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how-to-buy-good-shrubs-online

Posted: 07/08/2013 at 23:52

Am loving the plants from Coblands - there are also discount vouchers online for them. Well packaged and large shrubs and some unusual plants.

Crocus is also very good - would also be happy to recc. them.

I would avoid J Parkers, Thompson and Morgan, Van Meulan etc as their plants are 9cm pots.

robinia-peusdoacacia-frisia

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 16:02

They are ofter grafted, so if pruning back, do not cut back too much. I would be inclined to thin the canopy by removing some of the branches now and thin again next spring. That should not stress the Robinia Frisia too much.

gladioli

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 12:50

It sounds like caterpillar larave and eggs. I would not have cut them down. Over wintering depends on local conditions. It rarely gets to below 0 where I live and (excluding last Dec), winter is not too wet, so Gladioli can be left in well draining soil. If not I lift them then place in a box wrapped in newspaper till March and re pot.

Sambucus Nigra "Black Lace"

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 15:31

Are you sure it was Black lace and not any of the green ones like Sutherlands gold? My Black lace has never thrown up green leaves, only dark ones.

Talkback: Horseflies

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:20

Seems to be a good year for Horsefly. I have been bitten and so has all my family this year. Sore when they do!

 

Rowan shedding leaves

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:18

Is the ground dry/very wet (perhaps a high water table)? I have a few juvenile trees that suffered by the low rainfall until very recently, though I would have suspected that a 20+ year old tree would have roots deep enough to sail through.

Frog sighting :)

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:15

There are a few large ponds near my house (about 100 metres away) and my garden have 4 this year - 7 last, and one Toad. Scare the living day out of me at time when I am weeding and the jump, but welcome none the less.

Tree paeony

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:13

You never know it may come back - place it somewhere out of the way. If it comes back then good, if not them you have something to add to the compost.

Leylandii

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:12

If Leylandii are not trimmed regularly then suddenly cutting them just looks awful. I would just replace them with something more in keeping.

Flag stones on to grass area

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 16:04
Chris Trotman wrote (see)

Hi Ade, Can I suggest that you use both. 2M sq is quite big and with youngsters bouncing around in your wendy house this can add to settlement. I would suggest: remove turf, complact ground, lay s/sand, compact, scrape level with long bit of wood, lay slabs, get kids to jump up and down on slabs, check for levelness, if ok build w/house. The better the preparation the longer it will last.

Well said - exactly what I was going to write!

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