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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

 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.








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.


Discussions started by Abby2

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Whitebeam problems

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

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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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