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Hedge or border

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 18:23

started planting, photos in other post, shrub suggestions

can I plant now?

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 18:23

started planting, photos in other post, shrub suggestions

sanity in need of restoring

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 18:21

Well once I'd slept on it things didn't seem to be so bad, although the aching was definitely a reminder. Thanks for your shared experiences.

Bill

shrub suggestions

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 18:18

apple tree, pear tree and plum tree in back. Fan trained and against the walls.

Sorbus Chinese Lace in corner in front of garage door.

Sorbus Joseph rock in middle of front garden (lawn will get patched up with turf when spring arrives).

Box hedge in place, just left side of path needs doing, but border needs making/digging in at the weekend!

Also dropped a rhubarb crown I was given by a neighbour in at the back...

cheers,

Bill

p.s. I ache all over!

shrub suggestions

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 18:14

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shrub suggestions

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 17:25

so I am looking and looking...

The buddleja buzz and glue chip are sold as plugs. When is a good time to plant a plug? Is it successful straight in ground? What is a plug anyway?

There are many shrubs in 9cm pots. Will that mean I have to wait years for it to grow more than a stick with a leaf on it?

There are many of my selected shrubs in the "sale" at the garden Centre Group. Are these a respectable place to get things from? I was looking at my local nursey and also the RHS website.

Mant thanks,

Bill

shrub suggestions

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 18:15

Hi all,

I will have a lovely garden, although I hate the thing just now after digging up stumps and rubble all weekend...

I am about to plant a box hedge around the boundary and then will start planting some shrubs and then herbacious plants. I have a long list of shrubs to add, but thought I'd ask if there is one particular one that I should have.

I want to attract birds, bees and bufferflies. I want to keep it  fairly low1-1.5m.

Many thanks,

Bill

sanity in need of restoring

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 18:07

Hi All,

bought a house with big (for me) garden at front and rear. My first house and first garden! Was in a bit of a mess and I didn't have much time so I paid someone to remove everything especially all the small stumps sticking up everywhere. Paid a small fortune...

Fast forward a couple of months and I have now bought some fruit trees, soon to arrive. So I thought I'd dig over the areas where trees are going to be sited. Not a huge task and was looking forward to it. Until I discovered all the tree stumps just under the surface... nicely chopped off and buried!!

Then to add salt to the wound, I start digging another area where another fruit tree is going only to find less than 6inch of topsoil and then a solid barrier. This turns out to be builders rubble, tonnes of it... Is it just my bad luck or is it always like this? My back aches, my arms and legs are going to drop off and my last thought before coming inside today was: I'm going to pave the bloody lot!

I only managed half of what I thought I'd be doing and have no desire/motivation to tackle the rest. Please tell me its all going to be worth it in the end!

Thanks,

Bill

Hedge or border

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 17:53

okay decision made, plants ordered and arrive tomorrow. Could be a mistake, but we'll see. I decided on the box hedge. It was my first thought and there are 4 good examples near to my house and all are healthy and look good. I looked at all the other options either other peoples hedges or in garden centres, but my mind was already on the box and nothing else seemed to be right. Also I am putting lavendar along the path leading to the door.

Unfortunately due to cost, the box plants will be very small to start with, so I think I will have to put up some kind of other barrier until it is established... like Rudolf says.

I also have an apple, pear and plum tree arriving for the back garden. Together with 2 sorbus: J rock for the front and Chinese Lace for the back.

I have spoke to a local saw mill who is going to make 2 raised beds, one for the back for veggies and the other for herbs at the front.

I have a long list of shrubs and herbacious plants for the grden side of the hedge, but they will come a couple at a time as and when can be afforded and time permitting.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

Bill

can I plant now?

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 17:53

okay decision made, plants ordered and arrive tomorrow. Could be a mistake, but we'll see. I decided on the box hedge. It was my first thought and there are 4 good examples near to my house and all are healthy and look good. I looked at all the other options either other peoples hedges or in garden centres, but my mind was already on the box and nothing else seemed to be right. Also I am putting lavendar along the path leading to the door.

Unfortunately due to cost, the box plants will be very small to start with, so I think I will have to put up some kind of other barrier until it is established... like Rudolf says.

I also have an apple, pear and plum tree arriving for the back garden. Together with 2 sorbus: J rock for the front and Chinese Lace for the back.

I have spoke to a local saw mill who is going to make 2 raised beds, one for the back for veggies and the other for herbs at the front.

I have a long list of shrubs and herbacious plants for the grden side of the hedge, but they will come a couple at a time as and when can be afforded and time permitting.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

Bill

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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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greenhouse?

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whats wrong with my tree?

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to bark or not

bark chippings 
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roses

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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Last Post: 16/01/2013 at 17:47

shrub suggestions

blank garden, just waiting to be planted 
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Last Post: 10/01/2013 at 19:45

sanity in need of restoring

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Last Post: 10/05/2013 at 06:49

Hedge or border

I have a corner plot in need of a hedge or border... 
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Last Post: 10/01/2013 at 18:23

can I plant now?

empty garden in need of planting 
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