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Your experiences with Astrantia

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 19:56
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

I love them too, but rarely see them here in Dordogne. I have two fairly pathetic ones. I think it's just too hot here in summer. In August the ground can be really dry.


Take a trip to the Massif Central - you'll find them on the slopes of the Puy de Sancy and many other places.


can I plant now?

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 15:13
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

Yew berries are very poisonous, deadly, what about passing children? I know someone whose horse died from eating yew.

We've had a bit of discussion about this elsewhere. Grazing animals might eat lots of it and die as a result, but:

1. people very rarely chomp a lot of hedging

2. generally, people train and look after their children

3. yew trees are everywhere and we don't close down parks, churchyards and the countryside because there yew trees around

4. lots of other plants are toxic; where do we stop?

Clearing snow...

Posted: 12/12/2012 at 10:52

It's belittlely clod here as well

can I plant now?

Posted: 12/12/2012 at 10:49

Yes, I would always suggest Yew. Using 15-18" plants you will already have a barrier to dogs, especially if you put a low netting round the outside as a temporary protection while the plants get established, and in a couple of years you will have a 3' high gapless hedge. After that, the sky's the limit. Plant 3' back from the pavement to allow it to grow out.

Sycamore trees

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 16:53

They might be the only trees left before long

can I plant now?

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 16:51


If you plant spiky things too close to the corner you have to think about innocent passers-by, rather than vandals. A customer has a berberis hedge in this situation and I have to trim it about five times every year to prevent injuries to small children from the thorns, people snagging their clothes, and so on.

Hardy Fushias

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 06:43

I always have to look up buddleia (or buddleja, as some people prefer)!

Aut of control Laurel bush

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 19:57


If you plant a tree, put £5 in a jar every year and you will have a good fund by the time it comes to paying a tree surgeon.

Hardy Fushias

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 19:45

Fuchsia, after Leonhart Fuchs (German botanist).

Thank you so much

Posted: 05/12/2012 at 08:47

Welcome aboard, Lisa and Nigel, and do feel confident to ask what you may think are silly questions that everyone except you knows the answer to. One valuable technique in meetings is to 'ask the dumb question', thus prompting the resident expert to recap the important points of a subject - much to the relief of everyone else at the meeting who have forgotten the details or who didn't understand it first time round.

Enjoy the board!


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