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Talkback: How to make a garden pergola

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 21:38
I made mine out of wood. I bought round panel uprights 8 ft long from Scatts which just needed banging into the ground, either with a post basher or a bit of wood with a sledge hammer will also work. Then added 6" x 1" timber flat on top with two 6" x 1" screwed either side and a bit 6" x 6" on the end to make a trough. Lined it with plastic with holes drilled in the bottom of both the wood and plastic to allow drainage. Filled it with compost and vermiculite and plated it with ferns and vinca. Instead once putting the round panels in you can use the 1/2 roundels to screw on the top and plant, climbers up it. Its a lot easier than drilling walls which may need a hammer drill to get in them.

Very slopping area

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 15:16

Sorry I do not have any at the moment but hope to take some soon.

Very slopping area

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 19:34

Thanks for this, yes my father is fine now but it was an accident waiting to happen as I have nearly come off the wall while mowing the lawn for my parents.

Very slopping area

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 09:43

My mother has a  large slopping garden, sloping in two directions, with a wall holding the earth up on one side with a path along the side of the house on the other.  It was very dangerous to mow as you and the mower could easily fall off the wall as the entire lawn slopes towards it. My father broke his neck falling off of it. So my mother is having the wall raised and the soil moved from the lowest part of the slope to the upper part, so it is level. She is then having very wide steps coming down, to the lower paved area by the house. She was however wondering what to do with the sloping area next to the steps. I suggest a waterfall/ stream with a pond at the bottom and my father said he wanted a rockery, which could sit either side of the stream. As anyone any other idea or has pictures to give us some inspiration?

seating area designb

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 19:02

I would go for scent as it is going to be a sitting area: perhaps a winter scented evergreen clematis for the wall like Clematis armandii, or a honey suckle with a repeat flowering highly scented rose like 'Compassion' You could also put up a pergola to sit under in hot weather and grow a wisteria into it. In the pots I would again go for something scented, like Sarcocca and roses (some do go in pots but you must remember to feed them). Ferns would look good as you have suggested and you could plant scented narcissi. hyacinths etc and swap for geraniums or better still  the lovely scented Nemesia  vanilla scent which you can find in garden centers in early summer. Some of these will grow in shade. A good highly scented rose in shade is Zephirine Drouhin.

Raining again

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 18:41

I have used some of logs around the new border and the main trunk has been cut into 4 and I have placed them all in a shrub border. They all have some lovely rings and holes in them and I plan to add ferns in the holes when I do not have to  paddle to the shrub border which I still am as it is raining yet again in the SW with strong wind so may have another tree down though I do hope that I don't as most of my trees are either very old and mature or within 10yrs old if I planted them. Its a great shame that previous owner didn't plant trees. 

Raining again

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 19:22

Raining here again, half the garden is under water and my beautiful huge, old Bramley apple tree fell down half crushing a Magnollia. The only good thing about all this is the ferns I ordered arrived today which all love water. The loss of the tree means I have a huge new sunny area and although it is underwater I have had the apple tree cut into long logs that I can carry and so I have used them to edge a new bed where the tree was. The trunk has been cut into about 2 ft lengths which I have started rolling into a shrub bed. They look fantastic in among the shrubs as they have beautiful rings, gnarls and holes. I hope it stops raining tomorrow as the new ferns which were intended for the garden are now going to be planted in the holes in the old trunk bits of the apple once I have finished rolling the trunk bits.

I need your help!

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 19:07

Won best wildlife garden in Dorset in 2012 but have to add extra wildlife features to apply to win again which is difficult as when I won it was said little could be done to improve the garden for wildlife as I had everything on their check list. A pond is one of the best (I already have 3 of them) bug hotels made from odd bits of wood odd bricks and odd roof tiles etc (easy in a 1m square) but to further increase my chance if I enter this year I have dug up a large area of lawn and sown an annual wildflower meadow mix from Pictorial Meadows. I tried this out last year on a 1m x  2m bit of soil and the result was amazing. It started to flower in early spring and went on until the end of October and I never saw less than 8 bees on it and 4 butterflies at any one time. Most of the time it was a lot more. You can even sew these flowers in pots. See the Pictorial Meadows website at

Slippery decking

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 14:26

Thanks obelixx, I cannot put paving down as the bridge is curved and the decking by the pond overhangs it into the water. Both of these are in full sun and I am not worried about my pressure washer as my water pressure is so low its no more than a fully turned on hoze. I will try the chicken wire if I cannot find any other solution. 

Talkback: Creating a wildflower meadow

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 14:09

Are you planning an annual meadow or a perennial one as there needs are very different. I have both but the annual one is better on my heavy clay soil.

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The Gunnera can be huge, try Gunnera magellanica instead it is the smallest and is hardy in North Dorset, Ferns, hostas and sedges also do w... 
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Very slopping area

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Raining again

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Amazing results especially for bees

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