Latest posts by Abby2

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Your new-look forum

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 20:55

Oohhh nooo   Not keen at all on the 'new look' and it's not good at all on a tablet (Android)

I don't post often (am still very new to gardening) but regularly read the forums and I've found them invaluable. 

Please give us the old site back - I thought it worked perfectly well 

Yellowing leaves on cherry laurel

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 12:43

I think Cherry Laurels do have some yellowed leaves this time of year - mine usually have a few yellowing and drop off for a month or so before the new growth starts.

Otherwise I think they can suffer from chlorosis if planted in very alkaline soils. I imagine if they are also competing for nutrients this might particularly affect them. A good feed will help I'm sure! I've used Epsom Salts with good results in the past.



Red Robin shrub

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 19:08

Yours looks a lot like mine did last year Scarlet. After advice from this thread I pruned it back hard and its looking a lot more bushy.  Also improved the soil in the bed with  lots of manure and it seems to be much happier altogether. Loads of new red growth emerging this spring 

Trees or bushes that grow to 6-10m mature height

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 18:47

I have an annoying privacy issue due to neighbours behind having large windows on the side of their house that look directly into my garden.

I've mixed laurel and photinia red robin in with flowering cherry trees and also a sorbus (whitebeam) which allows for evergreen privacy in parts of my garden but lovely flowers and leaves during the spring and summer. I have a prunus kanzan tree which I think is the beautiful pink one you posted above!

I'm not an experienced or skilled gardener as only been gardening a few years but think it works well and I'm slowly achieving a better and more interesting screen each year! 


Buying a new shed...nightmare

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 18:06

Sorry to hear you had such a nightmare with Argos.

Would love to hear where you found the good shed as so many sheds seem to have really poor reviews!

Hope you get your refund....


Ask Joe Swift a garden design question

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 18:25

I have a typical housing estate garden - short and wide! I feel really uncomfortable using my garden in the summer as I have very little privacy from the windows of the house behind. How can I create a screen without losing half my garden to trees or a huge hedge? 

Clematis dried leaves

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 18:59

Is it an Armandii evergreen clematis? I have 2 of these and both have dried brown leaves at the bottom. Shoots and green growth fine at the top. I think is normal for them. Just a bit unsightly at the lower end!!


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 21:24

Mine has it this year too - berries look blackened and awful. Shame as the flowers were lovely in spring and it's looked very healthy until now. I guess is the dry spring/summer as lots of my plants are suffering with disease, yellowing leaves and poor growth so I know how you feel!


instant hedging container grown

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 22:08

Bamboo? I have one which is about 9ft growing in a big container for privacy. A row of them would be good - I just can't afford it!! 


Posted: 04/08/2015 at 22:31

It's the wind that's been the worst thing for my garden. I'm in the SW and had very little growth and quite a bit of damage to deal with this year 

Really hoping for decent late summer weather and actually some more rain...ground still dry and cracked here despite a few wet days during the last few weeks!



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Discussions started by Abby2

Problem with bamboo leaves going brown

am I underwatering/overwatering or what? Help please!! 
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Whitebeam problems

Leaves already yellowing and falling :-( 
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Suitable plant ideas please..

What can I plant in east facing bed under trees? 
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Yellow leaves - help!!

Leaves on my Sorbus tree going yellow - any ideas? 
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Last Post: 16/07/2013 at 22:21

Trellis screen - any idea how much?

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Remove Robinia Tree?

Should I get rid of this tree now? 
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Talkback: Feeding plants

Phew, it's not just my garden then! Was starting to get quite worried about the look of some of my plants. Will keep up with the feeding t... 
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Robinia Tree problems...

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Protecting plants from frost

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