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Tree advice

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 11:10

Pyrus salicifolius- the ornamental pear. Lovely silvery green foliage. Amelanchier lamarckii- light and airy, good autumn colour. Both good choices, though not evergreen, for that situation. They grow well up here in Scotland Jim so should cope!


Posted: 24/05/2013 at 10:57
BobTheGardener wrote (see)

Thanks FG, the cake was lovely and given me the energy to.. make another cup of tea!

Might just join you Bob!

do you do a "Chelsea chop ? if so what plants !

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 10:51

If I chopped anything now there would be nothing left! I have done it in the past with various perennials but as we have a later season up here anyway I would only do it if plants were big and bushy and, like you kester, I tend to do half the plant rather than all of it.

Border design help please??!!

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 10:47

No prob Lee- I should have added that it would pay to really enrich the soil where you remove grass especially along the wall as it'll be pretty poor and dry there. Spending time and effort before you plant is always worthwhile. Plants are expensive! It would also be worth taking a look online at various shrubs etc as there will be loads more you can choose from. Eucalyptus is another that can be hacked into shape and used as a small tree, in fact it benefits from pruning as the leaves retain their bluey colour and shape.That would make a useful screen. 


Posted: 24/05/2013 at 10:40

It's ok GG- if you eat it standing up it doesn't count....

Turned very cloudy here...where's this wall to wall sun the weather man promised me for today...

Will just have to eat more cake...


Posted: 24/05/2013 at 10:16

Bf I just bought 3 little Moneymakers for 20p in sale at B&Q and the leaves are quite pointy! Can put a pic on if it's any help but they're only a few inches high at present.

Talkback: Blue tits and great tits

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 10:07
oldchippy wrote (see)
And now they are trying to get us to eat insects.

Is that why I have wings chippy? 

TomC I think you can get little metal rings to fit on the opening to prevent this..or you could probably make something if you're handy enough to have made the boxes anyway. I hope they survive- they are so tiny and the parents work so hard raising the numerous clutches they have in the year.


Posted: 24/05/2013 at 10:00

Do you want some cake Bob? There's a bit left...Verd's not got it all yet 

What to plant under Acer

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 09:46

The advice is good there Munzle. I'd concentrate on looking after the Acer till it's well established- make sure it doesn't dry out initially and keep the weeds at bay with a good mulch so that there is no competition for nutrients. In autumn plant some little early flowering bulbs - they would be ideal. Acers are lovely and it's nice to let them show themselves off!

Border design help please??!!

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 09:39

Thanks Lee that's easier now !

I can see you already have something planted along the fence. If your heart is set on just a border along that side I'd suggest making it as wide as possible because it will limit what you plant. That's why I suggested taking a corner- if you took out the planting on the path side you could then put a specimen shrub on the top left corner which would help screen the children's play area and then let the bed run across to the plant you already have on the fence. Some additional planting down at the bottom left corner would balance it.

I take it you want to keep the grass so I'd still do the first bit of my suggestion-  a tough shrub like viburnum or hydrangea would be ideal as I expect it will have to withstand footballs etc! There are loads to choose from and it really comes down to personal colour choices. I think you'd have to just take single shrubs along the fence including the previous suggestions of euonymous and cotoneaster because these will give height without encroaching too far into the grass area. Bear in mind that if you plant shrubs which reach 6' they will also spread to around a similar size so if you want a tiered effect it will take a lot of space. Escallonia will sit against your wall and can be pruned back-the flowers are pink mostly but there is a white variety and it's evergreen. Hebes are evergreen but they won't really reach that height- most are around a metre at most, and agin if they're bigger they will also spread the same. Cornus and Eleagnus could be used but you would have to keep them pruned back. Cornus isn't evergreen but has coloured stems in winter.

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