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Posted: 25/02/2014 at 19:15

Orderly Dove? As we say here - aye right....

Fat chance of that! 


Posted: 25/02/2014 at 19:11

My oldest daughter would like the second cake best Stacey! 

No doughnuts Verd? What's the world coming to eh? How on earth did you survive.. 

Music in the Garden

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 19:06

archie - you've trumped us all - can't beat having your own personal band to listen to in your garden! 

doc- my favourite was- 'this week - I will mostly be blue court shoes..' 

This evening I am mostly listening to Mr Domingo and his 'dream team' - Netrebko and Villazon, who I always think looks like Blackadder's younger brother 

But not in the garden... it's a little cold for that.

Best Hedging

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 18:31

Hawthorn will give you a nice wildlife friendly hedge and you can mix other things in with it - in fact you can buy native hedge mixes with wildlife specifically in mind. You can still get bare root hedging for the next few weeks or so which makes it very economical. If you have room then a double row will give a good dense hedge, and if you want to keep intruders out, a jaggier hedge is a good idea!  If you want to go evergreen then Laurel will grow quite quickly. It also depends how much maintenance you want to do - evergreens look better if they are clipped into a more formal shape so they need more trimming, but you could also use shrubs like Rhododendron (if your soil suits) which can look nicely uniform by themselves and don't need trimmed every year. You'd only need a single row if you went for them or Laurel. Berberis is another good choice of evergreen and is thorny as well. Other nice choices are Hornbeam and Beech which are deciduous but retain their leaves if they're kept under 8/10 feet, and they support lots of wildlife too. 

There's a huge list of choices availableSL, so perhaps you'd want to take a look at one of the hedging nurseries online and you'll get a better idea of heights and prices etc., and if you want flowers as well, you will get all the info you need. It's such a big subject! 

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 17:47

I've always used a standard MPC Louise, with no problems, but I've never sown in autumn, only this time of year or directly outside later on in spring.

David will keep you right - he's the Sweet Pea king here! 


How to make a Leylandii hedge more wildlife friendly

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 17:41

Ruth, I came across a nursery online which specialises in Shade Plants. It's called Long Acre Plants. I haven't used them personally but it has loads of lovely ideas there for the sort of plants you're looking for. 

Music in the Garden

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 17:35

doc - that almost sounded as if you were going to say 'this week, I shall be mostly listening to...' 


Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 16:53

LF -  I remember the pond from a previous thread but can't remember who built it. He was giving some assistance to someone else who was planning a pond, and was talking about the lovely paddlestones he'd used. It would be great to see an update this year as I'm sure he'll have put a lot more planting in an  around it.

I'd hoped to put a small pond in here, but I may have just a container style one as I don't think I'll be here very long.  I'll look forward to seeing yours LF. It's a great feature to have, whatever size it is 

I can't take any real credit for the pond at my old house - it had been there for over twenty years. It was so badly neglected that it was in danger of needing total renovation, and a lot of money spent on it, if it had been left much longer, so most of our input was clearance. My entire garden front and back gardens here would have fitted into it! 

Camera Corner

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 16:25

Hopefully the floodwater won't have done too much damage Ivyhouse. Your garden looks lovely and I'm sure in a couple of months it will have completely recovered. Easy to forget that you don't have to be low lying to have a flood. The ground is saturated in so many areas that it just can't drain away quickly. Here's hoping we get a bit of warm dry weather in March 

Not very likely up here though 

Strawberry novice

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 16:19

I've never bothered pinching off the flowers JossVam. I had runners from my sister and plants bought in end of season sales which had already had a crop on them,and I've not noticed a huge difference. As Dave says, good feeding and care brings a good crop. Shame to have a load of them sitting there and not get any benefit till next year.  You could always leave half of them if you've got quite a lot so that you get the best of both worlds! 

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