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beech-tree/-beech-hedge-

Posted: 15/08/2013 at 09:25

@flowersforbees

Hedges sit and do little for the first 2 years as they put down roots. Year three onwards expect them to get thicker and taller by up to 30cm. You will need to improve the soil before planting where Leylandii was as the soil will have no nutrients left

beech-tree/-beech-hedge-

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 10:38

Beech whips cost pennies, esp bare root. Beech is unlikely to grow from clippings as they are poor are putting out roots and dry out and die. Wait a few months and buy a hedge - at least you will know they will leaf in Spring.

planting-dahlia-from-seeds

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 10:35

Dahlia Imperialis is very easy from seed. They get to around 1 metre in their first year then rocket afterwards. If lucky you get flowers late in autumn - so more foliage/bamboo affect.

amelanchier

Posted: 07/08/2013 at 23:57

Does not help you now, but Amelanchier do fine in my clay soil. I just break up the area around it mix in soil and bark (to keep the soil around the roots light) and it has been growing away.

Bamboo

Posted: 07/08/2013 at 23:53

Phyllostachys is not clump forming! They are slow to run but will do.

Fargesia are clump forming and are the ones to go for for a border screen.

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!

 

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