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Posted: 20/09/2013 at 15:43
Blissful Gardener wrote (see)

Have you considered boxwood shrubs?

A Green Velvet Boxwood grows about 4-6 feet upon maturity and also fast growing. Best for growing zones 5-8. Since the mature width is 3-5 feet, I don't think the roots can reach and damage the pipes. But i'm not sure though. It's just my guess. I never heard anyone having problems with pipes when it comes to shrubs.


Buxus is not fast growing - you can be dead before it gets to 6ft as that takes 20-50 years depending on position. It is also expensive - over £1 per 9cm plant. A bare root wip is about 60p for a native hedge tree that will reach 4-6ft in 3 years. Also the Zones system form the USA are of no use in the UK as out temperatures are milder in winter but much much wetter - it can be bone dry in a US winter and winter is longer here than in the US as we are far more northern.

planted tulips now, is this OK?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 15:21

I am talking from experience - the bulbs come up early if planted now (around Nov/Dec) esp if it stays mild. That means the stalks are out during the worst of winter in Jan-Mar which often kills the flowering bit and thus you only get leaves for that year. I had a look online and if you mulch early stalks then that might mitigate any problems over the worst of winter.


No flowers on gladioli

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 15:14

My experience is to leave them planted deeply in well draining soil and that way they flower every year or so. I actually lost more of the lifted Gladioli than the ones that I left in the ground. They do like water in the summer and a sunny site - sunnier the better.

planted tulips now, is this OK?

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 21:40
flowering rose wrote (see)

best to plant while the soil is warm.

That only applies to plants NOT bulbs - unless you want lots of blind bulbs?

Gardeners Freebies (for the cost of postage.)

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 11:17

These companies make profit on those 'free P&P' offers and the plants are normally small whips/bare root etc that you can get for a quid in a GC.

planted tulips now, is this OK?

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 09:56

The problem with planting too early is the bulbs tend to grow now as the soil is still warm. The stalks are out all winter and that normally makes them come up blind - I am talking from experience. You really should lift them and leave them for another 6 weeks when it is cooler or you will have wasted the point of having flowering bulbs.

Neighbour's Garden is Damaging our Wall

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 16:56

Everyone seems to be jumping against the neighbour.


If the extension was built right up to the boundary by the last owners (which is not normally allowed due to issues like this) then it is entirely possible that next doors garden is the level your garden used to be. How would you like to be told to lower part of your garden as next door has built an extension?

 Legally they should have been served notice that the extension was being built up to the boundary party wall and would have had the right to veto: if permission was ever tread carefully.

If we are talking about extension built using part of an old garden wall instead of building a new wall, then there is no wonder that there are water ingress problems as it will not have been designed to be an internal wall.

Mystery plant

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 15:34

@gingagibbs - you can move plants within the EU. I have brought plants back from many travels within the EU - you can also bring seeds and cuttings back from outside the EU.

@ Anthony Jenkins - a heated greenhouse/conservatory is fine for the Jacaranda and Echium (it does kind of look like one before the flower forms though I am not sold that it is Echium). Echium wildpretii might be grown outside as long as it does not get below -5C in you locale and in well drained, sheltered spot - they get big, certainly some Echium like Pininata can grow and flower in the UK (10ft by 4ft!).

Jacaranda, unless you have a huge greenhouse then it will not get to flowering stage in mainland GB as you will need to prune it to overwinter it inside

The Banana - only a few Ensete can withstand an unheated greenhouse, even with protection and even they lose their leaves. Hopefully you got an Ensete - post a picture and we can ID. Most other Musa needs indoors over winter.


Collecting Nasturtium seeds

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 10:10

They can self seed but given this years long spring, I got none that did and none survived. So if you want some free ones next year you need to collect the seeds.

What does everyone think

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 21:24

Are you looking for praise or honest opinion? (apart from the fact that there is flowing water there is nothing that I personally would have in my garden)

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