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Complete beginner - confused

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 09:41
Hey OP you sound like you're in a similar situation to me. I have a small container garden on the go too. Do you have any room for a small plastic greenhouse or grow box they're very inexpensive and save you from having plants on your windowsills and it's somewhere to keep your watering can, trowels, spare pots etc if you're anything like me, and limited on indoor space as well as outdoor! I really do recommend growing some things from seed, you learn such a lot as well as get so much satisfaction seeing them pop up for the first time. Having prebought plants help make your garden look appealing quick, but there's nothing more pretty to you than the first time you pot up your own humble tiny seedlings and start to see them thrive in their own little pot

If there are cats in your area, and you don't want to hurt them, then avoid Lillies and any plants at all related to the garlic/onion family. They're very poisonous and can be lethal to them. There are humane and safe ways of keeping them off your property. Some are relatively inexpensive, and just involve things like orange peel, or you can save yourself the hassle and buy some product that does the same job. I got mine from pets at home as I wanted it to be safe as I have cats myself - though indoors only.

Do you have space for a window box and or some hanging baskets? They can be a great space saver. We've a small window box dedicated to herbs.

I've learned a lot since joining here and I look forward to seeing what you grow!

ID please... bit vague

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 21:44
It's definitely a tree, has a trunk! Sort of like a small oriental blossom type size but with deep purple blooms! Will google maps now and see if I can screen grab

ID please... bit vague

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 19:39

ooooh I'm not sure I'm brave enough to ask, mostly because I basically oggle their garden every single day, I think they must think I'm mad!... Oddly enough I never seen them working on it though... I might try and sneak a wee photo tomorrow on the way down though...

Hanging basket theft

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 19:24

Yep, my Dad does stunning ones, and he's had his stolen before... you just have to think what kind of petty person takes something like that... At the end of the day they are only plants and there's no real monetary value to them, just skill, hardwork and love

ID please... bit vague

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 19:20

I was walking home from work, and there aren't very many gardens where I live, but there is this one cottage who have a lovely front garden, absolutely crammed with life, but they have this tree I've never seen before, unluckily for you I couldn't get a photo without being spied by them in their living room watching telly...


So here's a description to the best of my knowledge...

Not a big tall tree, but established and bushy. Dark bark, with the most stunning purple foliage... not like cherry blossom, almost like heather? It's a very dark purple and very little green, dark leaves...

I'm sure that's of absolutely no help to anyone, but it's such a stunning little tree, I'd love to know for future reference!

Minimilist small gardeb

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 17:57

From what you have described this is the sort of thing I am imagining in my mind

 How about plants like these?


More knowledgeable people will be able to tell you what they are, the colours are subtle, they are low maintenance, and offer a bit more variety than some small 70's container conifers



Minimilist small gardeb

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 17:46

Ahh, I've not been on the forum long, but I have noticed quite a lot of us like the tumbling out of the pot look!

My garden isn't minimalist at all, the size however is minimal, so I've found a good place to find nice containers is obvious places like Homebase, but do try TK Maxx, or even better a Homesense if you have one.

If you are into the design of the garden, have you thought much about colour palette? If you are going for a minimal look, then too many, striking, or pale, or just general contrasting colours won't work for you, you need to stick to one, or two, which i'm sure you know... Letting us know what colours and tones you plan on sticking to will help us, and help yourself when finding appropriate containers.

I probably sound terribly patronising, so sorry if i've come off that way!


Good luck!

My Seedlings

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 17:38

I'll admit, I have bought several plants to pot up that I didn't grow myself, I like them, but there was no person prouder than I, when I got to plant up my dahlia's and my Zinnia plants from their tiny little propagator that I'd planted, and I'd watch grow. They're little green babies... kinda!

Anyone else from Rochdale

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 16:01

i'm not but I've had real difficulty finding a gardening club that is local enough to me, so I can get to it via public transport, the car is very much out of action for the foreseeable future atm.


Hopefully someone will be near to you!

My Seedlings

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 15:59

It's the best feeling isn't it? We've been waiting three weeks for our Parsley to make an appearance, and finally today it's said hello!

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