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Posted: 13/06/2017 at 18:29

Well I bought it in 1980. on my first honeymoon, ( a night in Baslow), from a garden centre in Darley Dale. It was a couple of foot high then. I  planted it in my first house, a semi detached rabbit hutch(sorry bungalow). We moved 10 months later and took it with us.  We stayed in the new place for about 10 years, dug it up and moved it again. I then planted it in the hedge line here. Then it went bonkers.


Posted: 13/06/2017 at 17:45

I should point out that the little one I bought is now 15 ft and shading out the greenhouse.  I hack it down regularly. don't think it's suitable for a rockery. Perhaps a dwarf conifer?


Posted: 13/06/2017 at 17:30

That is so cute.


Posted: 13/06/2017 at 17:29

I think you pruned off the top grafted bit. You are left with the hazel rootstock. sadly you have a straight hazel .

Tips on creating vegtable garden

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 17:24

Wood chippings are OK for paths but will rob the veg patch of Nitrogen as they rot down.

 Brambles you will have to dig out. I would spray the lot with glyphosate to totallt clear any perennial weeds before you start.   It will then die down, but some like bindweed may need a second dose. Spend this summer getting it as clear as you can, with a view to planting next spring. The other thing you could do is to skim off all the turf, stack it upside down, and cover with black plastic. That will rot to give you a good loam.  If you can get some maincrop potato tubers, it is a bit late, but plant one every two foot, they will produce a lot of top growth which will suppress weeds, and you get the advantage of plenty of potatoes. However it is a bit late and you may not be able to obtain seed potatoes. Do not plant potatoes from the supermarket, you may introduce virus and rots into your soil.


Posted: 12/06/2017 at 13:43

They usually branch all on their own. If they are overhanging a path, either trail the overhanging bit back, or pinch it off.

Starting Fresh

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 12:39

Start by mowing it on high setting, then raking it all off. Water it , then mow it again a few days later. Three weeks of mowing every three days will make a huge difference.

Please can you name this plant

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 12:32

 Its a Philadelphus, and obviously variegated, but it seems more splashed than the one known as Philadelphus coronarius  variegated.

Plant ident

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 09:47

If it is that tall, I think it more likely to be either Thalictrum flavum subspecies glaucum, or Thalictrum sphaerostachyum. Both have yellow flowers and grow to 6ft or so.

twisted hazel

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 05:54

Hazel can be pruned hard in winter , and will regrow. Hazel is a good plant for coppicing every two or three years, i.e. cutting right down to about a foot high, and it regrows. However, corkscrew hazels are usually grafted. You must make sure that you do not  cut below the graft union, otherwise they will be all straight hazel rootstock.   If it has lost the twist above a metre, I would leave it now while it is actively growing and give it a hard prune next December or January when all the leaves have fallen off.

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