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Blazing Leylandi Hedges

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 07:14

Leylandii hedges do burn quickly once they're alight.  They're dense so the leaf-litter on the ground beneath them is dry as is the centre of the hedge which is brown and dry and the growth is resinous which ignites and flares up quickly.  There have been several reports of leylandii hedges burning away in minutes in our local press over the years.

I'm afraid that the hedge will not grow again - Leylandii does not produce new shoots from old wood. 

Leylandii are very greedy plants and will have impoverished the ground around them, so before planting a new hedge you will need to dig lots of organic matter into the soil.  Well rotted farmyard manure would be great. 

There are so many options regarding a replacement hedge - I love a holly hedge - if you want something clipped and formal there's yew or beech, and Eleagnus x ebbingei also makes a fine hedge.  Or is the site suitable for a mixed hedge of native plants which would attract a lot of wildlife?

I'm sure you'll gets lots more suggestions ............


Posted: 24/02/2016 at 06:59

Oh ... hello there Chicky


Regarding this thread having reached 1,000 posts (aren't we a chatty bunch

I've had a word with Nora who suggested that we might find starting a new Hello Forkers thread so frequently a bit irritating (this one's only a fortnight old ).  

She's suggested that we could start a new thread at the start of each month e.g. the next one would be

Hello Forkers March 2016 and then we'd have Hello Forkers April 2016 and so on, ad infinitum .............. I think that's a good idea so that's what I'll do. 

The only blip might be when a new month starts over the weekend and she won't be available to lock the old one - but we'll just have to remind each other that a new one will be starting and people who post on a thread in the wrong month will have to provide cake for everyone


Posted: 24/02/2016 at 06:48

Good morning all   G'day Pat   That's good news from the doctor

It's frosty here and -1.4C in the sheltered back garden.  I've just been watching the full moon set in the west - it looks as if it might be a good day today ... but I've not looked at the forecast yet ......


Posted: 23/02/2016 at 20:25
aym280 wrote (see)

Guernsey Donkey2 Where did you buy your John Innes and what number was it please? ......

As GD has said, the JI Seed Compost doesn't have a number.

Explanation of the different John Innes formulations here


Posted: 23/02/2016 at 19:36

Glad you've got your date Hosta  

I think your poor sleep could be related to the tension/stress of the disturbed nights you had on holiday, coupled with being a few hours adrift.  It'll settle down if you keep to a routine

I must start buying lottery tickets ... OH has just said that the chap who won the 32.5 million is his old Head of Sixth Form ... apparently it couldn't happen to a nicer chap ... that's good to know  


Posted: 23/02/2016 at 15:01

Sweet dreams Pat

Pots and Containers

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 12:31

It depends so much upon the style of your garden and your own personal taste ... lots of ideas here


Posted: 23/02/2016 at 12:28

No one Pat - I've been spring cleaning our bedroom and I've run out of bin bags ... to be honest, I'd run out of them before I started on this job - next time I go to the shops can someone remind me that I need bin bags?

Pots and Containers

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 10:27

I think terracotta always looks better than plastic imitation, but of course it depends on your budget - plastic ones can look really good if you paint them 

Or collect together some assorted boxes, buckets and tubs of all sorts, make sure they've got some drainage holes in the bottom, then spray them in matching or co-ordinating colours - they'll look great 


Posted: 23/02/2016 at 10:03
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

I went to bed at 11 Dove , honest. I was still awake after the desingnated 30 mins , so got up again. Wen't back to bed around 1 ish but was still awake at 2.20 so got up again. 

I'm going to keep with the, going to bed at 11 ish and setting alarm for 8 

Sounds good ... but don't noodle on the board if you can't get to sleep - you're sending your brain mixed messages 

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