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seating area designb

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 10:46

Thanks for the ideas so far. I will post a picture next week if I find out how to do it!

climbing hydranga evergreen

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 16:45

I will try to provide a picture next week if I can work how to add one to my post! They are on north east facing wall and the garden is enclosed. They only get a short spell of sunshine in the early morning. I planted them a little way from the wall and keep them well watered. They have grown about an inch since planting. I havent fed them yet 

seating area designb

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 16:21

My rectangular pond has a small gravelled area behind it and then a 2m high brick wall. I am looking for ideas to make the gravelled area a pleasant seating area for summer. My french doors overlook this area too so needs to look attractive most of the year as I always sit this direction. I am thinking of a small lutyens bench but not sure what to do planting wise. Grow something up the wall from either a trough or large pot? Put up an arch over or behind the bench to grow something over, again would need to be planted in pots? Or my final idea is to grow some ferns in pots either end of tbe bench? Any ideas greatly appreciated.


winter care of fruit trees

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 16:06

My fruit trees are 2 years old. I have a bramley, a family apple tree, a cherry, a damson and a family pear tree. Last year the apple tree got covered in greenfly=no fruit. The bramley had one apple which fell off and was eaten by ants before I got to it. The pear and damson no fruit. We had a few delicious cherries once I had got rid of the ants which were trying to eat them. My question is how do I look after now to ensure some fruit in the autumn or am I expecting results too soon?

climbing hydranga evergreen

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 15:58

I planted 2 of these against my 2m high garden wall 2 years ago. They are struggling to grow and something is munching away at the leaves. Can anyone suggest a cure?

Young gooseberry plant - should the leaves fall off in winter?

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 15:43

When and how do you prune gooseberries?


wild flowers from seed

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 23:38

Will try as you suggest but doubt whether I will be able to see any soil to sow into.

wild flowers from seed

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 16:34

How would you go about planting the seed as the grass is very thick? I planted all sorts of perenials in groups of three and a few wild flowers. But to be quite honest I might habe groups of two by next summer as some died before they got going. There were meadow buttercup, bladder campion, yarrow, field scabious, meadow clary, ladys bedstraw, black knapweed, greater knapweed, wild carrot, meadow cranesbill, hyssop, st johns wort and fox and cubs for the wild flowers. Then coreopsis, centaurea, lythrum robin, leucanthemum, oenothera, inula, sedum, phlox, monarda, polemonium, heliopsis, aster, galiardia, solidago, liatris, salvia, verbena bonar..., campanula, aconitum, lobelia, echinacea, linaria, cleome, catanache and echinacea purpurea. So as you can see I invested quite a lot of money and a great deal of tme and effort digging up the grass to plant them. If they were all to grow there is still room to plant the sme amount again without it looking crowded. So what next???

creating a flower border

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 16:13

Thanks for your ideas.


wild flowers from seed

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 23:50

Well I think I made a big mistake with my planned wild flower meadow as the grass has grown too well!

Picture if you can the front of my barn with an established lime tree in the centre of a fairly large area which had been rough grass until I set about my master plan. For the first year I chopped down thistles, nettles, docks and other unwanted plants. Then I weed killed endlessly. This was followed by hand picking out loads of bricks and stones. By then I had no energy left to dig over the plot so I hired a man with a large rotavator. Then there was more rubble picking to do.

Next came my fatal error I (and some helpful relatives) raked and seeded the lot. It was meant to be a slow growing grass. By last spring the grass had grown well and I contemplated my next move. Using the tree as a centre point I got my other half to mow paths radiating out from the tree like the rays of the sun! Then as my attempts at growing wild flowers from seed had failed I spent last summer digging holes in the unmown strips of grass and planting established wild flower and perennials. This proved to be both hard work and costly as there is quite a large eexpanse to plant up. At the end of the summer I strimmed the whole lot down carefully avoiding all my flowers and raked up all the grass!

My problem now as you can imagine is too much grass which threatens to overwhelm the flowers. My vision of wandering along the mown paths enjoying my ??  wild flower meadow is a distant fancy.

My husband says I should buy a sit on mower and mow the lot down. My son in law says he will lend me some electric fencing and a few sheep to solve the problem. I am so disappointed!!!!!!!








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