Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Tree choice?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 14:40

I'm just wondering whether they're a type of tree that would respond well to being pollarded?  It might be worth asking a reputable tree surgeon what he/she thinks. 

Of course, they'd need re-doing every few years, but pollarding them at the height where the trunks fork would certainly screen the school from the upstairs windows, and you could still screen lower down with holly bushes.

Last edited: 19 February 2017 14:41:14

Laurel hedge.....again!!!

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 13:53

I'd give them a feed with Fish, Blood and Bone any time now.  Clear away any grass and weeds growing around them and mulch with organic matter after feeding.

It might be a good idea to cut them back a bit to encourage more shoots to spring into growth.

Tree choice?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 12:48

As so often is the case, I agree with Bob about removing the trees - if that is an option

Mystery Plants

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 12:45

1.  Tulips and possibly crocus?

2. Crocus and possibly some iris reticulata, and possibly something else as well?

I agree with Bob about 3 and 4.

Tree choice?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 11:56

Have you considered holly?  It can be quite happy growing amongst other trees and there are lots of different leaf colours including variegated, so it needn't be like a solid block of green, and you can control it's size by judicious clipping (with the bonus of free Christmas decorations).

If you plant female types you'll get berries (if there's a male around to pollinate them, and there usually is, or you can plant one).  Good for wildlife too, as bees love the flowers in the summer, birds love the berries in the winter, and blackbirds love to nest in a holly bush

If you prepare the ground  and look after it, holly grows more quickly than most people think, so it should get to a decent size in a reasonable period.

And of course, something prickly can be a help security-wise - although not all holly varieties are very prickly. 

Last edited: 19 February 2017 11:57:22


Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:31

Happy Birthday Frank - have a lovely day

Jeruselum artichoke-can it grow in a pot?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:28

I'd go for the Globe artichoke - beautiful flowers, architectural plants - and of course you can pick some before the flowers open and eat them with lashings of Hollandaise!

Whereas Jerusalem artichokes are more like lesser imitations of of sunflowers - fine if you have loads of space/need a sturdy screen and enjoy Palestine Soup and roast artichokes and don't mind the 'after effects'.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:20

Frank -  thank you for sharing your Special Day with us ... Many Happy Returns

Flat leaf parsley - are French and Italian the same thing?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:12

I find the 'toughness' of parsley depends hugely on how it's grown - grown quickly and harvested while young, it's lovely and tender - grown more slowly and harvested when it's older and darker green and it's slightly tougher - but as I'm usually using it chopped, or as an aromatic in a stock, the difference is negligible.

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