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anyone here ever coppiced a starndard tree successfully?

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 21:14

coppice . down to the ground

brunnera Betty Bowring

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 10:23

I love this brunnera but have had no success in my London garden where I have these in clay soil which has been improved (never enough tho ....!) they have sulked, failed to produce a healthy clump of foliage and precious little flower. Could be the plants were rubbish or are they just pickier than advertised?? I had about 7 of them originally - am left with only about 4 I think and they ALL look pretty dreadful. Love the white flowers and the foliage is useful. Don't want a blue flowered version - any recommedations for white variety? loath to give up as anything slug proof is v valuable and with such gorgeous starry flowers ...

Bulbs, bulbs and more bulbs!

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 10:19

keeping it simple is key. Consider also dead/dying foliage of earlier bloomers which can ruin the display of later flowers pushing through ... I'd seriously try and find some way to 'line' them as Fairygirl suggested so that you can keep changing the display throughout the year and thus not sacrifice all your precious bulbs. that way, when the bulbs are done lift out liners and let foliage die down so they're good to go again next year and you can fill the containers with annuals/perennials for summer/autumn display

anyone here ever coppiced a starndard tree successfully?

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 10:12

ooh thanks - sorry to hear about the Parrotia - what a gorgeous tree that is. nothing like it for autumn colour and now you have even more foliage that it's a multistem.  you've given me confidence. so mid winter would be a good time - perhaps when it's lost the last of the foliage ... am presuming the cut would be just a couple of inches above soil level?bit slanty to avoid rot ...

thanks Fairygirl, intrigued to know if your old amelanchier survived the new owners' chop ... !

anyone here ever coppiced a starndard tree successfully?

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 22:35

anybody done it? a friend's amelanchier is a badly shaped standard and it won't look good for too long. how about coppicing it?  trunk is approx 6cm diameter- not the end of the world if it 'doesn't pull through' but would love to hear from somebody who has some experience of same?

 

Modern Gardens to visit in Yorkshire?

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 07:43

Hi there. I'm researching contemporary gardens to visit in Yorkshire next year with a group of garden tourists from italy. These visitors are more interested in the overall design  of the garden than the variety of plants/plantsmanship. We'll be doing all the 'usual' visits like Castle Howard, Scampston, York Gate, Parcevall Hall,YSP etc and I would really like to be able to show them some private contemporary gardens - large or small. the NGS site gives few photos so any recommendations would be welcome. thanks!

Yorkshire Gardens to visit?

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 07:42

Hi there. I'm researching contemporary gardens to visit in Yorkshire next year with a group of garden tourists from italy. These visitors are more interested in the overall design  of the garden than the variety of plants/plantsmanship. We'll be doing all the 'usual' visits like Castle Howard, Scampston, York Gate, Parcevall Hall,YSP etc and I would really like to be able to show them some private contemporary gardens - large or small. the NGS site gives few photos so any recommendations would be welcome. thanks!

Anenome wild swan - beware a tricky customer!

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 15:29

yup they were a good size in 2l pots - I'm thinking it's soil quality combined with hot summer and not the best watering practice ..... doh ....

Anenome wild swan - beware a tricky customer!

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 13:36

Of the 8 new (and expensive ..) anenome wild swan I planted in May, ONE and ONE only has survived! am seriously upset. It's a gorgeous plant and one by one they have curled up their toes and died. they were part of a larger new planting I put in in the early summer. I fear it may have been a combination of my heavy soil and over watering.  the casualties mostly happened following use of my lawn sprinkler. My soil is heavy but 'improved' clay and sometimes the top inch or so can seem very dry while deeper down it's really moisture retentive so this might have been the problem. My advice is to be careful with watering - don't mistake overwatering for drought!

Iceberg climber possibly mis-sold?

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 13:29

Hi there - my first post here. I bought two white roses from a reputable nursery three years ago which were sold to me as Iceberg climbers. After a spectacular june flowering, the rose (I have two of them) has never reflowered in the three years I've had it. The flowering tends to be concentrated in June/late May and I assiduously dead head (cutting the stems down a few leaf nodes each time) I give the same treatment to other roses in the garden all of which reflower. I'm seriously considering grubbing these roses out as I really don't want a 'one hit wonder' and I selected iceberg because of its repeat flowering promise. I'm no expert but this characteristic sounds more like a rambler than a climber. Is there such a thing as an Iceberg rambler?? If I grub em out this winter and given they've been in the ground only three years, might it still be ok to replace with another rose without risking (too much ..) rose replant disease? any comments gratefully received!

 

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Discussions started by dockyrph

brunnera Betty Bowring

trouble on heavy soil? 
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anyone here ever coppiced a starndard tree successfully?

coppicing an amelanchier? 
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Last Post: 30/09/2014 at 21:14

Modern Gardens to visit in Yorkshire?

Recommendations for inspiring modern gardens to visit with garden tourists 
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Yorkshire Gardens to visit?

Looking for 20th/21st Century gardens to visit - Yorkshire 
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Anenome wild swan - beware a tricky customer!

disaster with new planting 
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Iceberg climber possibly mis-sold?

no repeat bloom on white 'climber' 
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