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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Pruning a magnolia?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 06:46

BusyBee - the meadow may be windswept at the moment, but if you plant some shelter belts around it now you'll have a wonderful garden in a few years' time - the gardens at East Ruston are on a spot which was exposed to the worst of Norfolk's North-east winds, but with shelter belts they have a virtual tropical paradise  

So, plant that magnolia in the meadow as soon as you can - it's too small to suffer too much in the wind at the moment, and by the time it's big your shelter belts will be giving it the protection it needs.  

And I'd leave those little lower branches - one of the things I love about magnolias is their rather asymmetrical form and the way they look when underplanted with spring bulbs and flowers - as in the 7th pic on this link  If the magnolia was more 'upright' it wouldn't look half as good - in my humble opinion 


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 06:29

Oh Bill, what a shame - take it steady and don't try to do it all at once.  Is there no organisation who might have someone who could help you - Scouts or something? 

Raised beds

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 06:27

Possibly not a lot of help at the moment SNoodle, but I got a Harrod one from Wyevale in Sprowston half-price in their autumn sale  - it was one of their 'superior' square ones and I think I paid around £19.99 - they frequently have some very good reductions (and if you've not been there, the cafeteria is good too!) 

Does anyone know what this is

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 06:18

One of my favourites  - the foliage gives off a strong smell of foxes! 

Laying turf over old turf?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 06:15

That's fine Kinny - we all have budgets to try to work within - but it's good to know what 'best practice' is then you can make intelligent decisions about priorities.

Good luck with the lawn (and the dog) 

Let us know how you get on.

Plant Id please

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 06:11

If it's happy it will spread - by seed and/or by suckers - that's one of the reason it's often given as presents - there's lots of them to give and you'll be able to do that too!  So just keep an eye on it.  

Good for pollinating insects and the birds love the berries too. 

Looking forward to hearing about the Grand Plan 

Expensive gardening mistake - help needed

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 18:24

Hi Hartleyhare

To post pics on here you need to click on the little green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and then follow the instructions - show us some pics and we'll come up with some ideas 


Posted: 12/04/2014 at 15:31

No luck!  He's on his way home.  He can make the cuppa then - I'll put the kettle on so it's hot when he arrives 


Posted: 12/04/2014 at 15:28

He's at work!  I might give him a ring and suggest he brings some medicinal chocolate home with him. 

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