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Beech Hedge is not too happy ...

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 13:32

It has been very dry since April-have you kept it watered over the summer growing season? Early autumning is an issue across a lot of the UK this year due to the lack of rain.

Can a fir tree recover?

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 10:23

Was that was the area next to the Leylandii that has gone brown? it will be old leaves that have not fallen as they were sheltered. Shake them off or use a storng hose on the branches to shake them off. Some Abie (Fir) do shoot from the trunk where light levels have improved but they might not either!

Bargain of the year

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 10:17
archiepem wrote (see)

 this bench found  flt tipped . with out the rug and cat .

That looks like an old sofa - so the wood will need to be protected and the joints watched for damage being outside. You do not want to fall on your bum come spring.

Shrubs for the front garden wall

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 18:30
waterbutts wrote (see)

Hello Haisie,

Your planting scheme will be OK short term but you have a lot of big plants for a small area there! The Portuguese laurel grows into a small tree and yews grow pretty quickly and are enormous when they are fully grown.

Enjoy them while they are babies but be ready to say goodbye to them in the not too distant future!

You can of course prune both - Yew makes a damn good hedge plant and Portugese Laural is also a compact hedge plant.

frost in the east coast greenhouse

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 16:51

Ideal heating is an electric fan heater with set to come on at 7C with a view of the greenhouse staying at 5C. I have no leky near my greenhouse (25m from house and no outside supply) so use a paraffin heater (you can get covered ones that do not soot the whole place if the wick is too big - mine is by a German company Biogreen)

Shrubs for the front garden wall

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 16:44

Problem with most Hydrangea is that you are staring at brown sticks for 7- 8 months of the year as the leaves are late at regrowing in late spring and it defoliates after a hard frost. I would go for evergreen plants such as Portugese Laurel, Mahonia, Juniper, Azalea do fine with some ericacious feed in my pH neutral soil. It is also a good space to add loads of bulbs for changing colour over the year - Daffs, Crocus, Tulips, Crocosmia etc.

frost in the east coast greenhouse

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 09:41

I thought Tenby was in Pembrokshire, Wales? Anyway what Dovefromabove has said is totally true. I live near the coast and my wooden polycarbonate greenhouse is in a very sheltered spot. My 2 next door neighbours have both had their greenhouses blown over or the glass blow out as they put theirs in exposed sites. You still get frost and the low temps even being near the sea, it just tends to be less of it or a degree or so higher than inland, so investing in heating would be worthwhile.

Arum Lily Crowborough

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 09:32

I only got 2-3 flowers per plant this year. How damp is your soil? My Arum (I had forgotten they are called that and Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Crowborough' is a mouthfull!) are in heavy soil but free draining being near a west facing wall, so I am always needing to water them.

Moans about GW

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 21:15

I like all gardening programmes! Alan Titchmarch's ones on ITV, the ones on BBC and the odd one on SKY. My favourite programme is from the US on HGTV ( as the Americans really do know how to landscape well.

Lavender border in acid claggy soil - too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:10

Lavender do not need manure (unless you want it to grow lanky) and sand keeps moisture at the roots (bad idea). You are better to add in lots of large grit and bark and work that into the clay soil, adding in no compost (unless it is pure blue clay!). That will keep the soil light and drainage improved.

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