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Latest posts by Abby2

Small Trees For Privacy

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 21:44

Have you considered a raised hedge?  Expensive but you wouldn't lose any space underneath and would provide a fairly instant screen.

I have a similar problem with overlooking upstairs windows and have planted a Sorbus as they do have that rounded, dense shape.  It's a lovely tree but rather slow growing compared to the Prunus I have also put in.  You could also shape a Cherry laurel into a standard (as someone on here told me!)  which I am in the process of doing to create some evergreen privacy along with my deciduous trees.


Position and pruning of Sorbus aria 'Lutescens'

Posted: 15/09/2012 at 21:03

I pruned mine in Nov/Dec last year and it seemed fine.  My tree hasn't produced any flowers or berries this year but is only 3 yrs old so that could be why.  Hopefully someone with a more mature tree will come along with some advice.  They are such lovely trees but I'll admit mine has looked a bit sorry for itself the latter end of the season with leaves coming off early - maybe didn't like the weather!

Russain Vine help

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 20:46

Yep - totally agree you can actually see it growing.  I planted one a few years ago to provide us with some privacy and it has taken over a 30 ft long fence already and most of the neighbours shrubs on the other side so it's coming out!!

Hypericum androsaemum - yellowing leaves

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 20:36

This is happening to quite a few of my plants this year too.  Have just fed them a dose of Epsom Salts - totally agree with flowering rose about too much rain!

traffic noise

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 21:49

Cherry Laurel? 


Posted: 17/08/2012 at 19:57

I have to admit, my sweet peas have done really well with loads of flowers but they are starting to look quite manky and mildewed now. The greenfly have been in abundance though - my house is now full of them as they were hiding in the flowers I have been cutting!

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 22:27

Wow - you give me a huge amount of hope!!  I have a similar sized garden also on an estate and started it from scratch last year.  Your garden is amazing and I sincerely hope mine looks that good in a few years time


Posted: 29/07/2012 at 22:09

I moved a ceanothus too early on in the year and nearly lost it.  I gave it a dose of Epsom Salts and it is right as rain now - even made a substantial amount of new growth over the last few weeks!  Maybe try that?

Talkback: Feeding plants

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 21:52
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 this week then - let's hope there is enough time to get around them all before the rain starts again!

High Boundary

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 22:09

We have a privacy issue following our neighbours removing a row of conifers.  We have done something similar to Lavender Lady with a mixture of shrubs, small trees and climbers (pyracantha, photinia, laurels, honeysuckle, clematis) which are in a border next to a 6 ft fence with an extra foot of trellis on top.  I like this effect as is a bit more interesting than a hedge and you should have a good screen eventually!  We have also created a trellis screen around the patio which works well because unfortunately we have first floor windows looking down at us so we had no privacy at all in our garden.

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