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Posted: 02/02/2018 at 18:22

Thanks everyone. Going to get the trees at least in tomorrow as only fine rain forecast and it’s been quite wet so the soil should be soft and well watered. Have got some Rootgrow as recommended by the supplier of the trees also.  If we have time and it’s not torrential, might put the Griselinia in also!

Thanks again and happy gardening!



Posted: 02/02/2018 at 08:45

Hi all!  Have just spent a fair bit of Christmas present money on 2 x Rowan Trees (6ft) and 1 x Pyrus Chanticleer (6ft) - all three delivered bare root

Also bought 10 x Griselinia which are in 2L pots and 80-100cm tall.

So, I obviously want to get these planted out ASAP but I am concerned about frost or that the ground just isn’t warm enough. The trees are dormant obviously but I don’t want to kill it all off by planting too early.  Does anyone have any advice about planting out so early and also the best way to store them in the meantime if it’s too early please?  They will be going in a semi shaded part of the garden along the fence line, south facing.

I currently have all of them stacked at the side of the house, in a sheltered but not sunny spot.  Have stood the Griselinia in a couple of short cardboard boxes and I had some packing paper which I’ve tucked around and underneath the pots to try and protect them from the worst of the cold.  The trees currently are in black plastic around the roots and with bubble wrap up the stems. Should I remove this plastic?  I have them stood in a trug to stop them falling over but there isn’t any water in it currenlyy, again I didn’t want that to freeze and kill the roots.  

I am in the North West just ourside Chester if that helps with climate!


Itching to get out there!

Posted: 17/01/2018 at 17:02

So I was all set to go out and rake up some leaves this morning when the heavens opened (tut).

I think I have decided on Griselinia for along the fence line and saw a rather nice Quercus Ilex for the larger gap.

thanks For the replies everyone and happy gardening!

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cat poop in garden

Posted: 17/01/2018 at 16:53

Hi. They don’t like citrus so any kind of orange peel, lemon peel etc scattered on the soil might help. Also half-filled lemonade bottles laid on their sides apparently work but again don’t look great.  Coffee grounds also as they don’t like it on their paws (organic too!). Don’t waste your money on crystals, gel, pellets etc. They don’t work.   You Probably only need squirt them once or twice with a hosepipe if you see them coming in your garden and they will get the message (It’s the hiss they don’t like rather than getting wet).  I’ve also heard that male urine can do the trick... perhaps leave this one till after dark! 

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please identify this shrub

Posted: 17/01/2018 at 16:00

Agree its dogwood. And lots of it!

Itching to get out there!

Posted: 05/01/2018 at 11:25

Pic of one side of the back where you can see the fences where I want the shrubs (canopy has been lifted due to the council chopping off branches) plus one of the front bed in the snow looking a bit bare!

Itching to get out there!

Posted: 05/01/2018 at 11:22

Wow, lots of plans afoot!  Would be interested Sussexsun as to what bushes you have growing along your fence. That’s exactly what we want to do to get more privacy; brining the plants we have in there currently forward as they all grow at a snails pace due to the lack of light/water (who’d have though it 🤔). Some huge laurels or something I’m thinking to block nosey Parker over the way being able to see us while we are sat enjoying a glass of vino!

josusa47 that’s some bed you’re making there!  Sounds like it will be lovely with what you have planned. Sounds very similar to ours. We have a large bed blocking off the view of the road with two Ash, silver birch, Roman, red robin all fairly established. as we have so many trees, we tend to keep it very natural and we have log piles etc to attract the plentiful wildlife. It’s certainly not a manicured garden!  We have a pond also in the back so we get LOTS of frogs which I love to hear them all calling and returning ‘home‘ for the season. We adopted 5 hedgehogs a while back also so they pop in now and then to say hello, eat the cats dinner and then shuffle off again  

Learnincurve, I’m sure the work you did last year will pay dividends this year.  I’ve found sometimes that things are happy to be left alone.  I’m not much of a rigorous pruner and I tend to let things take their natural course.

Going to go to a local nursery that specialise in hedging and larger shrubs and see what they have or can recommend. We are very lucky to have lots of lots of garden centres and nurseries by us (on the Wirral) so plenty to choose from!  Looking forward to the gardening year now, thanks everyone!

Plant ID please

Posted: 04/01/2018 at 15:34

Looks a bit like wild garlic/white bluebells to me. Do the stems/leaves smell like garlic if you snap or crush them?


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Itching to get out there!

Posted: 04/01/2018 at 13:05

Happy New Year Forummers!

Anyone else itching to get out in the garden already??  These sunny periods we are getting at the moment are lulling me into thinking it’s good garden tidy up weather but I bet it’s freezing out there and I’d soon regret it.

I’ve been a bit out of it for the last couple of months with gall bladder problems making me feel really yuk and haven’t done any gardening since the summer really. I didn’t even get chance to “put the garden to bed” for the winter and the poor thing is in need of a good tidy up. Now I’ve had my operation, I’ve still been laid up for a good few weeks and each time I look out of the window, I can hear the secateurs calling!  

So time for some inspiration!  Anyone else got any big garden plans for this year?  Anyone having a complete makeover?  We plan to sort out the bottom bed and plant some taller shrubs etc for privacy - we have 6ft fences but at this time of year it’s bare and open. The council also took down some of the lower branches when they were doing road works (might I say, without our permission or with any kind of nod to the TPO in force grrr). So, any suggestions on tall busy shrubs would be appreciated.   They’d be growing in between sycamores so quite shady.  Just want to have a tall barrier there. We have 10ft or so Leylandi both sides so it makes the bottom boundary seem even worse.  Look forward to any suggestions!

Thanks and happy new gardening year to everyone!

Plant ID please

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 12:08

Any ideas on this one please forumers?  I'm thinking possibly Sisyrinchium californicum ‘Yellow Stone’?  

Thanks   =^..^=

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