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Dead conifers?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 16:03

Conifers do get a bad press but they're no different to any other shrub/tree/plant. You look at their requirements, their rate of  growth and the eventual height.Then you look at your plot and see if they fit. If they don't- don't plant them. Or only plant them if you intend maintaining them correctly.

The 'pencil' junipers for instance can make a great statement used in a line in big pots (or directly in the ground) - as  edging to an avenue creating a vista or as a see through 'screen' into another part of the garden. They mimic the beautiful Italian cypresses but are ideal for our climate.

As Verdun says- lleylandii has a lot to answer for!

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 15:29

Hi Gail, I sympathise as this is becoming a problem. If the property is knowingly sold with knotweed on it you have a legal route you can go down but I appreciate that may not be feasible. My ex has a little  in his new property which  was coming from adjacent woodland which is council maintained. They are treating it with glyphosate although he had problems initially getting the council to address the problem. As you say - you don't want it to ba an issue in future for you. I also know of someone who had to back out of a purchase as it was discovered at the last minute there was knotweed and it turned out the seller knew about it. Very naughty. Good luck with it. At least they say now that glyphosate works - you used to have to get  a company to remove and burn it etc. 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 15:21

Clive have you got a pic of the black Calla lily?  I will be coveting that! 

Have to get that lovely whitefoxglove too....


Posted: 28/06/2013 at 15:18

Ok I'm the exception then Verd- got a sweet tooth but don't get bitten- even by our ravenous Scottish midges!

Which brings me to Daisy's query. Avon skin so soft is well known as an insect repellent and is widely used by hillwalkers up here- mainly because of the midges! Apparently they're now looking at developing it into an insect repellent because it works so well. You can actually buy it in locations where walkers stop - ie hotels, b&bs etc. Don't know if you can get it on their website but worth trying.

Never noticed your 2 for 3 offer Tina- but in my defence  I didn't register that part of your post as I was only interested in what plants you'd bought.

Well - that's my story and I'm sticking to it....

Evergreen specimen plant for full sun

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 13:54

Escallonia is useful in these conditions- mainly pink flowers but there's also a white variety. You can grow it against the fence rather than as a stand alone shrub and that will give you more space for other plants in front of it. Euonymous are smallish shrubs but can be grown up against the fence and will get to a good height in that situation. They're  variegated greens/creams/golds- several popular varieties. Flowers are insignificant though- mainly a foliage shrub. Choisya ternata should be fine there and has white flowers in summer and very attractive foliage. These are all easy to get hold of too. There will be many others Jen- these are just ones that came to mind right away! You can search them online and take a look 

Dead conifers?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 07:58

It's when people plant them by the front door QR and twenty years later they're wondering why they're sitting in their front room with the lights on all day! Why they don't just take them out and put something else in I'll never understand. They do suck the life out of the surrounding ground  as well which creates a problem. In our wet climate up here it's less of a problem though.

They're fine in the right place but when they're bought at a foot high and the label says '1m x1m after five years' the buyer stops reading - and they think it magically stops growing! 

Taxus is a different beast entirely from conifer anyway. Can't really beat it for hedging -especially in a big plot- and of course it's ideal for shaping into something exciting. Verd - have you got any nice topiarised yew?



Posted: 28/06/2013 at 07:46

Morning all. I'm off to read last night's posts- I've missed out! 

Wet here but to dry up later. White foxgloves are what I fancy for front border too.

Dove- Andy's got a match at SW19 today remember- he'll be getting the garden done frist before he goes off down there.. .

Working today but don't mind since it's wet anyway.

Enjoy your sleep Daisy 

Something to block out sound of neighbours voice!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 23:25

Rodgy I feel really sad reading this thread - and also angry. This country seems to be getting taken over by inconsiderate lowlife scum- and that's the polite phrase. I feel the same- I want to move again having just moved here because of a certain 'ned' element. Why should we be driven out though. I have friends in the police and won't hesitate to call them now after reading these posts. I'm putting a hedge along my new fence and intend bringing home as much horse s**t from work the minute  I've finished it to get the ground prepared. I'm hoping it's a hot summer and the smell drives them away! 

Your garden's beautiful and you have every right to enjoy it as much as possible and for as long as you can.

Mini meadow a mighty mess!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 21:24

Pic wasn't there when I posted Dove!

Jess the Hebes I mentioned are like box - hence the name - but they grow quite large and flower in the summer which the bees like. No clipping - they grow in a mound naturally!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 21:16

Calla lilies- yumm. What's the Hebe like Tina? 

Love the Ophio and had Misc. Morning Light in a previous garden - like them very much. (Misc. Flamingo is a lovely one too if you can get it)

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