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New Rockery

Posted: Yesterday at 15:27

Mmm........I don't suppose this strip leads to your Woodland glade does it ?  Might make a nice woodland walk perhaps ? You seem to have trees to either side ?

To make it stable I would imagine all you could do would be to keep adding soil and compacting whilst the stuff you have piled in there gradually rots down ?  Pretty long term tho perhaps ?

Having gardened in both France and Spain I can understand the frustrations of battling with a different environment.  However, you usually have more land in those countries so perhaps you could look on it as a "wild patch" and cultivate it as such ?  I actually quite like the look of that  so I suppose I am not being very constructive re your rockery project......sorry about that but wish you luck however you decide to deal with it


Bamboo or tree screening? Suitable bamboos?

Posted: Yesterday at 14:30

Salino......I wondered too but was too feeble to ask  Perhaps some of us ( certainly me anyway ) need a rundown on abbreviations ?  At least I have OH taped now but some of the others are a bit of a puzzle.

My tropical garden

Posted: Yesterday at 14:23

That's a shame.  It's nice to get a perspective from other parts of the world. I've never posted a pic yet but enjoy looking at others the forum too

New Rockery

Posted: Yesterday at 13:57

I think Nutcutlet's idea is the best one.  You could successfully grow a range of other plants including some veg rather than risk a huge disappointment by trying to make a rockery/alpine garden on unsuitable ground.

Hindsight always being a wonderful could have had a sunken garden

They're bossing it now........

Posted: Yesterday at 13:42

Echinaceas are superb plants (don't know Marmalade but sounds very attractive).

I'd be tempted to let them boss my garden's only if they start to boss you about that you may need to worry


Bamboo or tree screening? Suitable bamboos?

Posted: Yesterday at 12:19

Salino........posts crossed

Bamboo or tree screening? Suitable bamboos?

Posted: Yesterday at 12:17 has been said in the previous post (and several previous to that I think  ), you really do need to do some careful research on this one if you want to avoid the pitfalls.

I think someone suggested a good book on the subject in the Bamboo thread.........may be an idea to arm yourself with as much info as possible so that you will at least have an idea of which type of bamboo may do the job you require of it.

As to costs, decent bamboos can be pretty expensive and some of the trees you mentioned might well compare pricewise ?


Posted: Yesterday at 09:29

Talkback: In praise of woodlice

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 20:55

Sukia.......  Woodlice are goodies in the garden

spring onion seeds

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 20:19

Modules or outside sowing...........I have had the same NON spectacular results........never had such bad germination before.......

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
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Sweet potato

Slips or Plugs ? 
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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

Who is your plant named after ? 
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Last Post: 06/07/2014 at 21:27

Lost garden tools

Not stolen..........just hiding !! 
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Last Post: 19/06/2014 at 21:10

Glyphosate killer in various forms

Effect on surrounding planting ? 
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Last Post: 16/06/2014 at 08:05

Perennial evergreen Grass

What variety ? 
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Sulphate of Potash feed 
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Nicandra physalodes (Shoofly or Apple of Peru)

Leaf variegation 
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Grass snake

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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 19:26 and then

How things change 
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Cuckoo Spit

First of the season ? 
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Last Post: 04/05/2014 at 09:20

Wildlife Pond

Frog tadpoles 
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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 10:37

Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

general query 
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Waterlogged grass/lawn

using RapidGrid to make a path 
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Last Post: 26/02/2014 at 10:40

Kniphofia- Red Hot Pokers

Best type ? 
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