philippa smith2

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How weedy are you?

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 16:01

Multiply that patch of Celandine a thousandfold and that is my south facing border - I'm giving up I think

Would less invasive wisteria be okay for this arbour?

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 15:54

Bulbsbaby.......oh - different kettle of fish then   Hope you enjoy choosing your plants


Posted: 13/03/2017 at 15:44

Rosemummy - sometimes the cheap jobs make provisions for holes but they don't always punch them out.  They leave that little job for you Might be worth checking the base of the trays ?

No Kermit!!!

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 15:38

I don't think it is particularly something you are doing wrong - the most likely reason is that you don't have frogs nearby.  Do your neighbours have ponds with frogs ?

Annoying it may be but you can't make wildlife visit your garden at the drop of a hat. If there are "spare" frogs in the vicinity, I'd have expected some to be looking at your pond by now. Frogs have suffered depletion in numbers in the last few years but have you thought about contacting your local Wildlife Trust and asking them about the population for your specific area.

All is not lost tho - if you have Toads and your pond is to their liking, you could get lucky.  They tend to breed earlier than Frogs.  Or perhaps Newts ? Again, a word with the Wildlife people may give you a clue as to what you can expect/ encourage to your pond.

Planting 2 Vegs together??

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 15:26

The potatoes will produce a great deal of foliage and will require a different soil makeup to the onions.

Depends on the size of your veg bed of course but I wouldn't advise close proximity.

You & todays internet media

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 15:16

OTOH, why rise to the bait when you know what's coming ?

Raisingirl -----excellent definitions

Would less invasive wisteria be okay for this arbour?

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 16:51

Consider what you are going to grow up the structure before wasting too much money and effort on staining/painting it. Your fences all appear to be of a similar colour and you may well be surprised how the original colour blends in with your choice of plants.If the stain has been recently applied, it will fade given time.

Sometimes painting such a large central structure in a completely different shade will make it stand out like a sore thumb.  It can work in a large area but in a smaller space, it may be a bit "in your face".

My opinion only of course and whatever you decide, it is certainly a robust looking structure - lots of space to play with 

Our Gardening Diaries (Incorporating My Flowers ..)

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 14:52

Such beautiful pics as usual aym - a sight for sore eyes indeed

Resurrected Eight

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 14:19

MU, RB and BL - thanks re Spring Onions - glad I'm not on my own.

Tried some a few years ago and had them in one of those little plastic G/H jobs along with leeks and others.  Stormy night, GH blew over and scattered seed trays everywhere.  Rescued some stuff and duly planted in allotment.  Some few weeks later, I thought "Wheee - those S Onions are coming along a treat".  Some weeks after that, I became suspicious - turns out they were all bl***y Leeks.

Tried since then but very little success.


Posted: 12/03/2017 at 13:56

I visited in the mid 1990's - super place - probably a lot busier now !

No real tips other than to second the above comment re camera battery

Hope you have a wonderful time

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