yvonne parsons2

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Suggestions please

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 09:19

Thanks for your responses, at the moment the border is not wide as i wanted to start slowly rather than do my usual and try and do everything all at once! Its about 2 spades width right up the length of the lawn, my long term goal though is to put shape into the borders and bring them out into the lawn area so that eventually I have more flower beds than lawn. I already planted an apple tree 2 years ago about 5 foot in from the border at the top of the garden and my lovely neighbour has just bought me a cherry blossom which is going to need planting. I'm ideally looking for plants that with have both height and width to hide the horrid fence we have as i cant afford to replace such a large area, love the idea of a lilac shrub with clematis growing through it and geraniums are one of my favorites as they come in strong colours, the biggest problem I have had the last 2 years is that what i plant on the right hand side grows fine but if I plant the same plants on the left they don't do very well, mainly due to the shadow from next doors plants i think, hense why i need some new ideas, i love this site, there are so many talented people on here to give those of us who are learning so really food advice...thank you


Exciting times

Posted: 18/02/2013 at 22:49
How excited I was this weekend was riddiculous ! I moved into my home 4 years ago and since them have been on a steep gardening learning curve....I made 2 compost bins 3 years ago and started putting green waste etc in it and this weekend we emptied it for the first time and oh my goodness what a treat......the most fantastic compost was in there and best of all it was totally free.....never thought I would feel so excited about something like this ) my veggie patch is now clear, new compost and manure added and all rotivated, now ready for some good spring weather planting......happy gardening everyone Yvonne

Suggestions please

Posted: 18/02/2013 at 22:41
Hi everyone, I've been reading a few books trying to find a few plants which would be good in my borders and I'm just confusing myself. I have one border in full sun and one in partial shade (I say partial shade but what I mean is that next doors plants grown quite big and block quite a bit of direct sun. I'm looking to plant some perennials that are Bright in colour, what colour is not important as I like a mixture, they must however have quite a good growth on them as I need them to fill quite big spaces so looking for plants that will bush out...so to speak. Encouraging the wildlife would be an added bonus. up to now I have only spring bulbs in the borders and borders are about 50 feet long.....any suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance Yvonne

Frost & apple trees

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 22:54
Sorry ts taken so long for me to reply....yes I have another apple tree next door, and two more in the next garden and lots in the actual village. I was told by a neighbours gardener that it was due to the weather but what your saying makes sense re too cold for the pollinators......I'm hoping for more luck this year. I'm not going to fleece I'm going to let nature do what it does and Will cross my fingers whilst she's doing it should I get fruit I will be a very happy bunny


Frost & apple trees

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 09:44
Hi everyone, 2 years ago I planted a 5 year old Braeburn apple tree which is now approximately 6 to 7 feet tall. We had fruit the first year, although not many and as per guidance it was pruned to regain control of shape the following year. Now last year it budded and flowered beautifully then as you will remember we had terrible frost and high winds and it killed all the flowers which meant we lost the chance of getting apples.....no one in our area had any apples at all last year. This year again the apple tree has been pruned , it's now budding and will hopefully flower....the question is should I fleece the tree to protect it from frost as I've read books that say yes and some that say if I do it will damage to flower buds so to leave well alone!!! Very confusing.....would really appreciate your guys advice. Yvonne

Greenhouse heating / winter growing

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 16:43

Yes I have and they just werent interested to be honest, they were only interested in people who already had some knowledge....Aftet the first 3 weeks I gave it up as a bad idea as I spent the whole time on my own and you can only try so much!


Greenhouse heating / winter growing

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 16:28

Yes my lovely elderly neighbour is great but has as much idea as I do when it comes to greenhouses  

Greenhouse heating / winter growing

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 16:06

All your advice is great, it really is. Ive always had the problem of wanting to do things right now and maybe its time to take a step back and wait ! So I will do as recommended and wait till March and will put my energy into preparing my veggie patch instead, even though I hate this job and the fact that my crops for the past 2 years have been dismall doesnt help...... I wish I could find a local gardening group that wasnt quite so much interested in people who already have some knowledge. I need a group that goes right back to the basics......

so grateful for all your advice x


Greenhouse heating / winter growing

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 15:59

Any help is hugely received as I really dont have a clue

Thank you

Greenhouse heating / winter growing

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 14:35

I dont really mind to be fair as long as its strong colours. My problem indoors is I dont have space so my only option is a greenhouse. 


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