London (change)
Today 14°C / 4°C
Tomorrow 11°C / 5°C


Latest posts by blairs


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 16:10

Am now in year 3 for my wildlife hedge (60ft long all seed grown from local trees) and it is jus tnow bulking out. There was an old field hedge there before the house was built so I feel that I am giving something back, I hope!


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 16:08

Move all the pots and troughs now, even just lifting and putting them back in the same place. You do not want to get to the moving day and find pots that have broken and all the contents spill out as you move them.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 16:04

The grass will thicken but I would be tempted to fork over the bare areas (which will help drainage), add sandy compost, some grass seed and then some more sandy compost to fill those areas out and keep watering the lawn. You have done well as seeded lawns can take a year or so to look good.

Cutting the lawn - I would wait till it it looks like it needs it, longer the better but certainly you can cut it before then end of this month if you use the highest mower setting.

If the water pooling continues then keep forking over the lawn and adding sandy compost afterwards to keep the lawn decompacted.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 09:25


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Discussions started by blairs

ID seedling

Replies: 2    Views: 156
Last Post: 07/04/2015 at 12:04

Seedling/Weed ID

ID on mystery plant 
Replies: 9    Views: 337
Last Post: 03/03/2015 at 09:15

Freesia - how to get them to be more than an annual

Replies: 4    Views: 299
Last Post: 03/02/2015 at 23:22

Onion bulb gone soft

Replies: 1    Views: 305
Last Post: 09/06/2014 at 01:01

ID this plant

Replies: 7    Views: 662
Last Post: 02/03/2014 at 19:40

Badly explained help!

Replies: 18    Views: 873
Last Post: 22/12/2013 at 23:42

Tree dahlia - dahlia imperilis

Replies: 2    Views: 1304
Last Post: 29/11/2013 at 09:22

Who lives in a microclimate?

Replies: 11    Views: 796
Last Post: 28/11/2013 at 10:59

Propagating Japanese Cherry trees

How to Propagate Japanese Cherry trees 
Replies: 3    Views: 535
Last Post: 24/11/2013 at 14:45

Dicentra Care

How do you look after Dicentra? 
Replies: 6    Views: 795
Last Post: 23/09/2013 at 14:10

Agave Seed Germination

Agave seed germination 
Replies: 1    Views: 752
Last Post: 14/04/2013 at 21:46

Not GWM getting advertised discount @ Crocus

GWM says 20% discount and only get 10% 
Replies: 5    Views: 2853
Last Post: 21/10/2014 at 10:02

tetrapanax papyrifer seed germination

tetrapanax papyrifer seed germination 
Replies: 3    Views: 1704
Last Post: 20/12/2012 at 16:20
13 threads returned