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Latest posts by Yviestevie

First house, first garden, new gardener!! help/advice needed!

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 14:15

Lucky you, a new garden and lots of planning to do.

I agree re the pine tree it does look too big for your garden, and if it was mine it would have to go. (others on the forum might disagree).

You need to decide what you want to do in the garden first, do you want an area for sitting or entertaining.  Do you think you would like a pond.  Do you want to create new paths etc. 

I'd start by looking at gardens on the internet, in your road and public gardens to get an idea of the style that you like.  There are also some good gardening books around that can provide you with inspiration.  You may be surprised at what is already in your garden and I'd take photos and make a list of what comes up when for the first year.  Also record how the sun moves across you garden because it will help when deciding on planting and where to site seating areas etc.

As a rule of thumb, once you have decided on the style you like get the structure right first ie  Hard landscaping, Trees and shrubs.  Make sure you choose ones that are a suitable size when fully grown.  Once the structure is in place then I would move on to filling in the gaps with smaller shrubs and perennials etc.

I dont know how much time or money you can afford to spend, but a garden can swallow up lots of both so take that into account when you are planning.

Creating a new garden is  fabulous so take your time and enjoy it. Everyone on here is very friendly and always happy to try and identify individual plants or make suggestions for a particularly tricky spot.

Colourful plants for shady area

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 13:57

I'm not sure re the pot situation you would have to check but I've had success with the following in shade.






Ammi majus

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 13:51

I'm also going to sow seeds this year, never grown it before.


Posted: 23/02/2015 at 13:44

Morning all, 

Sunny but cold here in Worcester.  Baby asleep after our visit to Rhythm Time.  Lots of happy clappy singing must have tired her out as she hasn't woken for lunch.

Everyone seems to have had a very busy morning, Reggie looks like he needs a good nap like me.  He's very cute Clari even he does wee on the peg bag - well I'm assuming it was Reggie

I hope you get your knee sorted out Hostafan, I banged mine on the door going into a shop and it took weeks to get sorted, funny things knees.

Bekkie, it was really windy yesterday.  Luckily I had no damage in the garden  - the obelisks are still standing.

Just heard a little voice calling me from upstairs so better go.

Bye for now.


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 21:00

Evening all, Well what a day, to say it rained really is an understatement. 

I did go to the garden centre however and bought a few starter plants (haven't got room to grow all of my own) bought two fuchsia Bella Rosella, 4 White Osteospermums and 6 Helichrysum Gold. Nice little sturdy plants that should grow on well.

Have finally washed the last of the towels, drying as we speak.

Back on Nanna duty tomorrow and tuesday so lots of cuddles but not much gardening.

Sorry those with colds are feeling so poorly, hope you feel better soon.

solomans seal

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 12:08

Mine isn't showing either Val.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 12:07

Beautiful photo Caral.  No gardening today, it's hissing down and looks really cold and miserable.  I am planning a visit to the garden centre though.

Propogator lid

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 11:09

When the seeds appeared I gradually turned the dial on the top to decrease the condensation.  When the condensation had gone I removed the lid and left them to grow on until the first pair of proper leaves.  I watered from the bottom not the top.


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 11:05

I'm sure it will Bekkie and if the towels hadn't been there it would have come through the kitchen ceiling which wouldn't have been good.


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:37

Morning all,

Woke up to an airing cupboard full of soaking wet towels.  Aparently (according to Hubby) the tube that diverts the condensation from the boiler had slipped and the condensation was going into the airing cupboard instead of the drain from the bath.

All I know is I have abot 30 soaking wet towels to wash and hubby is taking the only dry one to the gymn.

Apart from that all is well.  Frosty, cold and wet here with rain forecast for the day.  I am popping out with a friend to a local GC though and I dare say cake will be involved

Hope all bunged up, snivelly peeps feel better soon.

P'doc hope you get something dashing and reliable, with a good parcel shelf for all those germinating seeds.

Off for a look round and a nice cuppa.

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