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Moving a Camellia plant

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 18:01

They're not overly keen on full sun either Sue. A sheltered spot - west facing- is the ideal site. 

You run the risk of losing any flowers if you move them now. As long as they're in suitable soil and don't get dried out, they'll be fine where they are for a couple of months. Once they've flowered you can move them then. Get a good rootball when you lift them, be generous with compost etc in the new planting hole, and make sure they get well watered till established, and also in late summer when they form the new buds for the following year. 

Plants for around a pond

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 17:55

Lyn - I must think on a different wavelength!  

You're right of course - and you'd then have wee Johnny's mother knocking on the door complaining and threatening to sue....

I have a Libertia (as Verdun mentioned) and a dark Phormium beside mine - it's a small area too. Little ferns are useful too.  


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 12:51

Brilliant isn't it Hosta? 

Inspiration needed.

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 12:50

A line of nice jaggy Pyracantha along that tatty fence would be my choice. 

You can plant loads of nice things in front of it and just let it grow....let him try tackling that 

Seriously - I know how you feel, but he can  make your life a real misery if you make him your enemy. It's not worth the grief - especially if you have children. Make a good sturdy barrier - then make your garden a nice place to be for your family  


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 12:46

Lyn - if nothing else, this might cheer you up. Watch last Friday's 'The Last Leg' on Channel 4. Mr Hunt gets a roasting....

Glad you just have a glowering neighbour now rather than a noisy bunch of 'em Wonks 

Plants for around a pond

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 12:43

Phormiums - if you can find this one it'll please you enormously. Cream Delight


 treehugger's right though - if you can improve the soil a bit so that it retains moisture, you'll be able to grow more plants. 

I'd also agree with Lyn - you'll need a barrier of some kind to stop rubbish being thrown in it. It will happen unfortunately 

If you have room for something prickly like Berberis that will help deter them!  

Moving a Rhododedron

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 07:59

They're fairly  easy to move - the usual advice applies regarding a prepared planting hole and a decent rootball, as already said.

If it's a big one, rosemummy I'd prune it first and move it later in the year. Do it all in stages. You'll lose flowers etc but if it needs to be moved then you might as well try. Don't let it go short of water throughout the process. 


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 07:52

Morning/afties all. Snow here too Lesley, but fog with it as well. Makes a change from the seven shades of **** we had yesterday! 

We're fairly fortunate with gritters here but I sometimes wonder if councils look at the forecasts...

Hope Wonks has a more promising day re the neighbours 

Tents aren't for me either....a camper van might be handy for getting to those remote hills... 

Hope Hosta and doc are feeling more chipper today

Stay warm dry and safe lovely people. 


Posted: 16/02/2016 at 07:55

Morning/afties all - strange weather indeed Pat 

Love a bit of Saint-Saens myself. The Swan gets me very weepy ....

Oldest fairylet loved Moussorgsky's Night on a Bare Mountain when she was little - mainly because of Fantasia. The bit of that film that terrifies most young children 

I see Panda has a lurgy too....think I need to bring you all up to the hills for some good clean, cold mountain air  

I've missed the reason for Hosta's fruity infusion...is it to help him sleep? I've heard that eating several kiwi fruit at night is meant to help. I'm not trying that... 

Inspiration needed.

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 17:49

Kc - I'm going to take your side here and say no about the new fence too - although you seem to have decided that anyway. The description of your neighbour sounds like someone you don't want to niggle but just ignore. What you could do is put up a simple, and therefore inexpensive, arrangement of posts and chicken wire. That will allow you to grow climbers - some of which could be evergreen and offer you some privacy. You can make the structure about the same size as your new one.

If you really don't want to put any kind of fence there, a row of sturdy shrubs is probably the best option as you won't need constant access to cut it like a hedge. There are lots to choose from. If you still want grass, I'd suggest re shaping it and creating some nice borders. That will give you scope to plant in front of the 'hedging' shrubs. An oval on the angle will make the garden look wider and give a more unified and interesting look. Easy enough to do yourself too. 

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