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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.

Small tree - any ideas please?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 15:43

I have a Prunus Amanogawa in my small front garden and was initially a bit worried when I saw how tall they can get.  However, I have seen lots of them in front gardens and where they have been kept pruned to a tidy and manageable column shape they look lovely! 

Garden Gallery

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 21:12

Those petunias are amazing!  I recently took this one of my clematis which I have planted through an old rose bush - only my second year of gardening but I well and truly have the bug!!


Robinia Tree problems...

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 20:03

I have to say, my tree has performed a miracle since I posted and in the last few weeks has perked up and is now looking amazing!  I have noticed however, that lots of Robinia's are looking a bit sorry for themselves this year.  My friend's 30 yr old tree barely has a leaf on it

Screening help

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 20:45

I have had to deal with a major privacy problem following our neighbours removing an entire row of screening conifers very suddenly and without warning!  We have replaced with a mixture of smaller upright decidous trees (much more attractive than anything evergreen it seems!) and laurels with one conifer for good measure!  We also have a small garden and am planning to keep everything well pruned and upright in order to maximise the space below.

If I'd had the money I would have considered a stilted hedge or pleached trees which would have solved the problem really well.  It is an expensive option but would look neat and leaves you with more space for planting below.

Holes in the leaves of my cherry blossom tree

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 21:05

Oh no - I've noticed holes in the leaves of my young cherry tree too.  Been out to have a look at the trunk but can't see any oozing or dead patches.  Could there be any other reasons for holes in the leaves?

Clematis Montana

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 20:49

I too planted several Montana (and a Russian Vine oops) when I took over our small garden knowing nothing about the beasts that they become!!  Oh well, you live and learn and at least you get fast screening (if like me you need it!). 

I did hack a Montana down last year, again not knowing about Clematis groups etc and I was brutal.  After a slightly slow start this year it is nearly 6 foot again and romping away



Posted: 05/06/2012 at 19:43

Excellent - thanks Wintersong that is really helpful.  A large lollypop shape would be perfect for my border and screening.  Hadn't thought about doing that with my laurels before


Posted: 05/06/2012 at 18:21

Interesting thread - my recently planted laurels have gone mad too which I am delighted about as they will hopefully provide me with a bit of privacy in the next few years if they keep growing at this rate!

Wintersong - can I ask how did you train as standards?  Do you continue to remove the branches lower down or wait until it has reached a certain size?  Mine are currently about 7 feet tall and bushing out madly but as I have a small garden am more interested in them gaining in height than in width.  Sorry for hijack btw OP I maybe should have started new thread!


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