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Hedgecutting - When allowed?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:43

Anyway, birds aside, and I am all for protecting them I assure you - if you cut it too soon you will only have to do it again later - especially with all this rain.  Leave it later on and maybe you will manage with only the one cut?  Depending of course what kind of hedge it is.

Peninepeta (lovely name) l, if your sparrows are raising the sound level at 7 am be thankful, our pet blackbird starts outside the bedroom window, on a telephone wire, at 4 am!! I love him dearly, but there are times when he really challenges that ........ 


Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:40

How can anything be too dry at present?  Wonder if they normally live under your grass and are trying to escape the wet?  I don't know why anyone would want to get rid of ants, there are tens of millions of them to each one of us, so do-one can win that one. (Mind, when I lived in Zambia, I did sometimes wonder why my four and a half million were all in my kithen at once!)  I must confess I just ignore them, unless they insist on pushing a plant out of its pot, a rare occurence, I usually just repot the plant.   They may just be getting into flying mode for mating, and if left be will settle down to their usual appearance.  The boiling wate method seems unnecessarily cruel to me, how would we like it?  If you really must get rid of them, there are less dreadful ways of doing so, various powders and liquids that poison them, hopefully less agonisingly than boiling water would. 

a very miserable lady.

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:35

They all adore as much rain as they can get - there are literally hundreds and hundreds of different types, from a couple of inches high to several feet high, bluish foliage, green, all shades of variagation, purple, lilac or white flowers, recently scented ones coming in too.  I have 65 different types and have barely broken the surface of all those available.  Look for a good seller such as Bowdens or Mickfield hosta, there are lots of good companies out there who specialise in them.  I usualy buy on line, or at garden shows. Often good to get from a nursery that grows only whatever plants it is that you want, as they will be the experts.

Cheap seeds

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:29

....  but surely next year will be wonderful, we all know that it always is?  Lots of half price seeds heading this way too.


Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:28

Probably not wire as it tends to cut into the plant, and does not allow any movement in the wind.  A soft jute type twine, twisted around itself a couple of times after the eye, making a kind of little stem - not sure how clear that is,  from the eye, then gently around the stem leaving room for flexing and growth.  For larger tougher plants that need tying in, the wire that is covered with a quite thick layer of foamy rubber is good, it use that for my big fig tree that I am training along a wall and fence.  You just twist the ends around itself and it holds very well - but too bulky for your decorative things in the pergola.

a very miserable lady.

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:22

Of course next year will be wonderful, it always will be huh?

No worrying about watering any of my 400+ pots, in fact rather the reverse, although in fact some of them are not so wet, huge leaves diverting the water to the ground (as if it needed it) rather than into the pots.  My rhubarb has given up the ghost, the astratias have spread like a forest fire (which wouldn't burn if you asked it ever so nicely), baskets and pots of classic red geraniums bright and happy, ditto hardy geraniums, hostas adoring it all, also the golden hop but not the tiny miserable peas that have just about succumbed. 

What's loving all this rain?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:17

Hostas, golden hop, hardy geraniums, these are all delighted with the weather - oh, and the ever spreading many varieties of oregano than have self seeded from one end of the place to the other.   Much of the rest is very unhappy about the persistent wet and dark indeed, me too. 

Wildflower turf

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:15

Unlikely the netting will kill the grass, it is a marellously resilent plant - just look at all the abuse it gets in a variety of gardens, and under severe weather conditions.

Really, I would remove the grass if you can, you will get much, much better results from your wildflowers if you do.

My new project. Where do I start!

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:13

By the by, the half moon shaped thing you dug up is probably a lawn edger - something you may not necessarily want, but if you do, a good clean and sharpen would make it as good as new.



Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:11

Mine are about 10 inches high, and I don't honestly expect any flowers this year - unless on Monday we start with a heatwave, which at present looks pretty unlikely.

Never mind, next year will be wonderful, it always is ..........

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