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Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 08:48

Gorgeous garden LesleyK


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 18:13

Om nom...



Posted: 11/06/2014 at 15:18

re Dove. Sometimes I get a window of code instead of an enlarged photo

As for mowing lawns..that is safely in my gardening past and I am very glad not to have that on my list of jobs to do ever again

Okay, stones are not as wildlife friendly as lawns, but much like Dove's, I had two areas of weeds masquerading as grass and enough was enough


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 14:21

Afternoon forkers.

What a gorgeous day for me to be off work and in my garden.

Sooo much work to do at this time of the year which included pinning more wire mesh to my fence to encourage my Virginia creeper to creep and pinching off the side shoots of my toms and their morning watering ofc, then off out the front garden which I have to admit is a bit of a wilderness dumping ground compared to my control freak back garden.

A few reasons for this include lack of money/ lack of decent soil / lack of enthusiasm since I only visit the front garden on my way to work

So, first of all I needed to trim all the shrubs that apparently love my rubbish soil, including teucrium fruticans, a variageted conifer, an Eleagnus and my beloved Ceanothus which was mid way past my bedroom window.

It gets a lot of attention when it becomes a sprawling blue cloud in May, but really needed to be hacked back to a sensible size since the winds make it sway unreasonably, even against my house wall. It was pretty heafty work as well, that included bashing OH in the head with a falling branch  plus three bags of waste.

I also weeded while I was out there, completing my two mornings of work per annum that I usually do out the front , but then I was thinking about that and I made a new resolution: that it was about time I lavished more effort/time/money on the front garden.

Plant choices will have to stay sensible and shrubby with masochistic tendencies in this south-facing dustbowl but no reason to let it get quite so unruly in the future.

So, bath for me now and later I shall be harvesting the million strawberries I have and serving them with lashings of cream

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 11:50

Hehe BL, great to see all the same

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 09:54

Wow so much to keep track of here:

Tray14, I adore the moneyplant and yours in the square pot looks magnificent. since it has not got too leggy with age.

david, you should definitely open your garden. You are obviously a keen plantsman and I think many would get inspired by you combinations and choices. Also, the beach pic is insanely beautiful. What a incredible part of the world you live in!

BL, congratulations on a successful open day, and may I just say how envious of your veg plot I am! It all looks so healthy and lush

OL, those are gorgeous lillies and the rose especially. I have a similar one called Winter White which opens with pink buds.

Punkdoc, I'm shopping for iris at the moment so if you have names for those ones?

PotsandPansies, I don't recall the rest of your garden which I'm eager to see if it looks like that spot!

Victoria Sponge, your Lupin collection is really amazing especially since you rescued them so you must be the Lupin lady?

and AllotmentMax, I love your pale pink penstemon that is now on my ever growing shopping list

Thanks for sharing everyone

What have you learnt this year in the garden?

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 09:27
Verdun wrote (see)

Maybe to sow more peas.  Only have a few this year because I was too hasty and impatient.  Nothing like early peas


I have also learnt this one Verdun!

1. my veg plot is random this year. I've got more veg space than I ever did have but I'm still lacking enough and so I've had to plant my cougette and tomatoes in the flower borders, my sweetcorn as soon as my pototes come out and my leeks as soon as I harvest my peas, and don't ask me where I'm putting my cauliflowers  I'd very much like to organise my space better at the end of the growing season, with proper paths and full sun raised beds.

2. In the borders: last year I concentrated on colour co-ordination and large drifts instead of dotty, mostly to satisfaction this year although there are one or two plants that just didn't work. But now I've moved my designer aspirations to the next stage and I need to concentration on even greater colour combinations, planting several climbers together or under planting for successional interest.

I hope to achieve both these things for next year's enjoyment.

help a new gardener with beetroot problems?

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 09:14

Oops, Dove responded in the time it took me to investigate

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 16:32

Thankyou Fairygirl and Forester2, I am happy with the arch and yes Forester2, its Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila.

I love it because its light and airy and its about 17yrs old, so not really massive. Also the peeling bark on a wet day is gorgeous

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