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Latest posts by Mrs G

Native mixed hedge against a fence?

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 11:12

I agree with leaving a decent distance between the fence and whips as you want some airflow at the back there, and planting too close could push you fence over.  Our neighbour has planted a Ribes right against the fence,  the panels are the kind you slide in and out of concrete posts and their shrub is pushing the panel out.  You may also need to access the panels to replace them at some stage and having the hedge planted too close would make this very tricky.

hard earth

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 15:30

Lilies like lots of water and food but not poor drainage, are you on clay soil?  I always do mine in pots, when I  had some in the border they were much smaller and more difficult to check for pests.  You could mulch the border each year to keep moisture in and improve soil structure over time and if you get a dry spell water them.  We've had 3 weeks of sun and I've had to water my wet, shady border because it had dried solid.

Why does my festalis ismene (Peruvian daffodil, spider Lilly) die after 2 days

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 09:11

My peruvian daffodil did the same.  I kept them in the greenhouse in pots.  When the flower died they started producing seed pods which I cut off to keep the energy in the bulb for next year.

white flowering plants

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 20:00

Snow in Summer, Spirea 'Snow Mound', Clematis 'Henryi' but none of them are evergreen sadly.


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 13:35

I had this problem when I did them in grow bags last year, I just couldn't get the compost wet enough and when the soil is dry they can't take up calcium and get blossom end rot.  Also early male flowers start to form fruit then they die and drop off because male and female flowers need to cross pollinate.  This year I have two plants in the veg bed and a special pot variety in pots in the greenhouse.  

What have you learnt this year in the garden?

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 20:07

Well today I learned not to step on massive bumble bees without shoes on. I will not be trying that again.

Garden friends

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 20:18

How about Olivia Newton John? 

Garden friends

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 14:41

Newton is the name of our newt too!  Great minds think alike.

Lopper advice

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 14:23

I've got Fiskars Powergear, they are amazing.  Really light and easy to use if you're not that strong.

Help required

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:24

No problem.  They like lots of water through the summer and keep it dry in winter (I put mine in the greenhouse).

Discussions started by Mrs G

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European Spindle

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mulch query

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I tried clingfilm on the outside of the window but the blue tit just pulled it off! 
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Bird Identification

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Rogue hedge trimmer outrage!

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