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My neighbours dont want me to use my land to grow a garden

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 08:04

Aren't people vile at times? To damage your fence is disgraceful. If you can set up a camera it will help to catch anyone, but it's very presence may be enough to deter them. Don't let them bully you or drive you away. Keep at it Shirley and  good luck. 

What do you underplant your Aliums with

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 08:00

I'd agree with obelixx and W'song and Claire - perennials would be the best solution and will give your alliums support too. Geraniums are great for exactly that purpose, and give plenty of flower power when the alliums fade. I use them as well as Phormiums, Hebes and Hellebores, and a few other bits and pieces. If you're keen to use annuals for this year I expect there will be plenty in GCs just now as well as supermarkets etc. 


Posted: 15/05/2015 at 07:53

Morning all. Not a bad day at the moment but rain to come later. 14 degrees would be nice Dove...

Work till lunchtime and will do a bit of planting if the rain stays away. Need to sow some salad crops. I've been very slow to start anything this year - not done any sweet peas yet either 

Hope you slept alright BL. I imagine you'll be a bit stiff and sore today.

Cute babies Frit. Hope they come on well.

 Off for a look round before I head off. Youngest fairylet has her English exam this morning so she's all of a twitter . Good luck to any others if they have exams today - it's that time of year. 

advice please

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 07:43

Clematis can be grown successfully in pots (not montanas though!) but like anything else in a pot they're dependent on you for their needs, and clematis are hungry plants so it makes it much harder to keep them healthy and growing well. Frost is an issue so put them in a sheltered spot over winter if you get severe frosts. If your ground's heavy clay - mine is - then dig plenty of FYM (available in bags in GCs etc) compost and grit into the ground, especially in the planting hole,  before you put them in. A good sprinkling of blood, fish and bone and plant them deeply. Water well and mulch if you can, and keep an eye out for slugs and snails which munch on emerging shoots and stems. A clematis food or tomato food throughout the flowering season, and you should be well on your way to enjoying a lovely display. 

Just noticed you have one in the greenhouse - is there a reason for that? They should be outdoors.

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 22:27

The others are right Dave - there will have been very little root ball trying to support a lot of height and even for something as robust as laurel, it's going to struggle if someone  just digs holes and bungs them in. Poor show from the seller 

Time spent on preparing the ground for any hedging (or any plant) is time well spent. Some compost, a bit of blood,fish and bone, water in well and mulch. Even compacted, poor ground can quickly produce healthy hedging  if it's given a helping hand.

Frost damage

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 22:10

Mine is the same Elizabeth, and also in a large container. I leave the frosted leaves and it gives a bit of protection to new ones emerging underneath. By coincidence I looked at mine this evening and there's lots of new growth there. I removed any totally dead leaves a while ago and I'll remove the remaining blackened, damaged bits as the temps improve and the new growth gets going. I do very little to mine - a seaweed feed in summer and watered thoroughly during long dry spells. 

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 22:05

Dave - I moved to this house just over 2 years ago. Late in that summer I moved a shed and all the planting next to it. One of those plants was an established laurel about 5 feet high and similar breadth. It required severe butchering to get it out and was a sorry looking sight about 12/15 inches in size and pretty bare- just hefty branches. It sat in a pile of rough soil over winter and spring until I eventually planted it in a corner last summer. It's now fully regenerated, double the size and I'd expect it to easily grow a couple of feet this summer. They're tough as old boots and once they get going, there's no stopping them 

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 20:47

I'd agree with you Hostafan. It has to be seen merely as entertainment, and it's simply capitalising on a current winning formula. If it gets people interested in gardening then it's no bad thing of course but I worry that the participants think they'll be able to just go out the next day and compete with the 'big boys' on an equal footing.  It's like X factor etc - at best, misleading for the majority, and at worst,  likely to lead to serious disappointment. 


Posted: 14/05/2015 at 19:38

I just stick a fleece on KEF 

Just having some dinner then going back out briefly to mortar in some of the paving at the back gate which will contain the gravel on the new path. Hoping to get  bit of proper planty type gardening at the weekend but the weather's looking dire. No hillwalking either by the look of it   

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 19:26

Sorry for taking so long to reply Dave. I'd expect a laurel planted at around 3 feet to be about 6 to 8 feet  within a couple of years or so, assuming the conditions and site are suitably prepared. Once established, they grow very rapidly.  

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