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Choosing a hedge

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 09:57

What about English holly?  Not as fast growing as some things, but it only needs trimming once a year, is great for wildlife, provides you with some Christmas decorations and is certainly dense and thorny.  

While it's growing you can protect it with  temporary windbreak netting like this http://premierbarriers.co.uk/catalog/knitted-windbreak-netting-metre-p-439.html which would not need any planning consent etc. 

Talkback: Watering priorities

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 07:54

You'd need these for pollination 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52806.jpg?width=220&height=240&mode=max

 

What is it?

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 07:51

I'm going for bullace too - some ripen to a greeny yellowish colour with a flush of pink, and some ripen black like a damson -some info here

 http://www.readsnursery.co.uk/bullaces/ 

Lovely for pies and tarts, and they make superb wine. 

Clematis

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 07:37

They're only babies - I'd be happy if they flowered next year 

Why so few insects this year?

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 07:33

We're in Norfolk and we've got loads more insects in the garden this year than last - we've had lots of hoverflies and bumble bees - yesterday I noticed honey bees in the garden, particularly on the hardy geraniums and a real increase in butterflies over the past week or so.  

Lots of damselflies too; no dragonflies in the garden yet but I'm sure it won't be long - we're in a dragonfly hotspot 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 07:28

Yes Woody - a bit of forethought can help in this weather can't it?  We're open plan downstairs and have plantation-style blinds at the windows,so on hot days we open the windows and set the blinds at an angle to reflect the sun back outwards - that means we get a cooling breeze through the house and the heat stays outside 

Blackbirds in the mower shed

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 07:20

Young blackbirds are quite speckly, usually with a hint of orange in their colouring.  We have one who is very orange and speckly.  They're also very friendly.  We've found that they absolutely love the Chapelwood Hedgehog food that we put out for our hedgehogs, so I sprinkle some of that around in the garden during the daytime for the blackbird fledglings - it's keeping them away from my raspberries

Mushrooms in my raised bed and lawn

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 07:16

No probs - warm wet weather = fungi 

poisonous courgettes

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 07:16

It does sound to me as if there's been some cross-fertilisation at the seed producers' place - with a lot of different varieties being grown nowadays it can happen.  Although the seed producers are usually careful to grow their plants at a distance from other similar varieties, there's no accounting for what the general public might be growing in their gardens and which bees might be visiting.  

I do think you ought to notify  Fothergills so that they're aware that their processes are flawed. 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
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DIFFICULTIES POSTING?

How to get around the current problem .... 
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Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

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A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Suggestions welcome 
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Caterpillar ID

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ID please

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Slug Pubs - research opportunity

Which beer is best? 
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Plant in need of ID

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Hazels looking for a home

Free plants for Norfolk/North Suffolk gardeners 
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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Yes, that soon!!! 
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World Naked Gardening Day

Did you participate? 
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Last Post: 09/05/2014 at 08:02

Decision of the day

..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
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All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Result of RHS Survey 
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Planning planting combinations

Your suggestions? 
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