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April in Your Garden

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 12:41

9 have read my 'double planting' post, none have answered.  I am bereft!


What to do!!

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 12:33

Hi Yvonne,

I agree with Alina. Try softening those straight lawn edges, by curving the beds out a bit.  It shouldn't take too much to give it some shape. Small trees, large shrubs and flowering plants of different heights will also help.  Any plants you buy, should say on the label what kind of light your plant needs, so that should help you plant things in the right place.  Don't be scared, just have a go.  And if things don't work, move them.  You'll get a feel for what's right soon enough, and anything you don't know, just ask (there are lots of very knowledgable gardeners on here who help me all the time!).  You're doing the right thing already in my opinion. Keep going, and good luck.


Double planting

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 12:19

Hi All,

I have about 20 plastic, aquatic type (so lots of holes), baskets sunk into ground, that have Tulips in them (wanted to make sure I knew where all the bulbs were so I didn't damage/dig them up at some point).  They're looking fab at the moment, but when they finish, I'll have lots of gaps.  Can I double plant, so that I have something to fill the gap?  Can I lift the baskets, lift the tulip bulbs, plant, say, Lillies, and put the Tulips back on top, and re-sink the baskets?  I have done this with 1 large patio pot, Lillies underneath, and Tulips on top and it seems to work ok.  Just not sure about this working in the ground.  Or, would this work with Roses instead of Lillies?  Has anyone else done this, or have any tips?  Help and ideas greatly appreciated.


April in Your Garden

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 12:11

Oh yeah.  Well spotted.  I thought you'd get the 39 steps in seconds.  You're slipping, my friend .  I need to ask a gardening question...


April in Your Garden

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 11:33

Morning All,

Absence note in the post!

Grey, wet and cold here today, again!  Mind you, the plants are loving it.  The Camellias have never looked so good.

Steps: Geoff, 47, wrong.  Koala, 42, wrong. Kate, 48, wrong.  The answer is of course...39!  Really!

Inka, hoovering the freezer?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  Mind you, I do defrost the freezer with the hairdryer.  Makes it super quick.

Wintersong, nice to hear you joining in.  I know what you mean about the noise from neighbour's children.  We have decided not to have any, but I was a Nanny for 10 years, and never let my charges encroach on the neighbours by endlessly shouting and screaming.  We were driven out of our last house by the screaming kids from next door.  The parents just couldn't be bothered.  They'd go out, shout at them, make threats about them having to come in if they didn't quieten down, but then do nothing about it.  We asked nicely, complained, then ended up rowing about it.  Our garden was 140 ft long, their's was 40 ft long.  We could still hear them, at the end of our garden, with our ipods on!!!  We had to move, and did so.......now, WE HAVE NO NEIGHBOURS!!!!!  YAY!  A road on 1 side, fields on the other sides, and only horses and sheep anywhere near us.  Our nearest neighbours are almost a mile away.  Heaven!  The garden is 1/3 acre, with apple, pear and plum trees, large lawn, and 3 main beds, in colours; orange & yellow bed, blue and white bed, reds pinks and purples bed.  Lots of shrubs, and the usual perennials and bulbs.  I love Euphorbias and Hosta's.  I have lots of pots on staging on the patio that wraps around the house, and this seems to have cured the problems of rabbits eating everything in pots at ground level.  I have to cloche lots of things in the beds though, overnight, or when I'm not there.  I love gardening!  Your Ceanothus makes mine look like a baby! Lovely pic.


April in Your Garden

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 15:03

Ok, guess how many steps there are in this Town House?

No prize!


April in Your Garden

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 11:47

Hi Obelixx,

I'll make sure I don't scalp everything!  My Boss is a 'sometimes' gardner really, as he doesn't have much spare time, so He's quite happy for me to tidy things up a bit.  The garden is only small and there aren't a huge amount of plants in it either.  I'll be staying here on and off for a few weeks, so I think I'll bring along some seedlings and baby plants for him to beef things up a bit, on his return.


April in Your Garden

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 11:33

Morning all,

Do join in Lorea and AlinaW.  We're a friendly, chatting bunch, with some witty ones amongst us.

Very grey here too, and raining on and off every 5 mins.

I have a change of scenary today.  I'm staying at my Boss' house for a couple of days, in London, whilst he's away.  Working in his house today and going into the office tomorrow.  A 4 storey Town House, so I'll be knackered with all these stairs. It's dead posh!  The garden is in need of deadheading, and I've been told I can be let lose with the Secateurs.  Hurrah!

Sorry to hear you're still feeling poorly Kate.


April in Your Garden

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 18:05

Oh dear, that doesn't sound good Geoff.  Too wet and windy here for most of the day.  Got soaked this morning replacing blown away cloches, and haven't really warmed up since. Hope it's not going to be like this at the weekend.  I have lots of seedlings to pot on and another bed to mulch.

Have you fully recovered now Kate?


BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 17:52

Hello Frank,

 Ain't got rid of you?!  It's us you gotta worry about Frank!  Nice to have everyone back together again.


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