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Front garden plants?

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 16:26

Hi Bookwormy

I live in cornwall where my front garden is south facing but I have to deal with lots of very strong sea winds (but not traffic fumes though), 


You dont say if you want a low or high hedge - I would suggest something along the lines of hebes (low), euphorbia (low-Mid), forsythia (great spring colour - you can grow a series of these into a hedge - great for spring colour), grasses (low-mid)

Hope this helps - if I think of any more, I will post again.

Dig up and make new

Posted: 08/01/2013 at 08:08

Hi Verdun - Yes, lots of growth already (hoping we dont get a frost now!).  My roses are showing shoots already and I still have japanese anenomes and penstemon still flowering in the garden from the summer.

I also use sand mixed in with top soil for my carrots.  Keep meaning to collect seaweed too but have to choose my moments to fight my way through the visitors!  Christmas and new year were incredibly busy.

Dig up and make new

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 16:00

In answer to Verdun's original post, I do give plants a chance before I decide they have to go.  Once they've had their last chance, thats it!  Living in Cornwall, most things do reasonably well but the thing that causes problems is the strong wind and the salt laden sea breezes we get (I live very close to the camel estury).

Dig up and make new

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 15:32

I removed a twisted hazel in October after it got far too big for one of my borders (despite radical pruning).  I have mulched and put compost down to be taken into the soil over winter and also planted a David Austin climbing rose (Gertrude Jekyll) to train against the fence.  My new year's resolution it to think carefully about what is going to go in place of the hazel - I am determined not to buy loads of plants just because I like them and just plant them anyoldhow.  I do fancy a nice hebe at the front, along with a couple of lavenders and then perennials and annuals like the rest of the border.

The A to Z of TV Gardening

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 15:15

I missed this one too - made a note to myself to set the 'generic digital recorder' for next week!  Thanks All

new years resolution

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 11:53

My new years resolutions are:

1 to grow more annual flowers by seed rather than as plug plants, to save money. 

2  It will be my third year as an 'allotmenteer'.  First year was a bit ad hoc, last year was organised but hit and miss due to the weather but this year is the one!  Plans drawn up, veg seed ordered, received and sorted in the seed box, trays and modules poised and ready! 

3  Having removed a huge hazel shrub from one of my borders, I have a big, tempting space.  I have mulched it with compost and already planted a bare root climbing rose (gertrude Jekyll) to train up the fence.  I resolve to plan this area properly and not be tempted to buy too many plants for the space just because I like them and they are for sale!

4  Finally, take more care of my houseplants.  They are okay but I could be alot more vigilant with pest control and take more cuttings.

Just as an aside - pottered around the garden (as it wasnt raining!) yesterday and found a penstemon and japanese anenome still in flower!  Also my oriental poppies are starting to send up some fantastic new growth - hope we dont get a frost!

My best buy of the year

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 15:05

My best buy would have to be 12 strawberry plants for about £12.  I planted them up at the start of the year.  The wet weather meant that some of the fruits were not good for eating this year but they fruited up until mid October.  I have also managed to pot up 34 runners to start a second strawberry bed.  Roll on sunshine and amazing strawberries next year.

The other best buy is a packet of peas.  In addition to growing them on the allotment and having loads of fresh peas, I also planted them very closely in cheap plastic windowboxes, kept by the back door and used the pea shoots in salads all summer - a bag of pea shoots cost over £1 a bag in our local supermarket. 

Front garden re-design

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 10:52

Hi - I would recommend shrubs such as hebes, evergreen grasses and euphorbia (but make sure you dont get the spreading variety - I made that mistake!), box balls etc interspersed with perennials such as oriental poppies (shortish flowering season but spectacular), perennial geraniums, japanese anenomes, penstemon, verbena bonarienses - its what I have in my front garden.  Along with bulbs etc, I have something in flower from March until the end of October - I am planning to include more late flowering plants to extend the season further.  The shrubs also give evergreen interest throughout the winter.

What a great series!

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 11:28

I agree that if you have a dog (or cat), of course they are part of the garden and life in it.  However, wasnt pleased when my young springer spaniel 'helped' me on the allotment but snaffling all the strawberries I had just picked.  I went to look at the bowl to see how many we had and Murphy had his nose in and had eaten half of them.  He has a taste for them now (along with carrots, peas and runner beans!).

My cat also helps to 'chit' the potatoes when they are in their trays by sitting on them like a proud hen!


The long game

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 15:01

hi Dan

Welcome to the (gardening) club.  you sound hooked - no hope for you now! - I live in Padstow (not far from you).  I have been given lots of plants by my mum and friends who live 'up country' and told that "it grows to about 2-3 foot" only to find that in Cornwall's warmer weather the plant gets to about 5 foot so be warned!

There are alot of fantastic gardens in Cornwall open under the NGS and I'd encourage you to go along to have a look at some of them, particularly the smaller, private gardens.  It will give you lots of ideas, they often sell plants you can see growing in situ and the tea and cake are always great!


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