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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 04/11/2016 at 20:17

Hello all, our plot is still way out of hand, lady from council came and said we just needed to show some progress by next spring!Ha!very nice chap from plot next but one to us cut our hedges for us as we'd asked to borrow his hedge trimmer (probably, correctly, thought we'd not do a good job!) we went up and tried to clear up last weekend.. so, 'just start a fire' we were told..3 hours later and we hadn't managed to keep it going longer than 5 minutes!hmmm so, we now have a large pile of hedge trimmings,2 very full compost bins, 4 2x4 metre squares of black plastic covering 4 what could  possibly be in the future beds and have resorted to weedkiller on 2 other large areas, we'll see if we manage any progress by next spring! the whole point was to get the children involved but we still haven't got it safe enough for a very energetic almost 3 year old yet!my poor husband gets nettled half to death every time he goes up!

Rose suggestion for new metal arch?

Posted: 04/11/2016 at 20:08

Hi Loana, as my name suggests I am obsessed with roses and have bought 28 since we moved here 3and a half years ago!we have v small gardens front and back but I manage to shoe horn them in amongst mainly herbaceous perennials and a couple of shrubs.. I learnt to my cost, I wouldn't buy anything now until I'd seen and smelled it in the flesh!Despite that I'll say i like Mme Alfred Carriere, lovely white rose , good fragrance, it does get big though, mine is easily going to get a bit big for it's arch, though luckily it's near enough to the house to get some trellis up and it can cover half the back of the house too!

Shakes you...

Posted: 04/11/2016 at 20:00

Couldn't agree more Verdun, wouldn't know the chap if I fell over him but that is something no parent should ever have to face

wallflowers blackcurrants and grapevine

Posted: 04/11/2016 at 19:32

Thankyou Verdun and Dove, I pruned all except one shoot on each plnat which was obviously new down to around 5 ins, will mulch, as need to do all roses too

wallflowers blackcurrants and grapevine

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 13:53

thanks Verdun, wallflowers big, followed all your advice, except haven't cut back blackcurrants yet, ALL top growth? they all have lots of new buds

wallflowers blackcurrants and grapevine

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 07:58

HI all, we're going up to the allotment today, it's so madly overgrown we've decided all we can do is rescue what we can and weedkill the rest, we inherited a grapevine, it's outside, smallish, and some blackcurrants, would it be possible to rescue them by digging up, keepin in pots/nursery bed til next year? if so how best to do it? also, bought a few wallflower plugs to add to my seed grown ones, what is best plantin distance and any other advice ? thanks in advance

grass, peonies and fuchsia

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 20:33

thanks Dave, honestly I nearly broke my back digging it up last time! It's all probably as I just don't have the time to look after the lawn properly, I am seriously thinking of artificial grass but it feels so wrong! Fuchsia is hardy I can't be bothered with anything tender and we only have tiny pop up gh,one other thing you knowledgable chaps can maybe tell me... where have all the birds gone?! I dutifully keep all my feeders filled and cleaned, and we haven't had a bird in the garden since spring! Actually. today I saw a robin on the kids swing, I wonder if there are too many cats? though there always have been and I've put the feeders just a branch higher..very strange, we had 12 different species last winter/spring, very strange year

grass, peonies and fuchsia

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 20:13

thankyou both, yes Verdun, guilty of not cutting grass enough, waterlogging definitely hasn't been a problem cince i forked most over and added grit..I'll check fuchsia tomorrow, think it's Annabelle? pale pink/white anyway, only had 1 flower that fell straight off!Thankfull I'd done the right thing with the peonies, haven't got a greatly sunny spot for them but they'll go back into a similar area of part shade and they've done ok, they were just too near front of border, having a big swap round, my poor husband nearly crippled himself trying to dig up a huge clump of hardy geranium that was very well establoished on our very hard clay..there's still  lots left in i want to try to get out before I can plant, surprisingly enough... another rose!!

grass, peonies and fuchsia

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 09:35

Hello all, haven't been here for ages, been out adventuring all summer, hurrah! I have 3 things I'd appreciate advice on; peonies, I have 2 large clumps, one moved and temporarily in pot, one yet to be dug up, I know they need to be planted not too deep, but should I cover the new shoots that were uinderground?Secondly, one of my 2 new fuchsias in large hanging baskets is either dead or dying, it shrivelled ages ago, and any flowers that formed dropped off, I removed damaged leaves , trimmed back, kept watered and sprayed with seaweed, the other in another basket the same, only a few feet away is fine, what happenedto it? I couldn't see any obviuos culprit. Thirdly, the bane of my life... the lawn, I did add lots of drainage as advised here, and it is much less waterlogged, however seed won't seem to germinate on it, despite raking, aerating, watering, keeping off... I did it insummer before we went away with patch magic (rubbish, it was still lying there a week later despite plenty of rain and a good soak to start) I reseeded again 10 days ago and the same has happened, the garden is east facing, it's been 62 degrees most days so it's  warm enough and there's been a fair bit of rain. Any suggestions what may grow ? Just while kids are little I feel we need grass, when they get bigger the borders will get much bigger and there'll just be a couple of paths but for now I am SO fed up of bare earth for a surface, will anything else do instead of grass? Thanks for reading I hope someone can help!

Forkers Helmingham Hall garden visit

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 20:37

why do you all live near nice gardens?! sheffield is a bit rubbish! OK so Chatsworth isn't far, or Hardwick but it's a bit limited! we're not even going to my (real/spiritual) home, Cornwall this year,got mid Wales for a week ( can't find any gardens nearich or way there/back) and north Norfolk, any suggestions where to visit there would be good, next year back to Cornwall ... or Devon ( then one day I'll just announce to my family that we're staying!)

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