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Latest posts by blairs

can you make a free hedge?

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 21:21

Hazel, Willow and Forsythia are simple as - just put them in the ground and they root - would be suprised at less than 50% success rate.

Plant ID

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 19:48

I had to google Impatiens niamnianensis. Not the best time of year to have impatians seedlings but am sure it will get through the winter inside.

Plant ID

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 21:43

There is a false bird of paradise plant called Heliconia rostrata 'Parrot's Beak '/ lobster claw plant. Which fits in the the names.

However, Heliconia tend to have long thin leaves and the picture above is not clear, so am assuming the pic is of a juvenile Heliconia leaves and flower.

Help needed to plant and screen off 5 metre garage next door

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 14:01

Gosh, that is high. I had to ask if you got the height wrong!

I would go for an evergreen hedge or a tall thin pleached hedge of Hornbeam (they can be kept 30cm thick). That allows you to keep a border.

Small tree suggestions for small Coastal back garden.

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 13:41

Sea Buckthorn grows like mad round here and is a good screening shrub/tree. You can eat the berries, if you really wanted to.

The other usuals are cotoneaster, guelder rose, and Phormiums.

Fatsia (the bog standard one) does really well if you can shelter from the worst of winds. The various varities of Fatsia will also do well in sheltered spots.

Which tool to break soil the best

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 13:22

I use a fork (dtich the spade on heavy clay - I have lost 4) to break up the soil. A pick axe is also good where needed and then I add materials.

Compost and manure will help as Clueless has said. The frosts do shatter clay. I also add in lots of perlite, bark chippings and grit. Forget sand as that and clay can make concrete in summer! It does improve.

I also tried trenching in scraps of food and garden waste, that attracts worms and they do a lot of backbreaking work for you for that waste!


Small tree suggestions for small Coastal back garden.

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 13:16

I was also going to suggest Tamarisk.

Holly, Loquat, Mahonia, Euctalyptus etc all come to mind.

Gardening programmes

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 09:54

While I find TV gardening programmes to be on the whole a bit 'decorative' rather than informative, they do make me motivated to go out and sort things and get the odd bit of inspiration.

The garden makeover in 30 minute shows are great but usless unless you have a landscaper and £10,000 for hard landscaping and labour. Normal gardeners have to take years to get the same effect.

Help needed to plant and screen off 5 metre garage next door

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 16:24

5 metres long is about the length of my you mean long?

Help needed to plant and screen off 5 metre garage next door

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 16:18

5 metres or feet? 5 metres is about 1.5 stories housewise.

You can buy 2-5 metre tall Bamboo that is evergreen and screening, but taller it is the more ££ it is.

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