Thankthecat


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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 14:39

I've been continuing with removing turf and digging over the trenches to plant a hornbeam hedge around a new area under development. It's going to be a sort of 'woodland glade' but in my tiny garden that amounts to an area 30' x 15'! The 50 hornbeam plants are all heeled in, in an empty veg bed at the moment so I'd like to get them planted within the next week or two - if my back can take it. When I need a break from digging the trenches I'm planting snowdrops in the same area, underneath a silver birch. Hoping that will look really pretty next spring.

Naturalising snowdrops

Posted: 03/02/2017 at 21:09

From a simple question about planting snowdrops, I have learned so much! Thank you, all, for this conversation x

Naturalising snowdrops

Posted: 03/02/2017 at 18:10

Oh, but that would be mean! Poor old duckies, not being able to get in for a paddle! I didn't know they ate frogspawn though - you learn something new... I've got tons of newts in my ponds and they are greedy for it. You could always do what my kids did every spring - keep the spawn in a tank until it's froglets and then release them 

Naturalising snowdrops

Posted: 03/02/2017 at 16:07

What a gorgeous view Hosta and the perfect spot for a bench. I wish I had a big old tree like that in my garden, but it's too small a patch. The birch I planted last year is probably going to be the largest thing I can squeeze in. And your lake puts my tiny little pond to shame. Any frogs in it yet? I counted three earlier in the week and I'm so worried in case they are tempted to spawn and then we get a hard frost. Do you know if the spawn would survive? The pond is deep enough not to freeze completely in the middle but they tend to spawn in the shallows.

Naturalising snowdrops

Posted: 03/02/2017 at 12:18

Thanks Clarington - we're here for the long term, as housing association tenants they won't chuck us out unless we misbehave! And that part of the garden is a dog-free zone so hopefully my little bulbs will flourish!

Naturalising snowdrops

Posted: 02/02/2017 at 19:32

Funny you should say that, Cornelly, because these are the second lot of snowdrops I've planted in this garden. The first were all in a border and I'm sure they were miced! That's partly the reason why this year only a few are going in the border (I'm a chancer!) and the rest are going under turf where, as Fairygirl says, hopefully they will have a better chance. I'm really excited about this particular part of the garden. It's only small - around 30' x 15' - and has been a summer meadow in the past, last year was just scruffy lawn, but this year I HAVE PLANS for it! I'm going to turn it into a mini-woodland clearing. Last year we planted a mixed native hedge on the southern border, overlooking a beautiful valley with just one other house in view. I planted a silver birch and a rowan on the eastern border and there's an old Christmas tree (Nordman) that nearly died planted at the north-western corner. The other sides are about to be planted with a hornbeam hedge. With the turf I dug up to make the planting trench I've built a big fire pit in the middle of the 'clearing' and the hornbeam will curved around so you can't see into the clearing until you enter it, kind of like the start of a labyrinth at each of the two entrances. I'll let a hornbeam grow up a bit and will plant some smaller shrubby trees next year, once I've got a better feel for the space. The snowdrops are going under the birch. I'M SO EXCITED!!

Naturalising snowdrops

Posted: 02/02/2017 at 14:33

We're in North Devon, Fairygirl, so yes - plenty of rain!

Naturalising snowdrops

Posted: 02/02/2017 at 10:12

Thank you, Treehugger and Nutcutlet - you've given me the confidence to go and tackle it later today, if this wretched wind calms down a bit!

Naturalising snowdrops

Posted: 02/02/2017 at 09:00

I've got a lovely big bag of snowdrops, in the green, and I want to put a few in a border but the majority I want naturalised in an area of lawn under a birch tree. Everything I've seen so far about how to plant in grass shows people planting just the bare bulbs - what technique should I use for planting them in grass at this time of year? Do I just make a slit with a trowel and poke them in, leaving the leaves and buds above ground? I've never planted anything in grass before so all advice / tips very welcome :)

How to deal with Leylandii hedge behind a border?

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 11:13

I think I might combine with a Montana, and find some evergreen honeysuckle to go with it.

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