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hornbeam hedge questions

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 07:47

Hi Dean, hornbeam makes a terrific hedge and copes with wet ground better than beech, otherwise it's very similar in appearance and habit. It'll retain it's leaves over winter if kept under about 8/10 feet. Prepare the ground well -  adding grit and manure and mulch well as Charley has mentioned, add your compost etc when you plant and it'll  get off to a good start.  Keep a good clear border between it and the grass and keep it weed free. It usually only needs trimming once a year but it's very adaptable. You can plant about 18" apart - closer if you want a really dense hedge and you can keep it quite narrow if you want - Charley has planted appropriately to make a really good depth of hedge but it will stand being kept narrower too, unlike some hedge plants.

I've used Hopes Grove nursery a few times - you'll find them online - and they've been excellent. Might be worth just googling bare root hedging and comparing a few to see what suits you best, but personal recommendations are always a good start  

A few questions

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:11

If I'd had problems with the tomatoes I would put them in the brown bin for collection - if not, they go in the compost bin. I don't grow cucumbers but the same would apply.

What is the barrel of water for? If you want it as a water feature the water will keep the wood moist therefore it will stay in one piece because the slats expand and are contained by the metal band. If they dry out it falls apart. If you want it as a planter it might be wise to line it - but you'll then need holes in the bottom of course!

Can't advise on the greenhouse or the Strelitzia, although I went to look at a house a few years ago and the vendor had grown one from seed. It was beautiful. He kept it in his conservatory - I expect he'd grown it in there -  and was his pride and joy. 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:55

Very nice Yvie. Foliage contrast and shape is a winner at this time of year and through winter. I was just thinking the same thing this morning when I looked at my little border at the foot of the back fence - it's all green, gold and white  and although there's not much in flower at the moment apart from the Jap Anem, primulas and the little yellow flowers on the Rocket,  it's bright and cheery on a wild, drab day like we have here today  

Bonkers weather

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:50

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Bonkers weather

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:50

I had pasqueflowers in bloom a few weeks ago ( they flower at Easter ) a Hellebore with two or three flowers, and my Dutch Iris are 6" tall 

It's ok Connie - they'll slow down as it gets colder and bloom when they're meant to - it's quite common if it's a mild autumn and they're planted early. Same thing happened last year because the whole winter was so mild  

Rat spotted

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 14:17

Hope you can sort it Yvie. They're opportunists so if you remove the banquet it may be enough to send him off somewhere else. It would be a shame if you had to remove your bird feeding areas altogether after working so hard to get them. 

dog bite,anyone know for sure?

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 14:15

English law must be different from Scottish law then.Trespass without any damage is purely a legal matter so a lawyer is involved.   If there's damage it's a criminal matter and that's when the police are involved.  

I'm not sure anyone here can give a definitive answer to this as we only have one set of facts to go on so we can only offer advice based on that. At present, it's one person's word against another's. 

I think your friend has to seek legal help as a first option grandma. 

Rat spotted

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 13:38

What a pain Yvie. I find at this time of year the birds aren't as interested in food because there's still plenty around naturally, so I start off slowly and only put small amounts out and that ensures it's all cleared by nightfall. It's usually when there's excess food lying on the ground during the night that the problem's most likely to occur - easy pickings. Perhaps you could try clearing the ground each day before it's dark - and even bring hanging feeders in as well for a while - and hope he goes off to find another hotel. 

Spring bulbs

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 13:21

Mild weather at this time of year often prompts bulbs into growth earlier than we might expect. I've got some Dutch iris which are about 6" high just now! The growth will slow down as colder weather comes in so don't worry too much about them  


Posted: 19/10/2014 at 11:25

LP - I've not lost anything - apart from my marbles perhaps 

The tail end of a hurricane is coming across the pond and arriving here early in the week, so get into the lea of that nice wall you have 

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