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What if you rant about your neighbour and

Posted: Yesterday at 21:35

I have wind chimes and loads of solar lights 

I AM one of those neighbours..

 

 

 

Bargain shrubs

Posted: Yesterday at 21:30

Yes I did well on my last visit too - a clematis armandii for £4, lots of reduced perennials and a magnolia stellata for a fiver. I'm going back again tomorrow to stock up - still have a lot of border to fill!

All were in great condition bar a bit pot bound. Our local garden centre seems to have half its stock on 50% off - wonder if they have struggled a bit with sales this year? 

 

 

cherry laural

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 20:10

I've recently picked up some 2-3 foot laurel in pots in the sale from a garden centre for a fiver each. Some of the leaves are a little bit yellow and slightly pot bound but nothing that a bit of TLC won't sort out! Might be a good time to look as a lot of our local garden centres are having sales at the moment.

I've got laurel for privacy in various areas of my garden and it grows at least 1-2 feet per year. Agree the smaller plants have established better than the 6 foot one I bought a few years ago and are almost the same size now 

Whitebeam problems

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 14:58

Buddyboy - that's brilliant thank you! That's exactly what's going on as other plants in my border although growing well do have pale mottled leaves..

I'll get some ammonium sulphate as you suggest 

Whitebeam problems

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 09:22

Great advice - thank you I feel reassured now!

The garden is quite windy so that could well be affecting it too. I'm going to keep feeding and nurturing it as suggested. Hopefully I'll have a lovely bushy tree in the next few years 

 

 

Whitebeam problems

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 21:36

You give me hope Mrs T - your tree looks lovely

I would be sad to get rid of it as they are very pretty trees and I like the dense foliage which is just what I need for our privacy issue. It seemed to be unfussy about soil type too.

I'm feeding regularly with Miracle gro and also gave it fish, blood and bone earlier on in spring. Is there anything else I could try?

Whitebeam problems

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 13:17

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 I've posted last year about my young Whitebeam tree which is not thriving. I decided to give it another year to see whether things would improve but if anything it looks more sparse and the leaves are falling even earlier. I've regularly fed and watered it. Could there be anything else causing these problems? It's in alkaline soil - not great quality but have added lots of manure and compost to the border over the last few years and other plants are thriving there.

It's mainly to provide privacy from a neighbours window and I don't know whether to bite the bullet and replace this tree with something else? It's barely grown at all and I need something to grow fast and bushy in this border asap!

Any advice? TIA

Iceberg scent?

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 14:44

Just been out to smell my climbing Iceberg roses (no mean feat as they are pretty high up over a pyracantha lol!) I wouldn't describe them as having a strong smell compared with my other climbing rose - Mme Alfred Carriere which is definitely stronger. Agree is probably just the type - hopefully you can find it a companion with a more pronounced scent..

Dying trees....

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 14:23

My Robinia also died but I think there has been a problem with these trees all over the country as many succumbed to a disease. My friend lost her 30 yr old tree and I've seen others that have been removed too. Sad as they are lovely trees.

Not sure about the others although it may be worth checking your soil type as could be an issue if it's very alkaline. I have to be careful what I plant as certain things just hate the high PH in my garden. 

 

 

 

 

 

Evergreen plant to use a privacy screening that are thin

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 20:57

Clematis Armandii is rampant - mine has taken over the fence and a small tree in less than 2 years!! You do need a tall fence or additional trellis height for it though.. mine now has nowhere to go so I'm having to hack it back to keep it in order. 

I also had a Solanum Glasnevin but again was too rampant for my fence so had to come out in the end. 

Pyracantha might be an option - you can keep trained but some protrude up to 3ft beyond the top of a fence. 

Fruit trees trained up a fence on wires can look really good and provide privacy but not evergreen. Also a climbing rose.

Wish I could find the perfect solution to this problem myself as my neighbours windows directly overlook our garden (sigh). I've resorted to planting cherry laurel for privacy and I'm slowly reducing the branches lower down so I get a standard shape eventually without losing too much border.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Discussions started by Abby2

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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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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