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Hedge - Escallonia???

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 20:04

It can look very nice as a hedge, flowers attract pollinators and has the benefit of slightly prickly leaves. Can be close trimmed and maintained with ease. Copper beech is equally effective as a hedge. Laurel I don't like, personally I think it's too vigorous as a hedge, and having to cut a few for customers, I find them a pain, needing 2 cuts a year at least. Go with the escallonia IMHO.

Roses blooming Winter

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 23:50

I suspect it's still in flower as the South East has had little really hard frost. Later in the month lower temperatures are forecast to be widespread including the SE. Minus 6 here in wales has stripped all but my Mdme alfred carrie it's my hardiest rose but a rampant climber. In Didcot you'll get away with anything you want. Most roses will continue to flower until winter pruned if temperatures are mild enough.

Compost Advice

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 17:37

Went today and  scrapped out half of it (hard work), and to my surprise it's doing better than I feared. Thanks guys.

Compost Advice

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 18:33

I've recently been taken on to look after a huge garden, (lucky me).  

The previous 'gardener' has been dumping grass clippings and fallen leaves together in one huge bin (pallet sided) about 10ft x10ft. to a depth of about 5ft now. 

I don't know if this is going to work, I suspect not. I fear a huge mess to clear in spring. I compost successfully in my own garden and am more than aware of the principle of browns and green mixed evenly.

I've told the owner I'll have to rebuild the bins anyway as they are falling apart, and build a separate bin for leaf mold.

Has anyone either come across this or done this successfully? 

Any input would be gratefully received. 

PM for Artjak Compost advice

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 15:06

PM'd you artjak

Plant ID's please

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 20:28

I know it's difficult at this time of year, the garden I'm working in hasn't been well maintained by the previous so called 'gardener'. 

6 I managed to identify as a Lonicera. 8 isn't a herb, no smell at all, first thing I thought of as well, I think it's a salvia of some sort. 2 isn't a perennial poppy, there are actually two plants there, the one in the front is the mystery. Again maybe a salvia of some sort I know I've seen it before, but memory fails me.

I had thought of a Daphne, but it's in the wrong soil for it and it's not doing well, so thanks for the confirmation.

Thanks for the musk mallow, I had a suspicion, but wasn't a 100%.

4 is a very young shasta daisy of some sort, I realised after posting I'd done it by mistake, they are everywhere. self seeded of course.

7 is the real sticker for me, It's about 4-5ft tall and all that's distinctive is the seed head, first glance I thought acanthus, but it's not, but the seed head is similar. I may have to wait for next year now as they are all composting now!

Thanks for your efforts peeps, appreciate it.

Plant ID's please

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 17:51

 Hi Peeps, help with the above please. Some of them are a bit skeletal but I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thanks in advance.

Two ID's please

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 19:46

I had removed the spent flower heads already on the phlomis. I have to see what the client wants to do with it, it's a small area but I have the rest of the garden to sort out first, it's huge, I'll be working till christmas eve on it and beyond so I have my work cut out. May be more ID's to come as she's a bit of a plant collector. Thanks all I really appreciate it.

Two ID's please

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:38

Thanks nut its phlomis russeliana, just found a a good foliage pic online and strike 2 its the acer, thank you.

Two ID's please

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:11

 Hi Folks, 

Just been taken on for a very large garden, would like someone to ID the above for me. I particularly like the tree, it's a stunning orange red colour. Thanks in anticipation.

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New Pots in bags

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Compost Advice

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PM for Artjak Compost advice

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Plant ID's please

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Two ID's please

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Invasive roots from a neighbours garden

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Hold in invasive roots 
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