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The challenges of a smaller than average garden

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 01:23

Hi Sweetpea.  I was thinking of a metal obelisk on your grass pushed into it.  Not concrete.      When I was totally skint, I did some mad things I suppose.  I used one of those old card tables (like the grandfolks used to have).  Found one near the rubbish bins.  Took the table centre out, they used to have a baize covering, and screwed in wire hanging baskets.  So I had trailing plants coming out from the underside of the table and had little pots on the top surround of the table.  Yes, I was desperate at the time to use anything which could house plants.  And, it could be moved around and the baskets taken off, folded up and put away taking up little space.  Of necessity, I was a real cheapskate in those days.

Need some more plant ID's please

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 01:14

Could 3. be an Honesty seedling which would flower next year?

8. Campion?  Some consider them weeds, I love them as wildflowers and have quite a lot.

7. Avens - but possibility it could be Leonard's Variety? which is beautiful.


The challenges of a smaller than average garden

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 21:47

SweetPea - when I had a tiny space of a front garden and not allowed to attach any fittings to walls or fences - I found a way of having hanging baskets.  What I did was I bought a couple of the cheapest flatpack obelisks from B&Q.  I chose the ones made of metal which have four prongs in the bottom to stick in the ground.  I was lucky in that they also were over a foot wide all the way up and instead of buying the ones which taper in thinly at the top coming to a point, I chose the real cheapy put together ones which are as wide at the top as they are at the bottom.  (Wish I still had a photo to show you).

I also bought the really sturdy garden wire.  I pushed the metal foot pronged obelisiks as far as I could get them to go into the ground so that they would be firm in - and on the grass they make only four tiny little holes.  So doesn't mess up the grass.

Then I put lobelia, petunias and other trailing plants in any plastic pots which I could fit inside the obelisk and used the garden wire to wind tightly around the top of the pots and the bottom of the pots - which I then attached to the wire frame of the obelisk.  I used to have 6 small pots with trailing plants inside the obelisk and supported by garden wire.  (Wound the wire round several times and attached very securely).  When the plants grew it looked absolutely lovely - like a fountain - but one which took up very little space and when done you could just remove the lot and the only mark left were the four tiny holes in the grass which you didn't even notice.

So you are not attaching to anything other than your free standing obelisk.  And all can be removed without a trace.  They looked lovely.  I had one at each corner of the little grass bit with one in the middle. 

It's an idea.

Pros and cons of book writing.

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 03:34

As Victoria Sponge says - the Writers and Artists Yearbook usually has the most up to date copyright issues detailed.  I think the British Library used to have a hand-out (free) to use as guidance.  There used to be a good clause on an allowance of 50 words using a direct quote from specific publications with, as mentioned above, being dependent on naming the publication, year of publication and author.  But things change a great deal nowadays with complex issues relating to whether your item would appear 'online' in various formats.  There are a number of old gardening publications from 19th century onwards which, whilst they appear fairly rare or obscure publications with perhaps not a great deal of modern reference potential - which do have copyright restrictions due to rarity and uniqueness of text and plant knowledge.

However, many of the most popular books are those written by individuals about their own gardening experiences using unique anecdotes and language which is individual to the author.  Your own words and methods of description would allow you to completely bypass any copyright issues, probably be much more fun and be a much more interesting and enjoyable popular read.  Whilst some gardening books are very much 'reference' books on the shelf, many gardeners absolutely love just reading about someone elses experience or a diary of a year in an individual's garden or something like that.

I think you could come up with a really good read if you be yourself as you are and include your adventures and misadventures.  It would be great!


Root problem (matted in rai

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 03:19

What a brilliant phrase 'digging is cheaper than a gym membership'.  

What to do with my red saxifrage?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 03:14

I've lost every single one I ever had through careless care.  I had beautiful Peter Pans and another red which flowered prolifically in their season - and then the rain came and they rotted.  I love them but I'm not proactive enough to position them correctly and care well for them.  I'm near the Botanics and I think I must go on one of the courses they regularly have before I risk the spend and loss again.  Would be great to develop a little expertise.


Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 03:03





 Ceonothus 'Concha' falling over after continual showers.  Bald headed bluetit - think it has mite or something similar.  Fallen clematis 'Rebecca' and Green-veined White butterflies on Senetti. 

Chelsea wish list

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 02:49

Lemon coloured peony - I think I mentioned it in another thread but now I've forgotten the name.  Begins with an A.

Blue foliage

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 02:44

 Nearest I have to blue is this fescue.  It sticks out like a sore thumb where it is at the moment but it will be moved beside the other grasses once I get the rest of the intended bed dug over.  In this photo it's been battered by rain for days.  The colour is much improved after a day in the sun.


Posted: 29/05/2014 at 09:06

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