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what to plant atop a north faceing hill

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 17:44

You probably need to plant young, small specimens so that they can establish well and are not so buffeted by the wind whilst getting their roots set down.

Re your list

Ceanothus like to be relatively sheltered so I wouldn't recommend it.

The others ideally like full sun so it depends on whether your height compensates for the NE aspect? if a bit too shaded that combined with the wind may mean they don't thrive. I think the Buddleja and spirea probably would be safer bets that the weigelia.

Some suggestions - these are all plants that cope with coastal or exposed positions so should tolerant wind and will be ok with the aspect

Ribes sanguineum Edward VII

Viburnum opulus 'Xanthocarpum' or V.tinu 'Eve Price'

Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade'

The hardy fucshias like magellanica or Riccartonii should also be ok, esp. if planted small say 1tr max so they can establish before too much buffeting.


Slug farmers. Volunteers needed. (There's is method in my madness)

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 09:16
Hi Victoria

I've never done very much before now as in our old garden we never had a real problem. But we now have an allotment and for the first time I can understand the need but determined to use organic only methods.


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 09:12


Will that do? Am afraid that all varieties of teenagers are hard work - boys, girls or undecided - but it does end and they do become nice grown ups eventually.
My brother was a nightmare as a teenager and I remember him sending my Mum a huge bouquet some years later with a 'Sorry' card. His teenagers were being a nightmare and he suddenly realised what he had put my Mum through. Her response was that she didn't need flowers as she was enjoying watching him pull his hair out : )

Apple tree relocation?

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 09:05
Am glad I am not the only one who changes their mind and moves things after planting : )

Acer Palmatum

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 09:04
Agree with Pansy but one other thought. Has the pot being moved or has anything changed around it (maybe another large plant or something moved)? It's just that acres are very sensitive to scorch by wind or sun and maybe if anything has changed it's more exposed.

what to plant atop a north faceing hill

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 09:02
Hi Phillip

You probably feel like you are being interrogated, but it will mean we can give you a better quality answer.

Are you literally on the top of a hill or near the top? And is there anything already growing or is this a completely new garden ?

what were they thinking of

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 08:57
Well, it's

Not much more to add really : )


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 08:55
Lawns can look dreadful when they have being treated for moss and then when it is then raked out. But believe me it will recover. It may be that it is simply showing that you had more moss than you thought.

Once the moss has gone, the remaining grass will be able to spread and grow and you can re-seed any large patches that need it. If it was very mossy, it would also be good to aerate the lawn after after raked out the dead moss and then on a regular basis (once a year). You can get fancy tools to do so but a garden fork is just as effective and you just need to work your way over the lawn pushing it in by about 4 inches.


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 08:49
Sometimes it is better to try and 'give in' to how you feel and allow yourself to rest and recuperate until your body (and mind) has healed itself. I don't mean that in a negative way but just allow your physical self to rest and recover. You have being through a lot lately and sometimes we expect ourselves to bounce back too quickly and don't realise that we need to react to the events that have happened even if the outcome has being more positive than we initially feared.

Try not to worry about what your future health will be just try and focus on one day at a time. I know this is easier said than done but I suffer from depression sometimes and have learnt that I just need to focus on managing how I feel now not how long it may last or how I might feel tomorrow.

I hope you begin to feel physically better and more like your usual self soon. We all wish you well and we need our valued elder statesman of the forum back on
form : )

silly mistake

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 08:40
If it was only yesterday you may be able to carefully take the top of the pots off and then scatter that into the larger trays ( already filled with compost so you are simply scattering the top layer of the pots as if it was seed) will be very difficult to know if you have succeeded in spreading the seed out much more but as so soon after sowing I wouldn't have thought it would do any harm?

The main 'danger' would be that the poppy seed ends up being sown too deeply. Maybe hedge your bets and do some of the pots and leave some.

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