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The gardening thread

Discussion in 'suburban75' started by ringo, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    We don't seem to have a thread for general gardening, the kitchen garden and questions threads are bit specific.

    What are you doing in your garden at the mo? Flooded and hoping for the best or planning the year ahead?

    If I have time I'll get some chillis on the go soon.

    I'm continuing with my Japanese and Chinese themed back garden and have got a couple of new big plants to put in which I'll put smaller stuff in front of once they're in and growing. I'm putting in a bamboo hedge of different species along the back wall, and a massive one blocking the sight line from the back of my house to the opposite neighbours curtainless dining room window. Most will continue to be small plants which I'll grow big myself, hopefully.

    A courier just called me to tell me that he's dropped off the Japanese Phyllostachys nigra Henonis, which should reach a wopping 6m:
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    The monster along my side wall to hide the neighbours should come next week, a massive yellow bamboo which could go 8 metres -
    Phyllostachys Vivax Aureocaulis
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  2. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    The black bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra) I bought in the Autumn is still looking a bit sorry for itself, I guess it won't start growing for another month or two, but it should look like this eventually:
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  3. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    going fenland here. Just waiting for anopheles to show up and lay waste to my ward.

    My silver birch sapling is struggling on manfully. Or treefully. However you'd say that.
     
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  4. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Plans are

    1. Get rid of a whole bunch of junk left by previous owners. Will need a skip for that.
    2. Rotivate the lawn and level it, then plant a mixed grass/clover covering.
    3. Clear some beds for wildflowers and perennials. Basically we want a nice garden that takes the minimum amount of time to maintain.
     
  5. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    The little prunus mume beni-chidori I planted last year has gone into flower, looking beautiful already :cool:
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  6. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    I had a similar idea for my front garden, but went for tropical plants. Did most of it last spring so its looking alright, but need to find a couple more plants to fill the gaps and could do with another couple of sacks of bark to keep the weeds at bay. I'm too lazy to weed very often.
     
  7. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Can't you put down some of those mats that cover the soil where you don't want anything growing? I can't remember the term for them - my parent's got them in their garden, they've got bark over them. Easy and looks decent.
     
  8. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    membrane. And they have a shelf life! replace every couple of years
     
  9. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Seems reasonable. Unless they're very dear.
     
  10. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood


    not hugely so. Arseache to lay, but if you like your garden and like to spend an afternoon in it, no problem
     
  11. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

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    First layer of plants in the pots next to the front step have come out :)

    They are wired as they are all cracked- I found them buried under some junk in the back garden, wired them together and planted them. I layered the planting so something should be up and in flower all year round once they are established. Cyclamen and hellebore are flowering now, and the spring bulbs are starting to come through.

    E2a DotCommunist we put membrane under the gravel, but we don't plan to replace it as it'll last long enough to supress a couple of weed life cycles so most will die out. We'll just hand pick the strays after that
     
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  12. TruXta

    TruXta tired

  13. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

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    TruXta tired

  15. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    That's gorgeous. I'm avoiding bamboo as it's so prolific, and our garden isn't big enough, but I love it
     
  16. BoatieBird

    BoatieBird Well-Known Member

    Bamboo does well in pots :)

    We're just playing the waiting game atm, seeing what will come up again this year.
    This summer's major project will be laying a new patio outside the back door, and perhaps thinking about some decking further down the garden where we can enjoy the evening sun.
     
  17. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    I don't fancy them, they look a bit plastic and sterile. Bark seems a bit more natural and rots down to feed the plants, so kills two dogs with one bone as I'm also too lazy to feed plants.
     
  18. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    So far I've only gone for clumping varieties for that reason. I might consider a running type to help with the bamboo hedge but I'd put one of those rhizome barriers down to control the direction it spreads.
     
  19. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    Many years digging as an archaeologist has taught me that you can't go wrong with a standard cheapo builders wheelbarrow.

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  20. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Cheers.
     
  21. BoatieBird

    BoatieBird Well-Known Member

    This thread needs more pics

    garden 1.jpg

    This is the new bed we put in a year or so ago. I'm trying to stick to plants with white flowers for this bit, hoping it's going to really take shape this year.
    The wall to the left is the garage and behind it is where I'd like to put some kind of seating area (decking?) this year.
     
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  22. BoatieBird

    BoatieBird Well-Known Member

    Excellent for making kids squeal with laughter as you zoom them up and down the garden too
     
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  23. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    I dont really know what to do with my garden, too busy trying to sort stuff in the house. I do like gardening though and would like it to be a better space than it is currently. There is a metric tonne of junk at the bottom of the garden though that needs taking to the dump and the apple tree needs lopping but Im to scared to try it myself and cant really afford to get someone in to do it at the moment. Think its also the wrong time of year for fruit tree pruning?
     
  24. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    I have a cherry tree which will need pruning. I vaguely remember geminisnake telling me not to touch it if it's been frosty in the last month, so probably left til spring mebbe?
     
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  25. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    however long it takes to acquire a chainsaw mwahahahaha
     
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  26. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    Got all excited about plants and bored of work so have just ordered:

    9cm Musa basjoo for £5. I killed my last banana plant through neglect so must do better with this one. Going to start it off indoors but its relatively hardy so it might make it out the front eventually:

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    Tiny Acer Palmatum Atropurpureum (Purple Japanese Maple) on Ebay for £8:

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    Equisetum japonicum (Japanese horsetail) on Ebay for £7:

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  27. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    I just remembered that I'd promised myself we'd get a palm tree. We had a massive one in Brixton, was easily 15 ft tall and easily survived prolonged periods of frost and drought. Any ideas for which species is a good bet for a London garden?
     
  28. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    RHS suggest this one https://www.palmcentre.co.uk/.Trachycarpus-fortunei_TFO.htm
     
  29. TruXta

    TruXta tired

  30. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    Looks fully hardy, so should be ok
     

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