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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh the shame!! Post Deleted.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your compass point is wrong.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rough planting ideas..


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now you're getting into it. One observation, those curves are quite tight. As you were looking for metal edging, i think it would have to be so thin to make the curves that it wouldn't take much hardship from your lawnmower for example. There was an article on here sometime back about using bottles as edging, you might want to look it up as an alternative maybe.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah..im a little worried about the edging..but before I commit to buying anything expensive.. Im gona scrape the general shape of the beds into the soil with a hioe and throw an layer if grit in..maybe about 3inch wide so the shape is clearly visible. then ill sow grass seed. Hopefully the grass seed will nit the soil together nicely. Ive started a load of perrenial seed off in the greenhouse this week..should have something for the beds when they,re ready.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bought some seeds this week..maybe a few too many!

Ground cover: Low lying plants.

Arabis blepharophylla 'Spring Charm'
Aubrieta deltoidea 'Royal Blue'
Aubrieta deltoidea 'Royal Red'
Aubrieta deltoidea 'Royal Violet'
Dianthus deltoides 'Confetti White'
Dianthus deltoides ‘Arctic Fire’
Dianthus deltoides ‘Flashing Light'
Erysimum cheiri, Cheiranthus cheiri, “Orange Bedder"
Gentiana acaulis
Saponaria ocymoides

Larger Middle & Background Plants

Anemanthele lessoniana 'Pheasant’s Tail Grass'
Festuca amethystina 'Amethyst Fescue' Grass
Festuca glauca 'Blue Fescue Grass'
Armeria maritima 'Alba'
Chrysanthemum x superbum 'Crazy Daisy'
Echinacea paradoxa
Echinacea purpurea 
Erysimum hieraciifolium 'Gold Shot'
Malva moschata f. alba
Monarda didyma 'Panorama Red Shades'
Monarda fistulosa 'Bergamot'
Tanacetum coccineum 'Robinson's Crimson'
Hosta 'New Hybrids'



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still undecided which garden plan to go for..no doubt it will be nothing like the pics above.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I appreciate that you really want to get this right. I really hope it goes well for you and that your plans bear fruit without too many disappointments. A new project like this is great fun.
Just one point in general about design: KISS is usually a good principle to aim for - Keep It Supremely Simple.
All the best.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would be inclined to simplify the overall shape into gentle curves...don't forget nature will provide the interest and focus....your eye won't need the added complexity of these shapes. Your designs are evolving though.
Lay out a garden hose as an outline of the beds and that will help you to see where you might be adding unnecessary fussiness.
But enjoy it all too....it's a lovely project..... and don't forget to take photos as you go along.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

one comment i'd have about the complexity of those shapes is that you've a couple of spots where it looks liek the mower might not get to easily.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ive made allowances for the mower..measured the bloody thing and all to make sure you can whizz round hastle free. Dying to get started..might cut the veg growing season short this year..
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And when the plants grow out over your curves will you have room for the mower then? Simplify the curves and the foliage will create it's own undulating lines without having to conform to yours.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd still invest in a cheap strimmer, to make life easier. Mow the main bits, then 10 minutes whizzing round the edges.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok guys im back!!! Disregard all previous posts!! Ive started from scratch..and i have some questions.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok. Im feeling productive! Ive done my research and finally decided on the shape of the new bed. In the pic below ive shaped the bed using sand. Ive also added some circles where i intend to plant bulbs in the next few weeks. Lilies,Aliums,Tulips,Hyacinths and all that good stuff have been purchased. There,s also plenty of ornamental grass in pots whihc were sown early this summer.


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