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Frog sighting :)

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 17:46

I've seen a newt in our pond (well actually I scooped it out with a handful of gunk from the bottom when I was checking the depth of our pond after we moved in) but not seen it since then (of course I put him straight back in after squeaking with excitement and showing thecatsfather!). I've seen a toad in the wood pile by the shed, and I've seen a handsome frog behind my containers in a shady corner about 15ft from the pond:


 But today I saw froggie actually in the pond  - this was very exciting


 After I took the photo I touched the leaves and he swam away looking really cute

I'm thrilled with our pond


suggestions for sloping section

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 20:59

Hi all - our new garden has steps up to a lawned area. Alongside the steps is an area of terracing which I have already "made my own" with my containers, and also some planting in the top bed (the one with the ladies mantle and cat statue in it), small perennials but will grow and some are trailing so will come down over the log roll. But I find the grassy slope above it quite boring (this is my view from the kitchen window/back door) and it's hard to mow too. At the top of the slope is an apple tree (on the left) and a pear tree (on the right - in the middle of the lawn but its branches reach to the top of the slope) . Alongside on the right is a cotoneaster.

Ideas/suggestions for what to do with the slope area to make it more interesting? It faces East and this photo is taken from the back door, but as it's higher up it's not too much in the shadow of the house in the mornings. Also the left (South) aspect is reasonably open (currently overgrown shrubs but will be cut back to approx 6 ft high, and only the neighbour's (lower) garden beyond, so will get sun across it sideways on too. So partial shade, and very sheltered (prevailing SW wind).

Ideas gratefully received!


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 20:42

Love the colour you've packed into the front garden - it looks great!


More plant ID's please!

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 20:38

Waterbutts! Will be very careful when clearing that area in case I find any babies!

But seriously, definitely looks like I'll have to be careful when sorting that corner then - it's just to the left of the tayberry I discovered so was obviously originally planned to be a "fruit corner" (perhaps I'll find a yoghurt plant too? )

Any thoughts on plant 1, anyone?

More plant ID's please!

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 19:58


discovered a couple more things lurking under brambles. What are they, please?

1) quite low, poking out from under brambles at about 1ft high (but might want to be higher/bigger)

2) Just a single branch poking out from a bramble patch. This has spikes about 1cm long on the stems, and quite leathery leaves




Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 19:22

Glad people like my Popples - I love them (inside the house and in the garden) . They have also been used extensively around the pond

 And to section off the flat area where I've put all my pots, from the herb garden (another happy discovery when weeding in the first weeks here)

 Love the lobelia/fuschia combination

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...)


Discussions started by thecatsmother

Gardeners' Logic???

propagating magic :) 
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another ID please!

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major pruning of plum tree - advice needed

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dicentra silly mistake

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clematis recommendation please

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another few ID's please!

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too many plums?

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cerinthe seeds, when to gather

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another ID please!

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another ID please!

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Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 18:18

flowering climber suggestions please

to cover a stump 
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Last Post: 28/05/2014 at 12:19

damsels in distress (or rather, in dis pond?!)

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Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 16:16

Where's Froggy? 4 frogs, can you spot them all?

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Last Post: 24/05/2014 at 21:40

couple of plants for ID please!

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