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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

Hi


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


https://www.opalexplorenature.org/nzflatworm/results-map


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.

Gloves

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

Help! North or West facing garden?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 07:43

We had a north/northwest facing garden and still got some sunshine for eating outside But our season was shorter as it wasn't until the sun was high enough to be above the house line - so sunny at the end of the garden from end of March until September. We also got quite a bit of sun in the mornings from the east side of the garden. I learnt then that you need to look at what surrounds the house not just which way the garden faces as trees and other houses and your own will cast shade as well or if quite open you will get sun from the east and/or west sides as well. And as Ladybird says it is like having natural air conditioning on hot summer days.


we also once had a west facing garden and a lot of it was far too sunny for me as there was nothing to shade the house to the south side (we were a corner plot) so we got the sun nearly all day. But we had a lovely spot for sitting out in the evening sun.


i would have a good look at the gardens and see which feels the best as well as considering the aspect. and maybe see if you can visit a couple of times to see what the light is like at different times of day?


its always exciting getting a new garden so good luck in your new home.

weilga multi stemmed

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 08:31

I think wiegelia stems that are already mature might be too brittle to weave. I don't recall seeing one trained as a standard which is effectively what you would get if you weaved the stems?


The plants with plaited/woven stems have been trained like that from the start so that the stems are weaved together as they grow and when they are more pliable.

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