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Narrow hedge - Thuja or Taxus?

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 17:28

You Have to Smile

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 17:24
Doghouse Riley says:


I didn't appreciate the "Deary, deary me," smiley or no smiley.

 Combined with the particular smiley I chose which indicates 'I don't know' I used the phrase to indicate that I didn't know  what else to say in response to your comments.  I was flummoxed. 

It just goes to prove that language is a slippery thing ... as I had said, I was sure you didn't intend to sound as if you were bragging but that was how it could be taken.... you apparently mistakenly read my comment as an assertion that you were indeed bragging.

As you say ... all water under the bridge.  

Narrow hedge - Thuja or Taxus?

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 16:54

I'd always go for bare root  or root-balled at this time of year. ou

I agree with the above about watering ... the base of a wall is always dry whichever way it faces, not only because of the rain-shadow effect, but also because the foundations of a brick wall act as a sponge and absorb moisture, so attention to watering will be important ... good preparation and mulching will be important.

Last edited: 10 January 2018 17:00:26

Xmas tree help

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 16:27

Then I'd be making a complaint.about that Jason 

Pernicious Weed!

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 16:17

Looks to me like Lesser celandine (Ficaria verna)   its sunny flowers are one of the first signs of spring 

It can be quite invasive, but the leaves die down by midsummer and that's the last you see of them until they appear again about now.  They are very difficult to get rid of as the roots have little ;'nodules' which get left behind, when you try to dig them up, and every nodule grows into a new plant.  If they're in grass it's often thought better to leave them to do their thing and just mow after flowering to keep them under control.

I'm afraid I love their sunny smiling faces on the banks in spring ... I grow the less invasive form 'Brazen Hussy' 

Last edited: 10 January 2018 16:19:41

Advice please

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 15:50

Hello Martin

I would put them in the unheated greenhouse and keep them just the damp side of dry until spring.  

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 14:58
Dachalover says:

Dove....thanks for the book tip .....with a birthday of 12th April I am huge space fan and was lucky enough to be involved with the Russian Space Agency and NASA here ...cant wait to buy it 

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I used to live close to Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk, knew several USAF personnel who were based there and several of my friends and family are still very close to there and work on the former USAF Bentwaters site ... do you have a take on whatever went on there? 

Last edited: 10 January 2018 15:00:02

Narrow hedge - Thuja or Taxus?

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 14:51

I'd go for the taxus ... a bit slower growing but I've seen too many thuja hedges spoiled by blight ... I wouldn't want to risk it.  I also prefer the look of the taxus but that's a personal choice. 

Bird food

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 14:48
Welshonion says:

I buy the cheapest porridge oats at Aldi for the pesky starlings.   

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 I buy the cheap porridge oats and scatter them on the lawn ... the blackbirds all eat them ... we had twenty out there the other day. 

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 14:14

Love pelmenies too Dacha 

I wonder if the turmeric pills would help Wonky   ... she's had some more blood tests recently as they're not convinced her problem is RSI/Carpel tunnel.  

Pdoc ... glad you're enjoying the degree ... if the maths is a problem do as much of the course as you're able, then maybe take a sidestep into something else related which doesn't require the complex maths ... there must be something out there ... 

While I think of it, have you read Aliens ... a collection of essays edited by Jim al Khalili  

I got it for OH as a stocking filler this Christmas, and he's really enjoying it.  

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