Palaisglide


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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 10:16

Stockton, the mist has lifted from the valley and a rather watery sun has appeared, it is warm and the garden is blooming in the warm moist air. My DIL bought me an Orchid which seems to love this weather it has bloomed nonstop since I got it. Not really an orchid fan but this one has got me to take care of it, not that they need much.


Frank.

Boarders

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 10:07

Darren, Firstly that grass will need at least two years of TLC to get it back to a Green Sward, it is up to you whether you go the recovery road or re-turf, neither easy nor quick though re-turfing may be the quicker road if you remember you cannot walk on it for at least six weeks after laying and it will need a daily watering.


Two those flower borders are not too wide and could be planted up with shrubs, long living plants and or fruit bushes low growing fruit trees and or bedding plants. Make a plan, do it in sections you can finish say in a weekend and do just that bit, trying to do it all in one go usually means nothing gets finished and ends up looking like a builders yard. A well planted border with tall plants and shrubs becomes a mysterious jungle to small children, my lot often disappeared into the jungle and tiny feet keep the weeds down.


Three a children's garden as I learned with my own and my Grandchildren needs to be a raised bed and one they can walk around otherwise they tend to unintentionally walking on it and their Siblings plants (war). A wooden retaining frame four to six inches high is enough and just wide enough so they can reach the middle without stepping on it. Easy grow vegetables, cut and come again salad plants mixed with a few strawberry plants and Cherry Tomato is the way to go, it also shows them which are weeds and which Edible.


Four, I always tell people that gardens are places to relax, sit with a glass in hand in the sunniest spot and contemplate your navel or which ever part of your body that enthuses you. I did that first when I moved in here many years ago, it was lawn from fence to fence so an open canvass. We planned it then divided it into do-able sections as we both worked. then collected what we needed for each project started and completed that project working our way to what we wanted at the time, it took three years and we got what we had planned. There have been many plans and changes since, gardens never stop progressing a fact of life. What is in favour goes out the new comes in and we get older, just a thought.


Frank.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 16:27

Climbing roses pruned back, late flowerers. Some weeding, thinned out a mass of Bluebell before they flower and seed even further. Sat in glorious sunshine topping up my vitamins, well at my age i am allowed a sit and ponder. "Oh" yes pond, cascade not working so out it will come and a still pond put in place with some aquatic plants, no frogs or spawn so OK to go ahead.


Frank.

Help for a noob

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 16:17

can only agree Hogweed, it also applies to every walk of life, the fact that Politicians are suddenly waking up to the fact we are a right diverse lot us voters. long may it remain so. Diversity makes the world go round.


Frank.

Help for a noob

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 11:32

Hogweed, you could say that of any plant, even bedding plants have a short life if you do not deadhead feed them and generally pamper them. My Rhododendron is in full bloom this morning and a glorious sight, certainly it will only be ten to fourteen days but not in the least leggy after nearly thirty years. My other love Peony's are also something you cherish for just two weeks bloom but what glorious blooms and as they flower at different times a continuous joy. One of those took seven years before I got one bloom you should see it now. You could just rake a patch throw seed down and wait, what would be the fun in that I ask. You plan nurture and set you stall out to have plants coming into their own in sequence Rhodo's and Peony are just part of the grand plan. Like a Sunday roast dinner, if part is missing no matter it be a sprout or slice of beef the whole is incomplete. My opinion only of course.


Frank.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 10:23

Stockton and the Tees, Sunshine, clear sky and warm with it. The Rhododendron has burst into full bloom and the Forsythia a picture, all those years of planning and hard work do pay off in the end a hundred fold.


Frank.

Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 10:18

Verschieden we called it in BAOR, different, Chloe does not like Lichens well I do not like Curry having seen what went into it in the Middle East many moons ago, it needed all the spices believe me, though I do not pronounce it on here time and again. If Chloe was trying to stir it then she only succeeded in people posting more lovely pictures of what to many is the history of all living things, something we could not live without and in my mind beautiful organisms. Thank you for the pictures.


