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Talkback: RSPB Giving Nature a Home

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 19:26
I used a turf cutter on a smallish patch about 1m by 2m and one mower width away from my pond and sowed it with a low wildlife meadow mix I bought from Meadow Mania. It was quite windy in March when I sowed since the garden was too wet to use the turf cutter before the end of March. It looked like it was an utter disaster in May but in end of June, early July it began to flower and looked amazing. It has never been watered or fed and I have just come back from 2 weeks away and found it is still full of flowers though these are different from the ones flowering in July. There are always at least 8-10 bumble bees in this small bed and about 4-5 butterflies which is more than on by buddlia. My garden is very wildlife friendly and won best large wildlife garden in Dorset last year. It is quite large and I have all sorts of things from slugs and snails, rabbits and deer and badgers, to other less destructive wildlife. None of the destructive ones have touched this bed and growing the short meadow mix means that the wind has not knocked it over and even my dog running through it has not damaged it. I am going to dig up more of my lawn in the autumn and add some more meadow mix, adding crocus for even earlier blooms for the bees etc. I will leaving a walking/mower area around it. I would encourage all of you to sow some of this even in a pot on a balcony since the result is so amazing and the wildlife love it.

Restoration of a Victorian lawn mower

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 22:47

I found a Victorian lawn mower under an old sheet on a high shelf in an old Victorian shed I had taken down (since it was falling down) and would like to have the mower  restored. A person form the lawn mower museum has offered to do this in Merseyside but the mower is in Dorset and since it is made from cast iron and wood it is very heavy so I cannot post it. Does anyone know who may restore it in the Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex or London area?

Moving a rosé

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 22:38

It is best to leave it until late autumn/winter because you can cut it down and then try to dig it out. Be-warned this may sound easier than it actually is since if it has been in the ground a few years it may have a very long tap root. Replant it at the same depth with added bonemeal or equivalent water it in and water again if there is no rain forcasted within a few days though less likely in the winter. 

What to put in this gap?

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 22:30

I still have my large conifers and cupressocyparis leylandii both of which I have lifetd the crown of. I was told by my local garden center that nothing would grow under it, but undetered I piled a good 6" of my home made compost onto it under the conifers, planted a few things that would grow in part shade and religiously watered it every week for a year. I now have a lovely border underneath both the conifers and the cupressocyparis leylandii. To soften the shed you could put some trellis up and plant a clematis, a rose that takes shade like the lovely highly scented climbing rose zephirine Drouhin or a scented honeysuckle.  You could even try a green wall and plant it with shade loving hostas. For shade  loving plants try Long Acre Plants at which have some very interesting plants for shade.


making a bog garden

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 22:02

I have built more than 2 bog gardens as I love the plants within them so much. For each one I removed about 60cm of soil, layed an old butyl liner in the bottem in which I pierced  quite a lot of holes, and a length of hose with pin holes in it that layed along the bottom in the middle of the liner, with the top of it coming out hust above level ground which i attched a hose end to so that I could water  the trench at the bottom with a hose. I then tipped in about 3cm of gravel into the bottom then refilled all the soil back in. I planted it with astilbe, ligularia przewalskii, hosta's and candelabra primulas. I another nog garden I have which is built almost in the same way except it is fed by a stream which is topped up by the water off of my roof via a wheel I have I have planted atstible, drum stick primulas, gunnera magellanica (a tiny gunnara which is fully hardy), ferns, iris ensata. golden sedges, hostas and delmera peltata.

Vertical green walls

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 15:37

Thank you all, the one I want to make is just below the ACROS Fukuoka building  on the web site with the felt and rock wool. I just want to know a little bit more on how to do it, i.e how much rockwool, how much water, best sort of fertilizer and how often needed etc.

Welcome to the garden design forum

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 19:58

Please can you put on your web site or in the magazine, how to build a vertical green wall using rock wool and hydrophonic feeding rather than compost etc. I have put it on the forum earlier today but had no replies which I am not surprised since it is quite a strange topic. It would be great for small gardens as well as places llike I am intending to put it, on my shed wall. This is shady but I already have a lot of ideas of what to plant to make it colourful. 

dying tree

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 19:35

try the web site or since I am not sure what tree you actually have though the diseases look fairly similar in both the Japanese and American red maples.

kingdom of heaven tree

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 19:22

I think that you maybe talking about Ailanthus altissima. If you are, this is known in London as the tree of hell since it is almost impossible to get rid of it hence you have lots of shoots growing everywhere. If you really want this tree, just let one of the shoots grow, or try cutting the dead bits out of yours.

Grass snake

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 19:09

I have a 6' one in my garden who likes to sun herself on the drive and I know she is female since she lays eggs in my compost and I sometimes find 12" long baby grass snakes.

Discussions started by wrightt


Getting rid off 
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Cutting back 
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Ligularia przewalskii

Cutting back 
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Very slopping area

What to put next to the steps down in blank canvas slopping site 
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Raining again

Garden under water trees fallen down 
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Slippery decking

Decking is like an ice rink 
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Crown lifting 
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Odd Black insect

Found in the hall 
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Amazing results especially for bees

I have commented on the blog but please all try this 
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Restoration of a Victorian lawn mower

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Last Post: 12/07/2013 at 17:04

Vertical green walls

Using rock wool 
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A book on roses

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Dead Daphne

One dead and another dying 
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Ponds for wildlife

Depths and shapes of ponds that amphibians seem to prefer. 
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