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When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 16:43

Hosta - I think you'll find it's  'come oan- get aff'  ....

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 15:09

I've just planted one RB - so I'm feeling smug  

Had to get a ruddy carex out first. It clearly liked where it was and was very reluctant....

Now to get the other one in - if the ground's thawed where it's going....

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 15:05

Just been tidying Constance here W'song 

She lives in a sheltered little corner near the gate. I had to cut her back a bit last year as I'd just plonked her in when I got her. She'd been languishing a bit tied to a cane in a pot for some time at the nursery. Too tricky to unwind at the time.  She looks quite happy now though. I particularly love the seed heads.  I adore clematis - would love to have more but I need to hang fire  

Pruning a Photinia

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 14:56

Jocelyn - I think these have a reputation for being tricky if conditions aren't right for them. They seem to need good, free draining soil and a reasonably sheltered position if possible, and a decent amount of sun to do their best. In a pot, they're like most plants and need more attention - replacing some of the soil each spring and making sure they have adequate food and water. It may well need to be potted on too - the roots might be restricted.  

You might be best to start a new thread and if you can add a pic of the shrub that will help with more advice too.  

Wild Pond

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 14:50

Always about size with you men LF......  

Joking aside, I'm inclined to agree, but you may have other considerations for your lovely plot 

My suggestion would be to link it with the border you have along the fence, using shrubs and perennials etc. That gives cover for all sorts of creatures to use the pond safely. Gradually blending it into the surroundings, rather than having it out on its own - if you see what I mean 

Portuguese Laurel

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 14:46

Hi NewBoy - I'd have given them a little prune last year to get them bushing out, but it's not really a problem. They're very tough so you can prune almost any time. If you nip out the growing tips of each one, it helps them spread. A general feed, water if necessary, and a mulch, are things that help most hedges.

I like to clear away any debris at the foot of hedges too, but it depends on your own situation and preference.  Some people like to leave leaf litter etc for wildlife. I do that in areas where the hedge isn't on general view to the public  


Posted: 28/02/2016 at 14:41

Hmmm. You've asked questions Begonia - and people have kindly offered advice based on their personal experience. If you don't like the advice feel free to ignore it of course  

Richard has more experience than most of us. He has a clematis nursery and a national collection. 

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 13:06

pansyface - I know!   Even better is  'don't do that'. Reply is 'How no? '  


Posted: 28/02/2016 at 13:04

You have my sympathy Yvie. Hopefully things will get sorted soon and you can have your house back  

I think I'll go and paint some of the fence while the sun's out. Borders are still pretty solid so not much can be done there. 

fox poo on my rose

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 13:01


Sammymummy wrote (see)

My husband spotted our visitor looking a bit surprised by the jets of water one night and inquisitively examining the very thing few days later 


the b***er - trouble is, they can't read the instructions..... 

There's rather too many of these deluded people RB 

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