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Scented Climer Needed!

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 08:37

There is a new Jasmine called "Clotted Cream" that may fit the bill rather well.  The flowers are bigger than  the common Jasmine, and it should be fine grown in a pot.  I would make sure the pot is as large as possible and maybe grow climbing annuals from seed to add a little colour in the summer.

A Laurel Hedge no more!

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 01:42

Phwarr.... Unfit and ancient ! ?  Unless you have a huge area to garden, and a multitude of strong youngsers to lend a hand, I think hazel is a bit of a nightmare !

It is a shame that the Laurels are just stumps.  They make a hardy and evergreen hedge that the birds appreciate.  Hazel needs lots of room, and probably wouldn`t suit the smaller garden.

I`m probably a fair bit longer in the tooth than you, and have just coppiced a hazel hedge (again) on my 4 acre site. 

In a smaller garden, I would choose a mixed hedge - such as Choisya - for scent, Photinia - for colour, Varieagated Privet - for hardiness...etc.  All evergreen, all easy to care for.

Nuts cost bugger all down the farm shop ! x

slugs and toddlers

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 01:04

Hey dibbley dorcas - no - hang on - dibladocus....are you related to hocus pocus?

I loathe slugs and snails, but loathe using slug pellets or any other poisons - especially when it comes to babies and dogs.  I think you are so wise to use caution. In my four acres - almost everything is allowed to live because everything has a value.

Mummy MP and Verdun have given such good advice in my opinion.

I look after 4 acres, and have found that nature usually sorts it all out.  Hedgehogs and birds make a feast out of snails and slugs.  The thrushes have a special "smash the living hell out of it" place for preparing their snails.  As long as you dont get too "precious" about the plants and concentrate more on things like - attracting butterflies, bees, birds, hedgehogs it all seems to just take care of itself, although weeding can be a chore.

Confession.......I use mole traps !  Moles make me swear !  When I catch those little .....darlings I give the corpses to my friend who feeds them to his snake !

G`night x



Advice required for low maintenance raised beds?

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 20:57

If you are looking for a nice manicured look - I think you cant beat good old box......  Buxus Sempervirens "gold tip" would be my choice.  Phormium would look striking as a centre plant - you can find lots of varieties with red striped leaves which would make a nice contrast with the green and gold varieagated edge.  If it were my garden I would put loads of tall bulbs either side of the phormium - just to add a bit of colour. 

Where best to plant Fuchsia plugs

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 20:19

Sorry to disagree, but it is so much easier to plant up your baskets when the plants are small.  Start at the bottom, and push the foliage through from the inside, then the roots will not be disturbed.  Include watering crystals to the compost as you plant the higher plugs.  Keep your finished creations warm in the greenhouse - or a light but well shaded place until all danger of frost has gone, and keep some dilute washing up spray handy for greenfly!

Twisted Willow

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 23:52

Chickens are good !  They are just about the only predators of vine weevil - for a start.....I LIKE chickens.

Twisted Willow

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 23:19

Hiya, - just nosying in.....Just in front of the Hazel, in the 2nd pic I spotted a long leaf that looks like Carex Pendula !   It has ridges the length of the leaf.  I made the mistake a few years ago of planting this grass, and have rued the day !  It has seeded itself all over the place and has become a nuisance.  I am at the moment pulling seedlings to incinerate..........beware !  The best place for it is the bonfire.

Tree Roots / Fence Posts

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 14:17

I reckon a crowbar and a fair bit of "talking to" - plus a deckchair and copious amounts of tea !

Clematis Montana "Fragrans" - Montana "Alba" would be reasonably quick and cover well, for spring colour and scent,  climbing Hydrangea maybe, and maybe a varieagated ivy.  Solanum glasnevin (potato vine) with its blue quite quick.  Whatever you do dont bother with the russian vine though - "mile a minute" - it may be extra quick, but it can be such a pain, and takes over everything .

You might consider a little privet here and there.  The varieagated one is quite striking, evergreen and tough !

When it comes to "instant" - best forget it, it wont happen .... just enjoy your creation as it happens - good luck


Standard red robin - poorly!!!

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 00:33

Lovely shrub Photinia frasseri x "Red Robin" !  Notoriously difficult to propagate here - but in natural form grows like Billio in Australasia.  This, in my opinion is an extremely valuable plant in many ways.  Turning it into a "standard" - in my opinion is a bit daft.  If it is planted as an ordinary bushy shrub, and pruned regularly - as soon as the new red shoots go """all green and ordinary"""" give it a haircut.  This winter I`ve cut my photinia hedge really hard.  I grew it from my own hardwood cuttings, and decided that it should be kept at a height that could be appreciated from an eye view. 

Red Dahlia....your dad had the right idea !  Gardening is usually more about - what you take out - rather than what you put in.

We so often forget that nature takes her course !  What appears to be a problem when the weather is adverse is just our lovely living plants taking care of themselves. 

When we have `orrid weather - chill out and wait.  Most probs get sorted as soon as Spring gets going.

Tree Roots / Fence Posts

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 19:34

If this was my problem, I would get some nice cheap chicken wire and secure it across all the horrible ugly bits - only considering the main problem, which is keeping the dogs in!  Then I would make a feature of some kind of the stump - it is a very nice stump !!  Then I would shift the paving slabs that make the path and turn them into stepping stones (wherever there is no naughty root)  wiggly pathways look much better anyway.  Then I would scatter grass seed -NOW - willy nilly all over the place, it will grow very quickly now as we are due some rain and sun.......not much expense so far!  Then I would find some good soil pockets and plant vigorous climbers up the broken twisted fence panels to hide them as well as create some colour.  Then (after a quick breather and a cuppa) pop round to the neighbour to see if you can help him or her with the broken gate - it may be someone who could do with a friend!

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