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  • Trial & error pal thats how I see it now I'm new to gardening to so I know how you feel which I am sure everyone will like steve said it would be boring if we got everything right first time.
  • SFordSFord Posts: 224

    After your annuals have put on a show this year (and I am sure they will), think about adding some shrubs in the autumn or next spring ready to look amazing next year.  Depending on your soil and position, things such as lavenders, hebe's, grasses etc which will give structure in winter and perennials such as geraniums, oriental poppies and others that will look better year on year.

    Don't forget, that even if your garden looks amazing for a couple of years, it will be changing all the time, thats nature.  Things will outgrow their original position, will self-seed, will need dividing.

    Good luck!

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Oh yes - if there's one thing gardeners ylike more than gardening it's talking about gardening.  And if there's one thing we like more than talking about gardening it's giving advice.

    Which is why this forums so busty.

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    busy.  image

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Loganberry, I hope those feelings are normal because if they aren't then I need to worry too!!  I feel exactly the same.  I have had the neighbours watching/asking about my greenhouse and asking about my borders, I have told my family and friends how lovely and bright my garden is going to be is summer and now I'm thinking the same as you.....what if it all goes wrong and I look like a complete will be name change time again image As the others and more experienced people have said though, it may not all be perfect but it should go ok and will be an improvement on last year anyway.  Stay positive image

  • StevedaylillyStevedaylilly Posts: 1,087

    You will never be happy with your garden as it is a life plan and you will evolve with it.But if you have put in all that hard work in to it as all us gardener s have to do , then you will be rewarded.Just a question, have you placed your perennials in blocks to gain a more effective colour scheme( blocks of 3,5, or 7 perenials)









  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753
    philippa smith2 wrote (see)

    Steve ............slip of the typing finger or something more deep rooted ? image

    Hmmm... well it WAS a slip of the finger....image

  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    Thing is, your garden is the peak of perfection as it is at present.  Nothing more perfect in March than a well prepared bed.  It has all the perfection of a blank sheet of paper.  You are just like an artist who doesn't want to put the paint on the canvas.  But a well prepared bed of soil won't be perfection in June, so off you go!  Joy of annuals is that you can't go wrong in a long term sense.

    There is another category of gardener, and I am one, who buys plants/seeds/takes cuttings/accepts gifts long before the planting area is cleared and prepared.  We would really relish a canvas like yours, instead of the head-scratching that accompanies having the plant, but not the place. 

  • It's my second year of gardening. Like most other things in life it's been a case of trial and error. I've often been pleased with some plants that I had low expectations for and I've had to lower my expectations with others. For me it's a new found joy to spend a sunny afternoon pottering around in the garden. I'm very much looking forward to another growing season and await the surprises the garden has to share this year. My latest investment for the garden is a number of beer traps to win the war against the slugs!!!! 

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,160
    Just remember the old saying, "He reaps what he sows, except the amateur gardener". A bit pessimistic maybe but some things will grow and others won't appear, ever. Its all part of the fun of learning what your garden will support and what you are capable of growing. I have spent years trying to grow sweet peas but with no luck at all and still I keep trying. The nicest thing is when your favourite plants decided to self seed and you can just let them get on with filling up the flower beds year after year. Always have a small stock of plants in pots to fill up the gaps where things haven't germinated or the slugs have had a banquet.
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