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Front garden ideas and insipiration needed

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 13:32

Well,  I'm glad you're replacing the fence Deano... it's not all that is it?... I would think keeping the fence the same height all the way around would be the right thing to do, it will look a bit odd otherwise.. for planting your tree, if it was mine, I would place it roughly in the middle of your lawn, just a little to the left of centre looking from the front there... normally I would make the hole 3 foot by 3 foot, but your lawn is quite small so I would probably get away with 2 x 2, but the tree would have to be staked for a couple of years...however, it's up to you where you put it... go with what you want to do... for planting shrubs... I always think it's best to choose what you really like yourself from the garden centres.. without getting anything too big... and not too many either, otherwise it looks like one of this and one of that and one of everything else... keep it simple... with a good space between each plant.. 5 foot... the same shrub repeated say twice more around the fence would join it all together...whatever else you put in...

...I wouldn't plant any Lilac bushes... for your tree, the one suggested is very pretty, I might also look at Amelanchier's and see what's available... grandiflora 'ballerina' was always one I favoured...

...yes you can spread compost around and feed the plants in your back garden about March time.... I'm not keen on using the hoe except for weeding, as it can damage surface roots... I just spread it over and let the rains wash it in...'s a shrub I like - Ribes 'Koja'... you'll find it in garden centres coming up shortly, as it flowers early in March, for several weeks.... it's quite stunning.... grows quickly to 5 foot and can be kept pruned...  if I was your neighbour in that lovely porch there, I'm afraid I'd be keeping an eye on your progress, but would be more than happy to see one of these out my window, each Spring...even if it was put there to block me out...

best of luck...


Front garden ideas and insipiration needed

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 22:13

..just to help members, this is the image of your front garden from the other thread...


Room 101

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 22:32

...gonna...wanna....should of...



..and it's one of these, to those...


Seaside Home

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 16:52

I think you'll find our Barney is somewhere near Bridlington, E. Yorkshire...

bit chilly up there today Barney...?

Roses blooming Winter

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 15:41

....doesn't seem to mind it at all... mine is in permanent shade during the winter, and only gets sun from the West in summer, from about 3pm....  no tree shade though, - wouldn't know about that... just a north facing site due to house wall...  I grow it up an obelisk as I don't have room for it to spread outwards...

...I've got about a dozen Austin's and this is my favourite so far... might be different next some are new....

...I've just planted 'Octavia Hill'... this isn't an Austin, but similar... quite looking forward to that one too....

Roses blooming Winter

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 14:52

..thank you Dove, I'm glad you liked them... it does look a bit like Falstaff, and a few others too like 'Young Lycidas', but it's another Austin called Thomas a Becket... rather thorny, but it has a fine old rose scent, during the summer...

Roses blooming Winter

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 14:34

..I try not to let roses flower at this time of year, preferring them to have a rest.. and rely on evergreens for my insatiable plant fix... but they're nice little patio roses above from Marion,  and I picked these from my garden around Christmas.. the buds.. they opened nicely indoors... but I called a halt after that.. I hope you like them too..


What is catching your eye?

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 13:56

..I received these recently, and already sown a few...

Agastache cana - a C. Lloyd recommendation

Agastache foeniculum 'Golden Jubilee'... I saw this on another forum and rather liked it..

Alonsoa meridionalis 'Rebel'.. just my favourite tender perennial..the Mexican Hat...deep red and graceful...

Ampelodesmos mauritanica... tender ornamental grass that I first saw on a photo of member 'Obelixx'... from her Chelsea visit...

Oenothera caespitosa 'Rosea'... no idea why..

Oenothera 'Copper Canyon'... I liked the name..

Omphalodes cappadocica.... I need a few...

.obviously, I only looked at A's and O's...

Plant ID please

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 19:56

...something from the Lamiaceae family by the looks of things...

possibly Westringia fruticosa....the Australian you're in the south west I think... see what you make of it...


Coffee Grindings

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 11:14 can spread them around your roses as a mulch too... you will need quite a lot of it though to make a difference, so if you can get it free from some coffee chain then that's good... it's the acid in the coffee grounds that attracts worms, which in turn will drag it down...and over time should improve the soil too... I'm told...

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