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Latest posts by SweetPea93

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!

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 10:37
Ashleigh 2 wrote (see)

Forgot  to say Sweetpea, love your style, I bet your garden cheers up everyone who walks by do you buy your colourful pots or paint them yourself?

Hello Ashleigh, My little bit of garden is entirely hidden by the car, except to my neighbours either side of us, which I am glad of, because there are two pubs on my road, and I can't say with confidence I'd have all my pots left should everyone be able to see them! Also they are shop bought, the plasticky ones are from a standard 99p type shop, 4 tiddlers for 99p, three mediums 99p and two 'larges' for 99p. The metal heart ones are from B&M which I think is fab for garden decorations like pots, lights, planters and things, great for kiddies getting involved with gardens too. Their plants aren't so great, but my Violas have served a purpose for a few weeks, and hopefully the rescued rosemary will thrive! I've kept in in relative shade for now, I hope that's right.


Loving everyone's photos, Ecobaby, I know you say you have a small garden, but that's a size I dream of! It's so lovely!

Gardening and Chickens

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 10:29

I've always fancied the idea of rescuing a couple of battery hens, and letting them live in my garden, I've seen a couple of allotments with them, is it silly of me to think they might get lonely?


Posted: 04/04/2014 at 19:56

Got the email from the rep confirming me being on the waiting list...

I'm not so fond of waiting!

Discussions started by SweetPea93

Planting bulbs in December

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Magazine Subscribers...

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Belfast sinks and their true value?

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Where to find terrarium/indoor greenhouse type things

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Dahlias grown from seed, tubers?

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Last Post: 07/09/2014 at 14:04

New garden new start... Fingers crossed

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dog rosehips collecting

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Weed or Veg IDs from my allotment!

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Spetchley Park Gardens

Took a lovely daytrip 
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Last Post: 21/06/2014 at 12:42

GW live. What to expect?

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flowering plant ID, but no flowers, just a bulb!

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After a cruddy day, came some sunshine

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The challenges of a smaller than average garden

No room left at the inn! 
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