Latest posts by quercus_rubur

First Ever Garden

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 15:09

I agree with Fairygirl, the border is much too narrow. To have any impact and allow you to grow a variety of plants it needs to be much wider. Agree also to be patient (cup in hand) and wait to see what look each season brings to the garden - light, shade. If you've already got some shrubs, start thinking about perennials. Check out the soil type. An easy way to do this is look at what's already there, and also check out what's in the neighbourhood. 

ALWAYS check out the final size of any plant you buy, especially trees and shrubs. Just because it looks a nice little plant in the nursery doesn't mean it's not going to be 30ft high and 15 feet wide in 10 years time .

Ispiration comes through looking at other gardens - visiting famous (and not so famous) ones, in books, on-line. You don't have to do it all at once. I think it's fun as well as cheaper, to build it as you go along. Though I admit to being more of a female Bob Flowerdew than a Chelsea Flower Show designer

help: bindweed is coming over from neighbour!

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 14:44

Glyphosate Gel works. I had some in a garden I moved into. I initally painted every leaf I saw then as soon as I saw a new one emerge I'd paint that as well. It took 3 yrs to get rid of totally, but it worked.

Wish they still did the gel with the paintbrush instead of that stupid cover. 

Brill idea for runnerbeans

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 14:40

Great idea. Wish I'd looked at this yesterday before I planted my runner beans. I'll bear it in mind for next year.

No plum blossom

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 14:36

I have a 4yr old Damson. This is the first year I've seen blossom. Plums will often take 4 -5 yrs (sometimes up to 10 apparently) before they fruit, so it's a case of being patient I'm afraid.

My babies this morning

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 21:56

We just got Sunday afternoon. Rubbish innit? Still onwards and upwards 


Posted: 23/05/2013 at 21:53

I do the same thing planting in bins/bags. I plant them initially in about a foot of compost, then put more on top as the leaves start to show until the bin is full

Tree advice

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 21:48

Totally! I'd have suffering from SAD if it wasn't for Charles Lamont. No matter what the weather there were always those little pink flowers and the fragrance

do you do a "Chelsea chop ? if so what plants !

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 21:41

I normally chop Sedum this week, but I'm leaving it a little longer. I was taking some photos yesterday and realised how far behind the plants are. Last year at this time, the Irises, Poppies, Alliums, clematis were all flowering. Now, they're only just  in bud.

It snowed this afternoon 

Easy care plants

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 21:26

I'm assuming if you're looking at herbs and alpines it's south-ish facing? 



Tree advice

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 21:14

Nutcutlet I agree with your choice. I planted Rosa glauca last Autumn. I had one in a garden years ago and have always missed it. Finally found it at a rose specialists.

Agree with Goldi about thinking of shrubs instead. Even if you got the low height it would probably have a wide spread. The RHS list of small trees starts with Amelanchier Ballerina at 4m-8m. 

I'd also recommend Viburnum bodnantse spp. They can grow to 3 - 4m but can be prunded. They flower through the winter, with the leaves giving privacy in the summer

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