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Post by Lorraine on Wed 8 Apr 2009 - 11:09

Thanks, girls. Mr Green

I have to say, I am quite chuffed with my efforts. I know it's not huge and yes, Karelyn there are plenty of lumps and bumps, but still, it was a 'major task', lol.

I'm really looking forward to seeing some colour out there.

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Post by Di Masters on Wed 8 Apr 2009 - 11:31

That concrete slab by the shed looks just right for a mini greenhouse. Couple tomato plants, peppers. Growbag with some salad leaves.

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Post by lyndaejane on Wed 8 Apr 2009 - 15:38

You have done a fantastic job, Lou, and in such a short time: hopefully Nature will bless you with a good spring and summer and a shortage of weeds and pests!

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Post by cb on Wed 8 Apr 2009 - 21:52

That's amazing Lorraine, what a transformation. Hope you get some nice weather now to sit out and enjoy all that hard work and the flowers.

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Post by Scatty on Thu 9 Apr 2009 - 22:55

Loving this Lorraine, you have worked really hard on this and so I hope we have a long warm summer for you to get great rewards from it.

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Post by Lorraine on Tue 28 Apr 2009 - 23:18

Well, I think it's time for a little update. Mr Green

I am seriously well chuffed with myself, girls. I can't believe how well everything is doing out there. The back bed plants (pic with a few pots sitting on soil) is filling out really well. I did put a few more plants in that weren't on pic though. Every single plant is growing and at the mo, growing well.

The shrubs are coming along nicely too. The brutally pruned Choisya has hundreds of new shoots on it, all along the bare wood and right down to the base. The ribes has taken well and is growing and even an old Weigela that I thought long past it has loads of leaves and shoots on.

I did have to buy some container roses to replace the Jersey ones and they are doing well too. I saw a couple of buds today on my Maigold climber. Talking about the Jersey roses, the Orange Perfume did show signs of life, so I left that one in the border. I doubt that I'll get a good show from it this year, so it will leave the border with a bit of a gap, but I think it will be worth it.

The other four that I thought were seriously dead, I have actually put in pots and cut right down, just to give them a chance and lo and behold today, I saw a tiny pink bud on the Lilac Perfume. Mr Green Funnily enough, I had an email today for the company and they're going to refund my money on the four. If they survive, I'll feel a right fraud, lol.

Anyway, here's a couple of pics. Not exciting, but there's growth so good enough for me, lol.

This fushia is 'Delta's Sarah' and has lovely blue and white flowers.


This is my Euphorbia. Not everybody likes these, but I think they're really pretty.


and this is my Geum 'Queen of Orange' which is flowering already and will continue to do so if I deadhead regularly. Mr Green

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Post by Di Masters on Wed 29 Apr 2009 - 8:37

That's a lovely colour geum, I have a nice red one, they are so pretty.

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Post by Guest on Wed 29 Apr 2009 - 8:43

All the hard work is starting to pay off with the geum flowering.
What a lovely colour.
Well done Lorraine - hopefully you'll get plenty of time to sit out
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Post by Guest on Wed 29 Apr 2009 - 9:22

I love Euphorbias, Lorraine - and have a couple growing in my garden.

A word of advice for anyone thinking about these plants .......... you have to be careful when pruning them because the sap is an irritant. Always wear gloves.

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Post by kimb on Wed 29 Apr 2009 - 9:22

that geum is gorgeous ive not got one of those , of any colour so i mught have to go out and get one
do they grow big , i cant tell from the piccie

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Post by Lorraine on Wed 29 Apr 2009 - 11:05

Not too big, Kim. About a foot to 18 inches and spread the same.
Here's a pic of the bed so you can see just how much is going on now. What a difference from the 17th mar, eh?

The geum is between two lupins (a white one and a blue one) the dicentra is flowering behind it.


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Post by kimb on Wed 29 Apr 2009 - 21:15

oh yes thanks lorraine , i shall look out for one of those

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Post by thriftycrafter on Wed 29 Apr 2009 - 22:44

Hasn't that come on quickly, I know I shouldn't be surprised, but when you'd just planted them there was a fair bit of space and now everything's growing into it beautifully.

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Post by Lorraine on Tue 2 Jun 2009 - 11:18

Time for a progress report, girls. It's looking good with things in flower and loads more coming in too. Dip back to my first post to remind yourself just how bad this was, lol.

Taken from back door. You can see trellis up the back (just) for clematis that are flowering although still smalll at the mo, and you can see I put trellis on the shed and in the red coal bucket I have a Lady Boothby climbing fuchsia with some giant trailers next to it.


The back bed is filling out really well. The lupins, aliums, phygelius and others are in flower and still plenty more to come too.


The pots are filling out too. Mr Green


This is one corner of the long rose bed. All the roses have buds bursting on them and the glads and hollyhocks are growing. This 'Maigold' will/is a climber and the first to fully open. The pink patio rose is 'Frycassia'.


