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Ideas for a 38m hedge

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 08:22

That's good now you know what you don't want.  Anything against your neighbours wall that would damage or that would undermine their foundations wouldn't probably be recommended.  You could put trellis fencing near the wall or fencing and grow climbers through and on it. Alternatively have you asked your neighbour if they would mind you putting a trellis on the wall? You've a small gap between the drive and the wall/fence and wouldn't want anything to grow over toward the drive too much, anything too prickly might scratch paintwork and wouldn't be comfortable getting out of a car against. The hydrangea doesnt have suckers or grow into the wall so won't damage it.and will flower. I think there is a difference between growing things near the wall, and attaching things to the wall. Attaching anything would need permission, growing something near the boundary on your property wouldn't. The foundations of the wall and building are likely to be dry and as it's a narrow space is likely to need support in watering to get it established. Against the fence is different. The pyracantha is very pruneable to a narrow profile and is good for security. Berberis would also be the same. It would stand upright on its own so no need to attach to you neighbours wall for support. 

How about posts near the block of wall with straining wires across  to grow fruit trees along them? Getting the benefit of the warmth and protection from the wall but not against it? Treating the bit down near the gate differently to the blank wall and the the bit by the fencing? 

Garden edging

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 07:59

Did you use a line to get the circle correct or something else to work against? What bricks did you use? 

Crockham Hill garden goings on

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 21:35

Wow that looks really good. Good sieve like that one, an old chip pan basket can be useful too  am looking forward to seeing your progress. 

Malvern Spring Festival

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 21:27

Seems even Chelsea hasn't been exempt from less Show gardens, with speculation that it was the sponsors that weren't sure due to Brexit! Everything seems to be being blamed on Brexit! 

Ideas for a 38m hedge

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 20:49

How about hydrangea peteilaris against the wall? Doe too any damage to the brickwork and will cover it 

have seen a lovely hedge of mixed pyracantha with orange and red berries. Prickly so a good security barrier. 

Colour matching

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 15:08

Well caught lovely picture. 

Plant identification help!

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 15:06

Bobs right about the vine weevil. Am wondering if the plant is a skimmia? But a prunus is more likely 

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Barely started and I'm already overwhelmed!

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 09:24

Pauline has a good idea in documenting what you've got and have done. I know you have a blank canvas at the moment, but that is a good thing. You can start from scratch without clearing weeds and rubbish away.  You will be surprised that even doing a small section will lift the soul. I hope you are able to enjoy this And the fruits of you labour.

Thinking of fruit - would you like to be able to pick an apple or pear from your tree and eat it? There are local varieties of apples for example that are unlikely to be commercially grown that are local to your area. E.g. Worcester Permain Was originally grown in Worcester. Others grown for their specific location like altitude, some may not thrive at higher levels. A bit of time researching and getting a good local fruit tree will give you blossom, autumn colour and a crop too. And can be used as a starting point for one area of your garden. 

What style of garden do you want Is also a consideration.

Hedges Drop Green Leaves and Die

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 09:14

So they suddenly just drop their leaves without turning brown first? Sorry have just re-read your first post, yes they do. Is it the plants in the same spot you are loosing? Or have they been different plants along the hedgeline. 

Has the soil prep been ok? Sorry if this sounds awful, but did you put them into just soil or was into soil that has been improved with water retaining compost, etc,

am not surprised you have hedge envy after all of your efforts and expense too. It should be glorious after all of this.  Is there a barrier on the other side to protect or buffer the winds? Opposite this hedge I mean, out of the picture. A hedge or fence will buffer the wind for about 10x it's height in length. 

Maybe you need a combination of more water, a bit of protection and a mulch? Is there a soak hose you can use rather than a sprinkler? 

Hedges Drop Green Leaves and Die

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 23:39

That's disappointing for sure. There is a lot of greenery behind them, taking much moisture and nutrients from the soil. When small you may provide them with enough water, but when it's hot, maybe it's just not enough. Which is why they fail when they get to a decent size. Hasn't most of California had a very very long drought? That may have also had a contributory factor too. They probably thrive in England as its cooler and wetter than LA. Just a thought Are they on the top of a bank, or does the ground fall away behind them? The raised portion would be dryer than the lower portion, which is great if you want drainage, but for moisture retention it doesn't help much. Have you put a mulch of something on the top of the soil after a good soaking? Would help to stop the evaporation of the water 

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