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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 17:55

More  from alpine house.


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 17:47

sotongeoff - fantastic garden.  Looks amazing - and lots of work!  Lovely! Nothing interesting in my garden but for some colour am posting some pics of Alpines from Edinburgh botanics which I wander around regularly.  I'm amazed at the fritillaries - but can never get clearer pictures through the protective grill .



pinching out

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 16:04

Hi Gardening Grandma - thanks for taking time to comment.  And Davie-S - good to see you're still gardening.  Weather is rotten isn't it.  I agree with you both  on cutting it back.  ( I was getting a bit disheartened not being able to really get into the garden due to the scaffolding and stuff - and thinking that everything was going to be growing madly before it's cleared away and I can really make a start to the year.  As a result I thought my saving grace was seeing it growing healthy looking new shoots and thought I could just leave them.  You know - the amateur error of getting excited at seeing growth and thinking 'That looks good - I'll just let it get on with it'.  I'll wait until it warms up a bit - cut it down and then give it a really good feed and a topping of fresh compost.

And then hope that we get some sun this year!!!!!

Thanks so much for the replies. 



Filling a new raised bed.

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 17:28

I forgot the whole point of keeping within the subject of this topic - it's been suggested to me that with topsoil that I ought to consider adding Reshredded Mushroom Compost in the mix to fill the raised beds.   Any of you with raised beds experience ever added this stuff in them?  Or is that a bit much for raised beds which will be basic veg and a lot of probably flower  perennials and annuals?

Filling a new raised bed.

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 17:22

Can I ask a really dumb question?   My small lawn area floods every winter and I end up re-sowing it every Spring.  It always comes up well and looks great by the summer - but I'm tired of dealing with it in this way.  I've decided to cut the workload and just put a couple of raised beds on top of the lawn. 

My conundrum is - should I did up the grass before I put raised beds on top of it - or can I just put down raised bed frames right on top of the existing dampish lawn - which has very little grass as it doesn't come up after winter i.e. huge patches of compacted soil and little grass?  Or, do I need to dig up the area where I'd put down the frames and do something with the soil which would be the bottom of the frames?

Thanks for any advice.

pinching out

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 17:07

OOps... it's not in a 'post' - it's in a pot!

pinching out

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 17:06

Davie-S - are you still around?  Wondering how you got on with your clematis last summer and especially how things worked out with your 'Polish Spirit'?  We talked about them on another thread  last year (which I haven't found yet). 

I have a new 'Polish Spirit' question.  When I mentioned this viticella Clematis last year, mine was growing really well but with the continual rain last year and not much sun, mine didn't produce nearly as many flowers as the year before.  I'd also been in the habit of pruning it down to a couple of buds around Feb/March.  This year, I've just left it - mostly because I forgot about it and because there's scaffolding up to either side of it in it's pot.  Having just had a quick look at it, unpruned, it's produced shoots and I'm not keen to do the usual prune.  I don't much mind what shape it turns into up this wall (west-facing), gets sun all day WHEN WE GET SUN!!!  Can anybody tell me that if I just leave it to do it's own thing to spread where it will, just for this year unpruned - is it likely to flower reasonably well - or is it not wise to leave it unpruned?

Here's how it looks today.  Bearing in mind there's scaffolding above it with melting snow dripping down on it all the time.

 Also, as it's in a post - anybody recommend a really good feed for it?  I suppose I ought to give it a feed pretty soon - or not?

Many thanks anyone.



March in your Garden

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 09:57

Busy-Lizzie - I feed them on haggis and give them the occasional dram.  It kind of stuns them into sticking around!

In truth - they've been quite amazing pelargoniums this particular lot.  They have survived outside for 4 years and I've never pampered them, fed them or put them under shelter or inside at all.  However, I think I will have to pep them up this year and give them some special attention.  I have nowhere sheltered to put anything until our builders have removed all their gear to get me access to parts of the garden.  I can't get to my tiny greenhouses either. We are -3 degrees today and yesterdays snow remains icy and crunchy out there with melts in the sun turning to ice as it's freezing right away.  If I had somewhere to shelter them available to me right now - I would be doing that and also re-potting them in fresh compost.  All I've been doing every year is cutting any stems which seemed to have gone a bit soft, taking off the leaves and leaving them.  Then in mid-Spring they have always just blossomed into life.  I bought them locally four years ago and maybe they were just particularly strong and remained strong to spite my ignorance!

Beneath a pine tree

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 17:04

Emma - can only tell you what I've seen and not what I know - because I know nothing about growing anything under pine trees.  BUT - in a garden near here there is a 15ft pine which was the result of someone leaving a Christmas tree in a pot years ago.  Whenever I pass it around  10ft around it is thick with pine needles and growing in amongst them are a lovely blue Brunnera macrophylia (perennial forget-me-not) which are a at least 2ft high and seem to come up there every year.  Everybody notices them when they walk past and they seem to grow happily there with about an inch thick of pine needles around them.  But maybe the soil is organically brilliant under this particular tree.  They get very little light and the blue looks stunning in quite deep shade under the long low branches of the pine.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 16:47

What lovely photographs.  It's great to see how other people's gardens evolve - spurs others on to try something and especially not feel obliged to  have to keep the 'shape' of a garden the same as it was before you took it over.  It's really cheering to see last year's photos at this time of the year when plans are formulating in your mind - gives me a real boost when the weather is holding everything back.  Slightly of topic, but does anyone have any photos of penstemon in the garden last year?  I planted a few very young ones which flopped all over the place and am not sure they ought to have been quite so straggly.  Have looked at lots of photos on the internet but still haven't figured out what I'm going to do with mine this year - where to place them to get better results and how to keep them more upright.  Sorry - rambling on.  Looking at photos sparks off so many things to think about for this year!  

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