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Pound shop plants- any success stories?

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 09:13
Ah hardening off...missed that! But it's a warm bed next to a fence in London so maybe...... - if not as per the reluctant gardener's experience, a dead looking twig will be just that!

Spring pyrotechnics in a little corner of Holland in Addlestone, Surrey

Posted: 10/04/2012 at 22:21
This looks beautiful and I particularly like your fence which sets it all off so well.gorgeous!

Pound shop plants- any success stories?

Posted: 10/04/2012 at 22:18
I recently bought a 99p bare root climbing rose from our local pound shop. I mainly bought it because it was a sorry specimen in need of light. I have planted it in a south facing bed and am keen to see if it survives. Has anyone else bought a similar plant? How did it do?

Please help - what dwarf tree/large shrub to plant in raised bed

Posted: 29/03/2012 at 23:16
A fig tree produces most fruit when it's roots are constricted and if it's sunny as well you might get a bumper crop! I like the leaves as it can look very architectural. Worth considering anyway .....


Posted: 27/03/2012 at 22:33

I agree with Stephen in that you should give it a bit longer. Mine that I planted last autumn looked very dead (dry brown leaves) but then I noticed tiny, tiny buds and its since come back strong in the last couple of weeks.


Posted: 21/03/2012 at 22:38
They are a nightmare in my garden too and so brazen! However our new, young female cat seems to have taken it upon herself to make their lives a lot more difficult by chasing them at any opportunity! Funny, because our older male cat just ignores them...Anyway I have not really found anything else to be effective. I have read that some robust wire pegged over the compost can work though. Good luck and let me know if you find a solution.

What Climber to have for a shaded area?

Posted: 21/03/2012 at 22:33
Honeysuckle, Virginia creeper

Talkback: Slugs and snails and pussycat tails

Posted: 10/03/2012 at 22:33
I cleared out last remaining old fallen leaves today from backs of beds / hard to reach places and there were small (baby?) slugs under virtually every other leaf. They were also hidden under heuchera leaves and primroses. Hopefully I made a dent in the population - I must have picked up 200 of the horrible things!


Posted: 28/02/2012 at 21:24
I pruned mine at the weekend pretty hard - was going by the label! It's one with yellow scented flowers. Fingers crossed its right as it looked lovely before even tho it was overgrown.

Blank Canvas - Where to Start?!

Posted: 26/02/2012 at 20:14
We recently re did our (inherited) garden taking it back to practically nothing and starting again. It was pretty daunting. However my key learnings were: Read up - there are so many books on garden design (charity shops and libraries often have a great selection) it will enable you to at least identify the type of garden you want as a starting point - cottage, contemporary, formal, wildlife etc. Study the light and soil carefully before you start - I simply drew a rough plan and worked out when the sun was and for how long. A cheap soil tester is also a good investment. Work out where you want your hard landscaping using the info you have on light etc as a guide ( seating area, any raised beds, ponds, paths etc). Prepare the soil carefully with lots of compost etc. and finally do your research on which plants you like and the conditions they need. I called on my mums experience but if you don't know anyone there are usually lots of willing and helpful gardeners at local gardening clubs, allotments etc. Only then buy your plants. I found all the prep much less interesting than the plant buying, but it was crucial and has meant the vast majority of what I has done has at least survived! Hope this helps and best of luck! P.s. take photos along the way - it helps you see how much you have achieved.
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