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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 20:38

You could join me for a hillwalk soon Panda - you nearly have hill legs now!   

Any ideas appreciated

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 20:28

I think you'll have to compromise a little  Lyn.

A good trick is to use small trees or hedging shrubs but leave gaps to allow views to the landscape beyond. The two I mentioned have airy canopies so it's not like having something completely solid. Birches are good for that too. Hawthorn also provides a good windbreak - you could have hawthorn hedging along the entire length of the fence with a few groups of something taller to give some relief. 

It also depends how much depth you have to the border. The more space you make, the better the variety and amount of planting you can put in, especially in the areas which have the most shelter. 


Posted: 01/03/2016 at 20:21

I can vouch for horse manure GD - but never used cow. Is there a great deal of difference in terms of value for plants? 

Lack of sunshine

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 20:20

Just shows how a difference of a few hundred feet or a few miles can alter  the temps. I'm ten miles south of Glasgow, but around four hundred feet up and the garden's quite exposed. It was lovely on Sunday - minus five in the morning but getting to about plus five later - but it would have been a bit chilly to sit and have lunch! Certainly couldn't cut the grass either.

Whereabouts are you Esspee - are you in the city itself ? 


Guernsey Donkey2 wrote (see)

 Think I'll move up to Glasgow Esspee - it must be the new hot spot!


But would you enjoy all the wind and rain GDonkey?.... 


HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 18:39

Welcome home Liri - exciting times when you're in countries not used to the rare winter 'elements' like that! I had a similar experience many years ago in Spain  

You'll be worn out Panda - have you been sleeping since then?... 

Horrible night brewing here. Sleety and cold - perhaps the snow will appear as forecast.  Did someone say spring had arrived.... 

Jurassic plants

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 18:32

Jurassic plants

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 17:59

Yes - but mine's better Verd.....  

Jurassic plants

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 17:42

Astelias are lovely  Verd -  no use up here unless cossetted unfortunately 

The lovely Hakonechloa would be excellent  

Rampant bamboo

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 17:40

Don't mention the Ponticums KT53 ... 

Bamboo can be a real thug. No barrier will contain it if it's the running kind. Heavier soil helps to hold them (which we have here) but don't be fooled. You still have to keep an eye on the clump formers.  

I had a well behaved dwarf clump former in my old garden round the corner. I think it's stayed there ...

Jurassic plants

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 17:35

As Verdun says, grasses can work really well  - use Phormiums (not strictly grasses of course) in particular . Team them with Cannas, which are one of the best for that type of look. 

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