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mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 05 2:40 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

It is a retaining wall Cab. The bushes that you see are Hawthorne and there are about three damson trees/bushes. Right at the very front of the pictures ie right next to the gate is a huge sycamore tree. Some roots roots are in our side and are covered in Ivy. I want colour if poss.

monkey1973



Joined: 17 Jan 2005
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Location: Bonnie scotland
PostPosted: Fri May 27, 05 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

To me there looks like there are enough gaps to get plenty alpines and herbs planted in the face of the wall. You could presumably plant bulbs and wild flowers in the grass at the top without having to remove it all. I would avoid removing the grass however, it does look like it is doing a good job holding that lot together.

mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 05 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

so just keep the grass well clipped Monkey?

monkey1973



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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 05 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yeah I think so. Thats not to say that you can't remove some smalls sections inorder to squeeze in some colour etc. Just don't go overboard or you'll probably end up wishing you had left well alone. I speak from experience.

mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 05 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks. I have so much to do in the garden, am trying to make a list and work through it. I need all the help and tips I can get!

monkey1973



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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 05 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I make lists all the time though rarely end up sticking to them. The first task normally diverts onto a completely unlisted task and then the whole thing snowballs out of control.
But as I say to my GLW if everything was finished what would I do all day!

cab



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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 05 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Monkeys advice seems good to me. I'll add that I'd be awfully careful with it, just because taking out too much grass will not only ruin the look, but can weaken the wall, which if it's a retaining wall could ruin your whole day.

mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 05 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I will clip the grass back and plant some things into the wall...I do want colour. Any ideas for all year colour please? I will get all the grass off the drive though. I will post a picture when it is done.

alison
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 05 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Only just seen this.

Definately cut back and plant a bit between. If the wall is old it is the roots that will be holding it all together, as weather would definately have damaged the original structure.

sean
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 05 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mrsnesbitt wrote:
I will clip the grass back and plant some things into the wall...I do want colour. Any ideas for all year colour please? .


All the walls near us are full of Campanula. They seem to flower for about nine months of the year.

ButteryHOLsomeness



Joined: 03 Apr 2005
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 05 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mrsnesbitt wrote:
here's some more pics......how is the best way to get rid of the grass?
D


A goat?

ButteryHOLsomeness



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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 05 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Andy B wrote:
tahir wrote:
Flame gun and then cover?


Thats what we like environment friendly gardening.


heather is burnt to the ground every few years to regenerate the areas where it grows.

though personally i like my idea of the goat better

ButteryHOLsomeness



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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 05 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mrsnesbitt wrote:
I will clip the grass back and plant some things into the wall...I do want colour. Any ideas for all year colour please? I will get all the grass off the drive though. I will post a picture when it is done.


nasturtiums look gorgeous tumbling over a wall and they are edible too!

Lloyd



Joined: 24 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 05 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sorted your border edges out yet MrsN?

nettie



Joined: 02 Dec 2004
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Location: Suffolk
PostPosted: Fri May 27, 05 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Snow in Summer is lovely this time of year but it spreads like mad, you could also try aubretia and sea thrift, although the flowering season for those won't last much longer. There are many types of campanula, most are tall, but I think the one people are referring to is campanula carpatica, which (I believe, someone correct me if i'm wrong)is the low growing one with purply blue flowers. you usually get a good show from those twice a year. Last year i got a low growing scabious from B&Q which hasn't stopped flowering since, you could plant bugle for lovely purply green leaves, (good ground cover and good in shade) and some primula vulgaris would look stunning in late winter/early spring. Another good one might be fleabane for a good spread and a long show of pinky purple flowers in summer. Oh and London Pride is low-growing, evergreen and will do well in sun or shade.

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