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When is a good time to redo a fence?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 17:30

We were thinking would take the fence down and then put in new posts at 6ft and concrete them. The spikes were metal but we think the ground moved with all the wet weather, winds and floods 

I have around 80 plants in the border and so I'm thinking late autumn would be best? I'm quite a new gardener but went a bit mad in the border. 

When is a good time to redo a fence?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 13:39

When is the best time of year to redo a fence? My husband put our fence up 5 years ago. The problem was that it's a 6ft fence and the posts (metposts - not concreted in) were put in every 12 feet. Then we had storms, the garden flooded and now the fence is leaning over badly. The whole thing needed new posts the problem is that since then I've planted up a border. I'm very keen and I've filled the raised bed with cottage garden style plants including geraniums, hebes, salvia, aliums, phlox, naepta walkers low, campanula's, russian sage, asters and penstemons. 

I'm worried about losing all my plants. I guess in spring I could dig up all the perennials and put them in pots, the shrubs should be established? There are quite a few bulbs also. Or would late autumn be best when everything is dying back? 

What can I do to revive this shrub

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 21:26

Thanks I've moved it to a pot and put it in the greenhouse. I even removed the side hedge to give the spot where it was planted more light but I'll look for a shrub that likes shade.  

What can I do to revive this shrub

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 23:31

I planted an Australian mint bush in spring, it was doing well until recently and now looks very sorry for itself. I've been watering it but haven't put any compost around it. I'm not sure what happened, we haven't had any frost.

Its been watered regularly, its in a shaded area and maybe doesn't have the best soil. I've cut back a bit of dead wood at the bottom, is there anything else I can do? Should I move it? I really liked it, thanks!




Does anyone know what this shrub is please?

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 13:52

I've just had a look and it seems I have 2 viburnums. They are about 7ft tall by 5ft wide. I assumed this was full size but I just read they can get much bigger. I've not pruned them much. The garden was very overgrown when we bought the house, we uncovered some paving that was 16ft square and completely covered by shrubs!!! My Dad cut back a californian lilac and its doesn't have many flowering branches now, so I want to read up before I prune anything.  

There is an offshoot that is quite low down that I could bury. Many thanks.



Does anyone know what this shrub is please?

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 21:22

Many thanks, I'm fairly new to gardening and only tried a few cuttings without success. I'll have a look around, I reckon the Viburnum is at full size. 

I have a few other shrubs that I don't know what they are. I've only taken macro shots, I'll take some wide angle ones and post soon. 


Does anyone know what this shrub is please?

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 20:52

Many thanks I've been on google and it looks like Viburnum Tinus. I might try and take a cutting as it would be nice out the front.  

Does anyone know what this shrub is please?

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 20:25

I've got this growing in my garden. It has tiny white flowers in a cluster, the flowers are no more than 1cm wide. There are also some blue berries on it. The flowers have just come out.

 The shrub is evergreen. Many thanks

Lupin from seeds

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 23:28

I grew a load in a deep root planting seed tray and so didn't have to pot them on. They were easy to grow, I planted them out when they were about 6 inches tall. I didn't realise they were caviar to slugs and they all got eaten!

In the end I bought a plant for £3. Good advice about the slug pellets I can't put them down because I have a dog that eats everything. I did try crushed egg shells but that didn't stop the slugs. 

Well Rotted Manure and Dogs

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 14:44

I mulched my border with manure from the garden centre and it did smell for a few days. Not sure how rotted it was! Personally I would dig in compost to improve the soil instead, it can be used straight away unlike manure. 

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Does anyone know what this shrub is please?

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Lilac hedge not flowering

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Does anyone know how to plant a rhizome for an anemone honorine jobert?

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