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Shrubs/Plants for total shade?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 12:34

I have 140 feet of north-facing larch lap fence which needs planting against with shrubs or hardy perennials. The ground is further shaded by trees growing on the other side of the fence which creates heavy shade where I want to plant.

If anyone has successfully grown anything in these conditions I'd be grateful for some advice on what to plant.


Making a leaf stack for leafmould/mulch

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 14:28

Thanks everyone. I've poked a few holes in the bottom. Have filled one and starting on a second and probably a third. Too many black bags Welshonion. Had already filled twenty-five before I thought of the bulk bags.

Making a leaf stack for leafmould/mulch

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 16:50

I'm sure I'm not the first to do this, but I've used builders' bulk bags to store gathered leaves to rot down. I don't know how well this method will work, so if anyone has any experience of this technique I'd be interested to hear.

Can anyone identify this sad specimen?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 17:21

 I found it struggling to the surface whilst raking leaves. When I first found it it was a vivid cobalt blue. It's leggy leaves are in the photo too.

Foxglove cuttings - anyone tried it?

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 10:34

Two of my last years largest foxgloves are still standing and have produced loads of small healthy plantlets all up the stem. Has anyone ever tried to take these as cuttings. I really liked the colour of the parent plant's flowers. I know how easy they are from seed - they're everywhere, but I like a challenge. If anyone knows if it can be done please let me know.

Annuals for partial and complete shade

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 17:30

I don't believe many annuals like shady conditions.However my garden is surrounded by woodland so shade is so something we have plenty of, and Foxgloves (maybe a bit too tall), Honesty and Columbine self seed themselves all over the place.

Although they're not strictly annuals they will flower in the first year if planted early enough.

Spectacular failures thanks to capsid bugs- I think

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 19:26

Earlier in the year I was waxing lyrical about my runner bean growing that never failed - until now. This tear they failed spectacularly for the first time and I think capsid bugs may have been to blame.

Everything in the garden started out beautifully. The beans were strong and healthy as were the shrus and cuttings, but then it all changed. By the time the beans were half way up their poles small irregular holes started appearing in the young growth with brown scarring and the leaves began to look shrivelled and gnarled. They never really recovered.

And not only the beans but the young growth on most of the shrubs in the garden. Many of my shrubs were quite unsightly. Overwintered cuttings in the greenhouse were fine until I brought them out into the garden.

I had some bean seedlings left over, so I planted them out very late and  -  they were unaffected. Maybe capsid bugs have a short season.

With so few bees around these days and loads of butterflies I couldn't use insecticide so it was a bit of a sorry summer.

Did anyone else have capsid problems? If so any tips on how to deal with them.


naked standard rose!

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 17:13

My 16 year old climbing rose has suffered the same problem. Apart from a mild case of black spot it started this year very healthy and covered in blooms, but in the last week it has lost most of it's leaves and the remaining flowers look very poorly.

I'm afraid to say that during the recent very hot dry weather it has not been watered much. As it has always been OK in the past I overlooked it and I suspect this is the cause of it's problem.

After last night's soaking in the storm I've given it a feed and I'll just have to wait and see if it recovers.



Posted: 30/06/2013 at 18:03

The verges around here haven't been cut for ages and are in full flower. However on a beautiful sunny day I recently made an eight mile journey along such roads (as a passenger and purposely looking) and didn't see one butterfly.

I remember when I was a child, after a drive in the countryside my father would have to to clean the windscreen because of all the suicidal bees and bugs. Perhaps that's the problem - too many cars on the road wiping out the insects.


worst job in garden

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 11:34

Battling against brambles (and moles) every year.

It's a large wild sort of garden and I've never managed to get on top of the brambles. Can't use weedkiller or wade in with secateurs in spring because of the bluebells and by the time they've died back the brambles have the upper hand.

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