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climbing hydrangea help ?

Posted: 24/03/2012 at 17:59

Hiya Dimbat,

apparently it can take up to 5 years before they blom and then they really take off !!  


Gardens for Dogs

Posted: 26/02/2012 at 19:47

just an idea, why dont you grow your strawberrys in a strawberry planter pot, and then keep it out of your dogs way. Im having to think about protection for my plants from chickens.. which is a little easier as I can use netting, although you may be able to have plants in pots and keep them temporarily behind some wire trellis whilst your dog is playing bouncy games. I also have planters attached to the walls which are out of dogs reach.

scale insects

Posted: 23/02/2012 at 10:19

Hi, Can anyone tell me what is the best (and cheapest) way to get rid of scale insects  ? I have already sprayed with a bug killer and we had two snowfalls inbetween, but it appears that they are still there in force.



Big Garden Birdwatch

Posted: 26/01/2012 at 22:28

Hi Emma, Im going to the Big Garden Birdwatch too. I was working from home the other day and was most entertained watching my bird table... I have lots of blue tits and coal tits plus the usual hedge sparrows about 4 robins and blackbirds,and a mob of yobs (starlings). I have also had gold finches, a bullfinch and a nuthatch recently.

I put out mealworms and special bird mix most mornings and now am being told off by the robin in the front garden if his worms arn't out by 8 am!! 

They are really so much fun to watch.

climbing hydrangea help ?

Posted: 23/01/2012 at 22:01

Thanks for that! Our tree has a lot of new shoots growing on it already so perhaps a little trim before it properly wakes up in the next couple of months. Its got two bird nests in it and I've noticed some house sparrows eyeing them up so I'd better get a move on before I have fledglings to consider too!!  

Remove Crocosmia

Posted: 21/01/2012 at 08:32
Hi Manxlad, I have just found out that I have the same, I'm going to dig up the corms and see what happens.... It's unreal and growing just everywhere! I'll let you know how I get on ... But I think now is the right time to do it before it starts really comng to life in the spring.

climbing hydrangea help ?

Posted: 20/01/2012 at 08:58

Hi I've just moved into an old house with an amazing large climbing hydrangea on the front.

Can anyone give me an idea of when/ if I can prune or remove the odd branch without killing it ?

All advice would be appreciated!


Reclaiming a very over run garden

Posted: 13/01/2012 at 07:59

Hi Dave !

Thanks for getting back to me.... we have installed three compost bins and invested in a shredder. We have a couple of different tree surgeons and groundsmen coming to check out our hedges to advise and quote as youre right its just a massive job.

I've made a start on the terraced gardens, pulled out three wheelbarrows of dead old growth and a lot of evening primrose (which the goldfinches just love). There appears to be a lot of bulbs starting to come up, so im going to take it a bit easy when I get the other half cleared this weekend.

Love the cane idea, I have a huge amount of bamboo to clear at the front garden, so I have home made canes on hand for the peas and beans a little later in the year!!

I guess now is the time to do the before photos....  

Thanks for your help.


Reclaiming a very over run garden

Posted: 02/01/2012 at 20:32

 me too! not so sure where to start ...the 150ft of laurel hedges that need thinning down from 3- 4 mtrs high and 3meters wide.... or the terraced flower gardens that have completely overgrown or the rhodedenrons which are massively overgrown 2meters high 4meters wide... or putting up a fence and front gate...hmmmmm

think I may have bitten off more than I can chew 

Talkback: Growing Russian vine

Posted: 08/12/2011 at 07:24

I have spent the last year living at my partners house and battling with a Russian Vine, I've had to trim it about 1ft every two weeks just to keep it where we wanted! You could almost hear it growing a couple of cm per day!! Fortunately now that its got colder its stopped its phenominal growing patterns. I would not recommend this plant unlesss you need to cover a huge expanse of wall and are prepared to put in the work to keep it from straying!! This doesnt need much soil, it will grow on North facing walls......however Monster is an understatement

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