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Our gardens 2018

Discussion in 'Gardening Advice' started by Lurcherlad, Apr 16, 2018.


  1. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    Spent 4 1/2 hours out in the garden this morning.

    Painted a section of tatty fencing and did some tidying and planting.

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    Excuse the pond - emergency measures after the Heron visited this morning :(

    What projects have you got planned?
     
  2. Bertie'sMum

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    Well certainly the fence, shed, bench and anything else wooden (!) needs treating/painting; then the big bay tree'shrub needs cutting back. Thankfully I don't have to worry about the lawn as I have a gardener and a lawn treatment company who look after it for me (getting too old to keep pushing the mower up and down :rolleyes:). I also visited the garden centre yesterday so now have lots of bedding plants and a couple of new shrubs to plant out in my tubs that I emptied out last week.

    I'm what is known in our family as a "fair weather" gardener - i.e. the sun has to be shining before I start working out there ! So hopefully, now that the weather finally looks like improving, I'll be out there weeding, dead heading etc.

    Last year's display - all pots/containers emptied and waiting for new additions !

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    The patio was the last big project in October 2016 - so just maintenance required this year:)
     
  3. simplysardonic

    simplysardonic Commander of a tiny, furry army
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    I've been out in my garden as well today, mostly digging over the veg garden & trying to work where I'm going to germinate things this year, as I no longer have space under the carport!

    My daughter has inspired me to grow my carrots in loo roll tubes this year, & I'm hoping this stops them branching so much- the soil here is really stony!

    I've also sorted through a load of rubble to get all the stones & nice bricks & tiles & built a temporary pile for a toad I disturbed, my ultimate goal is to make an attractive structure that's a combination amphibian shelter & bug house.
     
  4. rottiepointerhouse

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    I've just started tidying up. Weeded half of the front garden yesterday and scattered one bag of bee bombs so hoping to see some pretty wild flowers. My bum and legs are killing me from all the bending and squatting though so other half will have to wait until next week. Have ordered all my bedding plants so looking forward to planting those in a few weeks. We've got two sets of nesting blackbirds in the back garden so no more tidying up the bushes until they have gone.
     
  5. Teddy-dog

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    Oh I'm so jealous of your gardens!!

    OH and I moved into our house last year, and we did do some gardening in summer. We lawned a lot of it that was pebble and got up some concrete slabs that were just laid down the fence (not even a path not sure why they were there. And they were horrible slabs not nice ones!) and made a flowerbed where they were.

    Unfortunately we have clay and, even though we did our very best to add sand and compost and grit when we put the lawn down and made the flowerbed, the wet winter has made a swamp out of some of it. It's only just dried up so might do some weeding this weekend.

    I had visions of a lovely garden but I'm just a bit useless TBH! This is my first time having to look after a garden properly. I want the flowerbed to be a bit of a 'wild' area, we bought bee friendly plants (that probably need replacing now!) and made a little pond out of a big plant pot (with bricks in for animals to climb out and some plants - needs a clean out now). Want to get some wood from the local wood for other animals to make little homes out of and I always leave a section of grass to grow wild :)
     
  6. rottiepointerhouse

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    Does anyone know what this shrub is called please? I cut it back quite hard a few weeks back and I'm not sure its going to recover so I want to look it up. The blackbirds are nesting about half way along which is mainly covered up with honeysuckle now.

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  7. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    I’m sure I came across it while looking for something on the web but can’t remember, soz ;)
     
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  8. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    Been looking round garden seeing what’s springing into life:

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    Cherry

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    Cardoon


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    Honesty

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    Another new clematis

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    Dicentra

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    Bellis
     
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    Looks like a Ceanothus, none of the ones in my area are in bloom yet but I think you live in the south so possibly gets a little warmer than there? I used to have a lovely evergreen variety but although it was supposed to stay fairly compact it grew massive and I was forever hacking bits off the poor thing until it got rehomed, never seemed to do it much harm though.
     
  10. rottiepointerhouse

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    Thank you. I don't think it is a Ceanothus unless its a variety I haven't seen before. Most of the houses around here have or had a Ceanothus in their front garden, I suspect planted by the developer 15 - 20 years ago. We had a lovely one but it died in 2010 I think when we had the long very cold winter. This one flowers from late April until about October.
     
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    The lawn and privet hedge looks tidy. I have honey suckle which has been in the garden for years .
    I moved the potted shrubs to the front garden as they attract bees ans Libby chases them . :(
     
  12. Lurcherlad

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    Could it be a Plumbago?
     
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    Possible but not sure. Have looked at a few on line but not convinced. I'm sure I had it in one of my gardening books years ago so will have to get them out and have a browse through.
     
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    I've been enjoying my garden the last couple of weekends.

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    Lovely to see colour in the garden at last. I'm doing a bit of a revamp this year but here are some old reliables.

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  17. Linda Weasel

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    Ceanothus
     
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  18. Charity

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    I agree, I think its Ceanothus as well. :)
     
  19. rottiepointerhouse

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    Thank you both but I don't think it is. We had a Ceanothus in our front garden for years and its not like it. The annoying thing is I did know what it was called when we first moved here but I can't remember. I still haven't got my old books out to see if I marked it in them. Times like this I really miss my MIL who knew all things plant related. I think I have wrecked it for this summer anyway as I cut back really hard in March and it hasn't even got many leaves on it yet let alone flowers.
     
  20. Charity

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    @rottiepointerhouse, can you take a photo of the flowers close up. There aren't an awful lot of blue shrubs.
     
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