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Charlie November

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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 19:48

Oooh, I hadn't thought of fruit trees.

Now I'm going to be obsessing about where I can put a load of cherry trees, too. Unfortunately, orangepippin don't seem to have anything small enough to go there without getting over the porch roof. Maybe if I put something further south along the west-facing wall ... ?

Slugs and Roofing Felt

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 19:16

Eesh, by the time I saw the text under the pictures I'd already gone: "THAT'S NOT A SLOW-WORM!" I was half-expecting to see another hand under its head. I don't think we get those here. They like it fairly dry, like Ilkley Moor, don't they?

Camera Corner

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 14:43



Posted: 22/03/2015 at 14:33

No sign of lilies yet this year, so no sign of lily beetles yet either. I'll be watching ...

Current state of play at the near end:

 Crocus still very much in bloom

 Hyacinths on their way. Been up a couple of weeks now at least, and now making it obvious who they are.

 Chionodoxa are few in number this year, but appreciated. I may have to top them up with a new layer.

 Anemone looking good. The bee wasn't interested, though.

 A beautiful golden shade on this ... wait. I didn't plant that.

 The Akebia is going to do something on this side of the fence this year after all. I thought maybe it was only decorating the south side.

Rose cuttings: timing

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 14:30

 Last autumn's cuttings, a few months old now. The green bucket (handle broke off so it got some piercings and a new job as a plant pot) is the less vigorous pink-flowered rose with canes, a big (birdfood) bag and a plastic tray of water to keep it humid in there. The little black pots are the energetic red rose just standing in compost and taking its chances. I really need to borrow the entire high school and use up 100 pots, 50 bags, 250 canes, a few rolls of tape and tonnes of compost to get scientific results on how much good the bags do, but that one's been so successful I really need to take the bag off it and find it a new home.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 14:26

Looked at garden.

Had a chap round last week to look at the trees. Hoping he'll come back and cut a few down. Anybody want a LOT of fresh wood? Not sure whether we'll get all the ash, but willow, alder, leylandii, some ash and some sycamore will be available.

One idea for gardening: this spot at the front:

 It's facing south-west. The spaces beyond those walls are unheated, but it's still a warm, sheltered, sunny spot. Magnolia? Clematis? Burkwood viburnum?

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 14:01

Yep. The website's been getting odd about pictures for a while now. Some of mine won't show while I'm posting but appear when I look at the thread again.

They look lovely. Is that dandelion and bramble on the left in the last monster? I can grow those here too! Never got to make my own dandelion and burdock, but bramble tarts I can bake.

Solar eclipse got chilly up here too. Not as abrupt as the '99 one was in Bedfordshire. We had clear skies there for that one, so it was a sharp temperature drop. This time it was mostly overcast, so already cool.

Sounds like you have a milder climate down there than I'm used to up here in the desolate north-east. Do you get to grow exotics? Are you in the grape belt yet?

Speaking of climate, did you see the thing in the papers a couple of weeks ago about subsidising North Sea oil extraction to keep it going? Here I thought we were worried about how much it'd cost to get our carbon footprint down and they're talking about paying to keep it up.

Need ideas

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 13:45

Privacy? Is your home on the left like the neighbours shown? Privacy from what angle? Does it need to block out the view from upstairs windows out of shot to the right or what?

You can get a list of plants for a spot from crocus, especially if you know your soil type (acidic, chalky, heavy clay, sandy or "haven't a clue" but "soggy" isn't an option):

"Perennials" i.e. small stuff:

"Shrubs" i.e. bigger stuff:

3m dogwood and laurel and the taller types of the 1.5m-4m hydrangeas all look like candidates for privacy, with some of the smaller ones underneath for extra colour.

Bear in mind that the more your big plants screen you from a view from the south the more they shade the soil north of themselves, and beware making your home and garden gloomy. I'd start by standing something tall on that plot and sitting where you want to be out of sight then looking at the viewpoint from which you want to hide and marking how far up the pole your plants need to reach to hide you.

Also bear in mind that a 4m-high shrub is not easily pruned.

Ideas for metal trough

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 13:31

You could plant alpine strawberries.

New Gardener - Big Garden

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 13:29

As everyone said, spend this year finding out what you really have, whether you like it, where there are gaps at a particular time of year, where it's crowded and so on and then working out what to change and how to look after what's staying.

You're not far from me.

Discussions started by Charlie November

Uh-oh ...

This one doesn't look good. 
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3-part hedge

This is what you get for neglecting it for 20 years! 
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Most embarassing failure of the weekend

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No octopodes, but lots of shade 
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Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

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Rose cuttings: timing

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When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

At least I didn't spend anything. 
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Apple tree with white leaves

It seems to be healthy enough, if slow-growing 
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Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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