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Evergreen hedging query

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 07:56

i have Lonicera nitida hedges dotted all over the place. Very quick growing and easy to maintain. Only drawback needs clipping every 5 6 wks, but not a difficult job if hedge is straight.

Aftercare of geums

Posted: 08/09/2012 at 08:53

i have them growing all over my garden, some bought, some from seed. They have all flowered this year. but all i have done is deadhead, they are still going strong now. Mine are all in a position where they get quite a bit of sun. They like well drained soil, but mine have all been waterlogged this year. i treat them the same way i treat my strawberry plants. I mulch them with manure or garden compost and dead head regularly.

I.D. needed please.

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 08:52

seeds are edible and have anutty flavour. I harvest them and use in fruit loaf.

Get Rid of your Lawns

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 08:01

I too am a landy enthusiast as is all my family. We don't use biofuel. I had to sell my much beloved defender due to it needing a new chassis. Now got one of them disco thingys Om loves it, as he needs the comfort these days. but it's a gas guzzler, although it does a few more miles to the gallon. I don't have solar panels, I live near a windfarm, I have no objection to them on or off shore.  I object to cars parking on roads if it causes havoc whilst driving down roads. and when I lived in a town my kid wasn't allowed to play on the road, they played in gardens or stayed at home...........  i hate to see front gardens given over to anything other free draining materials. But then i have moved from an area that was mostly concrete and tarmac, and there was continuos hose pipe bans....................... now i wonder why!!!!    I remember years ago reports being made that the seas around britain would rise......... i think they probably are, but not for the reasons originally stated, but by all those folk covering their front gardens which causes rain to run off into the drains and that ends up in the sea one way or another. No wonder parts of England will be made into desserts. My objection is all these new builds going up. Even where we live, rural wales, modern town houses are going up in a matter of weeks And there are so many houses on the market. But then it's mostly back handers that get things through planning. That's why I moved from an area that was included in the Oxbridge ark of building estates and new villages. And I saw no plans for extra reservoirs for all these hoards of new villages.

i agree with Bob Flowerdew if it is done properly for a good reason, creating beds for more veg or flowers. if folk don't want gardens why don't they buy / rent a flat?

Talkback: Daddy longlegs

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 07:34

never fear ladies, they have just emerged as adults, and will be mating and laying eggs in lawns which will cause all sorts of headaches for all sorts of folks.

Asparagus Seedlings

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 07:22

I grew mine from seed, later in the summer as you have done. i left mine in their pots, I cut off the ferns when they died back and i protected the pots during the colder periods with fleece around the pots and under a smaller tunnel on the staging.


Posted: 01/09/2012 at 07:15

I always some a few when the seeds are ready and over winter in my polytunnel, giving them an extra smaller tunnel during the colder months, Then I sow extras next spring. So you may some them when you wish.

Anyone used this mower

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 20:14

Thanks Lovelawn, I will look into them. I am still looking around. Hope i see some trade stands at malvern to check some out.

Talkback: How to shape box topiary

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 08:05

 I don't quite know where to start to advise you, but if it were mine, I would first off, check for two main sections, One for the head and the other for the tail.  Work out where half way up the bush is, this is where the head would start splitting away from the back and tail.I would tie one bundle together for one end and then begin on the other creating either the neck which would thin to the head, or the tail. work from the middle out. But please remember that one wrong snip and it will take a long time to rectify. It will take a couple of years before you get the right shape and growth. But it can be done. I tend to start from scratch. I use Lonicera nitida, much quicker growing and I place a new smallish plant inside a wire frame that i have made

 on Lawrencia of the Lawnicus, as I have called him, I used an old rubber gardening glove as added features. 


Posted: 27/08/2012 at 08:09

I bought one and planted in my new border, It disappeared during the same day. But discovered moments later after finding a short stem 1" high, that one of my chickens had been over the fence and eaten most of it. She had a bit of leaf stuck to her leg. I had prepared the area around the base to fight off slimeys, but never thought about hens.

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