Hedge Hog

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Posted: 15/08/2013 at 12:23

Hi Stacey,  thanks for the link. 

Unfortunatley I've been to that site before and none of the 'Buy it' links work and if you go directly to the websites they link to they don't have Sterling Star  

Still on the trail....


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 11:59

We put a mixed natural hedge in 6 years ago this autumn including beech, hawthorn and spindle, all about 18" high.  We left it to extablish for 2 years, just feeding and weeding regularly.  By year 3 it had grown a couple of feet and needed trimming and I tied a few branches together to help it 'knit'. Years 4 and 5 it has grown around a foot or more per year and has a trim end of each autumn.  The hedge has now thickened out and is kept around 5' high.  Its natural looking and attracts loads of wildlife.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 10:24


I'm going to disagree with bigolob and say trim it back hard this autumn.  I did that to one of our stagley sickly hebe's last year - sorry not sure which variety - and it has gone crazy this year with tons of flowers.  I took about 2/3 of branches down to almost ground level and the remaining 1/3 to about 1/2 their original length.  You could also give it a good feed and mulch and see if that helps.

It's gotta be worth a try - especially if it's sentimental memories for your wife.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 10:11

Does anyone know where I can purchase the asiatic lily, Lilium 'Sterling Star'? The plant is featured on the plant section of this web site and I have found photos of it on other web pages but can't find anywhere to purchase plants or bulbs.

I have found lots of alternative lilies but I particularly want this one in memory of my son.  Does anyone know if it is generally called by an alternative name?

Any info regarding places I could buy the bulbs or plants would be much appreciated.



Posted: 28/03/2013 at 21:02

forget me nots and ranunculas in our spring garden

Bug box

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 20:54

Hi The Artist,  our bug box is on a potting shed next to our veg patch, gets morning sun, but shaded by time sun gets high/hot.  Leaf cutter bees cut circles out of my spinach last year and used them to fill the holes where they lay their eggs. 

Hi deadkenndaisy, personally I clean ours in the winter, but don't know if you are supposed to....


Posted: 28/03/2013 at 20:42


Unstable young birch tree

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 10:30

Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions   The tree is around  9-20  foot now.  It has been double staked and regularly breaks the ties due to the wind.  I think we'll check the roots, and re-stake!

How to plant a fence, hedge thing

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 19:54

I'm not sure how fast growing you need, but we planted a natural hedge about 4 years ago, hawthorn, blackthorn, spindle, hazle and willow and some quickthorn to knit it together.  Its grown about a foot or so each year and we have taken the new growth down about 1/3 each year to encourage it to thicken up. 4 years on it is really substantial and we are ready to plant some natural honeysuckle and clematis through it this year.  Its great for wildlife and blends in well with the woods and valleys behind us.

Unstable young birch tree

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 19:30

We purchased a silver birch tree in the bargin section of our local garden centre about 4 1/2 years ago.  The tree was in a 5 ltr pot and was around 7-8 feet tall.  We dug a large hole and put plenty of organic matter and bone meal in the hole to encourage root growth and staked the tree.  We live in a windy area and consequently left the tree staked for the first 4 years.  The tree grew well, had a nice canopy and looked healthy last summer. We removed the stake last autumn assuming the tree would be well rooted and would continue to thrive.  However, over the winter, with the winds and wet soil the tree is constantly blowing over, and it seems that it has a very poor root system.  Consequently we have re-staked the tree low down to the base of the trunk.  All the other trees we purchased at the same time haven't had any problems since their stakes were removed.  Obviously we can't leave the birch tree staked forever so we thought we may dig up the tree in the autumn and plant it a foot or so deeper so the base of the trunk was buried.  We wondered if anyone has any ideas if this would work?

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