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The Instant Gardener

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 18:19

If today's (Thursday - No 9) is AJ2's garden I think she will be very pleased with the result.

Not the sort of garden most of us on the forum have - but an outside space which very much seemed to cater for her needs and meet the brief. 

I thought it was very successful and quite inspirational for anyone with a similar space.

Hope you are enjoying it AJ2!  

Why do gardeners dislike clay soil?

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 09:02

Clay soil is great when it's been worked and improved over several years. We are at the beginning of that journey and have had truck loads of organic matter added to the soil.

Most of it is now workable for most of the year and will get better with time - but there are some patches where I cannot get a fork into the ground in summer and in winter I slip and slide around and lift great chunks of grey and yellow clay.

It's where the original house for this site stood so has been incredibly compacted over many years. I'm amazed anything grows there - but it does - but there are only about 6 weeks of the year when I can cultivate it using a border fork and I can never use hand tools. This area might be very workable in about 20 yrs - but not by me I think.

Have also gardened on very sandy soil. Very easy to dig but all that watering.....

Courgette Help

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 09:19
I think courgettes need warmth more than anything else. Mine were sulking in the ground until mid June when things started to get a bit warmer. One or two flowers (all male) - no sign of fruit. Then it was really hot for a few weeks & they started to romp away. I only have 2 plants ( dont need a glut) & I've been able to pick as I've needed them for the last 2 weeks.
Cold again last few days which will probably check them.

Bishop of Llandaff (dahlia)

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 20:34
Thanks for the info Verdun - think I might give them a try next year.
You are right about the borders - big and bold is definitely the way to go. I am trying to do that but (with a house to refurb as well) there is only so much money to put in the garden. Have been concentrating funds on hard landscaping and trees and shrubs. For perennials I am having to choose what I would like where and buy large single plants which I can then use for propagation to make the large clumps I would like. Seeds & friends donations have been the other route.
It's all getting there slowly but can't wait for the day when the borders are full

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 20:16


Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 19:08

I belong to several Suffolk church crawling groups BL - just love medieval architecture / wood / glass etc and the sense of history that comes from standing next to a font where babies in a village have been baptised for nearly a thousand years (sometimes longer). To sit in a medieval pew and stroke the bench ends where a thousand hands have stroked before...

As a friend reminds me - they can't arrest you for stroking stone and wood... 


Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 17:47

Lovely pics BL - so much colour - looks like you had fun on the horsies and were a bit luckier with the weather!

We're planning a bike ride for next week (if it warms up) which will include the pub you and Dove visited (purely for the purposes of ensuring we don't suffer from dehydration of course...). Will probably pop into the church too (as I think you did) - I think it has a 'good' font?

Bishop of Llandaff (dahlia)

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 17:32

It's not easy Jo. My garden is fairly new (borders dug 2013) so shrubs and trees are still small and there are lots of spaces (currently filled with a variety of annuals / biennials) which will eventually (hopefully) be filled with bold groups of perennials.

I've lots of individual stock plants which are now big enough for cuttings and division (so there's been a lot of that going on this year) and I'm growing a lot of perennials from seed - but it all takes time. Meanwhile it's a battle to fill the spaces and keep on top of the weeds.

Verdun - Bishop's Children - did they flower in the first season or did you have to wait a year or two for them?

Bishop of Llandaff (dahlia)

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 14:06

No good getting old if you don't get crafty with it Verdun (as I'm sure you well know )

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 13:08

Wow Fidget - that is a good find 

I thought the whole lot had been taken over by Wyevale but clearly not. That looks like an excellent source for perennials and (if they are following in the family tradition) they will be good plants too. Need to save some pocket money now.

Nut - it would be lovely to see you if we go to Bressingham and I would love some of the geraniums - they will be perfect for my woodland border - thank you 

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