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Moon Garden Suggestions....

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 20:59

Alliums stay in the ground and cope with even our hard winters - at least the Purple Sensation types and the tall white ones and nectaroscordums.   The Schubertiis are a bit less tolerant and only one came back this year.

Evergreen shrub suggestions

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 17:44

Pyracantha will grow tall and narrow but can be spread wide like a fan if needed.  It is evergreen and has white flowers in spring which atract insect pollinators then red, orange or yelow berries in autumn which attract birds.

It is also thorny so likely to deter errant kids and is often planted on boundaries as a burglar deterrent - which is your excuse if anyone complains..

Perennial Geraniums.

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 17:40

This often happens to my geranium Johnson's Blue but not usually the others and I grow at elast a dozen different geraniums.  The thing to do is to cut the entire plant back to about 2 or 3 inches high, scatter on some blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure.  Water if it doesn't rain.

They'll grow back fine, healthy new foliage in about 3 weeks and you may even get another flush of flowers.

Something to block out sound of neighbours voice!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 15:06

As suggested, you need a lot of different noises such as wind chimes - although they drive me mad too - and running water or your own music if you can point some speakers at your garden when you want to sit out.  

I suggest you also offer a big bag of gobstoppers or get some ear plugs............

 

Moon Garden Suggestions....

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 13:52

Yes

Your pets in the garden

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 13:49

We have a rescue terrier cross, now aged 6, who's favourite garden activity - when not tearing around with the other dog - is digging up rats in their dens.  Fine, except they're in the borders.....  She also hears moley tunnelling and then tries to dig them out of our lawn.

We also have Bonzo Dog, a rescue Labrador who hadn't a clue when we got him a year ago aged between 2 and 3 as he'd never been outside.   He charges through the undergrowth to help Rasta with her ratting and, being a Lab, he also charges through our pond.  He hasn't a clue how to dig but tries to copy Rasta and it's hilarious to watch as he tries to use both front paws at once.   He likes to keep me company whatever I'm doing so when I'm gardening he sprawls on the beds but does move happily to the path or lawn when asked.   He's had to learn about people, cows, horses, goats, pigs, sheep, cars and other dogs as he now meets some or all on daily walkies.  He loves chasing pheasants and hares.  So does Rasta.

We are about to make them a path through the shrub border so they can gallop through the underplanting without wrecking it.

We also have a rescue cat we found abandoned in the field next door.  We've had her 21 months now and she's an indoor cat who has only recently discovered it's safe to go outside for an hour or so a day and that she is allowed back in.   She doesn't approve of snow or rain.   She likes to watch the birds at the feeders but can't get at them.

Moon Garden Suggestions....

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 13:33

Geranium Kasmir White is well behaved - http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=858 

You could also try Evening Primrose which is a clear yellow but, as it's name suggests, flowers late in the day and attracts moths.

Moon Garden Suggestions....

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 09:42

White honesty, white phlox, white achillea, white campanulas, white shasta daisies, white liatris, white roses but go for simple forms for insects to get at the nectar, white foxgloves, white garaniums, white clematis....................

Spreading plants needed

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 11:27

You need to leave access to the manhole so a pot is best.  Failing that a prostrate juniper would cover it if planted to the side but would get damaged when you need access.

I have two of these things in my front border and both have pots I can move.

Gardeners world show

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 08:39

The show is run by Haymarket, presumably contracted by the RHS.   I understand they asked too much for TV coverage so there was none.  Unfortunately, this has a knock on effect for sponsorship for gardens and plants people who have to balance the cost of exhibiting - fees, transport, personnel, materials, time -  against likely sales and publicity generated by a show without TV coverage.

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