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Need to screen my garden

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 16:57

This is full of really useful information - whatever your question re fences and boundaries, you'll find an authoritative  answer here


Posted: 12/03/2015 at 16:17

Wintersong - I've got Will Goodwin in the west-facing front garden - it's been there a year and took a little while to get going, but it is a lovely flower - I think in a couple of years it'll be gorgeous. 

As for viticellas, I've got Purpurea Plena Elegans on the west facing front wall and given plenty of food it flowers its socks off for months and months and months.

I planted V. venosa Violacea on a north-facing fence last autumn and it's been trying to flower all winter! 

I think they're lovely plants

Holly ID please

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 15:59

I'm looking forward to seeing it too Liri

Holly ID please

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 15:16

I find that Golden King is much more yellow than the OP's holly. 

I still think that his looks like Handsworth Silver and that the creamy colour of the edging will fade to a whiter shade as the leaves age.

How cruel is this?

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 15:11

Don't know what the stuff at the top's about  when I try to edit it out it's not there ...

How cruel is this?

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 15:09


Fruitcake's ready ....


 .... and here's your slice Verdun - it's still warm


Posted: 12/03/2015 at 13:52
Wintersong wrote (see)

....  Dove? Dove...Dove! Get back to your shuffling girl.......

  Just had to take a fruitcake out of the oven ... I'll go back to my desk now

How cruel is this?

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 13:47

Verdun, it's out of the oven but it needs to cool a bit - don't touch it yet!  You'll burn your mouth!!!  

We can have some with a cuppa in a little while

How cruel is this?

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 12:44

Verdun, I've got a fruitcake in the oven - it'll be ready soon ..............


Posted: 12/03/2015 at 12:42

Cut it back along a strip about three feet wide and then when it regrows spray the new growth with SBK brushwood killer.  This will deter it and give you a 'no man's land' you can aim to keep clear.  Then make sure that you keep cutting it back so that none of the long whippy stems of new growth can touch the ground.  If they touch the ground they will root and grow into new bushes - that's how they're moving forward and invading your space.  If you keep cutting it back it will stay where it is and not move forward.

Brambles are a wonderful habitat for lots of wildlife - birds and small mammals are safe in there from sparrowhawks and cats, hedgehogs hibernate under a bramble bush,  and their flowers and fruits are a rich food source for many insects and birds so keeping them under control is far preferable to wiping them out.

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