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Flowering black bamboo

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 22:26

It will die  Mine did. You get about 7 years from it then its all over. A few survive but are severely weakened and will take years to recover.

Don't know what this is

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 22:12

Its Leycesteria aka Himalayan honeysuckle. Will produce lots of babies too now you've got it.

Unknown Shrub and pest infestation

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 22:08

Yep, I'm wrong. It is Viburnum...Eve Price from your description of flowers and berries. Still say hack it. They rejuvenate really well. Then feed it up,  be nice to it and zap whats left of the scale.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 16:35

Stifling today. Not just hot...29c but so humid. Had to garden today but nearly killed me 

Help Identifying Unknown Plant Shoots

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 16:33

They all look like weeds to me  Certainly not VFT's and don't look like any other carnivorous plant I know.

How to save my geraniums form crawlers eating them

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 16:30

Er...just checking...we are talking hardy geraniums not Pelargoniums aren't we?

How to save my geraniums form crawlers eating them

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 16:29

Are they still flowering Flower bird? If not cut them right back down water well and hopefully the new growth will come after the pests have gone 

What is this please

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 15:49

Looks like bleached out variegated Periwinkle. Was there some there before or any nearby?

Front lawn

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 15:22

In that case why not just a small specimen tree in the middle?

Make a ring of gravel round it having underplanted it with bulbs perhaps. Not daffs cos they just look messy when finished but crocus would be nice and you don't have to do anything to them. You could have spring and autumn flowering ones to extend the interest.

Either go for a small tree that is amazing at one particular point in the year or one that gives you something to look at all year round. I planted a Cornus mas varieagata in a similiar sized space. It has blossom in the late winter early spring, beautiful white and green leaves follow that and in the autumn has cherry like red fruits. Only bare for 2/3 months of the year. The tree reaches about 15ft but takes an age to get there and maintenance? Zero.

Once you've done that you could get artistic with more gravel or pebbles or boulders...maybe some of those rocks in the corner...Some kind of ornamental feature perhaps, birdbath, sculpture, whatever. And always keep the hedge neat and trimmed...makes such a difference. 

Heres a few ideas to play around with...

Maybe no tree and just a bit of topiary. Scroll down to the one with the box balls...bit of maintenance but not much

Bit more edgey perhaps...

Use elements from this

Talkback: Gardening makes you happy

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 09:20

I feel truly blessed. To have an overwhelming passion from an early age that can then be a career is a rare thing. I love to play in the garden anyones garden! I am happiest when a customer loves what I have done...rejuvenated an old but loved shrub,filled a border with flowers where they thought nothing could grow, created a garden out of nothing or brought an overgrown mess back under control. Many of my so called customers have become my friends and I can't do enough for them. To see them happy makes me happy.

Gardening encompasses everything that the heart and soul needs. Too many people are removed from the natural world. Too busy and caught up in unimportant things to stop and look for a moment. I while away many an hour just watching the insects do there thing. Watch the birds collecting their twigs for the first nest of the season. Listen to the baby birds calling their parents. Could wax lyrical for ever...but won't lol.

I would like to leave this world having hopefully made it a little prettier in exchange for all the happiness and well being it has given me (insert satisfied smiley)

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