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Rhododendrons and horse muck !

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 17:56

OK - I won't use the cow manure on them They do get a good mulch of leaves in the autumn naturally

Have just mulched a 200 ft hedge with the straw manure (did this last year too) and used it for the veggies, but have so much left, I'll have to use it on another hedge

Thank you




Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 17:51

Yes - they were small plugs but I planted them into 9cm pots. I'm not sure how big the Hayloft plugs will be, but they say ' big enough to plant out straight awy but better to pot up for a few weeks'

Rhododendrons and horse muck !

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 14:36

We inherited about a dozen, mature rhododendrons/azaleas when we bought our house. They are in a shady area under trees and a very overgrown beech hedge. We have severely pruned the beech hedge now and the rhododendrons are now getting more light and seem to be doing a lot better this year. I have a huge amount of well-rotted horse manure (with and without straw) - any reason not to mulch the rhododendron with it ??

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 14:27

I bought a job lot of 75 perennials from T&M last year to fill lots of empty space until I get time to put other things in - virtually all survived (my first time buying plug plants) and the beds are looking very good this year despite the bad weather

I've got some Wild Swan on order from Hayloft which should come next month. I think they come as large plugs. Not cheap - 3 for £18.50, but I've found their plants good previously.

Petrol lawn mower

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 15:08
itsnotmyfault wrote (see)

Bought a Honda.  I heard that the reaason so many Honda cars on the road due to folk beng impressed with their mowers... bah

We bought a Honda about 5 years ago as we were moving to a house with a much bigger garden. A huge mistake - we have had nothing but trouble with the carburettor. Have replaced it, but still won't work properly - seems to be a common problem with them I give up usually and get our old Hayter out (almost 30 years old) - it's not a ;driven' model, but I'd rather use it than the Honda For the rest of the garden that isn't lawn, I use our Westwood ride-on mower. I'd love to use it on the lawn, but there are so many areas it wouldn't reach it isn't worth it.

Concorde pear problem ?

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 13:24

We planted several fruit trees in autumn 2009 (bare root) from a good nursery. All have grown well. In 2011 we had the first fruit - 2 - from the Concorde pear 1/2 standard (we only planted one). These were delicious Last year we had no blossom at all - but it was a bad year so I didn't worry. This year there is only one 'head' of blossom. The tree is approximately 6 feet tall. Is this due to this year's weather/ the tree is still young or is there some other problem ? The other trees (several apples and a plum) all have a reasonable amount of blossom. Thank you

Plant Suggestions please

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 17:31

Thanks for the suggestions - I love Hollyhocks, Lupins and Delphiniums. I really want perennials so that I don't need to have to plant every year. Maybe once the main renovations are finished I might put annuals in, but not at the moment

Plant Suggestions please

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 09:52

We are renovating our front garden. At one side we have a new 3' picket fence that is approx. 60' long. There will be grass running up to it, but at the house end the grass will taper down to nothing as it runs up to the side gate. I would like to plant along the fence. The area gets early morning sun and late afternoon, summer sun. I'd like something attractive that won't get out of hand (like growing through the fence) nor requires too much maintence (we've got a huge garden to maintain). I'd like to plant into the grass rather than have a formal 'bed'. Preferably something that won't grow any higher than the fence. The other side of the fence is next door's driveway which I can access. We live in rural Norfolk. Thanks

Buying plants on line

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 18:36

It's not always so good from garden centres We wanted to look at shrubs in the summer (not really to buy, just getting ideas), so we drove about 30 miles to a GC that had been recomended to us (nearest largish garden centre to us). When we got there, they had quite a small selection of plants and the quality of them was terrible They looked as though they hadn't been watered for a week or more. They were terrible specimens. We spent about 10 minutes there and drove home. One reason why I have liked buying online, I have (so far) only received plants in good condition and have been able to buy what I want without driving a considerable distance

Buying plants on line

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 10:38

We've been renovating an old house for the last 4 years or so and trying to get the garden (an acre and a quarter) sorted at the the same time - with a limited budget. Buying offers - for plants online, - free plus P&P, has been brilliant and has helped fill new, empty beds etc. When I have more time and money, I can be more selective and gradually replace the 'cheap' plants I decide I don't want any more It's been quite a challenge for me - a relatively inexperienced gardener - to cope with loads of small plug plants, but it's also been quite satisfying and also made me buy plants I'd never have considered before

Discussions started by Daisy Cottage

Plants /shrubs for container help

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Best flavour cherry tomatoes ?

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Plum fruit problem

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Planting under poplars ?

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Preparing bed for onions

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Apple picking and storing

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Rhododendrons and horse muck !

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Concorde pear problem ?

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Plant Suggestions please

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Pepino Melon help

Pepino melon help 
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Hedge Ideas

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Chillies problem

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Shrub suggestions

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Cucumber stem rot ?

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Strawberries in hanging baskets

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