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Instant Gardener

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 10:24

You're right ladygardener - it's 'Nanny state' - how on earth have we all survived as long as we have...


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 09:36

Lyn - same for me. I have a couple of nettles at the back of the shed which I carefully nurtured - no sign of anything on them, but the buddleias are covered with torties and peacocks and red admirals when they flower!

I did have loads of caterpillars on the blackthorn hedging last year and I'm sure they were torties and peacocks. The hedge is very popular with ladybirds so I'm glad I planted it. 

What's killing my Chilean glory vine?

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 09:28

This isn't something I grow personally but someone else will have suggestions for you Sarah. That said, I think drought is the most likely issue. A mature plant in that sort of site will need a lot. Check to see if there's still life lower down - scratch the surface of the stems to see if there's green underneath. You might just have to cut it all back and give it a thorough watering to revive it. 

Salt will kill plants quite quickly but I'm not sure that's the culprit. How near the vine is the salt and is there any other planting nearby that's affected?

It was almost a perfect garden

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 09:22

Heartbreaking for both of you. Gardeners face all sorts of challenges but that's one event you don't expect to have at this time of year. Good luck with the clearing up and try and see it as a rejuvenation which will make the garden better.

A summer day in The Netherlands

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 09:18

We're used to stormy weather here but it's mainly in winter when there's less disruption and damage to gardens. Horrible when it's a freak storm at this time of year. Hope the garden recovers.

Talkback: Japanese knotweed

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 09:14

Good luck with it irenah - I know how worrying it must be, and in time, it will come into your garden which makes it a very real problem for you. Keep pestering them!

looking for blight proof box hedge

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 09:05

Shrubby honeysuckle - Lonicera nitida- makes a good evergreen hedge Steve. It's similar in appearance to box too and can be pruned hard to keep it neat. As well as greens it comes in gold and brighter green shades. Readily available - if you take a look at some of the specialist hedge growers online, you'll get pix and prices. We're approaching 'bare root' time of year which is cheaper, although I'm not sure if it's available as a bare root plant. It will still be cheaper to buy in bulk from them though 


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 08:58

Morning all. Rain isn't arriving till later so it looks quite nice at the moment. 

If the new grass in the back garden dries out well enough I might give it it's first trim - I'll be glad to get  the netting off 

Lovely to have that so close by Jo 

Ham hock sounds good to me Dove, love it for soup - keep some for me... 

BL  - typical. All that dry weather you've had....

Feet are a bit sore today but I don't mind. I'll get on with some other jobs and footle around on here as well 

wall v hedge

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 08:52

A large house near me has a standard rendered wall at the front boundary, but it has another on the inside forming a four or five foot raised bed. They've planted all sorts of perennials along the top and it looks lovely. 

Plant suggestions please!

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 08:50

If you're going for an evergreen Steve - why not just put it in the ground? 

Gaultherias are quite good - like a bit of shade and a bit of sun - berries later on too. I have one in  a similar spot. The birds leave the berries till later on, or don't take them at all,  if you get a white or pink one. 

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