Woodgreen wonderboy


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Overwintering Potted Buxus

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 06:38

I have box in pots and might water occasionally in winter if very dry. Don't stand in saucers. Mine are on gravel. They are very difficult to kill.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 06:20

Up early as my "man" arrives early. Then Macmillan coffee morning in Shop. I get to do the washing up.... and taste a few cakes.

Then of to the Malvern show.... Lots of goodies for spring.

Reviving an old slightly tired garden

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 06:16

Good to think of wildlife... single flowers better than fancy doubles. 

2 words of warning on your plant choices. nothing will grow under a Rhodi ( it basically poisons the ground for other plants) and choose a stool forming Bamboo, not one that spreads underground, Words like "stoloniferous" give the clue as to what is OK. Otherwise ask at the garden centre.

Sounds great so far.

Reviving an old slightly tired garden

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 14:19

In a garden of this size I would try not to go for a planting scheme which appears"busy" to the eye. Some simple guidelines:-

Have a few, say 3 or 4  very eye catching trees/shrubs in key positions. Some height in the garden is good. Think about the eventual size before you plant, especially if you need to get behind them when bigger.

Colour themes of pinks with mauves and white i.e. the "cool" colours; or the "hot" colours of yellow, reds, oranges are good. However blue always looks good with yellow and I am a sucker for orange and mauve. So think colour combinations, that generally compliment each other.

Plant in drifts of a single flower.Odd numbers of 3, 5, 7s. Planting randomly in a dotty pattern rarely works.Let drifts "bleed" into one another to get the transition from one to another. Colour "rythmn" works i.e repeat a colour from time to time, without spacing them exact distances apart. Think how nature works.

Think seasonally. Underplant with Spring bulbs now to get a flying start next year ( wait to November for tulips) How about groups of alliums?

Then think of you summer stars, followed by autumn colour.

Your patio/decking gives you the opportunity of adding some stunning planters,with bulbs and annuals, and winter effects.

Finally have a look at other gardens to give you some ideas.

As I can't see a greenhouse I am assuming you won't be propagating a lot yourself. This gives you the opportunity to go to the garden centres to see what looks good with what, and a what times, seek advice, and buy instant results.

Bash on...

Reviving an old slightly tired garden

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 12:51

Hi, what are the basic dimensions of your plot?

Reviving an old slightly tired garden

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 07:11

Great job and congratulations on developing a space you and your family are going to have much enjoyment in. As you complete your basic structures it is probably time to start to think about the soft landscaping. Late summer/early autumn is a good time to plant the trees and shrubs you may have in mind.

It's your garden and you must make your own choices in this too. All gardeners learn as they go and constantly change things. Just a couple of comments from someone who has made plenty of changes over the years .

I am not sure if you are asking for advice at this stage. However on the assumption that you wouldn't be here if you weren't beginning to think about starting planting here goes.

 I think you said earlier "less is more" and I would be careful not to over design or overload your planting plan. Second I would think about how wide should be your borders and third I would suggest your largely rectilinear shapes need a few curves in the soft landscaping shapes. Sweeping is better than fiddly.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 17:10

Hi Matty, welcome home.

Home from Mystery tour which involved short ferry ride at Mudeford, wonderful fish lunch at the Beach House and a walk along Hengistbury Head. Tea and tea bread there, noddy train back to the ferry and home via GC, where the prices are so high we collected our coats and left. 

Hortisoc meeting/talk tonight on the Flora and Fauna of the New Forest, something I would love to know more about.We take for granted the loveliness of where we live to the extent that we sometimes skate along the surface and rarely look closely at where we are.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 08:56

When I was a child my Father's firm went on a mystery tour each year. Turned out to be a pub crawl  to the same pubs every time!!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 08:12

I do, Fg !!!

Can you grow a tree in a pot?

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 08:11

Snap, Dove....

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