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Posted: 17/05/2015 at 19:17

Mine is the same - although not quite to that extreme. I leave some of the frosted  bits in situ (unless they're really black) until new growth is well  through, as it gives a little protection until the cold spells have completely gone. It'll be fine. 


Posted: 17/05/2015 at 19:09

Tea for me MrsG 

Like eating licquorice - never liked drinking it 

Hope they're paying you well Yvie - that's a lot of childminding. 

Can't be bothered having any dinner - might have porridge...

Did anyone watch Chelsea? Same old thing really but will no doubt watch most of it anyway.

hobbies ie arts and crafts........

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 19:05

I don't do jigsaws of them - I just go up them

 My main hobby 

Help creating screening and privacy in back garden

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 15:24

Amelanchier - which you already mentioned, would be a good choice as a hedge. It can be used as a specimen and treated like a tree, but is equally attractive as a hedge without being too dense and casting too much shade. Great for wildlife too and doesn't need much attention. Alternatively,  flowering cherry or apple trees - you wouldn't need many to cover that distance along the back. They would give a raised canopy to help block the mill,  and you could put climbers on the fence for extra colour or some spring bulbs, primulas etc at their base. The only drawback is that trees will take a while to get to  a decent size so hedging may suit better. You can get bare root hedging cheaply in autumn and it will grow quite quickly if you prepare the site well first. Take a look at some of the specialist hedging suppliers online as there's a huge choice. I've used Hope's Grove in the past and have good service and plants from them.

Large shrubs like buddleias or viburnums might be a better idea - inexpensive and quick growing. 

Two Pots

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 14:52

If it's sunny - Dianthus are about the only thing I can think of Andy 

Fast Growing shrub/tree to hide a Gate

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 14:04

Anything fast growing won't be low maintenance, as you'll have to clip or trim regularly, but if you want an evergreen, laurel will quickly fill a gap. If it doesn't need to be evergreen, buddleia grows fast and only needs pruned hard back in late winter/early spring to keep it in check.

If you can give a bit more info it will help with further ideas, especially if you have a particular gap for the shrub or other walls/fences/buildings etc to take into consideration 

How much water should I be watering Canna?

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 13:57

I'd agree. As Verd has described earlier, pot on the smaller ones when they outgrow the pot they're in. Tiny ones like that will struggle so letting them get bigger will benefit them enormously. I wouldn't put small ones like that out up here just now - not overnight anyway - but it does depend on your own conditions and climate. We don't all live in tropical Cornwall Verd 


Posted: 17/05/2015 at 13:46

Perhaps froggy thought you were just a large frog Dove...

My grass could do with a little trim but not much chance of that today - or for the next few days either judging by the forecast I just looked at - it had lightning for Wednesday. Hope that changes 

Know exactly what you mean lily, but it's every shade of wrong that you should have to wander about with an I pod because of other people's inconsiderate behaviour. Someone suggested the same thing to me but it's ridiculous isn't it? Couldn't garden with one on anyway - I'd get tangled up in the wires 

grass paths

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 13:35

I'd agree with Welshonion about getting rid of them but if it's not an option, perhaps you put an advert in a local shop, or would a neighbour do them for you Valerie? It's exactly the kind of thing I'd offer if a neighbour was struggling.

Pieris with brown edged leaves

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 13:32

I wish you could see the one along the road from me just now Verd. It's over 2 metres tall and covered in flaming scarlet/orange foliage. A real picture. We have the perfect conditions here for them. I may try and sneak a pic if I can 

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