How to plant for new build properties

How to plant for new build properties

How to plant for new build properties

I want to share with you some simple things you can do that will not cost the Earth.
 
The secret of creating a beautiful planting display by your front door.
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I would like to share with  you what I feel is a very important gardening issue in 2021.
Pic: Camellia
I recently was on a vacation and came across some very unattractive looking  huge brick, newly built properties.
Of course they will take time to blend into the landscape. 
 
See the steps below. 
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1.Think about the position, is it sunny or shady?
 
2. If there is space you could have tallish planters with summer flowers like verbena bonariensis, poppies  and grasses perhaps.
Pic: climbing rose
3. Stand outside the front of your property and see what it looks like  with no greenery.
 
4. As there is not likely to be a lot of space, think about  a few ‘standard’ trees or  roses either side of  the front door.

Pic: alliums

5. Something like bay  trees, known as ‘standards’  look like lolipop shapes. 
 
They always looks very  formal if well pruned into  a nice ball shape.

Pic: Pine Tree

6. Something that is symmetrical  would look really good  and break up the colour  of the red bricks.

Pic: azaleas

7. These ‘standards’ are  grown for some years so you will need to  pay more for them than  you might think. 

Pic: yew-hedges

8. Do you want something scented?
 
 
9. Do you just want year round colour?
 
 
10. Do you want to share the cost with your neighbours and spend a bit more?
 
 
Follow these tips and ask me if you need 
any more advise.
 
 
Happy Planting.
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Sharing My Challenges

I want to share with you some of the challenges I’ve faced in creating my garden and some of the things I’ve had to contend with over the years I’ve lived here.
 
 
One, it is in a valley and two, how to garden on a slope.  
 
Choosing the right plants for the soil conditionsand being aware that the  ground is not level.
I have a north facing garden (which had I realised at the time), I would not  have taken it on.
 
Also it is very steep which makes for a challenging way of gardening.
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Daffodils Narcissus Aubrietia

As this is the case, a lot of plants are in pots and containers which makes it supposedly easier to manage. 

So when you take on a new  garden project think about the aspect (i.e. the direction it faces). 
 
Is it south facing etc?
Where does the sun shine in your garden? 
Where do you want to sit?
In the sun or in the shade?
 
Where will your plants be happiest?
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Epimedium
As it is north facing, there is less sun and there are areas where it gets cold and can trap frost, (like here behind this wall below).
 
As it is cooler and in the shade the daffodils opened  very late, in the middle of May. 
I just wanted to share this with you  so you don’t make the same mistake when starting your new planting scheme.
 
At the very top of the steepest part  of the garden  there is a boundary fence so the plants that I chose were suitable for a north facing  aspect. 
 
That means they would not get much sunshine there so it would be quite shady.
 
This plant here is a yellow winter flowering jasmine but it is hard to access it.
 
So the lesson is best not to plant things that you can’t easily access.
Also it is somewhat confused as it is flowering in June not later in the year. 
Winter flowering Jasmine
Garden Jobs For May

Garden Jobs For May

Have good look.

Look at your garden space and work out if you really like what you have planted.
 
If a plant is thriving in a shady spot then best to leave it there. Otherwise think again about what you have. Does it have a place in your garden?
What effect are you trying to create?
 
Do you want a tidy space or a wild flower meadow effect?
Here you will see that the plants fall around and over the statue and it looks nice while the plants are growing.
 
But while they are dormant the space is not filled with any plants just the statue. So you need to work out if that matters or not.
Main picture above: Solomon seal
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Daffodils look messy once the flowers have gone over.  So cut off the flower heads first. 
 
The leaves start to flop and look really messy for us gardeners.
So find some twine and cut it to about twenty centimetres  of twine for each bucnh of daffodil leaves. 
 
Take a small bunch of the leaves and bend them over themselves.
 
Tie them up and they will look a lot better.
April Jobs

April Jobs

Spring Really Is Here!

It is time to think about the season ahead and plan what you want to achieve this season.
As the leaves start to unfurl, we watch the changes every day and revel in its spendor.
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1. Look at any large shrubs you have and decide if they need to stay or if they need to go. 

