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Aeonium zwartkop

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 23:21

Has it been sitting in the water you given it? 

The leaves on mine just dry and drop off as the stem grows. When it gets too leggy I chop the top 6" of stem off and just plunge the top into the compost, which should be gritty for good drainage. That's it's normal growth. I'd be concerned if the base of the stem was soft and beginning to rot, if the stem has remained firm, continue with what you're doing. Mine also looses its dark brown colour and becomes more green ish in lower light levels over winter, and darkens again in the summer.  Is probably ok. 

Ideas for a 38m hedge

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 23:15

Yep that's what I would suggest too, they will take a couple of years to get into their stride, but then will be really good, and is easy to replace if you have any losses If it's mixed. If you've got blackthorn, rose hips, elder flower and berries, you've got the makings of a good harvest too for making stuff, including the winter tipples. I'd add in the odd holly too, then that's Christmas decorations taken care of. 

The only problem with fast growing is it continues to grow fast when 'its  got to the height you want it to reach, so will be tough to maintain and keep in check. 

If the wall in the picture is the one you want to hide - how close to the wall do you want to plant? And is it your wall? If it's not yours, you may be obliged to allow space for occasional Maintenance. Right next to the wall any hedge might take longer to get established And need more TLC. 

Barely started and I'm already overwhelmed!

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 22:55

Hi Ripply,

there is no such thing as a stupid question, don't worry about how silly or maybe basic you think the question is, ask away. The daft thing is not asking and getting demoralised If there are losses or mistakes. 

On the subject of mistakes, we've all made them, and nature has a habit of laughing at us occasionally too. The NGS scheme expects the gardens to be of a high standard, and for me unattainable in my plot as I work full time. The owners have probably spent weeks or months getting the garden up to scratch if you've got the time it's  lovely. Most of the battle with plants is the right soil and the right place, get that bit sorted and you've done most of the work. From what you've already posted some of the rubble has gone and the top soil is being delivered. That's a huge start and a good one too. If you have some good neighbours, they are likely to be chopping their plants or dividing them at some stage, and I'm sure will be only too happy to donate some small plants to you if you would like them. 

If you've got the budget and would like some instant effect, there is no reason why you can't invest in some larger specimens. But look around, take your time. Natures time for planting is the autumn, so kick back, water your turf well and walk on the fresh grass until you can work out what you would like where. There are many on here who would be delighted to give you advice on their experiences of particular plants and situations. 

Garden edging

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 17:06

That looks good Doghouse And have blended in well too. In seeing your front garden edging has just reminded me of the rope edging in Victorian gardens. Expensive but good in the right place. I guess it boils down the situation preference and budget. 

Barely started and I'm already overwhelmed!

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 17:00

Sorry that sounds a bit like a lecture when I read it back. Gardening is definitely for the soul and soil, and it sounds as though your soul needs a bit of a break. Are you doing this by yourself? If there is a quiet and sunny spot in your garden space that can you make a space for a few paving stones to fit a table and chairs. At least you can sit there and have a cuppa or glass of something. And just stop for a while. 

Barely started and I'm already overwhelmed!

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 16:43

Take one small portion at a time to do. You could lay the rest to lawn  the meantime As the maintenance is simple ish and prevents you having to weed all of the time. Why do you want to use the garden and what do you want to use it for? No point in having a desire for pristine bowling green lawn if you've got family that want to play footie or a swing there. 

If you've just finished renovations, take a break and think about your garden, look at it from different views. Garden for the long term and not the short term, but a few well chosen plants can give you a bit of a view in the short term as well as a seasonal pot to look at and look after, for some colour and cheer. 

Have a look at your neighbours gardens, what works in their garden and what isn't there. Accept you can't have everything you would like. I love azaleas and rhododendrons and camellias but I'm on Cotswold limestone, so only have a single in a pot! 

Im afraid you'll have to start with the foundations for the garden and that's the ground prep and soil preparations. Please don't spend a fortune on plants,  to put them into impoverished and unimproved soil as they will not thrive and you'll be even more disappointed. And have wasted money in the process. buy them when youre ready to put them in. 

If you've a local garden club and it's your thing, go along. If it's not your thing go along anyway  to pick others brains about what to do. If you know a local gardener or designer, it may be worth spending the money for an hour of their time for their views and advice. 

There are plants for every situation, but definitely the right plant right place in right soil 

good luck 

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. 

Last edited: 20 May 2017 16:25:22

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. 

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