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Posted: 20/09/2013 at 09:33

I had Hydrangea petiolaris on the north east wall of a previous house and we were about 700/800 feet up (west of Scotland). The wind would have taken your head off sometimes as it came straight up the valley and we had no shelter in that bit so I dare say it would be fine in your location. Rabbits were our biggest problem! It self clings but you just need to guide it onto the wall to start it off. It can cover big areas in time but it's easy enough to cut back. I've seen it in lots of locations in the Lake District too - the climate there is quite similar to where I am- wet and windy!  


Posted: 20/09/2013 at 08:52

Can you come via Scotland Woody? It's not far really. I can make you a cake.

Actually my front grass is looking very lush after the treatment earlier in the year. A few things creeping in but not requiring any action till spring. Looking forward to getting my bare root hedging to put in there. Nice and jaggy! 

Is the fruit of the laurel good for birds

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 08:26

I'd expect the berries would be less of a priority for birds as it's usually red ones first then orange and yellow and finally the pink or white ones. The black berries may be last on the list but I'm not sure. Don't think you need to worry too much about about the laurel berries Adam, especially if you put food out for the birds as well 

Talkback: Slug-proof plants

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 08:22

I love the smell of WD40 

I have more snails than slugs in this new garden so I chuck 'em over the fence into the road and let them take their chances with the traffic 

If I'm feeling kind I put them in the compost bin though!


Posted: 20/09/2013 at 08:15

Morning all. Brighter here today thankfully. Yesterday was a wash out. Plenty to keep me busy outside - birds are attacking the feeder with relish - well beaks anyway- so I may have to go to the GC for more food and  I should take a look at new spades as I can't repair my old one. I won't be looking at or buying any plants/bulbs of course... 

Path to sort along side of shed now that I've raised the ground level there so that's apleasant little job. Bark to put down there. Got some little white cyclamen that were abandoned in B&Q yesterday so will put them in one of the alpine pans for autumn/winter. I love them.

May need that bacon roll today Dove   


Posted: 19/09/2013 at 14:49

Tarzan- just make sure you're buying from a British nursery for your hedging...

some of these posts are advertising- and not from this country.

You shouldn't have any problem with pipes with any hedging you pick. As Paula says- it's really only an issue with mature trees. Hopes Grove Nursery are a good hedge supplier. I've used them in the past and I've just ordered some bare root hedging from them for this winter. Just google the name and you'll find them easily. 


Posted: 19/09/2013 at 13:59

I'm ready for my roll now Dove. No sauce for me thanks 

Couldn't tell you the last time I had a bacon roll!

Fidget- the rain's going off a bit now - hubby might be ok without his jacket, although I'm a bit south of the town. Going to the nursery later - will I get you a few things for him to bring you back?

Bulb compost

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 13:56

CG- I always top dress pots with grit or gravel. They look better, they preserve moisture if it's sunny and it does prevent bits and pieces seeding in. 


Posted: 19/09/2013 at 08:27

keep some for me- off to work in the lovely rain..


Posted: 19/09/2013 at 08:15

You can buy it concentrated to dilute down, Ally. Most GCs and places like B&Q sell it. Far better than any other weedkillers. 

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