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1 hour ago, Champ said:

What you’ve got there are annuals. You’ll get some nice flowers this year but they’ll be pretty much finished by the end of the year.

 

If you haven’t decided what you want to do with the space yet I’d recommend putting in some perennials that will bulk up and really fill that space. It’s a pity I’m so far away as I’m in the process of digging loads of stuff out at the moment.

 

in the meantime, have you been on Pinterest for ideas?

We're considering whether or not to get the whole thing remodelled next year, as we only moved in Dec. Thusly, we're just having a trial year in the garden before committing to annuals or anything else really. Everything apart from the flowers and the grasses I mentioned earlier were here when we moved. I haven't checked Pinterest good idea. 

34 minutes ago, neko said:

PD - not all Japanese maples (Acer Palmatum) are equal. 

 

Some do well in part to full sun, but many are great for shade. I have 20 different ones (22 in total) and can help you figure them out. If you want a good book on all things maples, try this...

 

https://www.amazon.ca/Japanese-Maples-Complete-Selection-Cultivation/dp/0881929328

I will PM you up Neko. 

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19 hours ago, Paulie Dangerously said:

Decided to add a bit of colour to the garden and made a small flower bed and put some Violas and some Stock (??? That's what it said on the pack) in. KidD helped, she's big into the garden at the minute. We don't really know what we're doing so we just spaced them put like the plant card said, and quickly watered them. 

 

Weeded quite a bit too but still lots of grass in the small flags. I have a weed burner which blasted it all with so hopefully I'll be able to brush it out. 

 

I'm already hating those slates. They're just a pain in the arse. Had to shift loads then cut through the plastic layer to get to the soil. No wonder everything is pot-based. 

 

I've spotted a place in the garden which gets virtually no direct sunlight during the day. I've moved a few things around so they get some sunlight and put my hardy grass in that corner. 

 

Someone mentioned an Acer, any other plants will not die in a purely shady spot? 

 

 

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Hydrangeas will grow in shade,Flame of the Forest too.

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20 hours ago, Paulie Dangerously said:

Decided to add a bit of colour to the garden and made a small flower bed and put some Violas and some Stock (??? That's what it said on the pack) in. KidD helped, she's big into the garden at the minute. We don't really know what we're doing so we just spaced them put like the plant card said, and quickly watered them. 

 

Weeded quite a bit too but still lots of grass in the small flags. I have a weed burner which blasted it all with so hopefully I'll be able to brush it out. 

 

I'm already hating those slates. They're just a pain in the arse. Had to shift loads then cut through the plastic layer to get to the soil. No wonder everything is pot-based. 

 

I've spotted a place in the garden which gets virtually no direct sunlight during the day. I've moved a few things around so they get some sunlight and put my hardy grass in that corner. 

 

Someone mentioned an Acer, any other plants will not die in a purely shady spot? 

 

 

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Begonias, impatiens and fuschias in amongst hostas and ferns would be great. 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/apr/04/shady-characters-plants-for-dark-corners

 

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Blitzed my allotment today. Planted some spuds, carrots, roses, dahlias and begonias. Got lupins and gladoili on order plus a shed. The kids and the dogs can now have the garden as I no longer give a fuck. 

ps - now panicking about the frost. 

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Got up this morning to find we had 14 ducklings running about!

 

After doing a lot of work on the garden last year, we just piled upstuff near the wall for clear out. Unfortunately lockdown came along so had to leave stuff where it was. The last thing we expected was to find a duck nesting in one of the old flower pots!

 

They're a little difficult to spot and they're just behind the red bags of potting soil while she's in the blue pot.

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5 minutes ago, dockers_strike said:

Got up this morning to find we had 14 ducklings running about!

 

After doing a lot of work on the garden last year, we just piled upstuff near the wall for clear out. Unfortunately lockdown came along so had to leave stuff where it was. The last thing we expected was to find a duck nesting in one of the old flower pots!

 

They're a little difficult to spot and they're just behind the red bags of potting soil while she's in the blue pot.

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Superb mate look how cute their little heads are. 

 

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/STOKES-Stokes-Hoisin-Sauce-330g/dp/B00DO367ZW/ref=pd_day0_5?pd_rd_w=3WCf7&pf_rd_p=8ec13b8a-30d2-48fc-8503-84c56766370d&pf_rd_r=6RSYC7V08VER390930A1&pd_rd_r=0f2fd393-e2f9-4ab0-a7fc-40c6c79ff761&pd_rd_wg=Rzpo1&pd_rd_i=B00DO367ZW&psc=1

 

 

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On 06/04/2021 at 16:37, neko said:

Did someone say shade garden with hostas and ferns ?

