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Latest posts by catnip

the weather

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 16:14

I am feeling a bit disheartened, plant lovers! We moved to the house we live in now because of its good sized garden. We moved in the late 1990s and I can honestly say the appalling weather has stopped us gardening again and again! How can we fulfil the desire to garden when the weather is SO poor? How do the rest of you gardeners get your "fix"?

hedging

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 10:43

I love this forum! People are so helpful! Thank you.

hedging

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 08:25

Thanks!

hedging

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 18:20

Thank you, Lyn. The ones I had were behind large hebes and didn't flourish at the base- will trimming their tops still do the job?

hedging

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 21:00

How do I encourage hedging to stay thick at the base? I'm thinking of laurels particularly.

Seem to have had a disaster with photinia which I bought to use as a hedging plant but it's too airy and wants to be a tree, I think!

Might get some screening and start from scratch!!!

NNE facing and clay soil- help!

Posted: 22/01/2013 at 10:56

That's the spirit! I do try to place plants in the optimum position but sometimes there are difficult positions to fill, Answer: pop in a plant I like

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!

Discussions started by catnip

underplanting hedge shrubs

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Last Post: 26/10/2014 at 19:18

training fruit trees

training more established trees  
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Last Post: 07/08/2014 at 12:52

tellima

does it clump up into a column? 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 18:49

Virginia Creeper

advice 
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Last Post: 30/12/2013 at 18:43

korean fir tree

how to control its size 
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Last Post: 19/07/2013 at 13:36

creating a full bodied hedge

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Last Post: 08/05/2013 at 12:07

the weather

fulfilling the desire to garden 
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Last Post: 26/03/2013 at 15:08

hedging

pruning for shape 
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Last Post: 26/02/2013 at 10:43

NNE facing and clay soil- help!

suitable plants 
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Last Post: 22/01/2013 at 11:19

pruning elders

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Last Post: 23/09/2012 at 21:55

rejuvenating shrubs

photinia 
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Last Post: 20/07/2012 at 19:39

composting

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Last Post: 16/07/2012 at 08:41
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