Moonlit Hare

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Tools to tackle an overgrown laurel hedge

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 00:08

We've just been given a lopper by my Aunty, it's a big extending pole which extends far enough to reach the ivy growing a the very apex of our gable end, (I'm only 5 1/2 ft and no step ladder required!). there's a fairly hefty saw on the end, and also like a hook thing which you put over the top of the thinner branches then pull the rope and it shoots a blade up to chop off the branch...... It's the best toy she's give me since I got Buckaroo for my 8th birthday!

Needless to say I'm gradually working my way around the garden, we too have lots of laurel that need hacking back, just a couple of well chosen branches taken out make all the difference... although the much beloved isn't quite so impressed with all the trips to the tip!

What is this plant with purple flowers ?

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 23:58

Hi sue,

It's possibly some sort of periwinkle but I'm happy to be corrected, there are far more knowledgable people on this forum than me! I've never seen a periwinkle with a trunk though.... it's a very pretty plant I'll be interested to find out what it is too!

Try the RHS plant finder, there's enough info on the pages for each plant to work out if it's hardy or not.

geraniums (spelling?)

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 23:53

Hello all, been a little while but I'm hoping one/some of you can help please.

I have 6 young ish geranium plants in terracotta pots, (bit old school but they do look lovely!)

When I bought them this summer from  my local garden centre the nice man said that they don't like being too wet..... yep struggled with that one this summer but also if I took them in this winter they would be fine for next year.

Now here's the dilemma, I've no green house (yet) looking to invest next year, and I've nowhere really to keep them in the house, limited window sills..... however I've got quite  a sheltered little spot at the front of the house between the porch and the garage which is south facing, do you thing they might make it through the winter or am I going to have to convince the much beloved that maybe the porch is the best place for them over the winter......?

moving blackcurrant bush

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 16:05

Hiya nadiamaz,


If it's any consolation the much beloved's dad and a few of his chums all had a really low yield on there blackcurrent bushes this year, we've put it down to the weather..... no blackcurrent jam on my toast this year for me I'm afraid! boo hiss!

Hedge Ideas

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 19:36

We're about to go hazel in the hope we will have some nuts one day and hazel isn't to bad to lay for thickening up the growth, The much beloved doesn't know it yet but I'm going to weave some honeysuckle and some roses through it too!

Damson Crop for 2012

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 22:52

We've loads but they are quite sheltered, got my mum to give a couple a squeeze today when she came around for a cuppa and she reckons give ours another week, we're in Mid Lancs


Posted: 18/08/2012 at 22:43

go with the damson gin! stick them in a kilner jar stick a load of sugar in and top up with gin. keep it somewhere dark, in a cupboard will do and give it a shake when you remember! better than anything you'll ever buy in ther shop. We do vodka the same way.

Then when we strain out the damsons we take out the stones and cover them in melted chocolate. just cut it into square when it's set. Yummmm!

The longer you can leave it the better it will be, we've just polished off out last bottle of 2007's harvest!

Ash Tree Stump

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 22:33

We're plauged by ash trees/ sapllings, everytime I clear a space (we moved in here in April this year!) there's another sodding 10 lurking in the undergrowth!

if they're really little above ground but have been cut back so the roots are quite big, if you try and pull the blighters up the bark and leaves just slide off the centre shoot!

we have one which is taller than the house and is coming down in the next month or so our neighbour says it's less than 8 years old and it's roots are so big it's raised all the flags on her patio...... god alone knows what it's done to her drainage pipes! the only way those roots are going is to be ground out, go with the creoste and pray to anything you can think of it works because those seedling pop up in places you never know you had..... Good luck!!!

laurel hedging

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 22:02

We moved to a new house in April and we have a shed load of established laurel.

All "SUMMER!" they've been shedding leaves which are yellow and brown.... now it's not as noticable on our plants as it is on yours, because they are established but I think you should stick with them, there's been so much rain this year I was considering building an ark! It might just take until spring for some new growth to come through and bulk them up.

The other thing we have is the laurel berries dropping and sprouting so we've a second layer coming through busshing up the lower half.


Herbs dying

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 18:59

Hi Jalcinto,

Mine are all over the shop! I've got a slightly older lavender which is flowering but none are bushing up or getting taller, I can't comment about the Bazil..... flippin slugs!

The tarragon, grown from seed this yr are REALLY leggy

The rosemary pretty much the same as the lavs.

The lovage is doing ok! As is my standard bay, but the bay is in a pot!

Mint all stalk no leaves. feverfew is struggling but just about holding it's own , the lemon balm seems ok, my borage seems to be making a comeback since we've had a couple of hrs of sun..... but my sage is really poorly, I think I'm going to have to move it!

I'm no expert but if they are in pots maybe try and raise them a bit for better drainage and maybe a good feed?

I'm sure someone with a lot more knowledge than me will help you out soon! If it makes you feel better I'm in the north so it's not just you southerners suffering to i think we've all had it a bit rough with the weather!

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