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Suggestions for a bit of privacy...

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 22:03

So you're not thinking of just a single shrub as I have visualized. A mixed hedge woud be lovely. Again mix the shrubs.Holly, beech, berberis,Sloe (vicious thorns, but berries to add to gin! But never tried it myself, before you visualize a lush!)Hawthorn, white and/or pink flowers, favourite of all the birds. BUT rather sharp and prickly if and when you prune it. Moss roses, choysia the list goes on. Please DON't put Leylandii in. Nightmare scenario and will block everything out including any view.

Suggestions for a bit of privacy...

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 16:21

Wow where do I start.So many plants/shrubs/climbers to choose from. A bit of advise someone gave me. Go and look around an establshed garden, National Trust,RHS place at all seasons, and see what appeals to you.What colour do you like? purple, silver green lime foliage even variagated. Does it flower and when. Do you want to encourage wild life/birds, so look for berries and leaves all year. Scented or not. Ask gardeners at these places any questions you may have. Don't be in any rush, enjoy the looking and buying. Buy them at a well established place, beware online, as you can't see the quality of plant or whether they have a disease or insects on them.

Poor little weeping minature cherry tree

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 22:27

Thanks. At last someone in agreement with what I have said a couple of times on this forum. The problem arrived on a young internet buy Apricot tree with us. Now my 5 year old almond is nearly dead from it. Was planted within a few yards of the Apricot.  You have scared me now, as we have 2 miniature cherry trees in the garden. Some distance away admittedly. Will it attack a miniature weeping willow please, as that is the nearest to the affected site, and will it spread through bark under these affected trees?

My cherry tree has red lumps on them

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 16:13

Mmmmm Sounds like the problem we have at the end of our garden. As per another answer, my husband bought an Apricot tree offline. This red resin appeared on that "gooed/dripped red honey" everywhere, and then eventually died. I really hoped it hadn't affected our 5 year old, fully nutting almond tree, but 2 years down the line, it looks as though that will have to go as well, as it is going the same way. Like you I couldn't find out what it was. BUT I now think it may be a form of canker. Advise reads "cut it out, paint on an anti canker paint, and put something around the lower` trunk every winter2, but can't remember what. Sorry. Me I am just going to cut down, clear bark from under the tree, and totally redo the whole area for safety. So many trees,so little garden and time to grow them in!


Posted: 24/05/2012 at 15:36

Slugs ate my Bay and Skimmia bushes, and you know how leathery their leaves can be. They will eat anything. I have tried all the usual self remedies, and now won't grow the real slug aperitifs.Anything annual that my husband wants to grow are in pots with inches of sharp grit. Don't do veg any more.

ID of plant growing EVERYWHERE!

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 15:29

Isn't Rosebay Willow herb supposed to be getting more scarce in the wild? Meadowsweet is my favourite wildplant. Friends gave me a cutting from their meadow years ago, and now I have clumps in my garden.Love it the smell the fluffy heads. Grows beside the pond, in the shade of a well established camellia bush and interspersed with fennel. Heaven on green and white clouds.

Blossom Trees

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 22:36

My husband bought aCanadian Apricot off the internet. It devloped the yuck orange resin juice coming out of it and died in less than 6 months.Now I find our beautiful well established 5 year old Almond tree we had has also now got the dreaded resin pouring out 18 months after chopping thr other down. It was on a nearby, but not touching area . So PLEASE be very careful where you get your plants. The RHS may charge more, but any problems and they will replace or refund up to 2 years after buying. I got my money back with a holly that just didn't take and died on me, no problem. But the rest of their plants are`healthy as anything.

The wrong kind of birds

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 15:33

Hi Shrinking Violet. If you are thinking of coming to Tiverton (it was you wasn't it?) ,we get a number of rooks, jackdaws, and the best of all seagulls. We have or did have hundreds of ducks in Tivvy, as we live so close to the river. Our first year one family brought 11 babes in, she and her 2 reliable male ducks. It was lovely, so I thought. So I put out 2 large pot bottoms full of water so they could swim in them. We blocked off the pond, as they brought leeches in which have affected the fish etc. and ate all the plant life we had. But night after night she seemed to come back with less and less ducklings. It upset me so much when eventually she returned one day with none. So now I am afraid I have to discourage them. I am just too soft. As my twitcher brother points out, the rooks etc will be aerating the lawn for you when eating they then look for the leather jackets and bugs in the grass.

Talkback: Cats in the garden

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 15:20

Cats and slugs. YUK! A friend explained about putting sticks in the garden, pointy end up. My firm recently got rid of cutlery and make us use wooden sticks to stir our tea! Not at all environmentally friendly, but it is all cost cutting now. So I collect these sticks. As I am going around the garden, after weeding and preparing in go hundreds of these, pointy end up remember! And as I am pruning perenials, I notice a lot of these were strong and sharp enough to go in as well. So no waste, and twigs don't seem to break down very well in the compost bin either. Yes, it is working, but don't forget the edges as well!!!! Hurray.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 12:08

Woops Sorry to put you off Violet. There is a lot going for the town if you want to get involved. I love the Saturday market and the car boots around here. In full time work means that is the only time I can get there. My problem is I always go for open aspect properties, so only now I am beginning to realise if you want a sheltered garden I will have to get an enclosed courtyard next time.

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Next seasons invasive plant.

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