Wednesday, 19 July 2006

pictures then ...


I took some pictures of the garden and views last night.

I have set them up as a flickr 'set' - mouseover for a description and click on each one for the flickr page with more info and to leave a comment on a particular picture. I'm still experimenting with flickr so any hints and tips much appreicated :).

I am going to make a 'cottage garden' on that patch of gravel outside the back door - it was previously lawn, and it had rather badly laid membrane beneath the gravel. It's just begging to be taken up and have stuff planted.

At the moment, we sit on the bench outside the back door and nurse a glass of wine and watch the world go by - up and down the lane, doing their cardiovascular work-out, as one neighbour put it.

Up in the top part of the garden is going to be the business end - the greenhouse (which you can just see, leaning against the shed) and a couple of vegetable plots. We are also researching the idea of fruit trees and soft fruit bushes.

I think it's a bit cooler here today - there's a nice breeze blowing.

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  1. Delightful! You've got a lot of fun ahead. I think its better to have a blank canvas like this than inherit someone elses plan.

    Don't be shy about making the veg part of the visible garden instead of hidden away. We plunked ours as part of the main garden and made a potteger with box hedging. I really like it.

    Have spent the last 10 years experimenting with fruits, so will provide lots of unasked for advice! Raspberries are a weed, easy to grow. Just mix up the varieties you plant (they have different fruiting times). Currents are a joy, but I've had to learn the hard way how to prune them, they take a bit of care and attention. Strwarberries are lovely, but so too think the slugs. We've gone to growing them in strawberry pots away from anything else. Oh I could go on and on...

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  2. Delightful! You've got a lot of fun ahead. I think its better to have a blank canvas like this than inherit someone elses plan.

    Don't be shy about making the veg part of the visible garden instead of hidden away. We plunked ours as part of the main garden and made a potteger with box hedging. I really like it.

    Have spent the last 10 years experimenting with fruits, so will provide lots of unasked for advice! Raspberries are a weed, easy to grow. Just mix up the varieties you plant (they have different fruiting times). Currents are a joy, but I've had to learn the hard way how to prune them, they take a bit of care and attention. Strwarberries are lovely, but so too think the slugs. We've gone to growing them in strawberry pots away from anything else. Oh I could go on and on...

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  3. We both do like the idea of having a pottager outside the kitchen door - we are definitely going to grow at least herbs there. It's not so much the visible aspect, but the wanting to sit in the scents on balmy summer evenings. Lettuces are so unromantic :).

    What's your Apple Knowledge like?

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  4. We both do like the idea of having a pottager outside the kitchen door - we are definitely going to grow at least herbs there. It's not so much the visible aspect, but the wanting to sit in the scents on balmy summer evenings. Lettuces are so unromantic :).

    What's your Apple Knowledge like?

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  5. That all looks very lurvely indeed. I second the bit about strawberries, by the way - for us, they've proved more hassle than they're worth. Next year we'll be raspberrying, so to speak, instead.

    More pics soon, please!

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  6. That all looks very lurvely indeed. I second the bit about strawberries, by the way - for us, they've proved more hassle than they're worth. Next year we'll be raspberrying, so to speak, instead.

    More pics soon, please!

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  7. Looks lovely. I can see why you were so keen to get it and why you're happy there!

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  8. Looks lovely. I can see why you were so keen to get it and why you're happy there!

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  9. sigh... I'm envious. I have a postage stamp, square, flat, with an ugly great shed on it that's falling apart. Bah. And about the same size, too. Tiny.

    Beautiful view!!! Wow... Cool. Looks like a lovely garden. :-)

    Still, at least I don't have to mow the lawn. And I have some nice pots. it's a great excuse to buy them.

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  10. sigh... I'm envious. I have a postage stamp, square, flat, with an ugly great shed on it that's falling apart. Bah. And about the same size, too. Tiny.

    Beautiful view!!! Wow... Cool. Looks like a lovely garden. :-)

    Still, at least I don't have to mow the lawn. And I have some nice pots. it's a great excuse to buy them.

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  11. I can hear the excitement in your writing and your visions of a beautiful garden. Good luck.

    Here via Michele

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  12. I can hear the excitement in your writing and your visions of a beautiful garden. Good luck.

