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Posted: 14/03/2014 at 10:28

It's normal practice to prune back when planting bare root hedging to encourage it to thicken up from the base, giving you a better result in the long run. Sometimes it's simply a question of cutting a few inches off a central stem but it just depends on the type of hedging. I'd agree with fidget - they shouldn't need watering so often. Water in thoroughly when planted and then let them get on with it. Just keep an eye on them during long dry periods. In another month they'll probably be putting on plenty of new growth  


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:58

Oooh all those posts weren't there when I did mine about Tony Benn. How strange. 

I wonder how many of today's politicians will be remembered in future - they all just seem interchangeable. No characters. Love 'em or hate 'em - many of his generation on all sides were at least interesting! 

Waiting for washing although it won't be going outside. More tea vicar? 

Iris Reticulata. Gordon Fletcher

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:51

Same as nut an pd,mine come back but they do diminish over time. I bought some last autumn and they have only just finished flowering - one pot is still looking good -and I've thoroughly enjoyed them.  They are pretty inexpensive and easy to grow, and provide a beautiful display at the end of winter, so worth every penny when they need replacing.  

The mystery of pH.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:46

That's a very good summing up fidget. The biggest killer of plants here is wet, cold soil as we have high rainfall and a lot of clay. I can grow most things as my soil is neutral, but for plants like Iris, Phormiums or Mediterraneum herbs like Rosemary, it's just a question of giving them what they need so I grow them in raised borders (or pots) where I can control that better. 

Come on Mike- storm on and give us your info 

north facing wall

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:34

The climbing hydrangea will love it there.  Not sure how much room you have but there are loads of plants which will be happy there. Gaultheria ( was Pernettya)  evergreen and lovey berries in white or pale pink. Polemonium (Jacob's ladder) blue or white flowering perennial, Dicentra (Bleeding Heart) pink or white flowering perennial, Astrantia- lots pink shades and also white flowering perennial, Polygonatum (Solomon's Seal) white flowering arching stems, perennial. Japanese Anemones - pink or white flowering perennial for later in the year. Hydrangeas - all sorts and colours - pink, blue and white flowering. The pink and blueones are often determined by different soil ph so you might want to check that, but the white ones are best for lighting up a shady corner. For evergreens, Fatsia japonoica has big architectural leaves, and I have just planted an Osmanthus on a north facing bed which is growing well. It has small white scented flowers so I'm looking forward to those! 

Loads of low growing stuff will be happy there too. Primulas, the prostrate Gaultheria, Tiarellas, and lots of bulbs like wood anemones (Anemone nemerosa) and snowdrops.

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:20

I've reported it to the mods as a personal attack on Mike. I personally think that's the best way to deal with them. The mods look and they make a decision. 

The mystery of pH.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:16

art- they're t****. That's all you need to know.

Beastly rhodos - that's a good way of describing them art! Scottish gardens are awash with Rhodos, Azaleas, Pieris and Camellias as they suit our conditions but I like to try other things and not follow the herd and just play safe. Don't care for Rhodos myself but I do love Camellias. 

I think Mike's info will be very useful for people who're unsure about the whole ph thing, especially if they have tried a plant in the past and wondered why it hasn't been thriving etc.


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:08

Morning all. Cloudy, cold and damp here. Sad news today with that crash and also Tony Benn. He was a fascinating and knowledgeable man to listen to away from politics, which doesn't interest me at all. Very articulate and amusing. 

Doc - what have you done now? I don't know....

Going to get more compost later for the stuff I need to have indoors - don't think the girls appreciate the whiff from the organic stuff! 

It's called Vital Earth if anyone sees it in their GC.  It's lovely stuff - crumbly and rich. No complaints so far from me 

Off for a quick  look round the forum now.


Posted: 13/03/2014 at 20:50

I love the blossom everywhere that weird? 

I always think Hawthorn smells of cat pee 


Choosing a clematis

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 19:56

Wouldn't bother MrsG. They'll be fine till you're ready to get them in 

Hope you enjoy them. They're such beautiful plants when they get going. I intend adding a pergola just to give me room for more of them  

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