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Horticultural Films

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 07:40

'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly'

it describes my neighbours....


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 07:29

Morning all. Lovely here but work for me and collecting sis and BIL from airport later so may not be around. Got quite a bit done yesterday as it was cooler but also watched the golf which was terrific.

Not caught up with everything here but if you've done something to your ankle OL, get it checked sooner rather than later. I resisted going to the doc when I had a knee problem and was hobbling sideways down mountains for ages before I finally went. Not clever 

Off for a very quick look round before I go. Have a good day all  


Laurel plants

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 22:14

Hi Sidney. Don't make the mistake of buying them too big as they're much harder to get established. I'd go for something around 3 feet ( 1 metre). You can plant them about 2 or 3 feet apart and they'll put on a good bit of growth and knit together quite well within a year or two, assuming you prepare the area well first.  Put in some decent compost, well rotted manure if you can get it, and a bit of slow release fertiliser (Blood, fish and bone is ideal) and keep them watered and weed free to get them off to a good start. A mulch once you've got them in will help too.

I don't think Laurel's available as bare root hedging -  which would have been much cheaper, and you could have got it as soon as you moved in, but it gives you a bit of time to prepare your ground. New builds don't usually have much goodness in the soil!

How to get what you want out of a landscape designer?

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 21:45

Louise - you don't seem sure of what you want so maybe it would be better to take your time and make some lists of what you want and , more importantly, what you don't want. It's a big commitment and expense so don't rush it. Take a look round your existing  garden and make a note of what you like and dislike about each part. Then decide what you need - for instance, if you have children and need a play area for them then note that, if you want an evening seating/dining area note that. Then list things you'd like to have - perhaps a pond, a veg plot, trees, chicken run etc. Then the things you don't like - styles, colours, particular plants etc. If you hate a particular style of garden then note it. How much time you have for maintenance is really important - no point having huge herbaceous borders if you work full time and have other commitments. It will become a millstone round your neck.

That will give  a designer the bones to work with - they can only draw up a plan if there's enough to go on.  If I was you I'd take the rest of this year to think about it carefully, and make sure you're giving him/her useful info so that there's less chance of you ending up with something you're not happy with. 

Hogweed's been posting at the same time as me, but we're basically saying the same thing!


Posted: 20/07/2014 at 11:29

They are very funny to watch Lesley. We had a big pond at last house with a group of Kilmarnock willows and a hedge at the far end which they nested in. On late spring/early  summer mornings we could sit in the conservatory and watch them flock to the shallow, beached end nearest us, all shouting and flapping and splashing. Then they'd disappear as quickly as they came still making a huge noise! 

Whats eating my Tomatoes?

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 11:14

Last year I had magpies eating mine. They were sometimes leaving bits just outside the growhouse on the gravel. I didn't know who the culprits were till I saw one going in! I had to rig up some mesh ( I used the excess shelves) across the front so that I could still leave them open for ventilation. 

Clematis - Duchess of Edinburgh

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 10:28

I bought a Duchess of E earlier this year, along with Niobe and Miss Bateman, as a small plant in a 3"/4" pot. They're potted on into those deep clematis pots and it's twice the size of the others - a good 5/6 feet. Not sure if it will flower this year - Niobe is covered with blooms and Miss B  has some buds, so it looks like it's just making loads of growth. I'll see how it performs next year Charley, but as Dove says, perhaps we'll have to exercise that patience we're cultivating!  

Mine will go into a raised border where it will have an Escallonia to climb over, but it's also on trellis against a fence so it'll be interesting to see how it performs.

Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 10:21

Lovely pix! I particularly love the structural stuff, vistas and 'windows' and topiary etc as it's my favourite sort of thing. That gated entrance in the wall you posted yesterday is stunning artjac -sets off the planting and gives it so much more impact than if it was just an ordinary gateway. Quality never goes out of date  

Panda - your little legs coped very well with all that walking round - hope you didn't nibble too much of that bamboo  

Did you all have an ice cream for me? I did arrange the good weather specially for you after all....

Clematis ID please

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 09:38

Bet that gnome's really yours KEF and you just moved it to take the pic....


Posted: 20/07/2014 at 09:36

Morning all. Sounds like slugs to me KEF 

Very wet here last night but no storms or lightning - not sure whether I'm disappointed or not - I rather like thunderstorms 

Glad you had no damage Clari. It wouldn't be nice to be hit by it. I'd quite like to watch the golf but if it's going to be a nice day I should be out sawing, grass cutting and such...

I have a couple of Lime Marmalade KEF but I'm not that impressed with them. Bit too lettucey looking and have a lot of rust despite being cut back and well watered etc. 

Just wrote a long post on a thread about grass and hit the wrong button and it disappeared 

Glad everyone had a lovely day out yesterday. Will have to go and a look at all the pix in  a moment. Do you think Woody will be taking it easy after all his hard work and success too? I'm sure he's had a sherbert or two to celebrate 

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