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Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:49



Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:48

Sorry MrsG 

Actually - it didn't hurt. The finger was so swollen and sore that it was a relief. I'd have happily taken a hot skewer to it myself!  It was the pressure from all the stuff inside  so once they made the hole and it all drained out it was a thousand times better almost instantly. 

Rhs plant shop

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 08:10

I'm fortunate that I can go to a nursery which supplies many GCs and outlets round the country -  so everything is Scottish grown and there's a big choice. I rarely buy from other GCs or DIY places now-only if there's something I can't get or it's a reduced item. I bought most of my bulbs online last year and I expect some of those came in from other countries but I buy home grown whenever possible. 

I think Crocus is hideously expensive at the best of times - more of an online  GC rather than a nursery growing it's own stock - but perhaps I've got that wrong.


Posted: 20/10/2014 at 08:04

Morning all, pretty dull, dark and damp here.

Enjoy the bike ride chicky - looks a bit uncomfortable that one - make sure you've got some padding down below....

Hope you can work alright with that finger MrsG. It's a painful thing - I had something similar many years ago when a young horse trapped mine between his head and a wall. Had to go to A&E a few days later as it was so swollen and they made a hole in my nail to let all the blood and stuff out 

And now that I've put you all off your breakfast I'll go and get ready for work 

Have a good day everyone 

hornbeam hedge questions

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 07:47

Hi Dean, hornbeam makes a terrific hedge and copes with wet ground better than beech, otherwise it's very similar in appearance and habit. It'll retain it's leaves over winter if kept under about 8/10 feet. Prepare the ground well -  adding grit and manure and mulch well as Charley has mentioned, add your compost etc when you plant and it'll  get off to a good start.  Keep a good clear border between it and the grass and keep it weed free. It usually only needs trimming once a year but it's very adaptable. You can plant about 18" apart - closer if you want a really dense hedge and you can keep it quite narrow if you want - Charley has planted appropriately to make a really good depth of hedge but it will stand being kept narrower too, unlike some hedge plants.

I've used Hopes Grove nursery a few times - you'll find them online - and they've been excellent. Might be worth just googling bare root hedging and comparing a few to see what suits you best, but personal recommendations are always a good start  

A few questions

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:11

If I'd had problems with the tomatoes I would put them in the brown bin for collection - if not, they go in the compost bin. I don't grow cucumbers but the same would apply.

What is the barrel of water for? If you want it as a water feature the water will keep the wood moist therefore it will stay in one piece because the slats expand and are contained by the metal band. If they dry out it falls apart. If you want it as a planter it might be wise to line it - but you'll then need holes in the bottom of course!

Can't advise on the greenhouse or the Strelitzia, although I went to look at a house a few years ago and the vendor had grown one from seed. It was beautiful. He kept it in his conservatory - I expect he'd grown it in there -  and was his pride and joy. 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:55

Very nice Yvie. Foliage contrast and shape is a winner at this time of year and through winter. I was just thinking the same thing this morning when I looked at my little border at the foot of the back fence - it's all green, gold and white  and although there's not much in flower at the moment apart from the Jap Anem, primulas and the little yellow flowers on the Rocket,  it's bright and cheery on a wild, drab day like we have here today  

Bonkers weather

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:50

snap philippa   

Bonkers weather

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:50

I had pasqueflowers in bloom a few weeks ago ( they flower at Easter ) a Hellebore with two or three flowers, and my Dutch Iris are 6" tall 

It's ok Connie - they'll slow down as it gets colder and bloom when they're meant to - it's quite common if it's a mild autumn and they're planted early. Same thing happened last year because the whole winter was so mild  

Rat spotted

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 14:17

Hope you can sort it Yvie. They're opportunists so if you remove the banquet it may be enough to send him off somewhere else. It would be a shame if you had to remove your bird feeding areas altogether after working so hard to get them. 

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