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Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 08:55

The pulsatillas are lovely, can visualise them in a particular bed in my garden. Lots of beautiful flowers appearing, great to see the photos.

Although they're not anywhere close to flowering yet I'm a bit obsessed with my astrantia major and thalictrum which are shooting nicely, bought them dormant and had my husband convinced they were dead.

We've got what I assume is a second cherry in the back garden which is covered in buds, hoping they'll blossom very soon. That one is a weeping cherry.

Design ideas for a very small garden

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 18:25

Now I feel silly. Maybe the OP can tell us what they did in the end.

Design ideas for a very small garden

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 16:19

Our garden isn't huge so one of the things we've been trying to think about is incorporating things of different heights, and climbers. You could also look into vertical planting. That's down the line for us, but looks seriously interesting. We've also been painting the fence green, so once it's planted it'll be harder to see where the garden ends - theory is it makes you think it's larger than it is. We've got a 5 yr old and one of the things we're doing is creating a wigwag and will be growing hops over it. She gets a den and we get interesting greenery.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 16:02

I've been delighted with the way our cherry in the front garden has blossomed. We only bought the house last summer so getting lots of surprises so far. We've got another cherry in the back garden which is just about to start flowering. If it looks half as beautiful I'll be happy.

My nan has a camellia which is nowhere near that big but has been in flower for ages. She gets so many compliments on it. 


Watching seedlings grow

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 21:57

Gardengirl, we put the sunflowers in the little plastic greenhouse thing we have on the patio. We've got a sheltered south facing garden and am in an area of south Devon that seems to have its own little microclimate, tends to be milder here than elsewhere A gardener friend of mine who has worked in various places north and south is amazed by how early things come out down here, what you can get away with and how big they grow, so my luck might not be indicative!


Posted: 03/04/2015 at 21:50

I can see that the comfrey could be a pain, mine is mostly in a raised bed so contained a bit. I pulled up loads, have left a few clumps and now just keep on top of the new little ones that appear. Leaves go in the compost bin and roots go for recycling bin. The sterile version sounds like a bit of a winner though!


We've got a few blackbird visitors too which also helps with slug control.


Posted: 01/04/2015 at 20:28

Kitty, we moved into our house last summer and the garden was full of what I think is Russian comfrey. I don't particularly like it and it does spread but the slugs and snails seem to adore it. As such I have pulled loads of it up but left some to keep the blighters away from other plnts. Just googling it found this article which says similar.

Watching seedlings grow

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 20:21

Things are growing nicely here, will try and remember to get some photos to share. My briza media are starting to peek out, which is great because I'm getting a bit obsessive - can't wait for them to come up and just have to keep checking. My cosmos are doing nicely, sunflowers are appearing and my rocket are doing really well. I think my OH is getting a bit fed up with seed trays all over the place - they're even in my daughter's room on the windowsill now.

Britain's National Bird

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 19:23

That was a hard pick! I love robins, wrens, blue tits and blackbirds - all great little characters that grace my garden with tonnes of character but all of the birds on the list have their own notable qualities. I went for wren - a bit like Britain it may be small but it's vocal! 


Posted: 15/03/2015 at 17:20

Hi, hope everyone has enojyed Mother's Day. I had a lie in for the first time this year, although cut short by my mum turning up unexpectedly! Then shopping, lunch out with hubby and little un, a garden centre and home with 2 new mini polytunnels to look after my peas for a bit.

Yviestevie, I'm waiting for some Briza Media seeds to arrive, have been told they're easy to grow so hoping they'll do well.

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