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Weeds - best suggestions new garden

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 01:51

How about accepting that you have a wildflower garden?  No need to worry about weeds then.

Narrow Garden Issue

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 01:39

Buddleia - more of a large shrub than a tree.  Quick growing but can generally be hard pruned to keep to size.  

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 01:22

Viola cornuta - has just taken off in the past few weeks.  Only problem is I miss it in it's mid-day glory as I'm not at home, I get to see it in the early evening as the flowers are wrapping themselves up for the night.

Talkback: Yarrow

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 13:16
What exactly do they mean by "particular problems when it appears in the lawn"? Personally I think that any drought-tolerant flowering plant that attracts bees is far preferable to a piece of shaved turf that needs watering every two minutes.

Can you be brutal with a hosta?

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 22:26

Forget the gaudy multi-coloured leaved varieties and go for hostas with scented flowers - they beat lilies into a cocked hat as far as I'm concerned.  

Roses for posts & rope swags

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 23:36

there are lots of climbers (repeat flowering v single flowering ramblers). Peter Beales' web site is great because you can filter by all manner of requirements from colour and fragrance to thornyness.  Go for thornless if possible unless you want to get ripped to pieces when you prune.  

Expensive gardening mistake - help needed

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 23:13
hartleyhare wrote (see)
4thPanda wrote (see)

Love the boat Hartley  Am allowed boat envy? 

Thank you  She's a bit of a project like the house and  garden but is useable. And with the 75 hp engine on back she flies!


A boat that flies?  Is that like those planes that float on water?


Laying a brick slip boarder

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 23:03

I'm guessing that these are quite thin - 2"-2.5" - in which case they would probably be best laid on concrete as if they were tiles.  They won't be as strong as paving slabs or stone and may break if they're not on a solid foundation.  Leaving gaps between the slips will give you planting spaces (or weed growing spaces!)

Belfast Sink Ideas

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 12:25

Ps please don't smear it with concrete or hypertufa - if you want something drab brown then get something drab brown.  Belfast sinks are lovely and shiny white.

May only be my second post here!   Years of ranting in other places.

Belfast Sink Ideas

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 12:09

Alpines in a sink - dullsville!  Unimaginative in the extreme!  The point of a sink is that it holds water so make use of that fact and make a bog garden (since you don't want to encourage frogs - neither would I with killer dogs on the loose). 

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