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Tree suggestions

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 22:14

Hi, My daughter owns a flat that has an area around it that has long been tarmacked over. A decision has been made to cover some of it with gravel and plant in three trees after first digging out holes.

The trees will be about 15 feet away from the windows of the ground floor flats so nothing that will take too much light. It is on the north side of the building.

I had wondered about Japanese maple, one of the white barked birch (such as Ermans Birch) or maybe Sorbus (Rowan) if there is a reasonable small one - I'm thinking maybe 7 - 9 meters fully grown.

Any advice would be useful. Work starts next week.



Tree Peony Transplant

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 13:38

Thanks Nut Cutlet,

I've had an offer of help to dig it up from a very experienced local gardeners so we'll see how it goes. Just fortifying myself with a cup of tea before I go out to dig a 'Welcome' hole. 

No idea how big it is but I'll take my loppers in case it's a whopper.

Fingers crossed

Tree Peony Transplant

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 19:16

Help. I've been offered an established tree peony and have to pick it up on Friday. Any advice very welcome please.

Wildflowers but not a jungle!

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 21:08

Hi again DD. I bought some RHS endorsed mixed native wildlife hedging earlier this year from Hedge Nurseries which included hazel, hawthorn, buckthorn and beech I think. Worth a look. They had pre-applied Mycorrhizal Root Dip Gel. Mine were 2 year old bare rooted ones ( not the time of year for those, best to leave it until the dormant period). They have achieved an almost 100 per cent survival rate which is pretty good I think. Hawthorn has wonderful berries that the birds love and lovely white blossom in April/May (thought to be behind the saying 'ne'er cast a clout 'til May be out'). Definitely a good choice, watch the thorns with the little one and keep it in check or you'll have a tree in no time.

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 19:59

Oh I so know what you mean...but my friends, there is help at hand. My brother told me about fobs you can get to fix onto items such as keys etc that if you lose them you can ring from your mobile and they send out a beeping tone. I'm wondering if they can also be fixed to the shoes of my small grandchildren for when I look after them!

Try searching for Lost Key Finder Locator and some should come up.

Wildflowers but not a jungle!

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 19:42

I'm not sure anything 'holds back the weeds' DD. We have an area of woodland that is a nightmare as it's overgrown with brambles - that never fruit -and green alkanet which has immense tap roots and is a devil to get up. Having said that it is a magnet for bees which redeems it a little but, no bones about it, it is a THUG!

I'm planning to try Rubus Tricolor, described by the RHS as 'deciduous or evergreen shrubs, often scrambling with bristly or prickly stems bearing simple, lobed, palmate or pinnate leaves and 5-petalled flowers followed by juicy, sometimes edible fruits'.

I've seen it growing in the woodland garden at Dorothy Clive Garden in Shropshire and as brambles seem to grow so readily here thought that might be a good one as it is prostrate rather than arching. Bluebells are wonderful - we have those, as are snowdrops. Be careful about wild garlic as I have read they can takeover given the right conditions. Wood anemones are also beautiful, and as someone suggested honeysuckle - but make sure it's a native one as they will look more natural and have a delicious perfume.

Good luck with your project. I shall be building a hide in our wood next week with my seven year old grandson - magical!





honeysuckle won't flower

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 22:19

Never give up indeed....Today I have witnessed two beautiful, blousy and deliciously fragrant flowers on my honeysuckle. Worth the wait? You bet! Hopefully there will be even more blooms next year.

Plant ID please

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 19:42

Hi Welshonion,

You may be onto something there. There are no signs of flowers yet but I'll keep an eye on them and let you know.

Plant ID please

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 20:47

Thanks Welshonion.

I looked up Dogs Mercury and I think it may be too tall for that. I haven't seen any flowers yet but as  feel well reassured it isn't JKW I'll let a few live on to see if they flower.

They are easily pulled up. The stems have little white shoots coming out just above soil level too.


Plant ID please

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 20:02

Hi Bob,

there is lots of Elder around here but this is about three feet high and quite soft, not woody. It also has hollow stems. Sorry the pic isn't very clear.


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