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Is it worth the risk?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 09:27

Thanks Iamweedy. It she rose I want to remove but the honeysuckle is completely entwined so there is bound to be some collateral damage. The rose has been in place for years going by the size of the main branches so the honeysuckle seems to have used that as much as the tree for its supports.

We are quite near David Austin roses so may well visit and see what catches our eye

Is it worth the risk?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 09:18

They look beautiful, will look them up.


New Overgrown Garden

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 09:09

At the risk of being contentious, if you want an easy care garden and aren't planning lots of new planting areas then you could keep the ground elder as your ground cover plant.

Its a devil to get rid of and will involve a lot of work  and patience. it may also be coming through from neighbouring gardens and if so may always be a problem for you. 

On the plus side it's green, stops any other weeds growing, won't bother the shrubs too much and has pretty flowers. It also edible so you could claim it as your very own foraging patch : )

Is it worth the risk?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 09:03


Some advice please. We have an old apple tree with a rambling rose and honeysuckle growing through it. The rose isn't terribly interesting (no scent, insignificant flowers) and is VERY vigorous. I would like to replace it but the honeysuckle, which we want to keep,  is completely entwined with the rose.

How ruthless can I be cutting back the honeysuckle? I will try to keep as much if it as I can but suspect it may get damaged in the process. Plus it will need to find its own way up the tree if I remove the rambler So may be best to cut it back anyway?

Would also appreciate advice on timing - its probably a lonicera periclymenum  as it is developing lovely bright red berries so would want to allow the birds to enjoy these first. Should we do this in late autumn, winter or wait till spring ?

Final question - any recommendations on a replacement rose to climb through my apple tree. He's only about 20ft tall and we would like the new rose to be scented (essential) preferably an open flower so good for pollinators and if we can be greedy hips too would be great. Doesn't have to be a repeat flowerer. There are so many gorgeous roses your suggestions might help us narrow down our choice :)

thank you 

To erradicate - flatworms so far, so good.

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 08:28

Have just looked at the Map, very interesting that there are so many more in Scotland than the rest if the UK as we always think of imported pests as moving upwards from the South.

link below and there are also other surveys on the Opal site that the public can get involved with besides the gruesome flatworms

thanks Dinah

Shade container

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 08:43

Heuchera and heucherella will cope with shade and there are lpots of lovely ones with purple/pinky-red and marbled leaves.


Posted: 19/08/2016 at 08:41

We recently bought some goatskin gloves off Amazon. They are the gauntlet style so come midway to elbow and are so soft and comfortable. Much easier to wear than leather ones I have had previously. they are the best I have had for protection and we were tacking monster brambles and yet you still retain a reasonable amount of 'feel' - I hate it when you are constantly aware you're wearing gloves because you can't feel what you're doing.

They were £20 which is more than I would usually spend but am now a huge fan. They also come is several sizes with a useful guide on how to measure your size, which probably helps with the 'feel' factor as I need quite a small size.

Aliens have landed

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 08:30

I have read the same advice as Punkdoc, the second reason given was that it is difficult to accurately distinguish between the invaders and all or our native/naturalised species. Some are quite similar to the Harlequin.

Mulching questions

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 08:34

We just use our own compost and leaf mould and in my old garden I would do a different area each year and prioritise any new plants for a bit too. We've moved so at our new garden I will do the same once the compost heals have got established but prioritise those areas where the soil needs improving the most.

you can sometimes get free horse manure from local stables but make sure that it's well rotted.

Native fruit trees

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 16:55

I know they are not fruit trees but hawthorn, silver birch and goat willow are three of the top hosts for insects and therefore good at attracting birds etc

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