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Greek inspiration

Posted: Yesterday at 19:44

Vikki........40ft x 15 ft.............a very small Greek island then I think is the way to go 

Nothing wrong with dreaming anyway......

When and which plants in pots to but in the greenhouse over winter...

Posted: Yesterday at 19:29

Tootles.....all 3 plants you mention are hardy and should not require winter protection.

If a hard winter is threatened ( I hope not ), then you may like to protect the pots (and thus the roots ) from freezing by bubble wrapping the pots.  You can also use old compost bags filled with straw and tied round the pots.  Basically anything which will keep the frost from the pots

Natural pond

Posted: Yesterday at 19:13

Heather......there are a couple of threads running on the forum for Wildlife Ponds which might be worth while looking at  but not sure about the Ducks.

Hopefully there will be someone who knows soon

Greek inspiration

Posted: Yesterday at 19:07 Greece covers several types of landscape and flora, are you looking for coastal, inland or mountain ?  Do you have space for some architectural features which would lend a "Greek atmosphere" ?  That way, you could perhaps be a little more general with the types of plants you grow.  I applaud your thinking but it may take more than plants to recreate Greece in N Warwickshire

You have the Olives but I presume they don't yet resemble the gnarled old trees which evoke Greece ?  How about a Stone or Parasol Pine to add some shape ?  Obviously the shrubby herbs ( Rosemary, etc. ) will provide the basic fragrance but you may need to help your soil along for these to be really happy.  Depending upon your inclination, you can grow Hibiscus and Bougainvillea etc. in pots for the summer but you would want somewhere to overwinter them safely.  The European Fan Palm may be worth looking at too.....the hardiest one in the UK so should be ok if in the right situation.

I would think you need to do a bit of research if you want to be "totally" Greek but there are plenty of other plants which would lend the atmosphere...whether they would all survive is another matter.  If you are prepared to stretch the imagination a little, there are plenty of hardy shrubs and perennials which would fit with the idea of southern Europe.

You don't mention the size of garden or orientation....maybe a few photos and further description would help others to make suggestions.

Best of luck anyway

Anyone for Coffee

Posted: Yesterday at 18:40

You can also lay the grounds out in trays to thoroughly dry and then it can be stored in plastic tubs for future use.  I have used it as an additive to potting compost and find it useful that way

Seasonal Pot problems

Posted: Yesterday at 18:36

KuJoneses........I don't subscribe to GW Magazine so haven't seen the "pot" you refer to.  I would suggest tho that you don't entirely ignore some of the more expensive pots of perennial plants.  If you like the look of the plant ...say a Heuchera.....have a careful look at it.  If it is a good bushy specimen, then there is every chance you can divide it and gain 3 or 4 plants for the price of one.

Remember too that you need to look at the max size each plant will grow will need to pot on at some point if they do well ( which hopefully they will)  What you buy as an ideal size now will  (unless just annuals ) eventually outgrow your chosen pot/window box and will need a revamp in a couple of years.  Even bulbs will become crowded at some point.

So many of the "ready planted pots" are sold for instant impact .  Nothing wrong with that but a tad expensive.  You could do far better by doing as Lyn suggests but also a couple of judicious buys of bigger plants gives you more options for the future.

Hope you enjoy a colourful Spring anyway

mysterious plant in my garden!

Posted: Yesterday at 16:20

Don't know what it is but it isn't Nicandra

Sweet potato

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 18:44

Bizzie B........I thought I'd spotted Sweet Pots on the Allotment thread....I'll be interested to see how many others are going to try them

SnowAthlete....thanks for the update and the photos.  I think you grew in containers ?  How many plants did you actually have ?  Would you grow them again given the amount of your harvest ?  Have you fed much if at all ?

I wonder how Bob's are doing ?  ( Not hinting Bob....well, not much anyway )


Plant disruption - Spring or Autumn

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 19:34

Lindy........I can understand what your query is but it does seem rather odd that your local council can demand access to a private garden and dig everything up.?

Are you sure that they can actually do this and do you know the legislation which they are relying on ?  Considering the amount of contaminated land which has been built on over decades without too much squawking from local authorities, it seems a bit drastic ?

Forgetting the legalities, Autumn would be the best time to dig up most plants but with the proviso you could replant them in good ground within a couple of months.  Easy to say I know but you need to tie the Council down to a reasonable time frame.

I wish you the best of luck however you approach the problem

What's been your best garden freebie?

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 19:12

IceTwin.....even tho I live in a fairly small village, once I took on my Allotment, I met  people from "the other end" .......I'd never seen them before.  So I found it good from both outside my garden to grow Veg and getting to know other villagers. 

Keep us posted on how you get on

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