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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks good.....simple is usually best ! What do you plan to do with the walls ?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I echo Sive about the walls. Your garden will look terrible if you don't do something with those walls first. Paint them, cover them with wood, trellis, bamboo screening or plant plants in front of them to cover them, etc, etc.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot about the wall alright..maybe i could paint it green..wimbledon green,that dark green you see at the tennis tournwment. Im not sure about the bamboo,would it be difficult to remove when fully established?

Ill have to think about that for a few weeks..thanks for the reminder.

i made some progress today,ive planted lots today..lilies,aliums,tulips,crocus and some ornamental grass id sown in pots at the start of summer. Here,s a few pics!



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the top pic,there,s a row of 5 beds for tulips. At either end i planted 10 white tulips with a layer of mixed coloured crocus bulbs, between them theres 3 beds of red tulips again each bed contains 10 bulbs.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work. The bulbs will look lovely - are you planning on planting anything between the groups? Ground cover?
About the wall: any dark-ish colour would work well as long as it seems to recede - grey, blue, green, brown would all work, though I wouldn't go too dark. Black might be too emphatic, for instance.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the compliments. So far ive planted some blue fescue grass in the forground between the tulip beds,i also have lots of dianthus in pots whihc i believe is great for ground cover,im just not sure what colour they are so im gona wait a while. I do plan on adding some rubeckia,echinacea,coneflowers at some stage..im toying with the idea of adding prarie fire grass in behind the tulips close to the wall,ive seen pics online and its real intense red/rustic coloured grass.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We'll all be looking forward to seeing some fabulous photos as all your plans develop and your bulbs bloom. I'd paint those walls now, while there's nothing to trample in the process....and have you considered maybe a small tree in the R.H. corner ? Something like an Amelanchier which will provide a focal point and distract the eye from the neighbouring houses ?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a very good idea of Sive's. Another lovely small tree, which has the most beautiful, glowing bark in the winter and is v hardy is Acer griseum. I have one that's more than 25 years old and it's only about 12 or 15 feet tall but it's probably my most valued plant - a show-stopper on a sunny winter day.
The dianthus might well be better planted now, into warm soil and they will take off well - much better than leaving them in pots all winter. They would move easily, later, if you had to, for your colour scheme. Most of the are red, pink or white, anyway, so they mix easily.
Have you considered Camassias? I have them at the front of my mixed border and I love the spires of blue flowers in late spring/early summer. Also, geranium macchorizum are great ground cover, are very good at hiding the leaves of dying-back bulbs and only grow to a foot or so tall.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a wee update. Im gona hold off on planting another tree until next year..i have a feeling ive overdone the aliums! I planted 8 aliums in the corner bed with 6 lilies in the beds either side(pic above acer). I may be digging that corner up next year!! Ha ha. The 5 tulip beds,ive layered with crocus and snowdrops. Ive no idea how it will look but i hope it works. Behind the tulips i plan on sowing Robinsons Crimson (daisy) which grow about 16" in height,so hopefully that looks good. In the corners behind the aliums and lilies im going with echanecia yellow coneflowers,and some pruple coneflowers in there too.

thanks for the advice regarding the dianthus. I,ll plant it asap(maybe in the greenshouse?) If not straight outside.



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm really looking forward to some photos next spring.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok..hit the buliders providers for some sample paint today..what you guys think? I couldnt find the wimbledon green i hoped for but there,s a few shades of green and olive on the market that might work.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also..ive pretty much planted all the bulbs along the back section of wall..put some hyacinths down today,and a nice mix of tulips and scilla. Planted half of the dianthus and a good few aubrieta,along the bed line which will eventually meet the lawn.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nozebleed wrote:
Ok..hit the buliders providers for some sample paint today..what you guys think? I couldnt find the wimbledon green i hoped for but there,s a few shades of green and olive on the market that might work.


I like the brown paint.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me too. I think it'll look the nicest against all the colours of your plants when they bloom and it looks very neat as well.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep I like the darker shade too..its called olivina green! And its bloody expensive..45 for 10L and I have a feeling im going to need 2 buckets of the stuff...bummer. Still its worth it. Gona pick it up tomorrow.
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