Angela at 27

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lavender bush in pot - winter

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 16:46

My French lavender survived for several years even though the winters were hard and wet just then.  However, I am on light sandy soil and so maybe that made the difference.  What finished them off pretty effectively was Rosemary Beetle.  Grrr!


Tree roots with reference to drains

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 21:37

Thanks chaps!  Some great information here and I will definitely make use of it.


Tree roots with reference to drains

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 17:48

Now hang on folks, we're Methodists you know! No churchyard, just a garden which is quite big and only me to maintain together with a man that comes round to mow the grass. And did I mention the incline and the sandstone bedrock that sticks through in places???  . Anyway, I'm done with shrubs because they get infested with nettles and convulvulas etc.  We (meaning me) would like to just have the grass cutting chap mow underneath?  You know it makes sense!



Posted: 14/11/2013 at 11:23

Well that's certainly us Verdun.  Light sandy soil.

Tree roots with reference to drains

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 11:21

Thank you Welshonion - Holly is definitely a possibility I hadn't considered. I fancy growing trees favourable to birds such as Rowan but am unsure as to root spread. Same with Silver Birch which is indigenous to this area.   Conifers mostly have very small root balls but cut out a lot of light.  There must be a reference book somewhere - even if its for builders!


Posted: 13/11/2013 at 22:08

I live in the North West and had Alstromerias for many years until I got fed up with them.  Then they were somewhat difficult to get rid of.  I never did anything to overwinter them and they just came up again each year.  Maybe some are more hardy than others?


Tree roots with reference to drains

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 21:47

Hi, at my local church we've just have to take down 5 huge 70 year old poplars because they have destroyed the drains.  Now we want to replace them with small trees but finding it difficult to find a book that describes dimensions of the root balls.  Can anybody recomment such a book?  Just don't want to repeat the previous mistake.

J Parkers let down

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 10:00

Thanks Verdun, will do.


J Parkers let down

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 22:30

Oh really?  I bought various perennials from Parkers which are fairly poor.  Very small as you say - some freeby fuchsia and dahlias came and are doing OK although I didn't need or want them.  I'm actually still waiting for my hellebore order so I'd better get on the phone and see if they are actually coming.  Who do people recomment as a herbaceous supplier?


Talkback: Garden birds and their predators

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 21:36
We've had the same pair of blackbirds make nests in either ours or our neighbours gardens for the last three years and the magpie got them every time. This year no magpies (for some reason) and we've had two hatchings of blackbirds and two of sparrows. Hurrah! I don't know why the birds keep on bothering with such a low success rate.
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