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Latest posts by catnip

NNE facing and clay soil- help!

Posted: 22/01/2013 at 10:21

I like the cottage garden feel too and have some of the plants you mention. Shrubs do well, despite the winds we get (on top of a moor). We're an optimistic lot, we gardeners, aren't we?

Thanks again!

NNE facing and clay soil- help!

Posted: 21/01/2013 at 13:48

Thanks for all of your advice! Have you any white, purple, blue, orange flowering plants?

NNE facing and clay soil- help!

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 17:08

Yes, clay soil and NNE facing... Many plants do well: helebores, ferns, geranium, phlox, globe thistle, euphorbia; some do okay: astrantia, roses, geums. I need some suggestions. Have you grown plants successfully in similar conditions?

If it helps the following trees and shrubs grow well: sambucus, laurel, holly, laburnum, syringa, witch hazel...

New Home -Blank plot

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 15:08

I'd wait longer- get used to your garden- where the light falls in each season- if there are places that get particularly damp or stay dry - what type of acidity do you have- soil? That looks like a big playground- many happy years of gardening to you both!

What Hedge to plant ??

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 18:14

To get beautiful berries like Gary Hobson's, I suspect you'd have to plant pyracantha in sun. Mine are in a North/West facing garden and don't produce quite as many berries. I have berry envy

pruning elders

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 20:40

Thank you! The said elder was full of finches today- popping out to feed from our feeder once the starlings had retreated so I'll definitely wait till late winter but am encouraged by all of your advice.

pruning elders

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 09:19

Thank you so much for your help! I'm going to cut it back, even though it's 13 years old and has chunky branches at the base. I never understand why people think it has an unappealing scent- I love it!

pruning elders

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 19:22

I have a mature elder -sambucus nigra and want to give it a boost. Has anyone ever cut a sambucus fairly severely? The thickest branches are about 4 to 5 inches in diameter. I live in West Yorkshire (thought that might help in terms of knowing when to prune)

which veg garden planning methods do you use?

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 16:43


row planting

and am REALLY happy when things survive the awful summers we have in the North of England! You?

Michealmas Daises

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 16:33

I stopped growing m daisies because of mildew! Copious watering as they grow is supposed to help but am planning to use one of the varieties known not to suffer from the dreaded mildew...

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training more established trees  
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does it clump up into a column? 
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Virginia Creeper

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NNE facing and clay soil- help!

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pruning elders

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