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Posted: 09/03/2014 at 20:46

Take time to prepare the area well jools. It will pay dividends. I had to remove turf round the boundary and put a fence in, and I then used plenty of decent compost and manure which was left to rot down over the summer before planting my bare root hedging (Blackthorn) in November. I added extra compost and a little Blood, Fish and Bone when I put the whips  in. 

garden centres vs garden nursery's

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 20:12

I agree with Dove. I use my local GC when I need seeds or bird food - I bought some sweet peas yesterday - and I bought compost today as it was convenient and they had a good offer.  I had a wander round the plants but it's very limited in what it has on sale, although it's a big, long established place. The nursery I use is a good half hour drive away, but it offers a huge range of plants - all Scottish grown - and if I buy just one, then it covers the cost of the petrol because the GC would (almost always) be twice the price.


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 20:04

jools - I know the problem only too well  Keep phoning the council and reporting it to the dog warden.  Unfortunately now that you've put a sign there, it often encourages some clowns to see it as a challenge.

If you want something more formal to keep neatly clipped and shaped,the quickest growing evergreen  would be laurel, but it does get big and it doesn't look good if you try to keep it small, so it depends how much room you have. If it's a smaller area, privet would be the next best, although it's not strictly evergreen and can lose a bit of foliage over winter. If you want something more informal, you could try Berberis - one of the green ones, as the purples are deciduous. Nice and jaggy too!

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:53

That quince is lovely chick  

Help- How to cut down plant

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:46

Snap philippa! 

Help- How to cut down plant

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:46

It sounds like it could be  a pampas grass - Cortaderia, Kelly. If you try googling that it will give you some pix which may look familiar. Did it have feathery looking  plumes growing from it in late summer, or did you not see it at that time of year?

For uploading pix here, there's a little tree icon in the toolbar at the top of the box where you type your post. If you click on that it will give you instructions. If you don't have that , it may be down to the device you're using - some people have issues with certain phones/laptops etc.

Can I make this grow?

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:35

You'd need to take cuttings Tracey - it's Euonymous. Not sure it would be worth your while really. Doesn't look like there's much material  to work with  


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:12

It's very exciting Dove - we will expect lots of pix as you go along of course 


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:05

Panda- shame on you last night.  Stick to bamboo shoots in future...

Well I'm glad you all had lovely weather.... I was turning the compost bin in the rain 

Got some organic peat free compost at the GC as it was 4 x 50l bags for £10. I'll let you know if it's any good! 

KEF - daughter made lots of bolognese so I could send you some for a small fee...

Small garden idea

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 18:52

I thought your photo was taken from the house  Mike - facing NE-  and  I thought the bed was slightly more south west/west as it didn't look like it was  at right angles to the house. Also because you're growing lavender, I reckoned you had a reasonable amount of sun so my suggestions still stand! 

Edd - I just use a compass normally! 

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