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Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 21:10

I did take the plunge and get rid of the grass in my small back garden. Never regretted it. So many plants, so little room!

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 21:07

What a lovely garden. Do you want to design mine? I class myself as a pretty good plantswoman, but don't have an artistic bone when it comes to design.

Viburnum Bodnantense. " Dawn".

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 21:03

I have Charles Lamont and though it isn't flowering now it flowered all through the winter months and was still flowering in late spring. Never mind the plants, I don't know what time of year it is! Last week in sandals and linen trousers, this week shoes, socks and jeans 

Advice for a novice

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 20:56

I agree about evergreens and would definitely recommend Christmas/Sweet Box (Sarcocca confusa) which flowers in winter followed by S.hookeriana which flowers in spring. While the flowers are very small on a sunny day they pack an aroma punch per inch like few other plants.  

Holly too is a good choice but you need a male and a female to get berries.

While it doesn't flower till March I have a Rhododendron which has lovely dense green leaves all year round. It's pretty old and unfortunately I can't remember the variety, so if anyone recognises it I would be most grateful. Pictured here with Camellia Silver Anniversary 


Are sterile plants any good for wildlife?

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 20:23

Speaking of pollinator-friendly plants, the fashion for doubles doesn't really help pollinating insects. Apart from which I find singles - Peonies, Dahlias etc. so much more striking in their simplicity than the big blousy doubles. 

Is organic fertilizer OK?

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 23:58

As the others have said all fertiliser has NPK. In bought fertiliser it usually shows the ratio of each. Depending on what you're growing/time of year/make up of your soil will determine which type you need. If you garden organically then you wouldn't want to be using artifical fertilisers. However, fertilisers such as Bonemeal, Blood,fish and Bone, seaweed, poultry manure are classed as organic. They'll have a different NPK ratio depending on the type. They also break down at different rates. I use a slow release fertiliser, such as bonemeal, which is rich in N (Nitrogen), when I'm planting up. Liquid Seaweed is good to give plants a quick boost, especially plants in pots. I also use part of my nettle patches to make liquid fertiliser as it's rich in N. Stinks a bit though, so don't do what I did one year and "cooked" it too near my back windows. The neighbours weren't too happy either 

Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 23:26

Mine are about a foot tall and the 2 which survived from seed are now about 2inches! The slugs haven't touched the VB but they've decimated my calabrese. I could sell them as green doilies


Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 20:43

Unless like me you don't like sport. Still, I'm watching Volcano Live so I'm a happy bunny at the moment. Plus I just received my Daylilies from John Bowers. Shame they're stopping the online service but I've got a lot of lovely plants at rock bottom prices!

My dream garden

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 08:44

I agree about winter and snow. I know it caused problems round most of the country, but I did so love the really heavy snow we had last year. Apart from the fact I had 3 days off cos I couldn't get to work, it was so lovely tramping through 3 feet of snow and yes flobear the garden looked magical - even the shed!

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 08:33

That last point about different channels is an important one I think. There's a lot of discussion about the fact that there aren't enough young people turning to gardening. There's a challenge for the BBC. Make something for BBC3 that would encourage young people. My serious interest in gardening started when I was 23 so it can be done!

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