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Posted: 23/08/2015 at 07:36

Ma has Alzheimer's and since Pa died earlier this year she's been quite confused - however, she's always had a fondness for icecream so hopefully it'll make a nice little outing for her, and if we have to have icecream as well to encourage her, then we'll just have to force ourselves

Fingers crossed re the potato!

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 07:32
Tetley wrote (see)

Well, that is ...fairly brave      think I may have been a bit braver though.   Your plants are actually a bit close together. 

Now wait....they have some work to do underground.  The less they support on the top, the more root they will grow.   Let them get on with it, and stop worrying.   

I'd have tried to be a bit braver too - I'd take them down to knee-height - perhaps you have long legs?   But ok, you've done it and even if you don't reduce it any lower you'll still get a hedge - just lower would encourage quicker and thicker growth.

As Tetley says, the roots have got to get established now, so don't worry about them, let them get on with it - don't expect to see anything happen now until next year - if it does, then that's a bonus


Posted: 23/08/2015 at 07:21

Steve, our last garden was a tiny inner city Victorian terrace-type 'yard' no bigger than my dining room - and we had a hedgehog and frogs there too - you just have make sure they can get under the fences so they can get from garden to garden


Posted: 23/08/2015 at 07:18

Fortunately I'll have my very own version of Poldark on holiday with me

We didn't get any rain at all last night - now they're saying it'll arrive this evening and hang around for a few days ... the plan is to visit Ma this morning, and maybe take her out for a push down to the beach for an icecream ...

Honeysuckle - Grow It Thick And Bushy on Wires Only??

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 07:07

No one on here minds beginner-type questions, even ones that you think may sound silly - everyone has to start somewhere  but people have given you the best answers that they can, with their years of experience, and you don't seem to want to go with them and the question keeps changing ... it's hard to know what you want 


Gorguruga wrote (see)
... Thanks Fairygirl, I do appreciate your advice and hope I didn't give the impression otherwise

I guess I'm looking at this with the inquisitive eyes of a beginner while you're viewing it with the wiser eyes of experience so it's understandable that you might be puzzled by my seemingly inane questions (viewing from your experienced eyes) but I'd just remind you, if I may, that I am a beginner after all and it's a beginner's prerogative to ask silly questions.. lol.. It might not be the last time, I'm afraid!


But the sensible beginner, having found someone with experience to ask the questions of, usually takes notice of the answer

If fixing a strong and stable trellis isn't possible for you, have you thought about a planter with a trellis attached, like some of these - not ideal for honeysuckle long term  (as Fg said, they need a long cool rootrun), but there are other climbers that would be happy there as long as they gor the right sort of compost and a proper watering regime.  

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And please, if you can't plant that honeysuckle into the ground straight away, then put it into a larger pot with some good quality compost (John Innes No 3 loam-based) otherwise the roots are going to dry out, the leaves will get powdery mildew, the whole plant will have been weakened and you'll have wasted your money.


Posted: 23/08/2015 at 06:43

Good morning all

Pat, we're off to Cornwall in a few weeks' time - after we booked the cottage we found it's in the village where they're going to be filming the next Poldark series, while we're there!!!!!!!!!!!   Glad your OH is on the mend

We were out in the garden until 10 last night, me on my recliner and OH laying on the lawn.  Initially we were watching the bats chasing moths around the trees and the frogs in the pond and listening to them croaking, then as it got dark they left the pond and were foraging among the plants in The Wilderness - then just as it was dark the first hedgehog appeared -  we were able to establish that it had spent the day in the corner of the garden where we've created piles of old sticks, pea haulms etc around a wooden hog house.  Not sure if it was using the house or just the pile of stuff, but he definitely came from that corner and not from the garden behind us as has happened previously.  He ate the food we put out in one of the feeding stations, then went up onto the Shady Bank and we could hear him trundling around under the hostas and other plants.  Occasionally he disturbed a frog which would take a flying leap back into the pond with a loud plop.  A lovely evening!

How do I find a gardener?!

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 06:27

I agree with Tetley   If what you want is advice about what to do and when to do it and you don't need someone to do it for you, then join a local gardening club or horticultural society, watch gardening programmes (especially Gardeners World) get some books out of the library, subscribe to GW magazine and chat away with the gardeners on here (don't forget the What to do Now section).

Also visit as many gardens as you can - a wonderful way of getting ideas about what you would like in your garden and also what you definitely don't want

Shrubs for birds' nests/cover

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 06:19

Can you give us an idea of how much room you have got for this shrub please? 

Do you have room for agood sized holly in the north-facing area - wonderful flowers for insects and berries for birds, as well as providing good shelter for roosting in winter, and a favourite nest site for blackbirds.

Uploading pics

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 18:50

That sounds more like your broadband speed than anything to do with the site

Honeysuckle - Grow It Thick And Bushy on Wires Only??

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 18:40

Fg, It's called re-inventing the wheel - some people just can't help it ...

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