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What to do!!

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 23:35

Heres a simple way of creating borders for planting. Excuse my poor artistic skills, I dont really have any editing software! ..

 Is the gravel area a patio? Could some of this area be turned over to planting by extending the garden into this area?

honey fungus

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 22:09

I think I had honey fungus in my garden, something was killing my privet hedge off. I had a diseased cherry tree nearby which I understand is prone to honey fungus. I also had a few old tree stumps still rooted in the ground which again can be the cause of HF.

Heres a photo of my privet hedge that was gradually dying off from the far end, spreading along the hedge each year...

I dug out all the affected privet hedge, and reluctantly decided to cut the cherry tree down and remove as much of its roots as possible. I also dug out the tree stumps. Ive since replanted with new privet hedge which is growing healthily.

Armillatox is supposed to treat areas suffering from HF, but it was recently banned as a pesticide (along with many others) and is now relabled as a path cleaning product to bypass legistlation. See here

What to do!!

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 23:21
pavery026 wrote (see)

Hi I have the same dilemma as what to do with my lawn, its a rectangle with a straight flower border either side, all the comments have been extremely helpful and I love the ideas of curves. LeadFarmer your garden is just wow what a difference.

Thanks pavery026. Whilst it might look completely different this is only because I removed all the plants I didnt want, and then reshaped the lawn edges to create deeper borders to plant into.

Large lawn areas with thin borders around the edge dont really work in my opinion. At the very least I would make your borders as deep as possible, or how about having a circular shaped lawn in the middle, surrounded completely with planting? Or perhaps a figure of 8 shaped lawn? Could you post a photo of your garden so we can see what might work? 

Here's a before and after photo of the garden of my previous house. Again it had straight thin borders and looked bland...

 I created a figure of 8 shaped lawn that created deeper borders for planting...

Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora' pruning

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 21:28

Thanks Gold1locks

Sempervivum succulents/houseleeks?

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 19:40

I pulled a couple of babies off today and potted them up. Not sure if I did it correctly though. Is there any particular technique for doing this?

Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora' pruning

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 19:36

Thanks, I'll have a go at pruning it when its stopped flowering. So does it flower on the previous years growth?

Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora' pruning

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 19:48

Im after some pruning advice please for my Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora'. So far ive never pruned mine as im not sure how.

Ive read that is falls into pruning group 3, and needs a third of its stems cutting down to ground level each year. But when is the best time of the year to do this? Should it be done late spring after flowering to allow new growth this year?

Sempervivum succulents/houseleeks?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 21:50

They look great Wintersong. So do the crowns/rosettes only grow to a certain size? And do they spread by growing babies at the sides?

Sempervivum succulents/houseleeks?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 20:55

Thanks everyone. Nice photo lilylouise

I popped to my local garden centre today and they had them on offer, 7 for £10, so I bought 7 .

How large do they spread? And how quickly do they spread? I have 4 planters that Im going to put them in, each planter is about 12" x 12" square. Sould I just put a couple in each and see what happens, or should I cram more in?


Sempervivum succulents/houseleeks?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 21:40

Wintersongs photo (below) has inspired me to grow some Sempervivum succulents. Can anyone please recommend an online supplier of these plants? Id like to grow them in my grey slate pots on the patio as I think they would contrast well, but I need to read up on how to look after them also.


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