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Something to replace connifers

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 11:34

Not easy Amanda  

Is there room to get someone in with  a stump grinder? If not it's a digging out job I'm afraid, although if you have a fence there, you could use the stumps as supports for climbers. Before you plant anything, get some goodness back into the soil as it will have been depleted by the conifers. If you want to put evergreen shrubs in, can you also give us an idea of aspect etc as that will help with suggestions.

Rhododendrons or azaleas could be suitable assuming the ground has been nourished first and isn't overly dry. 

Music in the Garden

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 11:20

Good choice for that pd. May have to resort to something similar after I've taken daughter out later.... 

Or we may singalong to the Mack and Mabel soundtrack! 

North-east facing climbers

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 11:15

Hydrangea petiolaris is ideal for that aspect (evergreen) I always feel it's better suited to a wall, but many people grow it on a fence. White clusters of flowers. Some of the Honeysuckles will grow in shady aspects too. Don't overlook some shrubs which will grow happily against a fence too, if you have enough room. Chaenomoles  (Quince)  will be happy in that aspect and will grow against a fence quite neatly. They're deciduous, spring flowering - orangey/reds and a white one as well. Many of the Euonymous will do the same - placed against walls and fences they'll grow up rather than out, and are evergreen.

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 11:00

We used to have one with a deformed beak in a previous garden. He was a juvenile and we watched his beak gradually change colour to it's grown up orange. We called him 'squinty' and my eldest daughter (who was quite small at the time) loved him and always asked where he was if she didn't see him. Happy days.

What a lovely pic LH 

shrub ID please

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 10:30

I'd re pot into something bigger in spring, prune back a bit and give it a feed. The more top growth you have, the bigger the rootball  needs to be to support it, so it's probably a bit pot bound in the one it's in. Tease the roots out a bit when you re pot - if they look like they're just going round and round in circles that's the sign they're potbound. Anything that's permanently in a pot needs a bit more looking after in terms of water and nutrition, especially a large shrub. 

Each spring take some of the compost out and replace with new to keep it happy, and just check that drainage holes aren't blocked so that it doesn't get waterlogged either. 

shrub ID please

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 10:16

Looks like a rather unhappy Eleagnus LH   Would be happier in the ground probably.

The bottom ones are Pieris. 

Wet Ground-When to Sow

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 10:13

I'm shocked at the turn this thread has taken....I'm a laydeee ...

Someone else had a similar thread and I'd suggested the same as Fleurisa. Difficult if it's a large area though.

A Butt of Farmers...


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 10:08

I'm going the opposite way doc - would much rather be heading to Loch Lomond and beyond! 

Was it Great Western Road/Byres Road or near there Dove? The Botanic Gardens are just off that. That's very much the 'posh' West End of Glasgow, but near Glasgow Uni etc. so full of students too! My daughter's at Strathclyde at the 'not quite so posh'  East/Royal Infirmary end...  

2nd wash nearly ready 

Camera Corner

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 10:00

I've got a stream in my garden just now - it's not meant to be there though...

If I clear it all, can I get cake Dove? 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 09:54

Definitely a Comma. Torties are more 'solid' - they have more defined triangular  wings.


 They're all lovely whichever type they are. We don't get Commas here but Torties, Peacocks and Red Admirals are quite plentiful. 

and yes - the pic is the right way up - he was on my neighbour's garage enjoying the summer sun!

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