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identification please

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 17:34

Philadlephus would be my guess too doc 

Cheap plants at Aldi!

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 17:33

That's because Aldi is a supermarket - not a nursery or Garden Centre. I don't expect to buy  bread and milk from my local nursery....

These places are fine if you want some bits and pieces cheaply to fill a space, but don't expect a brilliant choice and be prepared to nurture and wait. Clematis, as Richard so eloquently says, need to be potted on and looked after for a considerable amount of time before being put in the garden. Large cuttings are all these 'cheap' climbers are. 

privet hedge

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 12:47

I'm with Lyn on this - have had several hedges bare root - they've all had a chop on planting and established and grew well producing strong hedges within a couple of years. A good watering on planting and then leave them to it. That's also why autumn is a better time to plant as you're guaranteed the winter rain to keep them happy, although up here it's not an issue planting in spring either  


Posted: 21/05/2015 at 12:42

We call it snow in summer too Verd. Not unknown to happen here either...

His (Chris Beardshaw's ) plants were in superb condition weren't they? Love the colour of the lupins 

last frost

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 12:41

You're correct Edd - that's exactly what the saying  means. May (haw) thorn blossom.

Up here (central Scotland)  the hawthorns (and many other trees and hedging) have only just got their foliage properly. Through at the Pentland hills last weekend (south of Edinburgh) many of the trees along the reservoir only had buds showing - no foliage yet. 

Help creating screening and privacy in back garden

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 08:11

The hedge law came in because of Leylandii mainly Rubi. It's a b****r of a plant growing several feet a year and getting to ridiculous heights. Just remember that anything 'fast growing' by definition,will need a lot of maintenance - it won't just stop at the height you want. Any hedging will need regular cutting but is always more attractive than a bare fence. 

Hydrangeas are either shrubs or climbers. The ones you've seen that are blue or pink are the shrub varieties, although there are lots of whites too. The climbing hydrangea is 'petiolaris' which has white flowers. It's a beautiful climber for a shady wall. If you google that , you'll see what it looks like. They all like some shade and ground that doesn't dry out. 

Photinia Red Robin is often not successful if you're in  a cold wet area. Where I am, I wouldn't bother - better shrubs available. I've yet to see a half decent one.

You'll see less and less straw- most horseowners use shavings these days. Horses, and especially small ponies, gorge themselves on straw bedding which can be a major problem. 

Hope that's of some help 

9cm plant - how to deal with it

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 08:01

Excellent result Peanuts. 

Pot it up and it'll be a decent plant by the end of the year. 

RHS Chelsea -plant ID

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 07:58

Alex - I think if you contact Homebase after Chelsea - you'll get some help with sourcing the details of all the planting. 

I can't make out the white plant well enough for you as it's a bit blurry when I enlarge, but I'm sure someone else will ID it. It looks a bit like an allium though...

Young gardeners and neighbours

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 07:55

I still get odd looks....


I always think it's lovely to see 'young people' gardening. I only had a flat till I was in my thirties, but it had a tiny strip about 1 metre by 2 in front of the bay window which I tended. I had the bug properly then 

Spongy Grass in a walled garden

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 07:52

Is it mainly moss Nicky? That springs to my mind when you say spongy. If so, Dove's advice re scarifying and raking will help anyway. The ground could be very compacted and the drainage poor, or wet and boggy, both of which will result in unsuitable conditions for good grass.

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