to shelter treasures in winter.  It also gets far too cold for all that tender stuff and heating is not an option.

The shrub part wasn't bad but why, oh why, do these people have to shout and harangue with unnatural emphasis on every other word?  Why can't they talk to as though we're just having a conversation and exchanging information and views.  I find it very tiring.    Must be something the producers or directors ask for as even CB has started doing it and Monty Don's phrasing has gone all awry latterly too.

As others have said, more info on how, when and where would be good.   There are all sorts of plants I can't grow because my soil is too alkaline, though deep and fertile, and others I can't grow because it's too wet or too exposed or too cold in winter.   Must be the same for others maybe gardening on chalk or sand or high up and exposed or in frost pockets or mild and balmy..


Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 23:17

I never could believe Toby Buckland.   Sloppy gardener and presenter.

Has anyone grown a Cercis Canadensis ?

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 18:32

-25c is fine if there's a covering of snow to insulate plants and roots.  I had -25C without snow and with bitter, drying, easterly winds.   Lost loads of plants.

Talkback: How to grow hawthorn from seed

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 17:30

They sow themselves in my garden.  I've just dig up two and planted them in the paddock across the road along the stream.   If they decide to grow they'll be great for wildlife and can get as big as they want.

Has anyone grown a Cercis Canadensis ?

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 17:27

I had a Forest Pansy 11 years ago.  It took one look at my winters and curled up its toes.  Not what I'd expect from something called Canadensis.

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 10:59

I find Rachel much more approchable than Sarah and enjoyed her part of the programme.  Gorgeous flowers for the garden and for flower arrangers.

I liked some of the birches Joe showed us - interesting bark colours and forms - but I'm not sure they're suitable for most suburban gardens, especially the small ones in new developments.  Fast growing, prone to blowing over in strong winds and short life span.  I wish they'd replace him with Mr Beardshaw or Mr Sinclair though.  Don't like Joe's presentation style and he isn't a plantsman.

Reducing the Noise from Road

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 16:02

If you want to save on space, try attaching some roofing or sound insulation blocks to your fence and then put another fence or trellis panels in front of that.  That would be about 6 to 8 inches thick in total.   We've recently had a new roof done and they took off the old tiles then attached slabs of insulation about 10cms thick and 1m20 by 4m on the outside of the beams and framework then put the new tiles on that.  

It would be quick and easy and you could always top it with decorative planks of some sort to finish it and protect the insulation from rain.  

However sound will rise above the fence so you may want to consider taller posts for the inside fence so you can attach trellis or wires and train climbers up there or support a hedge on stilts to give you privacy from the road - and any passing double deckers - as well as cut down noise.

  The picture was taken at Coloma rose garden in Belgium where such features are a common solution to providing privacy whilst being economical on space.

Evil foxes/cats

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 15:49

Great idea if someone is at home all day but they dig too.   Ours does - hears a mole or a rodent underground and goes for it.   Our newer Labrador has taken to copying.  Can't dig for toffee but he tries.   Good job I'm not precious about our "lawn".

Evil foxes/cats

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 10:49

Smelly though so not good in summer.

Evil foxes/cats

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 09:54

Some people welcome foxes and others prefer not to encourage them.  Cats and foxes will be attracted to newly turned earth for digging up grubs and toilet purposes respectively.    Foxes droppings smell particularly bad.    My cats also liked to sunbathe on freshly turned soil and thought nothing of using my seedlings as a cushion whilst they kept me company in the garden.

Have a Google for a water scarecrow.  It's a device that attaches to an outside tap and has a sensor which triggers a spray of water when a fox or cat passes.  They don't like it and move on.    You need to move the sensors regularly as cats in particular will learn how to avoid them.



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