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12 Jan 2018 21:03
Lawn tractor did not come back from the services shop to spread the bark shreddings. So spent the day cutting planting the area were I had removed an old evergreen and what must be my 40th holly as there was another identical one next to it and neither has any berries unlike the other 38 of them, Planted in there place a Camellia, a Cornus and a Hydrantha with Pulmonaria, Helleborus , Liriope and Lily of the valley underneath them. Then spent the rest of the day cutting back the plants in the bog garden such as iris sibirica, and primulas, removing the leaves from around the rockery where the acer had finally dropped them and then wedded the rockery area as they have started to grow already here in the SW of the country. Finished of by washing 2 out of the 7 birches bark to reveal the lovely bark underneath. Hope to finish the rest tomorrow or Sunday.
26 Dec 2017 16:59
I think you can search Tendercare in Uxbride online.
22 Dec 2017 18:44
Try Tendercare in Uxbridge. They sell anyting from young trees to mature ones in all sort of topiary shapes and often supply trees to the Chelsea and Hamton Court gardens. Not if you buy mature ones they can be expensive and need a lot of watering. If you can visit the nursery it is an amazing place with hundreds of trees, shrubs and perennials in all sizes. I had never seen a nursery like it and was in complete awe.
22 Dec 2017 18:34
How about getting a dog. My garden had no cats or rabbits when I had my last golden retrieiver. She died in March when she was 15 years old. The cats came back and the rabbits very soon after she died so I have just got my new 9 week old golden retriever puppy who is already chasing anything that moves, including my skirt which she is being told not to. Its a bit like having a toddler as she puts everthing in her mouth. Can run upstairs but cannot get down yet and the Christmas tree has had to go on a table so she does not take the tinsel or anthing else off the tree. She will be getting her teenage section soon and is already answering me back when I say no. I know that this will not last as they grow up very quickly. They are great with children as long as the children know how to behave with the dog and so a dog is a great learning source. In addition a child will not be frightened of dogs. My brother ran into the road to avoid a dog when he was 3 so my mother went straight out and bought a puppy. 30,000 dogs are taken in by charity after Christmas so going to Dogs Trust, Battersea dogs home etc is a good way to get a more mature dog so you do not have to go through the toddler, teenage answering back stage.
15 Sep 2017 09:23
My daughter is getting married next year at the end of June. The reception is going to be in a Victorian conservatory. I have some very tall white pots about 70cm high and 40cm square and thought that they would look lovely in the conservatory perhaps with lights in them. Any suggestions please.
05 Sep 2017 18:32
Thank you and yes I think it is a Millet
05 Sep 2017 18:12
Please can someone tell me what the grass in the attached picture is
24 Aug 2017 12:17
Thank you Laura and Muddle up. I have sent them pictures of my roses.
24 Aug 2017 11:17
I planted them straight into the ground about the mid to end of March. They seem to have no buds but are very green and tall. Sorry I cannot take a picture as I am not at home until the weekend.
23 Aug 2017 22:27
Does anyone know why I have no flowers on any of my sweet peas despite them growing to over 1.2m, They are planted on the sunny side of my garden and have been well watered etc
23 Aug 2017 22:22
I missed Gardeners World last Friday and forgot to record it but was told that there was an article about Pemberton roses and if anyone has any they need to contact someone but I am not sure who. Can anyone please tell me as I am fairly certain that I have some as the house was built in 1863 and the roses are very old and are hybrid musk roses and flower so I am told just like the ones on the program.The person who helps me in the garden who saw the show and who is RHS qualified is fairly certain that they may be Pemberton roses but neither of us has a clue to exactly which ones they are.
15 Feb 2017 17:55
I forgot to say I can feed the plants twice a year if needed. So a slow release feed should work.
15 Feb 2017 17:53
Yes there will be a gap under the pots for drainage and they will have an automatic drip system so watering will not be a problem
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15 Feb 2017 16:59
Pots are 1m tall 40cm x 40cm, black and very light weight. They will not blow of the roof as they will be bolted down. they will not be heavy when filled as the lower 0.5 to 0.7 will be filled with polystyrene. The soil will be 50x 50 with vermiculite. They will have a drip system attached to them. All I want is suggestions as to what to put in the 5 of them. I want something tallish, evergreen and fairly low maintenance as I only intend to walk on the roof twice a year and yes decking is being placed around the roof as the roof is put on the building so that I can walk around it without damaging the roof. Anyone got a balcony? what do you grow on it?
07 Feb 2017 19:04
Someone along the road to where I used to live took out a swimming pool and added a sunken trampoline instead when they bought the house. Having now got 20+ year old children I think they were mad. I found that my children got bored with the trampoline within a couple of years whereas where I live now I have a swimming pond and in the summer even now I cannot keep them out of it. So be aware if you decide to sink it, when they tire of it you will need soil to fill it back in.
07 Feb 2017 18:56
Aquatic flowers could be a problem as a lot of them do not like moving water so it is likely to be flowers or a solar powered fountain.
07 Feb 2017 18:29
I forgot to say that it is easy to drill holes in them as I have done with the ones I have bought from Wyvale. Use a large drill or a spade drill.
07 Feb 2017 18:26
How about a camellia under planted with spring bulbs as I have in one of mine, or ferns heuchera and vinca underplanted with spring bulbs and jasmine as I have screwed some trellis to the back. If however your barrel is going in sun, you could plant a rose see David Austin roses for suggestions for roses in pots and perhaps phlox around it. Other options are phormiums and cordylines, with pansies etc
07 Feb 2017 18:01
Sorry I meant to copy to design forum.
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07 Feb 2017 17:59
Put this in the plants forum but probably better on this one. Please can I have some suggestions to put in my tall 1m high 40cm x 40cm black pots which are to go on the flat 1st floor roof which I can see from my bedroom. They will have a drip system but I cannot access the roof a lot, only about twice or 3 times a year so cannot dead head regularly. I would like them to look good all year round and have impact as they are going at the end of the flat roof which is about 3m away from my window. I would however like some flowers rather than just filling them with box balls or bamboo. In addition I would like part of it to be quite tall so nobody can see into my window. The pots are going to be bolted to the roof so that they cannot fall over,