Mad Woman, Blonde, Who on earth could that be?? no one I have ever seen on GW. If it was a sly reference to our CAROL then wipe your mouth out, I would marry her tomorrow as long as she lived in the Garden Shed and kept the garden pristine, I would do the cooking, "oh" and the cats would have to live with her I am totally allergic to them but "Hey" as I said at the start Verschieden.


Frank.

Help for a noob

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 23:39

Fishtycuffs, two things come to mind, Rome was not built in a day, it took Centuries, and Anything worth having is worth waiting for. I have waited five years for a Peony to flower after planting, count the time it took to root call that seven years and it is now a lovely bush which gives me pleasure every year, care and patience are what gardening needs. So you made a mistake so what, every gardener on here has done that it is how we learn. We all yearn for the perfect garden it never happens Nature gets in the way so we work with what we have always planning two or more years ahead.


Right those Rhododendrons only need some TLC plus a bag of ericaceous compost, that is a lime free slightly acid compost from any Garden Shop, mix it into the soil around the Rhododendrons and wait, you will see the difference as summer goes on. You will then have to put in other plants that will thrive in the same soil, each plant has its own needs in nutrients and soil PH. Feeding loads of Fertiliser to plants is a bit like giving them too many big mac's, little and often in the growing season is all they need though if you can get good well rotted manure you could dress or mulch around the beds in Autumn and let the worms work their magic.


Sit down with a pencil and paper and plan with the help of Google Plant Books and this board what you want in the future, some plants will come and go in one year, that is it. Some need to be sown brought on and will flower next year then some will be finished others last years, the choice of plants is yours I would not advise on that as we all differ in taste. Make a list of what you would like in the garden, although a one year wonder which would be all bedding plants would be over in a year then a desert. Bulbs need to be planned by season and sown in the Autumn to flower the next spring. The same thing with Shrubs some such as Lavender will be planted as small plants get bigger year on year for about eight years then become leggy, I then dig them out and start again, it is the same with many plants, they grow away from the original root ball leaving gaps so you split them back into small plants again and replant them as Monty showed on GW Friday, nothing lasts forever unless you plant an oak tree, that will outlast you. It is a continuous job planning changing and maintenance, if someone tells you they have a maintenance free garden they lie because they do not exist. Slow down, Think long and deeply as to what you wish to achieve but let it happen as nature intended in its own time.


Frank.

Help for a noob

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 11:57

Fishtycuffs, Rhododendrons are slow growing my own is thirty years old and has just reached the top of a five foot fence and is flowering now the best it has ever done. They also need an acidic soil and shade form direct sunlight, I never prune them. They get a spread of mulch once a year after flowering making sure the area is slightly acidic.


Soil testers cheap or expensive tell you what the soil is like where you do the test, it can vary depending on what you plant and how, plus how you feed or mulch. Take a small container, take a little soil from along the bed and mix it then do the PH test you will get a general idea but do not expect total accuracy. 


You have two choices with the beds drill the base push in a tube with holes drilled in it all round and be prepared to plunge it out now and then with a rod. Secondly dig out part of the bed, mix with sand and grit then replace this will give a drier top level more so if you drill the wall which once drained will then not hold as much water.


As to plants, fast growing plants are that, fast, they need to be pruned often, not my cup of tea, I like the slow growers. There are dozens of plants for shade, my choice would probably not be yours, I suggest you get some good gardening books, Charity shops often have plenty unused in some cases, they will all give differing information on plants but we are gardeners we try everything then make our choice or mistakes and yes we all make those. Good Luck


Frank.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 10:22

Stockton has Sunshine after a nights rain and high wind, every thing smells fresh and it is warm. Another surprise as i walked around a corner of the garden the Forsythia in full and plentiful bloom, a glorious sight. It does get TLC each year after flowering, I cut it right back as next years blooms are on this years growth. It has been there for thirty odd years and I ain't killed it yet.


Frank.

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