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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 23:18

The boulders are probably left over from building the house. We live next to Woodbury Common, which is pebblebed heath. Lots of the local houses and especially walls are built from these pebbles (called "popple" locally). One of our internal walls used to be external (it was originally a C17th milking parlour) and you can see the lumps and bumps of the popple.

 When the dining room was added 15 or so years ago (by the architect owner of the time, who also planned and designed the garden) he did it in the same style, but left it unpainted

 It's actually illegal to remove pebbles from Budleigh Salterton beach, but there is a quarry on the Common so hopefully the ones in my garden (and house) were obtained legally

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 20:32

When I first got into heucheras (from an article in a garden magazine IIRC)  the only one I could find locally was Palace Purple (booooring!) so I had to buy some purple ones online from Cotswold Garden Flowers. Then over the years I started to see more purple varieties in local garden centres and each time I snapped them up. But now I've had to start restraining myself from instinctively putting one in my trolley whenever I see a nice purple/silver one, as I have 9 already

Yep ZombieGardener there are 4 cats in our house (hence the user name, which dates back to my first (horsey) forum use approx 10 years ago when I had 5 cats ). I find cats make very photogenic subjects for garden photos

  And of course


  (all these photos were our old garden, btw)



Leaning apple tree

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 11:10

Hi all - one of the two small apple trees in our new garden is growing at about 45 degrees. It has loads of apples on it (looking forward to autumn, nomnomnom). But I was wondering if I should prop it up in some way or just leave it, as it's obviously been growing like this for some time and seems very stable.

 You can see the trunk, bottom left.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 11:05

I guess the stars in my garden at the moment are the plants we brought with us when we moved in early June. A couple of them have been transplanted into the garden (to be replaced by new plants in the containers ) but this area is just outside the back door and makes me smile each time I look out at it through the kitchen window, or go out the back door

 p.s. the cat is not real. The dog is.

In my old garden I had a "thing" about plants with purple of silver foliage. So when I discovered heucheras about 10 years ago I ended up with quite a few! My favourite of the current colourful display is this one (can't remember which one it is tho, and labels are long gone...)


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 10:53

OK time for a contribution from me - quick recap we moved into a new house early June, and it has become increasingly apparent that the garden, though recently neglected/overgrown, was originally very well planned and planted.

The area at the top of the steps, alongside the main seating area, had a couple of overgeown shrubs, lots of weeds, and a fair amount of junk:

 I thought it would be nice to have some prettiness to look at here, so it now looks like this

 It's got a couple each of my favourites (heucheras and hebes), some sedum, agapanthus, penstemon, etc. I've left the (old, rotting) planks of wood behind for the time being as 1) I have nowhere better to put them, and 2) a toad lives in them (the pond is at the bottom of the steps just off screen to the right). I may put up some trellising to screen the shed. And I may actually move one of the plants at the back, and put the Peace rose (mentioned in this thread  ) there as it will then be seen every time we sit out on the patio. Still lots to do in this garden, but the journey is the fun

Mystery shrubs or trees in our new garden

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 14:29

Yeah I'd definitely keep firm control of that ivy around the guttering/windowsills/downpipes. If it gets behind the guttering/downpipes with what is at first a fine tendril, it will grow and thicken and can push the pipes away from the wall (and can fill the gutter, blocking it). I really don't like plants growing on houses - I pulled some ivy down last week and quite a lot of masonry paint came down with it, where the roots had actually grown under the paint .

We've also just moved into a house with a garden which was obviously originally well-planned but had been recently neglected (and a neglected pond too!) - it's turning into a really fun journey of discovery - hope you enoy your garden journey too!


ideas for wall pot please

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 10:13

Great thanks!

ideas for wall pot please

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 17:59

Thanks - both of those sound like good ideas - local garden centre had a big table of houseleeks I walked straight past today  - will go back and take a closer look

Any more suggestions?


ideas for wall pot please

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 17:43

I found a pile of teracotta pots behind an overgrown lilac - two of them are wall hanging pots, about 1.5L, which I've now hung up against the west-facing side of the house, on the wall screws which I think were originally intended for them (pots were probably taken down by previous owner as too high maintenance - the garden is well planned and planted but recently pretty neglected and I'm discovering all sorts of gems).

I'd like to have something evergreen and perennial in the wall pots. They are quite high on the wall so something trailing would be nice. Not overly worried about whether they flower - primarily after some greenery all year but flowers would be an added bonus. I'm aware that wall mounted terracotta will dry out easily, and happy to look after them i.e. gel in compost, regular watering/feeding etc if necessary.

So, any suggestions on something small ebough to live in a 1.5L container, trailing, evergreen perennial?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 11:42

Since my water butts ran out a couple of weeks ago I have been showering with the plug in the bath, then using the water for my plants. But last night it rained lots and the butts are 2/3 full

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