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identity of this bush

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 09:53

Snap Pete8, you're post appeared just as I posted mine.

PS See what you mean about Cosmos Xanthos and deadheading - very frustrating...

Last edited: 17 June 2017 09:53:41

identity of this bush

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 09:52

It's a euonymus probably Silver Queen - flowers are very attractive to bees and hoverflies (as you have discovered!)

Duped by online "garden centre"

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 08:58

I think it's pollinated by moths so very likely that the scent is stronger or noticeable in th evenings. The scent from flowers is made up of volatile oils so very dependant on conditions - both growing and also the local atmosphere, wind, temperature etc

Weed membrane

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 07:34

Presumably if it's for damp proofing it must be impermeable? I guess it will stop weeds but I assume it will also stop any water draining away so you may well end up with a stony puddle? 

Privacy ideas

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 09:05

We have a similar situation although a few more trees and some ferns and miscanthus already in situ. We are using shrubs and perennials to create privacy and as Dove has suggested concentrating on certain areas - for example I'm not bothered about the veg garden having privacy and as there is a right of access across the back of the house the very top part isn't worth bothering with.

Shrubs like Sambucus and Lavatera are fast growing and will be pretty for us and our neighbour. We have been here a year and although we do want to increase the privacy also enjoy the openness of not having the usual high fence, also it allows lots of sun into the garden as that side is south facing.

Perenials and grasses like miscanthus, helenium lemon queen, thalictrum etc also grow quite tall so we will be using them as well. This year we have a couple of blocks of annual sunflowers and wigwams of sweet peas and beans to help whilst our plants mature. We've also made the border on that side quite deep in some areas so that the depth of planting will help create a sense of privacy as well as using some taller plants.

it helps to remember that you don't always need a solid barrier to feel hidden from view or at least less exposed. Breaking up sightlines and creating a sense of separation works very effectively. The two ferns we have inherited explode from nothing to around 4/5 feet tall in summer and it's surprising how even that height helps.

I hope you enjoy your new garden


PS I must admit that it helps if you have a neighbour you like 🙂

ID queries!

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 16:32

1 and 2 could be plum or possibly greengage

3 Sedum

4 Can't tell from the photo if this is a tree or bush but if the latter may be a viburnum?

5 Honeysuckle

Brambles working their way in to my garden.

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 06:38

I would use a weedkiller on them which will kill the roots. You can paint it onti the growth coming through and then leave it to work back into the growth in the neighbours garden. The only other option is to carry on as you are.

Water Lily

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:35

Thanks everyone, will cross feeding watering lilies off the ttd list.

Hadn't thought about watering it though 😉

Help to identify plant/weed

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:30

It's an hypericum - St Johns Wort, don't know which one. And a plant not a weed.

Water Lily

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 10:55

Hi, we have just enjoyed the first flowers on our new water lily and I would welcome some advice on whether we need to feed it and when - also any recommendations re type of feed.

Am wandering about the practicalities too - our pond isn't very big but I doubt we can easily reach in to add feed and it's not a big enough pond to  want to walk into without risking a) falling over off a narrow top shelf and b) squashing everythung ? 🤔

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