    Here via Michele

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  13. Now I have garden envy as well as shed and green house envy. Second everyone else's thoughts on strawberries. We've had several punds of raspberries even though I did nothing to the canes over the winter. And the currants are fabulous - but need to prune this autumn. You can also get thornless brambles.

    Apples are really very easy. You could even use stepover varieties as the structure for your pottager. I have some books on fruit growing so feel free to ask away.

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  14. Now I have garden envy as well as shed and green house envy. Second everyone else's thoughts on strawberries. We've had several punds of raspberries even though I did nothing to the canes over the winter. And the currants are fabulous - but need to prune this autumn. You can also get thornless brambles.

    Apples are really very easy. You could even use stepover varieties as the structure for your pottager. I have some books on fruit growing so feel free to ask away.

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  15. Wow! What a project! I'm excited for you, I'd love to have something like this to look forward to!

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  16. Wow! What a project! I'm excited for you, I'd love to have something like this to look forward to!

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  17. It looks fantastic, really pretty and peaceful. And your secret den! I'm jealous, I'd love a den.

    I agree with The Boy and KW about strawberries, they can be a lot of hassle. You need just the right amount of sun and water and food, and then the slugs eat them. I have had some luck growing them in terracotta pots though.

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  18. It looks fantastic, really pretty and peaceful. And your secret den! I'm jealous, I'd love a den.

    I agree with The Boy and KW about strawberries, they can be a lot of hassle. You need just the right amount of sun and water and food, and then the slugs eat them. I have had some luck growing them in terracotta pots though.

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  19. Apples, easy to raise, difficult to make sure you've got the right ones.

    The trick in the different varieties is finding ones which flower at the same times. There are a few varieties which are self-polinating, most are not. That means you need at least two trees, and you have to find varieties which flower at EXACTLY the same time.

    I got two for an espallier attempt, and one flowers the week following the first. Close, but not quite, and no apples produced (boo hoo). I'm back to the drawing board and will have to root one up and replace it sadly. Worth getting some professional advice (the RHS is good for this).

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  20. Apples, easy to raise, difficult to make sure you've got the right ones.

    The trick in the different varieties is finding ones which flower at the same times. There are a few varieties which are self-polinating, most are not. That means you need at least two trees, and you have to find varieties which flower at EXACTLY the same time.

    I got two for an espallier attempt, and one flowers the week following the first. Close, but not quite, and no apples produced (boo hoo). I'm back to the drawing board and will have to root one up and replace it sadly. Worth getting some professional advice (the RHS is good for this).

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  21. re Apples, I came across this website, which was a link from this one.

    They recommend a crab apple tree to help with pollination - perhaps planting one would mean that you wouldn't have to uproot?

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  22. re Apples, I came across this website, which was a link from this one.

    They recommend a crab apple tree to help with pollination - perhaps planting one would mean that you wouldn't have to uproot?

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  23. Gorgeous! I couldn't see the pix yesterday cos flickr was down, the nerve, but it just looks gorgeous. Congratulations!

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  24. Gorgeous! I couldn't see the pix yesterday cos flickr was down, the nerve, but it just looks gorgeous. Congratulations!

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  25. Wow good luck to you. I've been working on our jungle of a garden, but unfortunately it's because we're selling our house.

    Looking forward to see it complete :D

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  26. Wow good luck to you. I've been working on our jungle of a garden, but unfortunately it's because we're selling our house.

    Looking forward to see it complete :D

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  27. It looks like cat heaven there! No wonder they are rewarding you with shrews!

    What a beautiful outlook.

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  28. It looks like cat heaven there! No wonder they are rewarding you with shrews!

    What a beautiful outlook.

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  29. the outlook looks heavenly.

    Despite the cat :( don't forget to put some feeders up (with suitable cover of course).

    A nice veggie garden is superb. How about a fruit tree. Plums or some such

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  30. the outlook looks heavenly.

    Despite the cat :( don't forget to put some feeders up (with suitable cover of course).

    A nice veggie garden is superb. How about a fruit tree. Plums or some such

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  31. Fantastic! Oh, Ally, you'll love it there :)

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  32. Fantastic! Oh, Ally, you'll love it there :)

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