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How long?

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:24

I'd agree with Verd. About three years for bare root hedging. I put a Hornbeam one into a previous garden, and even the ones in between mature trees were looking pretty good after that time. I had to work harder with them initially. The ones on the 'good' bit of boundary romped away very quickly. Lots of rain here though! They had plenty of compost and B, F and B into each hole. They were 60cm whips.  I've just done Blackthorn in this garden, slightly bigger whips, and they're looking quite happy but I wouldn't expect them to look brilliant for another couple of years. You're doing all the right things and will have something lovely before you know it Duncan. 

I am a sniffer.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:18

Are you saying I'm a dog Tracey.....

Ooh petrol Edd 

The white spirit at work as well....

Love Basil and Thyme.

And the way soil smells in spring and summer after a heavy shower 

Camera Corner

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 13:39

I'm sure I've seen a dark one Edd but it may have been a different type and not the drumstick. I'm not keen on pastel colours so mine will be going by the shed..

Camera Corner

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 13:32

Edd- there's a nursery called Barnhaven Primroses which specialise. Just had a little look - although the red one looks a bit mauvey. Search 'denticulata' on their site and you'll see them. 

A couple of plant I.D's please

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 13:25

 The first pic is a Sedum or Iceplant  Jack. The second is the native primula which is lovely, much nicer than the brightly coloured Polyanthus I think. And Vinca for the third, as stated already


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 13:22

Verd - did your nose get longer when you posted that doughnut comment? 

Damp, cold and unpleasant now - the weather that is. Not me, in case you were wondering...

Hoovering beckons 


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 13:15

It's pretty common at this time of year especially if you have some shade. My front garden is quite shady and last year when I moved in the grass needed a fair bit of attention as it was neglected and compacted. I do use a  chemical weed and feed in spring, but as Edd says, you don't have to, it just depends what route you want to go down. If it's not  a big area you can use a springbok rake to scrape the moss out. Hard work but good for the tummy muscles! This year I intend to use a seaweed feed in summer if the grass needs it.

Unless your ground is quite dry just now, I'd leave it for another month before doing anything, because you'll do more harm than good treading on it. 

I am a sniffer.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 13:06

I mentioned on another thread that I love the smell of Blood, Fish and Bone so I  know what you and Verd mean Edd! 

I hate the smell of tomato foliage, lavender and pelargoniums  Lily - perhaps you had them (pelargoniums) when you were young - some  have lemon scented leaves.

I love cut grass and pine cones too. I love pruning bits off the pine tree I have here because of the smell of the resin, and I love using rosemary because of the smell when you cut it. 


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 13:00

fidget- it makes you wonder about some people doesn't it...

Do you grow wild rocket? I've used it for years but it seems to be evergreen and indestructible here! I had a couple of plants which survived the severe winters of the previous few years and a couple of house moves, but at the end of last summer one was going to seed simply because it was so hot. Since I'd sown more, and it was an old plant,  I felt I'd had more than my money's worth, but I stuck it round by the shed where it gets no sun to speak of and it's still growing away happily!


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 11:41

Tracey - when we lived in my ex partner's house, there was fields backing onto us full of cows and they often gathered along the fence at the back of the garden. The downstairs shower room had quite a big window but with plain glass, and we had a running joke with my girls (who used it) about the 'pervy cows' looking in the window! 

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