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Posted: 29/03/2013 at 18:18

Most of my garden comes from Morrisons as ive had to establish both a front and back garden on a very tight budget over the last few years. 

Successes include several Clematis (the more established £5 ones not the little cuttings), an Azalea which flowers like mad every year so far, several Virginia Creepers and a Choysia which was slow to establish but going great guns now!

Failures have been a Camellia which has never flowered and the cheaper Clematis plants (bought loads but only a few have done anything and most destroyed by slugs).

I buy most of my pots, garden products and am planning to get a mini greenhouse from there once weather warm up!




When to prune

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 18:33

I started today too 

Am just a bit  concerned I went too mad with pruning my solanum crispum which had really outgrown its space!

Lovely to see some sun at last...


Black spot on red robin bush

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 20:05

my red robin has the same  

most of the leaves appear to be affected and i assumed  it was due to the weather last year. I will try the suggested treatment above - thanks!


Posted: 18/12/2012 at 21:18

You have my sympathies Carney!  We have a very similar problem with our neighbour behind us who is an absolute pain with noise from cars and from his garage!  Due to him cutting some trees down we were also left with no privacy from his side windows and we have gone for Cherry Laurel for fast growing dense screening.  Mine is currently growing in a similar sized gap between my fence and greenhouse but getting big very quickly so I fear greenhouse will have to go - privacy is more important to me and it won't be getting any sun/light soon! I have a pyracantha to add to my screen too but is growing nowhere near as fast as the laurel.  I also have a Solanum Crispum which has grown very quickly and is semi evergreen and is currently supported by a trellis on stilts next to the fence - might be another option?

December 2013 Issue - The Calendar

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 20:05

For me, the size is fine but I think the quotes spoil the lovely photographs!

Trellis screen - any idea how much?

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 16:54

Ok thanks - will take a look at that site



Trellis screen - any idea how much?

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 20:30

This may seem like a very random question but before I ask a local gardener for a quote, I wondered if anyone would know the approx cost of paying someone to erect a trellis screen in a flower bed alongside a patio.  It would need to be approx three 6 x 6 ft panels with fence posts.

Many thanks for any ideas/advice..



Remove Robinia Tree?

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 20:01

Thank you for the replies - all much appreciated.  I will try the sulphur and hope for the best next year.  It's the dense foliage I love about this tree - it is perfect for screening and looks so beautiful throughout spring- autumn. 

Remove Robinia Tree?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 20:54

Thanks for the reply and the suggestion - that might work quite well as a replacement as long as it gives good coverage ..

Remove Robinia Tree?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 20:01

Hi, I've posted before about my Robinia tree which appears to have succombed to the disease that has destroyed a great many of these trees recently

Although after a slow start, it has actually been very beautiful and made a lot of growth during the year almost doubling in size (it is still a young tree).  However, brown patches appeared on the leaves similar to the beginning of this disease and they have mostly now fallen off. 

I am wondering whether to remove the tree now or whether to give it another year to see what happens and potentially have to pay a tree surgeon to take it out if it gets much bigger?

I love this tree but I need it for a privacy issue so would want to get started with another tree asap so it doesn't leave a gap for too long!

Many thanks for any advice


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