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VERY small garden ideas on a budget

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 11:43

Hiya dee kahn

Could you advertise your for the collection?  There will be some who would want those slabs.

Or, as obelixx said, leave some for your,table and chairs..although I would get rid completely

Grass is suitable for table chairs etc. but in such a small space mowing would,be a problem.

So, again as  Obelixx suggested, a membrane and gravel makes sense.  You won't need much but get the smaller size and choose a colour you really like.  £800 would be enough for that and some plants.  "less is more" I think so if you could plant a couple of nice shrubs....the forum will have plenty of suggestions......that will also give some fragrance I think you will have a lovely little garden to provide what you need and without great expense.


Posted: 18/06/2013 at 08:57

Love to see great dixter.  Would have enjoyed meeting with Christopher Lloyd too but I would have so much to say to him.  Unique character wasn't he?

I really don't,think the spams spoil the forum very much.  I,think we have all gotten used to them


Posted: 18/06/2013 at 08:52

Yes, it's just the new and different conditions.  I quite like the reddish foliage.  Resist the urge to overwater outside in the ground too


Posted: 18/06/2013 at 08:49

I grow Bowles mauve as an intended 2 year flowering plant and then discard.  Meanwhile I take cuttings in the first year and have a replacement each time.

I grow a lovely variegated variety.....not sure of the name......that is grown purely for its  foliage.  re my experience cutting back hard harms the bush so just remove flowered stems


Posted: 18/06/2013 at 08:43

I cut delphiniums back as soon as flower,spike is going over.  I cut back entirely to,the ground or to lateral/ secondary flowers lower down on that stem.  The sooner this is done the more,likely it is that they will flower,again in late summer.  I agree with Bob.....I came to exactly the same conclusion, viz., to cut back everything to the ground in the autumn, for the same reasons.  (I find that cutting flowered stems on all sorts of plants before they totally go over often encourages earlier repeat flowering)

Broken branch Pieris Forest Flame

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 08:31

Oh...and a catapault...just lie in wait for the opportunity.

.............joke!  Wouldn't really do that.  It would be a!  

Ill get my coat

Lawn cre

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 08:29

...and resist the temptation to cut grass too low.  Higher cut looks better, creates healthier lawn and resists drought.....if we get into that....better.  Not too high but just slightly higher


Posted: 18/06/2013 at 08:25

Morning all

Re the spammers....don't really bother me now.  Just skip past them.  Agree it's best not to,post on those threads at all but just to mention it on others .

Very warm, humid, misty.....sun is forecast 

Again not a gardening day but everything is in place and growing fast.

Have great day everyone

Nectarine leaf curl & a bare pergola

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 00:08

Hiya ricR

In such a sunless position I think ivy rob is your best bet.  I grow a beautiful butter yellow one called Buttercup.  

The peach leaf curl is caused by rain.  Is it small enough to cover?  The danger period is early spring to early summer...after that you can uncover your plant.  A parasol would do,it.  Peach leaf curl will kill your plant if unchecked for couple of years as the leaves will have been lost


Posted: 18/06/2013 at 00:00

Hiya lynne

Do you have dry soil?  And are these plants in the sun?

Sundance doesn't really like too sunny a spot.......the yellow leaves become parched.  The hydrangea too but more so as this likes plenty f moisture.

When you use your manure do you leave a space around the base of the stem?  You should.  I don't like using manure too much in the takes nitrogen from the soil if it's too fresh.  Better to use it in autumn and winter in my opinion

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