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Garden edging

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 16:22

What a well timed post, thank you. I've been looking for a new edge for a lawn. It's surrounded by about 6" of gravel  next to the raised borders. The current border of wood is rotting quietly and becoming a pain. So I need to replace with something, and wondered too if a metal edging would work. I've seen them on the edges or lawn or borders in large stately properties, and it always looks neat there. I was hoping to see some at the Malvern Show last weekend but didn't see anyone selling it. 

Ive seem the rite edge metal edging, from farm forestry which seems ok and Looks as if it would be descrete and isn't too expensive. I'm not that keen on more plastic for environmental reasons. I wonder if it does go brittle over a time as it's exposed to UV light, but don't know if it's designed to withstand that. The metal wouldn't degrade much. But mowing up to it you would need to be more careful than plastic or wood. Am still undecided at the moment. 

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Yellowing yew hedge

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 10:07

 No worries just hope they settle in and flourish 

Yellowing yew hedge

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 23:29

I think you've anwered your own question to be honest. Under a conifer it is likely to be very dry and any nutrients will be exhausted quickly by the established conifer. There was possibly enough water over the winter and early spring months, but as April has been very dry in the uk (sorry presuming you're in the uk), its placed even more stress on the plants. But may be the same where you are. Can you cut it back to take the load off? What was your preparation of the planting holes like? Any preparation and enrichment of the planting holes may have also helped the pre existing conifer too. 

Take off the brown and dying bits to prevent too much die back, the yew (which is a also a conifer) will unusually for a conifer regrow successfully from being cut back to old wood. 

I would doubt if root pruning the conifer would be either feasible or sensible, as it might alter its stability. It was just a passing thought to restrict the conifer a bit whilst the yew beacme established, but probably not sensible. The only other thing is to move it sadly. But keep it watered, not waterlogged, mulch and feed it even in winter when it can be dry too & hope it gets over the move and becomes established. 

Good luck 

Last edited: 19 May 2017 23:31:54

Unknwon Tree

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 23:04

If the tops growing at a pace then so will the root be..... dig or pull out when small unless you want it to grwo there. 

Malvern Spring Festival

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 22:58

I went on Friday and agree with everything above.  according to web sites there were 39 plants people outside and 69 in the marquee. But there felt like fewer than that. A few years ago there were at least 60 stands outside and the same inside. Getting less of a garden show with retail and more like retail with a bit of garden. The marquee seemed to be the same one in a long line rather than the one in previous years in 3 portions side by side. Better use of the large site though, and good stuff in the sheds. The food, craft and floral decorations were all lovely. Good choice of the pic to post, loved that display. 

Well done & thank you to the show gardens that were there (apart from the brightly coloured plastic 'garden') were all lovely, thank you to them. Wasn't sure about the planting of the one pictured above with a lot of wood. There looked like a lot of spare soil, but loved the design and form and the planting that was there. The plastic garden had less planting than the amount of moss on my house roof and it got a bronze Just didn't get that one at all. 

jekka mcvicars garden is lovely. The little theatre spaces are a lovely idea especially in the marquee but I agree the spacing between the stands was at best snug. It's a real shame even when there are lots of people about that you are not able to stand a bit back from the stand and enjoy the very hard work from the nursery staff in the displays they've put on.

the small independent nurseries are I feel being edged out by the nurseries that import their virtually ready made displays that are put down to win awards, and those that are created on site and get little recognition. It costs a huge amount to put a stand up, let alone the logistics and the costs of the plants and staff on site. The RHS really needs to get income from the retailers and give the nurseries a break. They are not generally in it for the money, more of the love of plants. There were lots of nurseries that I've seen there over the years that weren't there this year. Maybe it's because the  Chelsea flower show is just 21/2 weeks after this one that show is better for them to attend and I don't blame them for that. One at least that have got a gold for their small but exquisite outdoor display 4or 5 years ago say they might not go back as they are so disallusioned due to cost, knockbacks for displays that just don't compared to the imported and crated in displays that are plonked down for a gold medal, they weren't happy at all. 

I guess any changes need to be tried and feedback read, will look forward to changes that are made for the next one. Gold parking, Umm really expensive now. Was never cheap, and the entrance fee is high enough, but it's a bit too high now RHS/3counties if you read this. 

Currant cultivation

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 20:37


Thanks for your advice

Contorted Willow

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 13:23

Oh heck that one's a monster - sorry as Dove says it will grow and grow.  Its not easy to use for basket work.  Can you coppice it and then use the well dried sticks the next year for attractive rustic supports.  If you use then when they're still green they will root away happily and spread your problem

Currant cultivation

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 13:16

I've currently (sorry for pun) got 1 of each black, red and white currant bushes in a shallow raised bed.  What is the method of cultivation that will give me the most prolific yield?  There isn't much space and wondered if growing as a cordon for example, would give me as much as a bush, or is there another way to get a good yield without huge spaces being used.

Thanks for help DG

ID Help

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 13:02

probably would be Lulu, is this something you've planted or is it in a hedgerow somewhere (Pip from apple core thrown away?)  If they are about cherry sized they could be crab apples - which make lovely jelly in the autumn

The jungle in my garden needs to go.

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 16:00

What happened to your gardening Fat Tony?

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