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Plant ID please

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 20:37

Looks like a viola - nice little plants to have around the garden & they should self seed fairly easily.

They remind me of medieval lion carvings found in churches etc - they always have long tongues hanging out 

Fencing Dilemma

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 12:38

Thanks for the picture Susan - it does help!

I think I would prefer to see something akin to WillDB's suggestion of vertical boards (I'm thinking of feather boarding mounted on horizontal rails mounted on vertical posts) cut to give an even top and a stepped bottom which appears to sit on top of the wall.

I know it's tempting to try to gain instant privacy but I would not make the fence too high as it could feel quite oppressive. After the fence has been erected, I would  consider Abi's suggestion and plant either a 'proper' hedge at the base of the wall and fence or (my own preference) an informal mixed tall growing shrub border.

This will eventually hide the join between wall and fence and any supporting posts and well chosen and well placed trees or shrubs will screen you from neighbours windows etc.

I would include a few fast growers such as buddleia, eleagnus, black and / or gold elder, amelanchier (airy, light small tree or large shrub), hazel and perhaps small ornamental trees such as crab apple and acer elegantissima. You could  intersperse these with some slower growing evergreens etc aiming to get a range of height and foliage.

The fence will give you an immediate sense of increased privacy and the trees and shrubs will eventually give you more interest, and more privacy.  

Visit The Old Vicarage Gardens East Ruston - Friday 5th June

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 10:05

I was just thinking this morning that the weather forecast for our visit to E Ruston last year was the same as tomorrow - yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms and torrential downpours...

Bit spooky eh?

Hope you have a lovely time - eat lots of ice cream to stay cool 


Stripes for a roller-less Honda ?

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 11:27

I like stripes too - so I have had a mower with a roller for the last 20 years. Before that, however, I had electric hover mowers & I did find that up and down mowing as described above produces a form of striping - just not as good or as pronounced as a roller mower makes.

I like the stripes because they seem to make even a small lawn seem larger - especially if mown on the diagonal 

Fencing Dilemma

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 11:16

Could we have a photo of the site please Susan? I think I understand what is being proposed but a picture would help clarify. 

Climbing roses

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 17:17

Sanjy - hope that's the right way to do it because it's what I've done! I am growing New Dawn which is quite vigorous and the horizontals will eventually be longer than the the fence is wide. I think at that point I can either snip the ends of the horizontals to stop them growing any longer or bend the stem so it starts to grow back the other way about 18" higher than the bottom horizontal.

I believe you can continue zig zagging the horizontals across the fence or frame until the area is filled. As you say, you concentrate the pruning on the flowering verticals sprouting from the horizontal stem(s) 


Posted: 02/06/2015 at 17:06

I always net mine against blackbirds and squirrels. Doesn't stop the field voles burrowing up from underneath and taking big bites though..... 

Visit The Old Vicarage Gardens East Ruston - Friday 5th June

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 08:10

PM for you Dove 

Last night's Gardeners World

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 21:45
Went to a talk by Monty a couple of months ago - a most entertaining afternoon.

He had a lot of photos showing the development of Long Meadow from an open field to the garden today. That was really interesting - it's a larger plot than most of us have but not rolling acres and acres like some. It tends to seem bigger because it is divided into different areas with mature hedging - but it looked much smaller in the early days when you could see everything in one sweep.
He was up front about not being a designer and explained how a lot of the garden has evolved through trial, error & occasional accidents. Very reassuring for those of us building a garden from scratch with very few design skills!

Love lies bleeding from seed

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 18:18

I miss Geoff & all his handy tips ......

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