Green Magpie


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Monty's Hedging

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 17:34

Too formal for me as well. It just didn't sit well in its country setting, and I simply don't like all those stiff, trimmed, artificial-looking trees. I simply wouldnt want to spend time in a garden like that. Even the veg beds had silly little hedges that must make it difficult to tend the plants. Not for me!

Monty's Hedging

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 15:09

I'm very fond of Monty and love seeing him in his garden, but I don't follow his advice without question. I couldn't believe he had actually bought plants of ivy and vinca major for ground cover - doesn't he have plenty of stuff like this elsewhere? And as for providing cover for "small mammals", the vinca and ivy in out garden, when allowed to run wild, would provide safe cover for a pack of wolves!

But I like the way Monty admits to his mistakes and failures, and doesn't get disheartened when things go wrong.

Torbay parks

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 17:52

I live in that area, and yes, there are wonderful displays of Verbena Bonariensis on roundabouts in Totnes and Paignton. The Totnes one is underplanted with soft grasses and those blue thistles (can't remember the name) and they look fabulous.

Do we have a bird expert on the forum?

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 11:58

It's that time of year, isn't it? We saw several skeins (I have learnt a new word today!) flying over the river Dart the other day, all honking loudly.

If you have ever been on a busy road in India, everyone sounds their horns all the time - it's not seen as aggressive, it's regarded as helpful to other drivers. As most people  drive with open windows, the hooting helps them to locate other vehicles with their ears as well as their eyes. I think geese in flight are doing the same thing, to help them stay in formation and know where the other members of the group are.

Tomato blight

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 22:15

I grew Losetto (bush, cherry-type) which are supposed to be blight resistant. I had a great crop, with little or no blight until well into September.

Sungold Tomatoes

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 19:53

Our Sungold, grown outdoors, have been super, although quite late. I find that with this variety, freshness is key: eat them straight from the plant and they have a wonderful, aromatic, tomoatoey flavour, but a couple of days after picking, they're just a very pleasant, sweet tomato. As soon as they are ripe, I have a daily treat of a tomato or two straight from the vine - yum!

Just been on holiday for 2 weeks and all my tomatoes, which were almost over when we left, are blackened and blighty ooking. I actually bought some at Aldi today,  for the first time in many weeks.

Tomatoes

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 09:10

One thing I did that probably helped is every week or so I went through the plants and picked off any unhealthy-looking leaves, especially lower ones. This hleps to keep the plants ventilated, especially the bush ones. They are almost leafless now. I have to admit there are a few blight-looking tomatoes now, but so many good ones that I no longer care, it's the end of the season.

Hedging help please!!

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 15:22

That looks like a good choice, especially for a really low hedge.

Hedging help please!!

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 07:51

Thanks for the advice about Grisellina, Tetley and Gertie. The variagated one seems to be a shorter-growing variety, so will probably be more suitable. All we have to do now is get rid of the old hedge!

Hedging help please!!

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 23:09

We are planning to replace a very straggly hedge of lonicera nitida, and are considering griselina littoralis "variegata".  We want the hedge to be about 1.5 metres high. I'm not giving a firm recommendation, as we have yet to begin this operation. It's more of a piggyback question, to see if anyone has any thoughts on this.

Oh, and how difficult will it be to get the roots of the lonicera out of the soil?

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