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Thanks!

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Thanks guys!
Amazing how much maintenance it actually takes to keep it looking 'natural'!
Fi

  • Posted: Sat. 25th April 2009 23:26

Wildlife research

from Fi

Hi Georgie,
We have an active Wildlife Trust in our area who have various monitoring people for different species, if London area don't have one, then there is the British Dragonfly Society. It does seem to becoming pretty important as species decrease to monitor how climate changes affect them. I use to run a children's Wildlife Watch which taught me lots about all this, and the children were brilliant at absorbing it all!
Thanks for your lovely comments on my companion planting!
Fi

  • Posted: Sat. 25th April 2009 23:23

Plants to follow bulbs?

from Fi

Dear gardening experts
Attached is a pic of a slope facing south/west, quite dry, clay based (but quite well worked). The spring flowers are very successful, but I find that I then have to fight population by couch and other unwanted grass and weeds. Can you suggest any ground cover plants which don't mind dry, exposed areas (potentially not much nutrient). Also, not important, but if you know the type of tulip it would be good to know?
Thanks very much, Fi.

  • Posted: Fri. 24th April 2009 22:28
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Thanks!

from Fi

It's a lovely specimen. It could be used with underplanting to good effect with its height I should think.
You've inspired me to post a few pics too - though only digital so not great - it's lovely to share your hard work!
Fi

  • Posted: Fri. 24th April 2009 22:20

Wow he's early!?

from Fi

Fab pic Georgie. Earliest I've seen a damsel or a dragonfly. Usually May to October? Beautiful. Maybe you should take part in the Wildlife Trust monitoring?
Fi

  • Posted: Fri. 24th April 2009 22:17

Ornamental pond and planting

from Fi

Hi all
I have an ornamental pond as well as a wildlife pond beyond the veggies. The pic shows the slate stones and ornamental grasses surrounding, and you can make out the amusing Juncus grass (wiggly stems). There are also some lilies and alchemilla that haven't yet come into growth. I have backed the pond with a slope of spring bulbs, red and yellow cornus (dogwoods), a ground level bird bath, and ground cover like ajuga, liverwort, hardy geranium, spurge. Further back is a viburnum opulus (?) white flowers, red berries grows in the wild) which I am very excited about. Golden rod and rose of sharon also refuse to leave! Any other complimentary planting I would be grateful, it's a dry, but fertile area, prone to couch grass and other unwanted perennial weeds.
Fi

  • Posted: Fri. 24th April 2009 22:09

Spring wild flowers

from Fi

I'm really pleased with how the wild flowers are coming along under my greengage trees. The epimedium (red tinged leaves, yellow flowers) have established, the brunella (large forget me nots) have self seeded around, the snow in summer has been brought in by the birds I think, the ferns are opening up - amazing things, all backed by nettles, cow parsley, jack by the hedge and brambles up the fence. There is cyclamen coum throughout, not to mention the probably unwanted grass varieties, but the birds and frogs love it.
Fi

  • Posted: Fri. 24th April 2009 21:58
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My new veggie plot aka 'allotment'

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Here's a pic of my new 'allotment' at the top of my garden - okay so I have access to a kettle, toilet etc but it's still bliming hard work!
Two little raised beds have brassicas, and salad respectively, large has peas, mange touts, sweet peas and herbs, nearest has runner beans seedlings and seeds planted. Unraised has Charlotte potatoes - yummy salad pots (try to grow the most expensive items to save money). Left of pic has fruit 'aisle' - raspberry canes, blueberry, blackcurrant, rhubarb (tiny yet), James Grieve apple, backed by Greengage trees, loganberries and blackberries. and a little trough of strawberries. Howzat!
Fi

  • Posted: Fri. 24th April 2009 21:45
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So, what was it?

from Fi

Hi LInda,
I would guess after extensive research (on hols in Norfolk!) that it was an Angelica? Come on, tell??

  • Posted: Fri. 24th April 2009 21:40

Travelled seeds!

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Hi all
Well, my seedtrays have been on my kitchen, dining room (both north), living room (south), and plastic greenhouse (south outside), and now against the timber of a south facing raised bed!
Are they worth it! Probably now economically, but what a learning curve! I now have 2 basil seedlings, 1 green pepper, 1 chili, and 2 tomato seedlings out of a potential 30+? So bought some Plum tomato seedlings from a local nursery and planted them in a growbag in my plastic greenhouse - leaves looking a little pale, think I may be resorting to Sainsbury's Taste the Difference with Jamie!
Fi

  • Posted: Fri. 24th April 2009 21:38