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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:04 pm    Post subject: Brick planter Reply with quote

I will get some photos during the week of a project that I have in mind. It is a circular brick bed approx. 900mm high and 2.5m in diameter. I think it could look a whole lot better than it does.

My idea is to install a frame for climbers of 1/2" wavin piping. I also would like some trailing plants to hang over the edge. I want a riot of changing colour for all, if not most, of the year. Zero maintainance would be a plus, well, as close to zero as possible. Clematis comes to mind as something that would be suitable, several types, especially the one that bloom twice a year. Also bulbs that will come again and again.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plenty of Honeysuckle round here. Smells great on a summer's evening.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK picture as promised. A slight correction in the diameter. It is 3.6m internally. I want to put up the tubing, 8No., at say 500mm in from the brick edge, to allow for low shrubs and trailing plants over the wall on the outer half meter, and meeting wig wam style just under the finger signs with 2 or 3 horizontal tubes up along the vertical members to give horizontal support if that makes any sense.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I presume you'll be putting in a drain pipe or two to prevent it filling up in very wet weather? Your golf club buddies seem to have forgotten that?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has been there for years and drainage hasn't been a problem, you see we are not on stoney ground found in Cork, or rock found all over the west, or boggy ground found all over the midlands!!! This is Wexford, good soil and strata, deep topsoil and the right amount of grit and sand to aid good drainage is all found locally in abundance. It really is better in the south east! Hee hee.

Who said anything about this being in a golf club?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please, Guv, I was influenced by the sign for Locker Rooms. Maybe the Wexford people are posh enough to have them in other places too?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a locker room for the outside toilets!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the context of the "roundabout"? Presumably you can't restrict visibility for safety reasons. I'd definitely think about prostrate rosemary for the edges, to trail over. Paths for access to the middle. If you want climbers, but still good visibility of the signage (which will need regular repainting!), It will require quite a lot of maintenance. Passiflora?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I would be inclined to agree with Tipp Ben.

Visibility is the most important thing here and I would go with a totally simplistic approach. (btw, I see nothing wrong with the way it is)

I would just cover the whole area with purple-flowered Delosperma Cooperii, which'll trail down and cover the brick walls and intersperse that with six Pinus Albertii, golden form miniatures. Effective visually, perfect maintenance-wise and job done! Smile Please forward on the cheque! Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have we missed a point here? Isn't Tagwex thinking of making one LIKE the one shown?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks lads for the input.
Just to clear up a few points that were made.

This is a feature in a private car park that I want to improve on. Visibility and sightlines are not an issue. I want to give it more height, up to the signage, and depth, down to the tarmac. Painting the post shouldn't be an issue as I expect it to be completely covered. Paths not required, it is only 3.6m in diameter.
No Blowin, I want to improve this one as I think it looks awful and so much more could be done with it. It is the first thing people see when they come up the avenue and should be a jaw dropper.
The cheque is in the post KS.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honeysuckle Henrii a semi evergreen climber and clematis armandii is evergreen too
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