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Planting to disguise very large fence

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 16:22

You can grow climbers up the fence, either on trellis or on wires - clematis (depends on the variety when they flower), honeysuckle, roses. Then you can plant shrubs, tall ones and short ones to break up the view, between the climbers. Some evergreen shrubs to hide the fence in winter would be could, like photinia "Red Robin", euonymus, choisya, some flowering like weigela, exochorda "the Bride", Abelia, spireas. You can buy a gardening book or look them up on Google. You could plant some tall perennials like verbena bonariensis.

need help

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 16:14

Plugs will give the easiest and quickest results. For seeds you would need to cultivate some bare earth to sow them in.

Fork Handles

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 13:18

Thanks, Bjay, that was fun.

Anemone de Caen

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 23:48

I grew Anemone de Caen in ordinary potting compost in a large planter. The first year they were super. Then they started disappearing and I thought perhaps they were shortlived or not that hardy. Then I saw mice stealing the corms! Berghill says something dug up and ate his (or should it be hers?) so perhaps he had the same problem.

Stag Beetle Grubs?

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 23:28

I have rose chafer beetle larvae in my manure, have already researched it to find out what they were, and Dove's links are very good.

Seeds are up

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 23:17

Oh dear, I haven't sown a single seed yet. I wait until March and I don't want to heat the greenhouse at this time of year. Last year I sowed broad beans in the autumn and they all died after the snow and the -17°.

By the way, those sowing tomatoes from saved seed - make sure they aren't F1 hybrids as they don't come true to type.

Fork Handles

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 23:10

What about the cows in the super dairy farm? Has anyone thought of them? I used to have Jersey cows. They were much happier outside, they even played and frisked a bit in a stiff cow-like way, but I've seen on TV that the cows in these new super dairies never go outside or see a blade of grass. The farmers say they are content because they are placid and don't make a fuss and they make a lot of milk. What else have they got to do? A cow goes all resigned in that situation, they haven't much choice.

Don't tell me off, Geoff. Farmers made livings before super dairy farms and it's only the rich ones who can afford them anyway.

Whats your plans for the garden this year?

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 23:02

Pam, your garden is amazing it will look great in July. Just pray for a dry day.

Thank you Gardengirl.

New shed - any tips?

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 22:53

Thank you Artjak.

Fork Handles

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 18:13

No good Geoff. Don't have any pig's blood and there isn't a fast flowing river in my garden. Badger was dead a few days I think - good thing it's winter. Wouldn't surprise me if the French ate badger, they're always shooting wild boar and deer in the woods round here and they eat frog's legs (which are actually quite nice, chickeny) and snails - waste not want not.

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