Latest posts by catnip

planting birch trees

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 19:07

Hello! Can anyone tell me how closely together I can plant weeping birch trees? Thanks and happy new year.


Posted: 17/12/2014 at 09:16

I am a responsible cat owner. My cats have all been trained to use an indoor litter tray and I have two more trays in scenting areas for other people's cats who visit my garden.

I don't like living near people who have barbecues because the smell of meat makes me sick. I don't like hearing loud parties as I like peace and quiet. I don't like a lot of things but realise the world doesn't revolve around me and I compromise.

My comments were not intended to offend or annoy- I simply tried to put such issues as cat poo in perspective.

Happy Christmas to you all and wishing you a cat poo free new year!


Posted: 14/12/2014 at 14:13

You do realise that cat owners can't control their cats' behaviour and that cats themselves aren't actually aware that you consider a particular space yours?

As fas as they're concerned, it's a place for them to leave a message for other cats- it's not an attack on you/your garden!

It always amazes me that gardeners, who I presume are nature lovers, get angry about an animal's natural behaviour.

Live and let live! It's only poo!


A little privacy...

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 14:06

I don't think you're allowing enough room for roots to develop for a larger shrub/hedge. Can you not get a larger trough?

underplanting hedge shrubs

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 19:18

Thanks! Will have to replace them, I think... Always hard to do!

When to prune new portuguese laurel hedge on exposed site

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 13:23

Hello! I live on an exposed site too and only trim my Portuguese laurels once early spring has arrived. They survive but seem healthier when pruned after any chance of frost. Their stems are shining red as I write this!

underplanting hedge shrubs

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 13:19

I have asked for advice regarding photinia on occasions and am still trying to save a couple which are not as bushy as I'd like- been told pruning hard works but still hesitant as I may lose it (we live on top of a Yorkshire moor, though surrounded by other gardens so not as windy as it might be).

Can I undreplant with skimmia? I know the skimmia might take over but am ready for that... just wondered if it would get enough light (North-West facing)?

I will take the advice given if this is a stupid idea and don't mind being told so!

Ta, Catnip 

training fruit trees

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 12:52

Thanks all- will let you know how I get on

training fruit trees

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 10:53

Yes, I've been watching "GW" and felt inspired by the way Monty Don trained the apples.

We have a pear tree which has been growing for less than five years in the ground- it is only about 3 and a half foot tall (from the base to the top of the trunk). The height, including branches, is about six foot. 

Can we cut back and train horizontally?

Any advice or suggested links really welcomed!

Hope everyone has been enjoying the wonderful sunshine


Posted: 22/04/2014 at 18:24

YES! Thank you! It's an absolute stunner- I've just popped in from the garden and it looks so fresh and beautiful. Thanks so much- how clever of you and kind

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