Bill Mansfield

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moving things

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 15:10

Hi all,

I have 2x callistemon splendens in my front and back gardens doing well. I also have choisia ternata (green, not yellow one!) in the front. I'd like to swap the two over so I have 2 callistemon in the front and I can let the choisia reach its full potential in the back.

how and when should I do this, if it should be done.




Posted: 07/09/2016 at 14:57

Hi all,

I have a hawthorn tree in my front garden. The tree is very spindly and bare. The leaves are full of dark spots and while it flowers (pink) quite profusely, there are very few berry on it. Also it is leaning further and further over invading my neighbours "airspace".

So I have decided to remove it. I would like to plant another tree. But which one?? My garden is 10 x 10 m and is a corner plot and very low and open.. There are 2 lawns, divided 1/3 and 2/3 by a path. The hawthorn is in the 1/3. I have a joseph rock (sorbus) in the 2/3 part. 

I have seen some nice trees locally in a reputable nursery

malus golden gem

malus toringo scarlet

prunus serrula

I also like cotoneaster cornubia, but the ones I've seen full grown are big, very thick crowned and block light.

My main focus is wildlife, but as I'm a corner I feel it has to look good too.

The other option is to plant pear or apple...

what do you think?



verbena bonariensis

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 22:33

Hi nutcutlet, I definitely picked the wrong year to start gardening  I planted my shrubs a bit too hastily, but I am really chuffed by their recovery. They have all got new shoots and a  couple have flower buds. The only one I am a little disappointed with is choisya. Its a dark green and not the yellow, but all the leaves are pale, but there are some new buds coming out.

As for the perennials, I failed with osteos, I have had a big learning curve as far as growing seeds. The veg seems okay, but the flowers are hit and miss. I lost some by watering with a watering can! I lost others by leaving the lid on the propagator. Others got too "leggy" on a South windowsill, fell over and withered.

I bought some geraniums and petunias which were pretty well developed. I have 1 purple flower on one petunia and 1 pink geranium, out of 20 each!

best, Bill

looking for small flower

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 22:16

have planted a box hedge and have 20cm in front of it. I would like to plant something in there. Everyone has Aubrieta, so I want something different...

Ideally I want something white from 5-10cm high, evergreen.

I saw pratia pedunclata, but then read a review that it is very invasive and gets out of control. It was more white than blue!

I also saw some kind of creeping phlox, but no idea which.

If anyone has any deas they would be greatly appreciated. The box is 20m long and its next to paement and road. It gets full sun.



verbena bonariensis

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 22:07

I planted some seeds inside in February. The plats are now 4 leaves and about 1-2 inches tall. Just how long does this take to grow? Is this the right kind of size to expect after such a long time?

If you could have any plant / tree in your garden

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 21:24

a beanstalk, complete with golden egg laying hen...

Buying compost online?

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 23:21

I've got a Mazda 2 and got 16x 60L bags in it to do exactly the same thing. Unfortunately, I had to go back and buy another 16!!

I also asked in my local nursery and they gave me details of a local farmer who delivered 1 tonne of topsoil for £50! He probably also did compost and I wish I'd called to ask, to save a fortune and my car!

whats wrong with my tree?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 16:01

I can see the green. the leaves are starting to break through now!

The peach tree has leaf curl. I've removed all the leaves with visible leaf curl. hopefully the nectarine doesn't have it too...

Will it flower late also, or would it have already done this before I got it?



sanity in need of restoring

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 08:16

I'll put the kettle on


Posted: 08/05/2013 at 00:02

Hi All,

I have this space...

 It used to have a tomato greenhouse and a mini greenhouse. Both the metal pole type with the plastic covering over them. The photo is taken looking South and it gets a lot of direct sun. I thought it would be the ideal spot, but I live on a corner house and its quite open.

So it was windy a couple of days and both decided to blow away. They didn't get far before my wife caught them. I cant attach them to the wall as its my neighbours house. I can't think of a way to hold them down as the both had things in the when they blew away, so were weighed down.

So I am looking for a small greenhouse to put there, either a bought one or a made one. Problem is its quite  a small place 90x120 (3" x 4") would be great, but I can't find on that small that opens on the smalled side Or they are so incredibley expensive to be prohibitive.

Does anyone know of something that would fit the bill?

Many thanks,


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moving 3-4yr old shrubs 
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what trees? 
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looking for small flower

have planted a box hedge and have 20cm in front of it 
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verbena bonariensis

just how long does this take to grow 
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whats wrong with my tree?

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to bark or not

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down to 4, but which 2? 
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chilli peppers

which plant 
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pyracantha, honeysuckle or other

fence in need of covering 
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raised beds

should I line them or not 
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weather and plants in pots

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shrub suggestions

blank garden, just waiting to be planted 
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sanity in need of restoring

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Hedge or border

I have a corner plot in need of a hedge or border... 
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