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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 19:28

My garden is still evolving, but for those who would like a peek at its peek 2012:

 My garden is 100ft rectangle shape on sandy soil. It's easy to dig but turns into a dust bowl in the summer. Nearest the house is very mature as we planted there soon after moving in some 18yrs ago. The bottom end of the garden is yet to mature as we only really begun in earnest 3yrs ago and the middle section is probably a little of both as the Acer tree is well into its teens yet it still has massive gaps in borders yet to fill out. Time, effort and money have not always been forthcoming.


How tidy is your garden?

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 10:48

Mine is average tidy: patios and paths tend to get swept, lawns edged, borders cleaned of old growth, climbers tied in, trees and shrubs pruned to sensible proportions and the clippings removed- although this year I am making a log stack from some heavy pruning.

I don't like the build up of dirt under gravelled areas so I may clean that away this year along with the twigs that fall off my Eucalyptus onto the gravel every year. I clean leaves off water but my stack of empty pots never gets washed until I need them a few at a time whilst one redundant corner plus my composting area could do with attention. On a scale of 0-10, I'd scrape 7.

One very happy Birthday Girl:))))

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 09:11

nice one! Happy B day

March in your Garden

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 22:42

I managed to get in the garden before work this morning. What a staggeringly beautiful day!

I'm still cautious about getting too stuck in so pretty much just pottered about forgotting to pot my lillies, discovering Tulips I didn't know I had and talking plant positions with the other half, who came up with one brilliant idea I never would have considered and which is bloody perfect for that area.

The lawn also got its first mow yesterday but nothing too harsh.

March in your Garden

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 10:17
hollie hock wrote (see)

 Saw some sort of bee at the GC on the weekend...

For me it's always about next year... 

I saw my first solitary bee last week buzzing around my Thyme. Some species do start early in the year I've read. Also discovered two bright orange butterflies in my garden this weekend if anyone can tell me what they might be. Sadly, didn't get a pic but they were a good size with orange and brown wings and furry bodies. Would they more likely be moths?

I have two halves of a garden, one part is well established and requires just a little tweaking, but the remainder is not very mature at all and I have already resigned myself to the work that next year will require to bring the two gardens closer in age. I'm a perfectionist, so I think impatience and never being satisfied are my state of being.  

sea holly

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 11:36

Root disturbance is when you rip a plant out of the ground. It's had room to spread and tangle up with other plants underground. A pot is a contained environment, so long as you are gentle, the plant won't even know its gone in the ground.

March in your Garden

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 22:36

Well March is finally here and I'm...cautious.

I have fence posts and gravel boards sitting on my patio waiting to rebuild part of my fence that is wobbly. Next door is kindly helping with the heavy machinery and manpower but not until the frosts are over.

Luckily, the planting near the wobbly fence is mature enough to withstand heavy footprints or has been purposefully left fallow...for next year's planning I guess.

Although part of my 100ft garden is very mature, the rest is only recently cultivated so gaps are an issue. I've been seriously planning since 2010 so the saying "first year sleeps, second year creeps, third year leaps"  will be of relevance to me this year.

Of course I can't help moving design flaw is that I can't really visualise until its growing in the ground, although I do learn from my mistakes, which is why I have spent the last six weeks meticulously planning my borders and am taking a delivery of some more landscaping materials at the end of this month to build two retaining walls and a paved area. I'm also heaping 18 bags of bark onto the soil as its thin and not yet as well nourished as I would like.

I wish I'd spent the last twenty years making compost, but I didn't. I've done a lot of things round the wrong way really, the hard landscaping seeming to go in last because I never used to have the money to make large orders, whereas a wee plant only cost a few quid.

sea holly

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 22:10

Eryngiums certainly don't like root disturbance but the method of propagation that is use doesn't stress the plant ( the potted plants are mounted on mounds of sand and left to mature before root cutting are taken from outside the pot, in the sand mounds, which are easy to move).

They produce very long tap roots, like carrots and parsnips, so a deep pot is advisable and they like sharp drainage so put plenty of grit in with your compost. They will happily establish in a pot before you have to worry about planting, although they dont do well if left potted for an eternity.

I moved a Eryngium a few years back which was sickly in the wrong place and it recovered well and is now a monster in the right place, but I wouldn't recommend doing this out of habit. They don't really like it because all their root is in one basket so to speak and yes, they need support topside to reward you with the finest displays.

MOB rants

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 23:12

MOB rants

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 22:47

I'd like to turn the tables and suppose that my neighbours were moaning about me...

"Well who does she think she is? All posh with her garden, trying to out do us all.

 She spends all her time in that garden and must give the plants better care than her family. They grow uncomfortably large for my liking and overhang a lot whilst the sound of all that mowing drives me bonkers. Whats wrong with a bit of concrete for heaven's sakes? 

There's wild animals everywhere, not to mention she's always asking to borrow the ladder or the saw or something to do with her gardening. She makes it seem like its really important but I just don't get what all the fuss is about.

And I bet her husband doesn't get a look in, poor sod, mind you, he's not missing much. She looks a right mess most of the time out there in her wellies come rain or shine. I've even seen her eating the stuff she grows straight off the plant like some caveman would do!

Really, I don't know what she sees in those plants, it's not like they  do much, just don't talk to her about them or she will bore you senseless!"

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