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Poppy seed head

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 23:35

You never know, just because they have not come back yet, they may still. The seeds can lie dormant for a long time. think of the fields of flanders. when you disturb the soil there, some seed may germinate at some point. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! 

My first design - advice? criticism? recommended plants?

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 23:04

 Thats another sketch - explains a little better. You pretty much hit the nail on the head. Its just me and my girlfriend, we both work and will mainly be using it after work. So I put the seats and table in the top right (yes west facing I think - I'm not very good at putting directions into words) I do also like to sit out there in the morning before work if I get the chance, but I dont mind sitting on the step. I'm mainly interested in growing flowers - I particularly like things that self seed and go a bit mad. so at the moment i'm going for foxgloves, nasturtiums, poppies, some sunflowers that self seeded in a pot I had, I have some harebells that look quite nice with the foxgloves, and some lilies in pots. Oh there are quite a lot of aquilegia self seeding all over the garden already so i guess i'll include them too. There are a few nettles knocking about in the corners which I dont mind too much - since I heard they are good for butterflies and bees and such. I'd quite like some buddleia (dont know how to spell that one) at some point too, but thats another bridge to cross. 

The big green blob in the top left are some bushes that I think are the boundary to next door's garden, the brown patch next to that I would quite like to try growing something like carrots - just a little bit of veg to give it a go really. I'd like to put some climbers around the fences on trellis or something, maybe a fan trained tree at some point if i'm feeling brave haha. the rest are just pretty much flower boarders. 

the grey bit at the bottom of both is like a raised concrete patio thing i guess. maybe its there in the second photo. 

I am loving the house so far thanks! it still hasn't really sunk in! 

Maintenance wise, i dont mind if it takes a fair bit of looking after, The more excuses I have to spend time out there the better really haha! 


My first design - advice? criticism? recommended plants?

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 22:19

I forgot to add these photos of what the garden actually looks like - rather than my somewhat slapdash doodles...


My first design - advice? criticism? recommended plants?

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 22:04

Hello all,

I have just moved into a new house, which has a garden! Yay! I am no longer confined to plants in pots! 

I have (very quickly) painted up a little design for the garden which the landlord has asked what sort of thing would I be after since they were going to do up the garden anyway. I have just tried to get my vague ideas out of my head,

 I hope you can see them ok - they looked better before I put them there.... 

The one on the left shows how it is now roughly, and the one on the right is my idea. the top right corner is the place that gets the sun until latest in the day.(so I guess since it rises in the top right corner roughly, that is roughly east)

I dont have much money to throw at this project but hey - thats part of the fun. 

any recommendations or comments would be greatly appreciated. 

This is the first garden I have ever had, and first house I have lived in that has one. So I must confess, I hardly know what i'm doing. I'm pretty sure the soil is not great - mostly clay, but I'll sort that when the time comes I suppose. 



Talkback: Nettles, caterpillars and butterflies

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 11:17

There is a massive swarm of black caterpillars just outside where ~I work. I will have to get a photo and find out what they are. I also saw a slug munching away on a poppy i'd not long planted.. But I didnt have the heart to stop it! after all its just a little thing trying to get by like me! Probably too much of a softie for my own good...

breeze block wall

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 13:33

Those look fab Lizzie. especially if that photo on the sign is what it looked like before! I got £50 of gardening vouchers for my birthday at the beginning of the month so was planning on using that to cover the back wall / fence. some trellis and some climbers should do the trick - i'll have a look at the garden centres to see if there are any of the types you guys have suggested. Thanks for the advice and inspiration all!

Poppies - where do they do best?

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 13:28

They are pretty old foundations, and the soil is there, it does look a little shallow, but deep enough maybe. I'll add some compost on top for good measure.

 Thats the other one that has grown in the pavement. Such a nice red on them.

I'm in the process of moving now, put a couple of foxgloves in the ground but thats all i've had time to do so far. Such a big challenge, but one i'm looking forward to taking on. Hoping the poppies outside the old place will get to seed before I leave. how long do they take to mature does anyone know? and if I take the seed pod before it starts opening, will the seeds inside still be viable?


Poppies - where do they do best?

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 11:15

ah well thats good news. I think theres a patch where a little shed used to be, looks like it has very thin soil over some concrete so maybe I can sow my poppies there. Thanks all! 

breeze block wall

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 13:37

Just about to move into a house with the same problem - south facing too I guess. I was planning on putting some trellis or wires up and having some climbers cover it. any suggestions on what would be well suited? pretty sunny - soil atm is incredibly dense and clay. many thanks! 

Poppies - where do they do best?

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 13:35

 This giant poppy has grown between paving slabs. I think it has either self seeded from the poppies in my popts or i've dropped them while sowing. but its doing so so so much better than anything in my pots and there are 3 of them right by my pots all coming up between the slabs. Is this how I should try and grow them in the future? do poppies like really stony/concrete-y soil? either way. they have been a very pleasant surprise! Just disappointed I wont be able to take them when I move! (I also now have better photos of them doing even better but not uploaded them yet)

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My first design - advice? criticism? recommended plants?

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Poppies - where do they do best?

a few giant poppies in-between paving slabs! 
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