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Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 11:19


Infinity garden

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 14:03

Verdun, I've found neither of the above difficult to move, or any other shrub for that matter. Tlc afterwards is the key IMHO.


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 13:59

If you want to reshape the camellia next year, then do the hard prune after flowering. They take a few years to get back to the best flowering, but with some tlc,the can be reformed into something gorgeous. Hard pruning them is just the same as any shrub, cutting back to outward facing buds and the feeding and mulching. It can take a few years as I said, but I've done it and the results are well worth it.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 13:53

I'd love to take the offer Fairygirl, thank you. I have buddlea globosa, the yellow one as seedlings at the moment, a white would be perfect as an addition. PM me and I'll send my details back. If you want a globosa in return I'd be happy to send you one, or anyone else for that matter.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 10:59

I burnt most off the wood Fairygirl, I skipped 4 tons of rubble that came out of the ground, and yes it was hard work. Plans for the future, well I'm adding more roses and planting buddlea next to the leyllandii hedge they can cope with the poor soil there. The bank is sun baked in summer and the soil poor, so I've got cistus and other sun lovers going in at the moment along with plants that can cope with drought on there. I have four different area's to the garden with a woodland bed a moisture rich bed, a normal bed and a dry area. So it's been a case of choosing plants to go with the conditions. It was all done on a shoe string, no more than £500, so it shows what can be done on not a lot of cash. I am lucky, I get cuttings and throw away's from the people I garden for, the local shop does plants and shrubs cheaper than most places, and I buy plugs instead of large plants.

Next year, I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns outwith all the late summer and autumn planting. It needs another year to mature so I'll post some more pics next year.

Fleece a fan palm?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 10:01

Fan palms are a lot hardier than people realize matt, they rarely need wrapping in the UK. South facing is good and it looks pretty sheltered. I don't think there's much chance of losing it in a UK winter.

Is this Honey Fungus?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 09:58

Honey fungus matt is characterized by mushroom like growths coming from the infected site. It doesn't look like that at the moment. It's a fungus, but I'm no expert on fungus. Someone else may have seen it develop in the way your picture illustrates, I wouldn't give up too soon. I hope someone else can advise you further. 

Infinity garden

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 09:53

Moving any shrub is basically the same pamjam. Start to lift them with your fork about a foot away from the stem to start, and adjust the distance according to the resistance from the root ball. Lift as much of the rootball as possible. Then move them to pre prepared dug holes Sprinkle some rootgrow over the root ball and add a bit to the planting hole. You can add some bonemeal to the planting hole as well, and maybe some well rotted manure or compost. Then water them in thoroughly. The ground is still warm so it's the ideal time to move them. Best of luck.

Always read the label!

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 20:48

Lily, making cock ups is often more fun than getting it right. I can't count the number of times I've done it. I do it all the time especially on the allotment. I often have to wait to see what comes up or what it develops into.


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 20:43

Have a look at the link below Gail.

It's advice on growing and maintaining them by Sarah Raven

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