2. Any shrub or plant you don’t like can be dug up.

3. If it is necessary, then remove it and later
you can see what you could put in its place. 

4. Look around your space and see where there may be gaps to fill.

5. But take notes always or you will forget.

This shrub above, is a buddleia
which you may know grows absolutely
anywhere it can.

I started to prune it on Easter Sunday
and this is as far as I got. 
I will continue to cut it down a lot so that it will grow better band have a nicer shape. 

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6. Observe any flowers that are coming into flower and decide if you like them or you don’t.

This is a dainty ‘purple vinca’ which is really a ground cover plant and very useful.

But as you can see growing up towards the light. 

It likes growing up into the large rose bush above it.

March Tips for your garden

March Tips for your garden

“Whether you tend a 
garden or not, you are the
gardener of your own 
being, the seed of your
destiny.”
 
The  Findhorn Community
 
Days are starting 
to get longer 
which is truly wonderful.

 

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1. If you don’t currently 
have a garden
but desperately want 
to grow something
get some old egg boxes, 
buy some seeds like cress
or parsley
and plant them in some 
compost on your window sill.
 
 
2. Cover them over with 
some cling film 
idealy and leave them 
in the light.
 
 
3. Leave them alone 
apart from a little water 
and wait until some growth 
starts to appear 
through the compost. 
 
 
4. It is pure delight when 
your little seeds start to show 
through the compost.
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Some helpful tips for beginners!
 
Snowdrops, crocuses 
and daffodils 
grow from bulbs.
 
They have to be planted 
during the autumn
 so they will flower 
in the spring.
5. This is just an example 
of a shrub that I have just 
pruned in my garden.
 
By this I mean cut off 
its dried seed heads
and cut it  back so
 it looks tidy and
ready for the new growth
 to start over again. 
 
So the leaves you 
see is the new 
season’s growth.
This is a winter herb 
which is healthy but needs 
to be cut back, removing the old 
dead growth so it will keep growing well. 
 
We gardeners like a tidy plot.
February Jobs

February Jobs

Tidying up your garden is a job that feels a bit like hard work at this time of the year. 
 
It is cold and not usually very inviting. Try having warming ginger tea beside you.
1.So wrap up well and try to keep moving. 
 
2. If you have bulbs you previously planted, clear away the leaves and twigs around them so you can see them as they push up through the earth.
 
3. Keep watching out for new shoots as they appear. 
 
Be gentle when clearing so you avoid snapping off any new growth.
New cyclamen leaf I just found in the undergrowth.
4. Keep pots well watered as they will always dry out. 
 
5. For some seasonal colour find some nice 
small pots and fill with primulas and violas.
 
Without a doubt it will lift your mood.
Buy from any good garden centre, not online as you can’t see the quality  of the plants.
 
Or a good market stall.
 
6. Tidy around pots and sweep up any remaining leaves.
 
7. Make sure your plants are protected from frost and cold winds 
by using horticultural fleece or place in 
the shelter of your door step.
 
8. It is a good time to look at seed catalogues to get some 
inspiration for the year ahead. 
February is the month that starts us thinking about the gardening year. 
 
I look out at my garden sometimes and think how sad it looks but as the days go by there is a glimmer of hope. 
 
Planning is the key to any garden space.
 
 Have a good look at your space.
 
While there is a skeleton of a garden 
go out and take some notes of what you see and what you would like to create.
 
 
Today’s haiku
 
Winter’s garden 
Ah, the moon, 
a silvery thread
As insects hmmm
 
Matsuo Basho
 
fuyu niwa ya
tsuki mo ito naru
mushi no gin
 
 
More jobs for February…
1. Make a note of bulbs you would like to plant next season.
 
2. Think  about the colours you really like 
3. Cut back any dead twiggy growth on shrubs.
4. Remember to clean your tools with a safe disinfectant spray.
5. Clear pathways of debris and old leaves.
 
6. Cut back any dead flowers, berries you have left from the autumn.
Depending on how tidy you are, you could leave berries for the birds to feast on.