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Horse poo

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 16:27

The only time fresh manure is used is to make a hotbed.

This has been featured on GW several times over the years and was a favourite of the Victorians. The heat from the manure helps the plants to grow and also feeds them but you don't plant directly into it, compost is added on top.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 16:21

@Geoff. What is that growing in the last pic? It's quite lovely.

Also, am extremely jealous of your mature looking Pinus behind it! Mine it teeny (bought last year) although I have to say its already doubled its size and they say they are slow growing!

Not gonna comment on the out of focus close-up

Roses, climbers/ramblers/scramblers... whats the difference?!?!

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 22:30

There are exceptions to the rule, but from my knowledge, rambling roses are closer to the species, so they put on a single flush of flower and often produce hips after so don't need dead heading whereas a climbing rose flowers less profusely but for many more months, especially if dead headed.

Also, their pruning is slightly different, ramblers produce long stems that should be fanned out across their support, pruning out the old stems at the base whereas climbing roses are pruned to keep them within their intended space. Ramblers are also more resistant to diseases such as black spot but that's all I know.

is it too late for this year

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 20:33

You can get great advice on the what to do now section of this website!

It lists all the jobs you can tackle on a weekly basis, including a fruit and veg section.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 19:14

@KG, I am excited, just a little overwhelmed.

@Inkadog, still trying to plan the structure planting first, I have some ideas of general design and colour theme but nothing beyond that Taking my time to get it right. I know what I want, it's just a matter of translation from brain to ground. I'm very artistic, but garden design stumps me big time.

My sun spot is only one year old so perhaps that's why the stones are still clean looking. The top part of the garden has a dirty strip all the way up to the back door from my muddy wellies which is a great shame but a lesson learnt I suppose. There is no traffic on the sun spot except when the sun is out and we sit or sunbathe there, which has been one day in march so far this year


Posted: 07/05/2012 at 18:31

It also has gorgeous reddish tinted foliage and needs very little maintenance apart from securing it safely as it grows. I had one across my porch for quite some years and then the wind took it straight off like a toupee.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 18:27

Alchemilla Mollis is an incredibly under rated plant in my opinion. It's spring foliage is just gorgeous and soft, with perfect pleats a seamstress would be proud of. Rainfall blesses it with ephemeral qualities whilst it's lime green froths of summer flowers are a real treat mixed with stronger shapes or colours, or on its own billowing en masse across a path. It clumps up very handsomely in size and keeps its shape whilst it even grows in shade. All it asks is not to dry out...and it will happily seed itself if you want it to, so free plants without even trying!

Garden Gallery

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 18:16

OOh love them grasses and you had the same idea as me with the lovely rain drops on Alchemilla Mollis (that never gets old)

I saw a beautiful red grass at the garden centre I rather liked, it began with the letter U but I wasn't sure what its growing conditions were and also I have to find its spot in the garden, I want the full sun border to have a blue theme, so red grass is no good there ...unless I use it as contrast. Oh, now I did it, just when my mind was made up its back to indecision.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 18:09

So today was dry enough for me to work hard in the garden, especially since hubby was cooking dinner, I could get on.

Dug over the full sun border once more and raked it level. I will be mulching and waiting for weed regrowth through the summer whilst I save up for the trellis that needs to be built.

You can see the pile of compost Pampas grass and perhaps appreciate the size of the gap in my middle garden . I really don't know what's going on this year, I planned all through autumn to fill gaps this year and now I seem to had a huge section ploughed through the middle. After mowing the lawn and mentioning the need to weed a bad patch, hubby decided to extend a border instead!

 Don't know if this photo is clear, but the turf has got to be removed up to the wooden edging which doubles the width of this border!.

All this new border space to fill, I did warn him I would need to buy many more plants but he doesn't seem to mind

After digging and mowing, I then relaid some brick edging so I am really worn out now

Garden Gallery

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 17:57

Awesome photos, thanks for sharing!

Today in my garden, blessed with a little evening sunshine...


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