And, here's a few close ups I've taken over the last week or two. The bee is on a chive, the pink rose is a close up of the 'Frycassia', they yellow is the first bloom to open on the 'Maigold', the red rose is the one Dawn bought me when she and Kim visited, which now lives outside Very Happy. The purple one is 'Honesty' which is now seeding it's pods beautifully, so I shall be collecting some of those and the tubes are Phygelius 'Funfare Wine'.













So, what do you think, girls? Not bad for a pig sty, eh? Mr Green


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Post by Di Masters on Tue 2 Jun 2009 - 12:01

Fabulous!! Would never believe it would fill out so quickly. Those roses are gorgeous, especially the pink one. I do like that red Phygelius, I have a yellow one but it's not flowering yet.

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Post by lyndaejane on Tue 2 Jun 2009 - 15:43

It's impossible to believe it's the same garden, Lou - but you really did catch it just at the right time to give all your plants (new and old) time to burst out in a riot of foliage and colour. Well done for that, as well as all the hard labour you put in!

Love the 'photo of the rose with raindrops on.

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Post by Guest on Tue 2 Jun 2009 - 18:14

Wow, those roses are so beautiful.....no sweetpeas...tut tut Lorraine. I am so pleased you have been taking more photo's, it will cheer you up and us..at the same time...we know you are having a hard time..and every little bit of pleasure you get is magnified. Keep it up. x

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Post by Guest on Tue 2 Jun 2009 - 20:21

Well, as one gardener to another, this is really ace! Just shows how wonderfully well a plot fills out in a few months - your very hard work has paid off so well and you must be thrilled to bits ... I know I would be! Very, very well done! xxx

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Post by kimb on Tue 2 Jun 2009 - 20:27

wow lorraine what a difference a few weeks has made , and a heck of a lot of hard work too . its unbelievable !! and so beautiful too

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Post by Maria on Tue 2 Jun 2009 - 20:39

cor, I bet it makes you feel miles better, and 'empowered' when you look out there. I adore that salmon pink rose. i assume by its name that its bred by fryers?

this is super Lorraine and surely must be a tonic to you.

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Post by Lorraine on Tue 2 Jun 2009 - 21:14

Thanks, girls. Mr Green I must admit, I do love to get out there. Every day now, something else blooms or grows so there's always something new. I wish there wasn't so much concrete but you have to make the best of what you've got, don't you? Very Happy

Maria, yes, hun. Flower Power 'Frycassia' was bred by Fryers in 1998. Mr Green

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Post by Maria on Tue 2 Jun 2009 - 21:18

so is the name of the rose frycassia or flower power then? or both? its such a gorgeous salmon colour.

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Post by Lorraine on Tue 2 Jun 2009 - 21:33

Both, hun. Rosa Flower Power 'Frycassia' to give it its full title, lol.
It is lovely, isn't it? Very prolific. Loads of buds on it, bushy and with beautiful dark, glossy green leaves.

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Post by Guest on Tue 2 Jun 2009 - 21:48

kimb wrote:i adore heuchera plants , i have one called plum pudding and love it , it shines a lovely purple when wet . am on the lookout for one called marmalade but cannot find it in the garden centres

just catching up with you all - we have a really good local man who specialises in growing hostas and heucheras - this is the link
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Post by Guest on Tue 2 Jun 2009 - 21:50

hello Maureen..nice to see ya...hope all is well. Smile

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Post by Guest on Tue 2 Jun 2009 - 22:00

Hi Suzy - nice to be back too.

Lorraine - your garden looks great you've worked so hard, now you can sit back and really enjoy it.

We lost a lot of our plants during the winter. Sadly my Agapanthus didn't survive even though I had it wrapped up in the cold frame; shame as I flowered last year for the first time in 6 years, but I think it was just to cold and wet for it. We had a very cold spell it went down to -15 degrees for about a week and zapped a lot of plants.

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Post by kimb on Wed 3 Jun 2009 - 8:23

thanks for the link maureen i shall take a look

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Post by kimb on Wed 3 Jun 2009 - 8:26

omg !!!! all those different heuchera , i cant believe it i could fill my garden with them , right im off back there now
do you think they will grow in a very poor sandy soil that is overshadowed by a natural hedgerow of elderflower trees , nothing else i have ever plantedin there survives more than 1 season .either the ants get them or they just die

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Post by Mrsfeefee on Wed 3 Jun 2009 - 8:39

WOW Lorraine your garden is fantastic such a difference from when me and kim visited , i know it has been hard work but so worth it.
Now you can sit back and enjoy it and be proud of what you've done.

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Post by Guest on Wed 3 Jun 2009 - 16:01

Your hard work has paid dividends, Lorraine! Your garden is really lovely. I can't believe how early your plants are flowering, compared to those in my garden up here in the frozen north!
My lupins are growing, but nowhere near flowering yet.
Having said that, my weigela is just starting to flower and it looks like I'll have a good display this year.

I've tried to grow heucheras before, but none have survived the biting north winds of this corner.

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