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Crazy Ivy

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 14:13

Hello all.

My garage has ivy growing on top of it. I generally like it and it's lovely to see the bees and then the birds (especially blackbird) benefiting from it when not much else is flowering/fruiting.

However it is now out of control and I need to cut it back a bit. When is the best time to do this? If I do it now will it grow back nicely? Is it too late? I have a feeling that birds nest in it...


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 20:40
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Easy Seeds

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:30
Cosmos! For sure! So many colours, too.


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:43

Pes? Autocorrect I will never understand you.


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:42


The last time I tried posting on here it didn't appear so I'll try again!

Can't get into the garden yet because it's the kids swimming lesson but later I'm hoping to finally finish preparing my last flower bed for seeds. There's a dirty great storm cloud in the sky though so we shall see. 

Speaking of Tulips, mine in the ground are mostly out but the ones in a pot are only half way up -weird.

Has anyone tried the "mowing a path but not the rest" approach to grass areas (can't really call mine a lawn either,) I was thinking of trying this in the sunny/formal part of the back garden ala Monty... 

Hope pes you all have a lovely day! 

weeding especially grass

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:31

If the hole doesn't work out, I make a pile in an unused corner of the garden and after about a year it all rots down and is a nice consistency to add back to beds. Not exactly compost, I don't what you would call it - soil conditioner? I sometimes put used up compost on top too (if there's a large amount and I don't want it in my normal compost for some reason). 

I always thought it was a bit naughty of me to do that but on GQT the other day they recommended doing it So it is an official "thing". 

Ive also used clods to build up the banks of a pond too!

Plant ID

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 12:10

Thank you! I have a camellia and a Rhodo growing in the front garden happily but perhaps soil acidity can be different in different parts of the garden? I'll do a test. 

Either way I think I will move them because I do have related plants to those two in other parts of the garden where they are much happier!! 


what is...

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 12:06

Anything that's substantial enough to cover that will need some sort of support I guess. If it was me (and my budget is always zero too by the way). I would grow some sweet peas in a deep container and use cheap old canes to make a screen that at least hides it in the summer, until I could afford to build a proper support. I'm not sure what could grown in an average pot that would be big enough to cover it? I think most vigorous climbers would need a pretty large pot.  A long term solution would be a wisteria grown around a sturdy support system (so that you would have enough access/safety). According to the RHS website they can be grown in containers.

I'm only a new gardener definitely no expert! But those are my thoughts...

I'm scared!

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 11:56

I had the same feelings with my first garden 4 years ago. I did exactly the same as you - lots of hardy annuals. Even the ones that didn't work out we're fine because others did so well they more than made up for it. It was, seriously, one of my best ever experiences watching that garden grow. I couldn't believe it. 

My expectations were low and I was AMAZED! Don't worry, even if some things don't work out other things will far exceed your expectations. It sounds like you've don't lots of research which is more than I did and I still had success so with all the work you've done I'm sure it will be wonderful. 

Everything you've pictured in your mind will be exceeded! It's wonderful! 

Make sure you post some pictures in the summer so we can see the results!

I'm starting again now with a new garden much bigger than the first one. I've had a few of those "agh!" Moments but I have faith in nature (and sweet peas). 

Plant ID

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 11:48

Why did I say "it's not raining"??? Now hailing!!!

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