How's the garden doing?

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How's the garden doing?

Postby The Modernist » 09 Jul 2013, 19:09

We had a thread last year, but I couldn't be arsed looking for it. Mine still needs a lot of work, but its got character and there's usually something interesting to see. I had hoped to take some pictures a week or so back but I've had to wait ages for a camera battery. Anyway I've managed to capture some of the lilies and a few other things!

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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Belle Lettre » 09 Jul 2013, 19:17

That's lovely!
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Quaco » 09 Jul 2013, 19:19

Yeah, G! Sorry to say this, but I assumed you lived above a shop or something similar befitting sort of a Mod type. That's really a nice world you have there!
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Harvey K-Tel » 09 Jul 2013, 19:20

Golly, G!

Nice work!
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby The Modernist » 09 Jul 2013, 19:29

Remember (Quaco) wrote:Yeah, G! Sorry to say this, but I assumed you lived above a shop or something similar befitting sort of a Mod type. That's really a nice world you have there!


:lol:

I've only got a small one bedroom flat, but because it was converted from a Victorian terraced house it came with a largish garden, which is very unusual.
For years I did nothing and it was totally overgrown. I realised that if I were to sell the place I'd need to use the garden as a selling point, so I got into it through necessity a couple of summers ago and then just got the bug. It's become a real passion for me now!

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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Count Machuki » 09 Jul 2013, 19:35

We've got an organic vegetable garden out back now, that La Contessa was all sorts of excited about. Naturally, it's fallen to me to maintain the damn thing. :x

Tomatoes, red bell peppers, banana peppers, a bunch of herbs...it's coming in pretty nicely, I'd say.
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby souphound » 09 Jul 2013, 19:36

I no longer have a garden and I miss it terribly. Yours looks great G.

I have a couple fo plants on the balcony, but nothing flowery.
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby The Modernist » 09 Jul 2013, 19:40

Count Machuki wrote:We've got an organic vegetable garden out back now, that La Contessa was all sorts of excited about. Naturally, it's fallen to me to maintain the damn thing. :x

Tomatoes, red bell peppers, banana peppers, a bunch of herbs...it's coming in pretty nicely, I'd say.


Apart from some rosemary, mine's all ornamental I guess. I do want get a vegetable patch going, but that will be next year's project.
How are the tomatoes?

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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby yomptepi » 09 Jul 2013, 19:42

Looks amazing G. You clearly have green fingers.
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Count Machuki » 09 Jul 2013, 19:47

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Count Machuki wrote:We've got an organic vegetable garden out back now, that La Contessa was all sorts of excited about. Naturally, it's fallen to me to maintain the damn thing. :x

Tomatoes, red bell peppers, banana peppers, a bunch of herbs...it's coming in pretty nicely, I'd say.


Apart from some rosemary, mine's all ornamental I guess. I do want get a vegetable patch going, but that will be next year's project.
How are the tomatoes?


I think we (read: I :x ) might have planted a bit late...they're slow coming in. They're supposed to be easy as hell to grow, too; I think the timing was just off.

We've got rosemary, too, and mint, and cilantro (a kitchen staple).
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby The Modernist » 09 Jul 2013, 19:54

Easy to grow if you've got the weather I think. In the UK it's a bit dicey. It's been bloody hot for the last five days but before then it was cloudy and quite chilly so I don't know how the tomato growers over here are doing.

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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Billy » 09 Jul 2013, 20:13

Nice one, G!

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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Polishgirl » 09 Jul 2013, 20:18

Oooh, looking good!!! Is that a berberis? I love the colour of those.

My garden is coming on. I've had a renewed interest in it this year, but there's still quite a bit I want to tidy up. I could spend all my disposable income on plants and garden stuff but I've had to rein it in... :cry:

I took some photos yesterday of my favourites, that are happily blooming away chez PG:

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I got this rose, and another from one of the supermarkets, something like £2 each. It smells DIVINE ( I love old-fashioned roses )

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I love the whole cottage garden/ big rampant borders. The colour of these geraniums is almost luminous.

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These are centauras, which have self-seeded. My favourite colour, plus they look like something off a medieval picture... I'm keen on spikey flowers.

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Also trying to plant bee and butterfly friendly things. The bees have gone bonkers for the big ornamental thistles.

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And my top favourite, the helenium, which just started flowering at the w/e. All those sorts of coneflowery things are great, and the orange on these is dead zingy.
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Polishgirl » 09 Jul 2013, 20:19

I've been buying quite a bit of stuff online, from J Parkers - they come usually as plug plants or bulbs etc. The quality seems to be good, and I had some amazing tulips earlier in the year, so will deffo order some more from there.
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby The Modernist » 09 Jul 2013, 20:27

Wow- I love those colours and the photography is lovely too. I like those thistle type flowers especially.
Yeah it's a berberis, it took a while to get going and its still a bit straggly.I think my favourite thing is this salix flamingo which produces these iridescent pale pink flowers, but I didn't get a good photo of it today.

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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Polishgirl » 09 Jul 2013, 20:32

The thistles started just from one plant; again, they self-seed like crazy.

I really like that berberis, I've thought about getting one but I'm not sure where it would go for the best in my garden - it's south facing, but can be quite shady with some big trees behind it.

Have you tried doing the propagating and proper grown up stuff? I chucked a few seeds around last month, and a few things are growing, but I have no idea what they are!
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Pat O'Banton » 09 Jul 2013, 20:32

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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Polishgirl » 09 Jul 2013, 20:35

You're going for the urban look, I see, Griff.....
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby The Modernist » 09 Jul 2013, 20:59

Polishgirl wrote:The thistles started just from one plant; again, they self-seed like crazy.

I really like that berberis, I've thought about getting one but I'm not sure where it would go for the best in my garden - it's south facing, but can be quite shady with some big trees behind it.

Have you tried doing the propagating and proper grown up stuff? I chucked a few seeds around last month, and a few things are growing, but I have no idea what they are!


Mine's in a fairly exposed spot, I think it might prefer more shade.
I've grown quite few things successfully from seed using a propagator, much more successfully when I just had them in pots or in the ground anyway. The extra humidity really seems to make a difference. My experiments with cuttings have been less successful, but I shall persist!

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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Polishgirl » 09 Jul 2013, 21:13

A lot of the fun is in the trial and error, I think.

My mum and dad used to embarrass the hell out of us by taking cuttings from every flipping National Trust and similar garden we visited..... they were shameless. ( they got some good things, though)
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