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Planting Spring Bulbs

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 15:15

I've just replied to you  on the other thread Alizwa. 

The biggest problem is remembering where they are  

It's a good idea to mark them with twigs or something similar, but I have to admit, I don't often follow my advice 

Is anyone else planning their spring tulip displays yet?

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 15:12

Wouldn't worry too much alizwa. As long as you've planted them correctly, they should be absolutely fine.  Tulips are usually planted later when it's colder, but I've never had a problem with the virus which is the reason for planting later in the year. It's cooler up here anyway,but perhaps I've also been lucky

What have you put in? 

Underplanting Mahonia Media

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 13:44


I was going to take a pic when I collected daughter from work but it was ferdiddling down. Crocosmia Lucifer is in front of that Mahonia I mentioned, as well as Holly, hardy Geraniums and the other shrubs I mentioned. There are three golden conifers behind for screening from the other property at the back of it.

I did take a pic of the Mahonia once when it was flowering as it looked lovely, but not sure any of the other planting is in the pic.

Turfed Lawn

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 13:38

What a charmer 

I think you may have to let the good people here help you instead. I'm sure it can be resolved reasonably easily. That's probably your best approach to avoid giving yourself any more stress about it. 

A little bit of grass seed sown in the bare bits will make a difference. Watering is key to getting grass established, so if you don't have a decent amount of rainfall in the offing, and have access to a hosepipe, I'd get that on the barer bits to see if they can be revived first. 

If you can post a pic of the site that will help us with advice too Grandad Al. 


Posted: 08/09/2016 at 13:32

Trees do lose some branches regularly as well. Perhaps you could get a couple of people to give you their opinions as to the lifespan of the tree. It may justneed some careful pruning.

However, if it has to be removed, I'm afraid it's the often asked question here: something quick growing that then stops. Unfortunately, it's not that simple. Anything which grows rapidly, won't just magically stop, and will therefore need pruning and trimming regularly. Things like the dreaded Lleylandii, which you've probably heard of, will keep growing indefinitely, at around 3 or 4 feet a year, and can cause all sorts of issues. Eucalyptus is another tree which grows rapidly - but keeps growing....

A single tree will take several years to make a big enough screen , unless you buy a mature specimen which will be very expensive.

You may be better considering a hedge. Even good old common privet will grow fairly rapidly and needs trimmed a couple of times a year to keep it tidy - more if you get a good bit of rain. Technically semi evergreen, but provides good cover.  Laurel is another contender for rapid hedging, but takes up more room. Beech or Hornbeam aren't evergreen as such, but retain their foliage over winter and provide a decent screen. 

Alternatively a couple of  larger shrubs - some of the Viburnums are evergreen and will get to about 3 metres in each direction.

Hope that's a little help   

Autumn Lawn Feed Question

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 13:22

Nice stripes there Ppauper...albeit wet, browny/black ones.....


Posted: 08/09/2016 at 13:06

The tree just looks like it has lichen on it, from what I can see , which isn't an issue. Has someone told you it's dying?

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Paint colour for this wall?

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 13:04

My screen, if you want any ideas Gal. I used slightly heavier timber than roof battening, but that would be ideal. Heavier fencing timber for the horizontals. I have 3 inch posts for the main supports but you could have something simpler. 

You could also use trellis attached to support posts. There are brackets available that you can attach to concrete or paving for them to slot into. 

Paint colour for this wall?

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 12:54

Definitely agree Dove. My big screen in the garden is Willow - soft green. In certain light it looks very grey. One side looks different from the other because of the two aspects.    

But at some point a choice has to be made...  

The same happens indoors too - I used the same neutral colour for two rooms next to each other in a previous house. No one would believe they were the same paint because they looked totally different. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 12:47

Joyce - hopefully the dry stuff will arrive soon and I might get the front grass done. I like a tidy edge too, but I also like cutting grass. 

Sorry - just plain cakes - I like a spicy fruity cake too though. Fairylet will hopefully be making that celebratory fruit cake for the end of the year soon....I refuse to mention the word this early  

Think Hosta just can't be a***d faffing with the pix Lantana.

Great stuff Steve - it's amazing how some small changes can make a huge difference. 

You can do it B'man - we'll all support you. You can always get  knee braces if you're having problems. I have a delightful looking pair for my dodgy old knees   

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