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My new project. Where do I start!

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 23:00

This is quite a useful clip on training a rose up a pillar if you ignore the gumf during the first minute.  David Austin roses do a free brochure which will give you an idea of climbers that you can get for the amount of sunlight you receive.

The garden has improved such a lot from your first photo.  Please keep us updated with pics.  I'm having a terrible job digging up all of the rubbish in my garden so I empathise.

Japanese knotweed

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 22:39

There was an enormous specimen of japonese knotweed when I moved into my last house - no one told me what it was or that I could get money of the house, never mind.  The previous owner grew it because he thought it was pretty.  It lurked next to the front door like a triffid and my friend with a horticulture degree identified it as an orchid.  Once I found out what it really was I used Roundup.  Then I dug up regrowth and burnt it.  Eventually it rarely came up at all and if it did I gave it a blast with a flame gun which was quite good fun and seemed to do the trick.  It does weaken eventually.  I wish I had know I could have eaten it.  I'm sure I read that Alys Fowler eats bindweed, can anyone confirm this?

Help! Have I got Japenese Knotweed growing in my garden?

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 19:45

looks more like himalayan balsam to me.  I've never had it myself so no idea how to get rid of it but whatever you do don't let it seed.  It seeds itself by a sort of explosion to scatter the seed all over the place, probably best to cut off all the flowers, crush the leaves slightly and apply Roundup, but I'm happy to be corrected.

horsetail weed

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 19:43

I had this in my borders in my last garden.  If you pull it up from as far down as you can with a trowel it gives up eventually.

Small tree - any ideas please?

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 19:28

Hi, I have a small square front garden (typical 1930's small semi) when I park my car on gravel but have managed to salvage some space around the edges for borders.  I'd like two small trees just for a bit of screening from the neighbours and for the birds to sit on.  

In the narrowest bit where I drive in I was thinking of prunus 'Amanogowa' or 'Spire' so we can walk past to the car.  Then for the corner where we're attached to next door I thought we could get away with something more spreading but not too big as to block out her light.  I was thinking of either sorbus commixta 'Embley', Gleditsia 'Sunburst' or amelanchier 'Ballerina'.


Any thoughts on whether these are suitable for a small garden would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks

Anyone had health problems after pruning Buddleia?

Posted: 03/04/2012 at 07:17

Not with buddleia, but I've had it with crocosmia.  I cut a load back and chopped up the leaves to go in the compost.  When I got back inside I had difficulty in breathing for about an hour.  Just as I was thinking I ought to call an ambulance, it stopped as soon as it started.  So if you're susceptible to plant allergies you may want to be cautious around crocosmias too.


Posted: 03/04/2012 at 07:05

Let us know if it worked, good luck.

Pigeon problem

Posted: 30/03/2012 at 21:13

Wyevale are selling large netted cloches.  The net is taut so your hedgehog may be safe.


Posted: 30/03/2012 at 21:05

Can you ask your other neighbours to keep an eye out?  Clearly you can't give up before they do.  Perhaps you could put some dirty grease on the edges to discourage people from touching them although it wouldn't be nice for you either.  Good luck.

have I killed my wisteria?

Posted: 29/03/2012 at 07:23

thanks both of you, I'll leave it a little longer, if only to avoid digging the thing up.

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