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Any ideas for an entry.....

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 18:32

What a great fun idea.  Well done you!

Bishop of Llandaff (dahlia)

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 20:16

Plant with real character but I lost mine due to stupidity.  Had some in pots a few years ago when I had just caught the garden bug and was frightened to really give dahlias a go.  The bees were mad for it, the colour was stupendous - and it fitted in amongst things where big puffy dahlias would have looked out of place.  It's a stunner and it threw out new shoots and blooms over a long period.

As I say though, stupidly, I didn't plan for the end of the season and didn't do the right thing to look after the tubers for the next year and I unforgiveably neglected them and they rotted away.

The Arctic

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 20:11

Great experience Punkdoc and fascinating to see your pics.  Whereabouts were you? What is the land in the background?  What was the ground like this time of year where you pitched your tent - was it frozen gravelly or quite easy?  Also - did you have modern water supplies of some kind or were you melting ice and boiling?

With the 24 hour sunlight - I guess you can understand why some people are driven mad in those conditions.  Well - more likely I guess in the early explorer days in the unknown and less experience of the conditions.

Garden centre

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 19:59

Lucky you Dave 2356 - hopefully you will get a nice discount and opportunities for extras which - for whatever reason - cannot be added to displays or whatever.

(Not sure about the smiley I added eyesight can't really see the detail.  Thought it was a halo on top but could be anything.  So apologies if it means something contrary to the sentiment!).

Ideas for shrubs for a dry shady spot please

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 19:43

PoddingtonP - neighbour and I are having her elm felled very shortly as it's canopy causes darkness in both gardens - but worse for me, the roots from the tree are under my garden stretching about 15-20 foot counting the hairy subsidiary roots.  This is why I have a 20ft area where all my shrubs consistently die off - caused by shade, by the tree sucking up the moisture - but mostly because the roots turned out to be fairly shallow under my soil - from a foot deep onwards.  The roots were also working their way upwards over the years coming to almost the surface.  So my shrubs which were thriving 4 years ago gradually got weaker, were never lush, growth was stunted, and they shrivelled up.  For some stupid reason - I had never noticed the roots of the tree gradually working their way up nearer the surface of the soil as the years passed.

Our tree surgeon is felling the tree as it has become host to repetitions of scale, swarms of flies and all kinds of nasty beasties and our gardens are damp and dark due to the tree canopy - as well as the drip on the plants below from the canopy.  However, because we live in town flats with limited entrance to the back gardens, a root remover and grinder cannot be brought in to the area - so we are being left with a stump and the roots in situ.  So this is a problem for me - being stuck with those roots underground.  (Yes, I've thought about digging down and attacking them with my saw - but don't have the energy.).  So I am stuck with the fact that nothing will grow there longer than something very shallowly rooted - so I am currently working out what to do with this area to make it both productive and attractive.  Sorry to go off topic a little.  But I think you should have a dig down in your area...or hammer a pointed pole down in different places - and see if you have root obstruction which may be causing problems for your shrubs at the roots.

I dug out a Pieris Forest Flame Yesterday - took an hour simply because it transpired the elm tree roots had grown larger around the roots of the Pieris and literally crushed the Pieris roots in between its own roots.   It hadn't occurred to me that this might be what was killing off my shrubs slowly over only 4 years.


My situation here may of course be totally irrelevant to yours as you say the sycamores are north of your planted area so they are maybe some distance away whereby roots would not be a problem at all.

Advice on climber and willow screen

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 19:22

Hi cstonenw5 - I had willow screening over a few years in my small garden.  It was really to give some privacy as our garden and neighbouring ones have the original 100 year old iron spike fencing which sits on top of little 1foot high stone walling.  They're a lovely 100 year-old feature still in situ - but the space between the fencing spikes was almost a foot.  Cats and dogs could come through them into everyone's gardens and of course there was an open view.  I used expanding trellis (which looks lovely) for most of the garden but had willow screen for the areas where neighbours tend to sit and I didn't want to be looking at them all the time through the fence.

The willow screen was good in that respect - for privacy - but in it's third year it was covered in coral spot and had to be removed as it was spreading from the screen to everything else.  The wire holding the screen together was quite rusty having been subjected to all weathers for three years and bits began to snap off it very easily.  It ended up looking a real mess.  I didn't have anything climbing up it or attached to it because it seemed there wasn't enough air to circulate - the expending trellis and other trellis was much healthier and for me was better value for money and a more pleasing look.

That's only my own experience with willow screening.  Others may have treated theirs with something and had a better use of it.  I never treated mine with anything.  However, it was the cheap option I needed at the time so it did a service.  I haven't bought it since though. 

Need Inspiration

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 17:27

I think my Geoff Hamilton DVD set has him visit a lady who had a garden exactly like that and she broke it up in a really clever but casual way and it was absolutely stunning.  She wasn't a fussy or expert gardener - just had a flair for breaking up areas and positioning things in the space to make it look a completely different type of garden.

Your plan looks good.  And such fun.  With such a long narrow space I agree with the others about arches or a pergola (which need not make things shady as it can be open) - it can really make a space look like a room just having the structure in place to break up the straight long thin look.  Adds a bit of mystery.  It's amazing how things with a bit of height completely change the look from all being on one level.

Anybody else growing sunflowers?

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 17:20

Blimey Daryl2 - you have monsters!   Monty Don on Gardeners World a programme or two was asking people to tell him about how high their sunflowers reached.  You should send a photo of you beside it.  Can't wait to see what kind of flowers you get.

Pigeon proof bird table........

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 17:17

P.S.  Can't believe I typed the words 'easy peasy' in previous post!  I haven't said that since I was about 4.  It's not only the pigeons who are a bit barmy!

Pigeon proof bird table........

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 17:16


I must get round to something like this.   I get pigeons who I'm thinking have lost all logic.  They keep swinging from the pole feeders even though I specifically put a dish of the same contents on the ground for the pigeons.   Sometimes, a few of them sit on the top of the birdpole and make several attempts to land on the feeders.  It's all flapping wings, things falling and mess mess mess.  I'm not uppity about the mess - I just can't understand why sometimes they sit there so long cricking their necks in all directions trying to figure out how to land on the feeders - when there is already a dish on the ground which would be easy peasy to eat from.



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