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Seedaholicism

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 15:12

I tipped out my large hessian bag of seed packets, it lives hanging on a hook in the back porch and is disguised under muddy raincoats and such like, so doesn't look too obvious. The resulting packets covered several feet of work surface, were lovingly examined, dreamed about,  and replaced in the bag, bar 2 that I might sow soon.  However, I realise that there are also other places where there are seeds - on the dresser where I have little brown envelopes of seeds I've collected in the garden, someone elses garden, or somewhere un-named!! There are also a few packets next to the bread maker - and some open ones in a certain jacket pocket.  Yes folks, I too am a seedaholic ……….

Boundary hedging

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 15:03

Several, mostly connected with jealousy that you have such a lovely area to start again!! 

A few people mentioned laurels, but I thought you said rhododendrons formed the hedge - either way, if it is formality you want then yew seems a good choice, though it is slow. Holly can and does make a beautiful formal border with its shine in the winter,  it takes a very hard clip and looks good all year round, but is also not of the fastest.  Still, you never said you wanted speed. 

Helleborus argutifolius?

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 15:00

Lovely that we all enjoy our plants for so many different reasons, including the smells that are not usually recognised as perfume - yet another of the joys of gardening.

On a sweeter note, the shrub honeysuckle is in full flower and the perfume of that is wonderful, just a twig or two gives a wonderful out door touch to the house. 

Secure Garden Shed

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:57

Sounds very odd indeed, but as I've not seen one I find it hard to imagine - I loved the Tardis and hoped that the loo looked like the police box - but from your reaction I guess not!!

Tap water v Water butt

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 20:47

I usually put my containers of rain water (not from a butt, but other open containers around) in the greenhouse so they are the same temperature as the seedlings I want to water.  I do so dislike tap water for plants, there seem to be so many odd chemical smells about it - we filter all our drinking water since it was 'improved' in this area a few years ago, and we began to get cloudy tea.

Secure Garden Shed

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 20:44

Hey, I've never seen a Tardis toilet - fascinating idea ……..

Snowdrops in the green - offer

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 20:43

…. I sent for some stuff from the Guardian, and was horrified when it arrived to find it was Parkers!! Have had several very bad experiences with them in the past - however, the sad looking plugs are trying to grow, and the geraniums too - bulbs appear OK but they are quite hard to do much with I guess.

Nice to see Wisbech mentioned and the nurseries used, I lived there for many years in a previous life.  Perfect part of the world for good bulbs and some excellent companies there growing them. 

Helleborus argutifolius?

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 20:40

… do frit bulbs smell of anything special then NC?  Never noticed, and I have quite a good sense of smell - but  guess one persons perfume is another ones - well, anything but!!

Boundary hedging

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 20:34

No, but I would look carefully at a) the Ph of the soil you hope to replant after removal of the rhodies, and see what will grow happily there,  and b) consider resting it and giving it a good feed and water, as such large plants must have reduced the fertility of the soil in that area. Adding some organic well rotted manure will help recondition the soil, and give better drainage.  

There are many attractive and wild life friendly plants that would suit such a situation, but much depends upon what you really want.  Some things stay quite small, but if you want to replace the old plants with ones that will become the same size as those you are removing, you'll need to look well at that too. 

Why do you want yews particularly?  They are lovely as a mature hedge it is true, and can be shaped well, but they do take their time getting to a biggish size.  May be you would consider a mixed boundary with British native plants, imagine sloes, blackthorn, dog roses, willow, hazel etc., all looking lovely with flowers at differing times, and full of wildlife?  Just a thought …………..

Runner Beans

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 20:25

Do let us know if you try this and it works?  I've never had such sturdy looking roots on my runners - it has been a mild and wet winter to date, so maybe they would stand a chance.  I did not know they were perennial in their native habitat - which is where please BobtG?

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