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Hydrangea - can be pink or blue - You can take off the heads now take the stem down to the first fat bud after the flower head

Or white. Not so sure that is a Mophead though

Your bamboo looks like a clump forming variety so should stay  reasonably well  contained especially as it looks as if it's been there a while. Some 'run' underground and they're the ones which cause a problem.  If bits pop up you can hack them off at ground level. Keep an eye out for any bits coming through on other areas anyway. Plant pic 2 definitely looks like a skimmia which are lovely in the right place but it doesn't look too happy. Always exciting having a new plot!Good luck with it!


Here is pic No8, this is of the small area at the front of the house.

As previous posts if you could advice what to trim/when etc. for example i dont want the larger ones to get any bigger as this willblock our view.






Lots of Heather you have there  

Makes a lovely carpet doesnt it?

You can trim that after its flowered to stop it getting woody down below.


As for the bigger conifers I guess you can leave those be though I dont really have much experience with those :P

I wouldnt do anything with the dwarf conifers, just trim the heather as matt says.

This is blooming nicely, but there is a few pigeons arrived over the last few weeks and they are now eating the flowers

Is there anything i can do to deter them?

I will post another few pics later in the week for you all to see the progress


I was refering to the dwarf weeping cherry -

 (obviously this is the old pic)

Shotgun? Pigeons are a real pest at the moment with buds. Your tree is small enough to net but it would be ugly. You could try hanging CDs from it like some demented Xmas decorations.


Thought i would post a few pics to show how the garden is looking at the moment  -




If the heathers get too tall and woody, you can dig a hole and bury the whole plant, so that just the green ends approx 8" are still showing, i sunk 3 heathers last year, still doing well and avoids that straggly woody look. I try to use low growing heathers, upto 8" which seem to keep a good shape. 

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