Latest posts by Abby2

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.


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 



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