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Posted: 20/08/2013 at 07:41

They're great for birds Heather. Very common up here in Scotland as the climate suits them-they're everywhere on our hills, gardens  and hedgerows. Laden with berries already. I've got quite  a few seedlings here in the garden which I'm keeping. 


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 07:33

Morning all. Cloudy here so hope it stays dry.

 Hope all goes well KEF. Not too many days to go now Dove. You'll be digging ponds and borders at your leisure then! Or planning your next project 

Golde rod always reminds me of ragwort 


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 21:23

Rhoda- that's what I did recently on the clovery bit of grass I have at the side of house!

I'm keeping a bit of that area as clover and prunella etc -  and there's some bugle in there too that's escaped from somewhere. As Dove says - thyme's great for an area like that too. It's brilliant for insects but I don't think I'd want it as my main lawn. I've got that all as nice green, velvety boring old grass! 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 21:14

Pentillie I hope you're not too worn out. Very stressful for you. 

Had the chicken- quite enjoyable. Relaxing now. Dishes done but a couple of school shirts to iron. Best do them or I'll forget. 

Night all 


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 20:47

Hi Zoe, lots of good advice already. I'd suggest the trellis on the wall is the obvious solution and then you can plant some climbers. You can extend that onto the brick wall too and it will all blend in together. Relatively easy and cheap to do.

Grasses will be good round your pond as many are pretty tough and evergreen but more info about aspect and soil will make it easier to make suggestions. Good foliage plants will give cover for wildlife - hostas, astilbes and ferns if there's some shade and ligularias if there's sun. They all like damper soil and look well beside a pond. Have a think about colours that you like too or whether you want more of a little green oasis!

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 20:28


Very like the one about the fox hat...

but I can't remember it...and I'm a ladeee 


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 20:12

Get some pix of your frog if you can lyndab! You can always put some cover over part of it to keep it from freezing- a piece of wood on a couple of bricks -  just in case! I did that with a tiny pond I had years ago and it did the trick.


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 20:08

blackest - hope you can solve the problem-  it could really be either reason. Check if the ground's sodden - if it's looking ok then it most likely is the lime and you'll be able to cut the damaged bits out.

Darn it Verdi- I'll have to wave my wand and create a huge wet bog round blackest's yew  just so you're wrong you little devil.....


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 19:50

Hi Steve. If you've prepared the ground well before planting they shouldn't really need anything more just now. A lot depends on the conditions where you've planted them .You could give them a sprinkling of general fertiliser of your choice if you didn't do that at the time. Blood, fish and bone is my personal favourite, but use whatever you prefer. Just make sure they don't dry out if you're having hot weather but don't drown them either! A mulch after watering is beneficial to preserve moisture in hot dry weather. Bigger hedging plants often take longer to establish than smaller ones so you could cut them back a bit if they look like they're struggling at all. 

Deborah - I know this is probably too late for a reply but  yes - I'd cut them back a good bit if you haven't already done that. The weather conditions, the site and the time of year you planted would have made it difficult for them to establish well. As I said to Steve- bigger plants take longer to establish anyway. Cutting them back will encourage more growth lower down. 


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 19:09

Oh lyndab that's just so sweet. I'm sure froggy will love his little pond. Just make sure anything going in can also get out safely- a little slope of stones and gravel up to one edge will be plenty.  Don't know if you need the air stone or not but your main problem will be to stop it freezing in winter. If you can manage that you'll get lots of little creatures visiting - birds will drink and bathe in it. Not sure if I'd put any more plants in as they'll probably take over completely. 

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