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Plant ID x 2

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 22:10

Not sure on the first one.. Here is the flower. Sorry it's night time here and i have had a couple too many whisky's. 

Plant ID x 2

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 21:18

2 plants I need identifying please. I'm in Italy right now. First one is bush type ground cover which in under planted on an lemon tree. 

the 2nd is everywhere in Italy. Huge vines all over buildings, pergolas..filled with purple flowers

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How do you know so much?

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 12:16
soulboy says:

I'm a relative newbie, too. I completely agree with what's already been said. Use all the resources available to you, especially forums like this one where there is a great spread and depth of knowledge. There are also a tremendous amount of internet sites that provide specialist knowledge and guides. For example, the RHS website is an invaluable resource.

There are two primary things that I do to help me organise my gardening, and learn about the subject. I have a bookmarks folder in my computer called Garden with a number of sub folders; My Garden Plants, Weeds, Pests and Diseases, Garden Guides, Garden products, Wildlife, Seed Suppliers and many others. Everytime I find a good website or article it goes into the appropriate folder.

The other important thing I do is keep a garden diary and a seed list. The garden diary is organised into sections on maintenance (pruning etc.), and planting/seed sowing. I find this absolutely invaluable as a record of what plants I have year on year, how well they do and when and in what conditions e.g. weather, soil, and position. The section on planting and sowing allows me to check and compare when and where plants get put in the ground and containers, when they germinate etc.

I find it's best to add a little bit to the diary each day, or each time you've been in the garden, although I often break my own rule and find myself struggling a bit to remember several days worth of information to enter in it. Importantly I also take a lot of photo's, for pleasure but also so that I have both a record of how the garden has developed and a visual diary to complement the written one.

I realise that not everyone will have the time to keep a diary but I think it's extremely helpful if you do.

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This is great! I will start a garden diary!!..

How do you know so much?

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 10:41

We've been doing up our garden over the summer, and it looks so beautiful right now! I really love it!! 

I want to know when I should be pruning, cutting back, wateringof all the plants I have. 

I have c40 different genus of plant and 70 different species.. Given i'm relatively new to a lot of these plants, what is the best way to learn about them and when to do all the cutting, water, pruning etc?.. Is there a knack to it?.. i want to get this right so that next year it looks 5x better!!...

I'm tempted to set up a spreadsheet with a calendar.. and also have a detailed care guide for each plant i've bought telling me when to do all the above.. stick it in a folder or in my shed... 

What do you think?.. Do you guys just have all this knowledge in your head?..

New Pond; old water tank

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 16:58

Oh no...well I bought it because I like the look of it as its industrial. Digging it in further wont go with the look of my garden..BUT...I think u might be right.. I guess ill hace to dig it in some more and have a less steep ramp...

New Pond; old water tank

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 11:22
Very good point!!... I think I need to paint the interior or something like that...


New Pond; old water tank

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 09:48

bump... what are you thoughts on my trough?.. any good?...

New Pond; old water tank

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 09:20

So here it is so far.. I dug as much as in as I could... my back, hands and feet are knackered now... I've done soo much digging and renovation of this garden over the past 2 months that i dnt think I can dig any more!! 

I planted  HEMEROCALLIS 'Catherine Woodbery' at the front to provide some summer colour. I also put in a MISCANTHUS sinensis 'Morning Light' to give some shelter to any wild life that could venture in.. and then some PANICUM virgatum 'Thundercloud at the back.. 

I dug in a ramp for frogs... Do you think they'll venture up if I also put in some shelving in the pond?..

Gosh!! I think I might have gone overboard on the grasses.....? Waddya think?

Final picture is of the wife enjoying a nice iced tea!! yum!!!


New Pond; old water tank

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 15:09

thank you so much!! I will dig it in this weekend, take a picture and keep up all updated with this. I will try and get a white lily!

Olive tree

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 13:24

Leyton, East London. It's reasonable weather and my garden is south facing. I have a nice shelterd spot to put it during the winter though,

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