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Trees

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 22:06

If you do have neighbours please do talk to them first! My neighbours cut down a row of conifers on our boundary without consulting us at all. Your neighbours might be more than happy but I was devastated to lose all our privacy to huge overlooking windows in our small garden. I've had to put in trees of my own which 5 yrs later are only starting to give us some privacy back!

On the plus side there are much nicer screening options than conifers! We have a mixed deciduous and evergreen border but it has taken a lot of digging and manure to improve the soil after the conifers were removed.

 

 

 

 

Flowering trees advice

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 19:08

I have two flowering cherry trees in my garden - both are lovely, reliable and would recommend - a Prunus Kanzan and Amanogawa. The latter is very narrow and upright. Just up the road from me there is a house with an avenue of Sorbus acuparia trees - not much in the way of flowers but leaf colour is lovely especially in the spring. 

Screening issue, please help!

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 20:57

Not sure how long/wide you need but you can buy a large planter with a trellis screen attached to the back which might work? It wouldn't then be attached to the fence but you could grow climber or sweet peas up the trellis pretty quickly and probably have some privacy this summer?

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 20:50

Love my tortie cat to bits too but appreciate she's probably a bit of a pain for my neighbours who love having birds visiting their gardens. She's always around when I'm gardening - seems to have a sixth sense when I'll be out as she always comes back from hunting to keep me company!

Loving the cat pics and sorry to hear of those cats who were loved and lost.

 

Suitable plant ideas please..

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 09:21

That's great - thank you for those suggestions. Off to the garden centre today so gives me plenty to look at 

Suitable plant ideas please..

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 19:51

Have just widened my flower beds and would like to put in some ground cover - something that will survive underneath various deciduous trees along an east facing border. Soil is very heavy clay and alkaline. Has been improved a bit after a few years of mulching and adding lots of additional compost and manure. Any suggestions gratefully received 

Photinia leaf drop

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 18:15

Very useful advice thank you!

My photinia currently has lovely red new growth but the older leaves are pale and mottled which as you suggest, Flowerchild probably means it's not happy in my soil. I'm thinking about replacing it with a laurel as they do very well in my garden - I may buy another photinia to grow in a large pot instead.

Hope your photinia recovers successfully Drywsdad 

 

 

green thumb

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 21:19

I've used them in the past - the lawn was beautiful after treatment. Sadly it's one of those 'extra' costs that has to go when money gets tight!

Photinia leaf drop

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 20:54

Glad you posted as was worried about my photinia bush which is dropping a lot of leaves too. I've also had the black spots on the leaves for the last year or so. Your tree looks really lovely at the front there - hope it recovers ok!

Can anyone tell me what kind of soil they prefer? I've got a very alkaline soil and have been mulching with ericacious compost to try to reduce the PH. This is an attempt to improve the leaf colour which is very pale. Am I just fighting a losing battle with this plant?? 

(Hope you don't mind me asking here OP - was about to post but saw you had already asked similar q!)

 

 

Yellow leaves - help!!

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 21:40

Thanks.. appreciate your replies! Yes am watering it and has been fed fortnightly. Am very relieved you think not fireblight though as as this was my main worry and I had thought the pyracantha next to it was showing signs last year. There is no sign of oozing or weeping on branches and no fungus that I can see.

Will try to get pic of whole tree tomorrow but is mainly the lower middle section - new growth is currently fine.

 

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