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Beech Hedge is not too happy ...

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 13:12

How old is the hedge Dr D? Beech doesn't like wet ground so is the soil decent and well drained?


Posted: 13/09/2013 at 13:09

Verd- Quite right too. 

Council once chopped all my sister's plants along her boundary as she had a corner site and for some reason they assumed the planting was council owned.There wasn't a fence/wall  - the garden just ended with recently planted mixed shrubs and young trees. Do you think they have to have an IQ test before they get that job?


Posted: 13/09/2013 at 09:07

Rain is on here now too - so much for getting on outside...

May have to resort to HW. 

My grass needs cut too- if it ever dries out enough! Went to nursery yesterday too. More plants which won't be going in till next year but since there's 25% off just now it would be downright wrong not to buy them.  Got some White Emperor tulip bulbs too - 15 for £2.20 so I'll have to get a pot for them to go in later. I bought some Cimcifugas last time Verdi- Atropurpureas, so I'll have to find a spot for them in spring in the new borders. Managed to chop the top off one when I got them out the car- it fell over as I closed the door. 

Privets that wont grow

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 08:44

I'd agree with the comments tricky. Preparation is key because a hedge is a big investment in time even if not in money. Giving it a good start is well worthwhile. I wonder if there's poor drainage underneath and therefore a really wet boggy area? Wet usually does more damage than anything and hedging is like most plants- it doesn't like sitting with it's feet in water. When you look at how well the other part is doing that could be the reason. When I put a hedge in a previous garden I chose Hornbeam as it's more tolerant of damper ground, but really wet stuff will make anything struggle. It may be a 'digging out' job and getting good drainage I'm afraid. 

Planting out lavender

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 07:46

As long as the soil and aspect they're going into is right  I'd say they'd be ok, but if you're concerned about them at all, pot them on and leave them till spring when they'll be bigger and stronger. 


Posted: 13/09/2013 at 07:39

Morning all. Dove- isn't it a shame when you try to do the right thing - re your interevntion with the mowing men - but others can't see it? If the boy had his foot chopped off no doubt that would have been the machine's fault too. 

Dull here but dry and to be ok tomorrow before the wind and rain comes on Sunday so I hope I can finish moving  my gate and reinstating the fence where it came from. Seemed straightforward enough except that someone clearly decided in the event of a nuclear war it would be good if the bits I needed to remove would still be standing afterwards...

Is anyone else watching The Guilty? (last night ITV) Very good.

Help identifying plants

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 19:13


Hi Jesse -

1 is Escallonia

2 is Rhododendron

3 and 5 are Pieris - 2 different varieties

4 is Euonymous  

5 is Choisya

Lasagne bulb planting

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 15:03

I tend to do single species planted pots but for this method  I'd decide on a colour and go from there. So, if for instance you wanted a yellowy theme, you could have crocus followed by daffs then tulips. Put the biggest bulbs nearest the base of the pot (tulips) then a layer of compost, a layer of daffs/narcissus, then a layer of compost and put the crocus in so that they're nearest the top. The little reticulata Iris  are beautiful. You  could use them with crocus to compliment or contrast in colour, or use them as previously described in place of the crocus layer.  You can cram them in more tightly than if you were planting in the ground. If you're using  a shallow planter you'll probably only get two layers at most so I'd go for dwarf iris and maybe dwarf narcissus. Anything too tall will tend to make the planter unbalanced.

moving to scotland

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 14:50

If you want a great selection of plants at much cheaper than GCs  go to McLaren's Nursery near Lugton on the Irvine to Barrhead road (Lochlibo Rd). I go there for virtually all  my plants. Massive selection of plants (25% off just now!)  It's about half an hour from Ayr -less if you're East Ayrshire - same distance for me.  I used to stay just along the road from it.


Posted: 09/09/2013 at 08:12

Morning all.  Just going to work. Dull here but to brighten later. Haven't been on much lately- busy with other things and not been well over weekend. Hope everyone has a good day whatever they're up to.

Happy belated birthday cheers Verdi 

Sorry- no money available to send - last week's nursery purchases cleaned me out. 

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