 

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I may just have taken a bit longer to get there but I’m starting to get the love, neko. I’m making plans to give my garden some much needed structure but I’m a bit concerned about the impact on the wildlife in the garden moving from perennial based planting to more trees, shrubs and ferns

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55 minutes ago, Champ said:

I may just have taken a bit longer to get there but I’m starting to get the love, neko. I’m making plans to give my garden some much needed structure but I’m a bit concerned about the impact on the wildlife in the garden moving from perennial based planting to more trees, shrubs and ferns

I agree - I've been transitioning our back garden to more attractive for pollinators (mostly echinacea ). That pic is our front garden, and is meant to be visually interesting, and a buffer to the busy street beyond the hedge. Nothing beats a big pond for attracting wildlife though.

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1 hour ago, neko said:

I agree - I've been transitioning our back garden to more attractive for pollinators (mostly echinacea ). That pic is our front garden, and is meant to be visually interesting, and a buffer to the busy street beyond the hedge. Nothing beats a big pond for attracting wildlife though.

I’ll meet you somewhere in the middle!

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8 minutes ago, dockers_strike said:

Fucking heron on the nearby pond has probably already had a couple. Cunt of a bird!

The bastard! 

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46 minutes ago, dockers_strike said:

Fucking heron on the nearby pond has probably already had a couple. Cunt of a bird!

Keep an eye out for crows, ravens and possibly magpies. Horrible cunting birds. I shoot them if they come near the nesting birds in my garden. 

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9 hours ago, dockers_strike said:

Got up this morning to find we had 14 ducklings running about!

 

After doing a lot of work on the garden last year, we just piled upstuff near the wall for clear out. Unfortunately lockdown came along so had to leave stuff where it was. The last thing we expected was to find a duck nesting in one of the old flower pots!

 

They're a little difficult to spot and they're just behind the red bags of potting soil while she's in the blue pot.

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Twice in as many weeks but...

 

 

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4 hours ago, Chip Butty said:

Keep an eye out for crows, ravens and possibly magpies. Horrible cunting birds. I shoot them if they come near the nesting birds in my garden. 

 

Yeah, last year before we took out a couple of overgrown bushes, a couple of sparrows nested and had a couple of chicks. One day the old girl heard a commotion in the garden so went out to have a look.

 

Turns out one of the chicks had fledge and was farting about in full view of a sparrow hawk overhead and the parent birds were going ape shit probably trying to get the fledgling to hide in the bush. She said after a minute or two, the sparrow hawk swooped in and took the fledgling off in its claws.

 

I said you silly get why didnt you lob a couple of bricks at the fucking sparrow hawk and make the fucker try it's luck elsewhere? Oh, I never thought about that, she says. Dozy mare!

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36 minutes ago, dockers_strike said:

 

Yeah, last year before we took out a couple of overgrown bushes, a couple of sparrows nested and had a couple of chicks. One day the old girl heard a commotion in the garden so went out to have a look.

 

Turns out one of the chicks had fledge and was farting about in full view of a sparrow hawk overhead and the parent birds were going ape shit probably trying to get the fledgling to hide in the bush. She said after a minute or two, the sparrow hawk swooped in and took the fledgling off in its claws.

 

I said you silly get why didnt you lob a couple of bricks at the fucking sparrow hawk and make the fucker try it's luck elsewhere? Oh, I never thought about that, she says. Dozy mare!

But what else is the sparrow hawk going to eat to stay alive, yer big softies

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On 27/03/2021 at 22:50, SasaS said:

Why is raspberries spreading a bad thing?

From one rogue plant two years ago we now have them popping up in the raised beds! Bastards!

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We have a beech hedge down one side of the garden and have always had a few sparrows nesting in there. I started putting some seed out for them two winters ago and now there are dozens of them as well as starlings, coal tits, blue tits, collared doves, robins and all sorts of chirpy little bastards in the garden. It's great.

 

Hopefully making the garden even more wildlife friendly over the next few months will bring even more.

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1 hour ago, TheBitch said:

Sparrowhawks are sound. 
Magpies are cunts. 

Show your workings

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42 minutes ago, Karl_b said:

From one rogue plant two years ago we now have them popping up in the raised beds! Bastards!

Have you got brambles? There doesn’t seem to be any reaching the whole of their roots

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The neighbour to one side had brambles a couple of years ago but these are popping up on the other side about 8m away and next to aforementioned rogue raspberry!

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3 minutes ago, Karl_b said:

The neighbour to one side had brambles a couple of years ago but these are popping up on the other side about 8m away and next to aforementioned rogue raspberry!

Every garden seems to have at least one rogue plant. We have one tricky bramble that I can never quite finish off but it’s the willow herb that creeps below the ground from our neighbours that really leaves me in despair 

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Well, after we'd escorted mother and chicks across the road to the pondaround 13 April, the old girls says 'can you move those 2 by 2 foot paving slabs from that side of the garden to here  (in front of where the duck took up residence in the plant pot!)?'

 

Yeah, whatever. I said she can move the plant pots so ducky doesnt come back. Needless to say, the ol girl didnt move the plant pots and in the last few days we've found the duck is coming back and laying eggs in it again!

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I've just sprayed my indoor plants with Fabreze by mistake fucksake. 

Herons are great birds, what do you expect if you have a pond full of fish? As are all birds though maybe not the Scrag Mick. 

Get a Scarecrow. 

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