Bill Mansfield

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weather and plants in pots

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 22:38

Dear all,

I bought 2 weeks ago enough box to do about 20m of garden edge. I ran out of time before getting the last 4m in. Now the weather has turned ugly. What is the best thing to do with them?

9cm pots with about 20cm growth.

I also have half dozen shrubs in 3L pots.

Can they be left out in the snow and 0degree temps and survive? Or do I leave them in my garage? Or bring them out in daylight and back at night? What about watering?



shrub suggestions

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 18:33

The borders are just what I dug out as they stood. My intentions are to widen them and curve around the corners, but fill in the square; either with bought turf or transplant that I lift to widen the borders.

I want the box to grow to about 50-70cm. Then maybe in front of them/bottom of them (on road side), have a "carpet" plant/flower, although no idea what and no idea when to do it.

I have bags of bark/mulch to cover the beds, but not had time to dig them yet and thought if I transplant the turf, now might not be a good time. So might just put bark around tree base and box base for now.

I've been petrified of cocking it up so took a long while to decide to buy and then to plant! But someone on here said slowly, slowly is way to go...

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.


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...



p.s. I ache all over!

shrub suggestions

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 18:14






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,


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,


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!



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