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Beautiful coral coloured blooming shrub-what is it?

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 13:40

It's a Pieris Joanna. The pinky new growth is one of the nicest features. I thought you'd  meant coral coloured flowers  

Sometimes the pix take a little while to upload, or they need resized if they're  abit bigger. Glad you got there in the end  

Beautiful coral coloured blooming shrub-what is it?

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 13:20

Hi Joanna - we're good but we're not that good...need a pic  

Or some more info. If it's just now - it might be an ornamental quince.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 13:02

Hang on to your hat Yvie....

Meant to say about BL's housesitter too. Why are people such a***holes? Don't offer to help if you can't be bothered to actually do what you've been asked...and as for taking stuff.... 

It's brightened a bit here, so I may go outside instead of hoovering 

Small screening

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 12:59

Prep your ground well and choose carefully for your site etc

You won't need a lot of shrubs for that distance. Good luck with it  

Small screening

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 12:43

Don't think the OP is describing pleached trees - trunk with a ball would be a standard. That would also be tricky to maintain  if they're against a fence, as you would need access to the other side to keep the shape. 

You might be better just opting for a couple of trees or shrubs with a lighter canopy and an airy feel to them like birches (Betula) or Amelanchier. That would be easier for maintenance and you could underplant. You'll need to create a border with reasonable depth to accommodate all that though, if you don't have one there already. 

How can I stop squirrels digging into my palnt pots

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 12:28

Chicken wire works for me. I only use it on the pots with small bulbs as they're nearer the surface which suits squirrels. They don't tend to dig too far down, so bigger bulbs are fine. 

I also have a peanut feeder which distracts them a good bit of the time, although they still like a dig around in borders...r***y tree rats... 

Time to give up on other two aquilegias?

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 11:58

Ah - patience, Andy - patience....

Always exciting when you see new shoots appearing, or new growth on a shrub etc. It doesn't change, no matter how many years we garden.

I've just got quite excited because there's loads of flowers on the blackthorn hedge...    

Time to give up on other two aquilegias?

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 11:48

It's still only mid March Andy, so I wouldn't worry. They're pretty tough little plants. No growth on mine yet, although I'm further north so that would be normal. However, we've had a very benign winter with lots of plants in growth a month earlier than usual, and they're still not out the ground yet. Plenty of time 

Plant which has the most impact on gardening and the plant which has started your passion, according to you.

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 11:41

I'm probably unusual as I don't have one.  

Not sure where it came from either as my parents weren't particularly keen gardeners. My grandpa was though - very traditional, 'mid wars' style,  with roses and carnations. Perhaps that's it.  My love of horses and the outdoors possibly come from him too  (cavalry during WW1)

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 11:35

I thought it was a slightly odd pairing for BO too - but I expect it has to be different from Mel and Sue to get a reaction/audience initially. Whether it will work long term is anyone's guess. I love Sandi and I've come round to Noel Fielding, but I think he may be a bit too 'out there' for lots of people! 

Dangerous, arrogant and stupid pretty much sums up Trump, Obelixx. It would be hilarious to watch, if it wasn't for the fact that it concerns and affects everyone, not just Americans. I think dangerous is definitely applicable to Putin! 

Rain came on and it's not terribly bonny out there, so I think h****work will have to be done 

I went out and got a couple of pix earlier, so I'll have a look at them first. The blackthorn has lots of flowers and buds, and the buds on the alpina clematis are very rosy and almost ready to open. Really early - usually end of April before they start into flower. The alpina foliage is so lovely on it - fresh green and frilly  

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