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Thuja occidentalis 'Brabant'

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 18:21

I also fell its a bad idea especially since I have the pile of stakes which I bought specially for this project also still laying on the ground. I think im going to have to have words with him tomorrow as It just seems stupid to plant them wrong. very annoying.

Thuja occidentalis 'Brabant'

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 17:09

Today I had some very large Thuja arrive 5 meter trees. And have a local contractor who I was using the plant them as they were so large. I am located in the north of france and dont speak very good french. I tried explaning that the holes were too deep but he insisted that they would be fine.

My partner does speak french but does not like to get involved in the garden (apart from looking at it)

My query is does it matter if they were planted rather deep will that kill them or will they just start to shoot new roots etc. They were probibly planted just over 1 foot deeper than the original root ball.

Any advice would be great as I have another few to plant next week and wont let him get away with it again if they are going to die.

the plants are not everyones choice but i need something Big green and fast to screen off some old sheds.


Many Thanks


I want a flower meadow

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 19:50

Humm interesting points. When I look at the pictures of the cornfield flowers I do like that. I want as Nutcutlet said really bright flowers so I guess that’s why I’m off the grass. If it dies back to bare earth in the winter I’m not too worried as I can just avoid that area of the garden until it greens up again.


I guess I don’t like the native look for the flower meadow. I want it more flower power OTT.

I guess I need to figure out what I need to do in terms of sowing as even from the two comments here so far opinions vary. Should I make a sowing now of the perennials and then over sow in spring with the annuals for that years flower? I don’t want it to get away and look like a hay field with too much grass in it.


Regards to expense what are your opinions on growing a smaller area this year and harvesting the seeds to make it larger would that work?

I want a flower meadow

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 17:54

So another one of my projects that I would love to get underway soon is a flower meadow. But I have no idea where to start.

I have seen many pre mixed seeds but they are either not the look I want or 80% grass seed. I am not trying to recreate a natural planting of a wild meadow. I want an area of the garden ( well maybe more than just an area) 4-5 acres to eventually be established flower meadow.

I feel I should be sewing some seeds now, as I do want it to be flowering ready for next June. I think I should do some sewing Now and again in early spring. Is that right?


Also since the seed mixes I have found are really not the right look I want I have turned to the idea of buying the seed direct and creating my own mix. But then I’m not sure which seeds need to be planted out now and which in spring. I am looking at buying through

 Any other suggestions on what I should do. If it costs too much to establish all the area in year one. Another thought was to sew 1 acre and then collect the seed and sew the other 4 acres next year. Would that work or am I just too penny pinching?

Also any suggestions on what flowers to add into the mix for bright flowers for next summer? I think I should take a mix of peoples colourful suggestion and just sew that?

My nuts are floating :(

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 21:26

So just an update after posting this. ALL the nuts that were floating were empty inside and the few that did sink were amazing. I guess next time i should pick them from the tree and see if my luck improves.

My nuts are floating :(

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 18:21

So after figuring out that I have a few hazel nuts in the garden I went out today and thought I would collect a few before the squirrels get them all. I collected them from the ground and took the green covering off as I thought that was how you collect them. They have only just fallen and are fresh in that sense. However now I put them in water as I think maybe one or two will float and like any eggs if they float I presume they are bad and throw them out. But almost all of the nuts float via about 4. Is this the reason the squirrels have left them on the ground, as they know they are off also? Should I pick them straight from the tree instead? Any now that I have collected them do I just let them dry naturally and then eat them or do I need to roast them? So many questions.­



How much of a nutty person are you ?

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 09:30

HAHA thanks again for the info. Will at some point love to make a map of all the trees but dont know how to best go about that and have plenty of other jobs to be getting on with first.

On another note I have seen the squirrels out in the trees eating all the nuts. But the god news is they are all red squirrels. SO I guess there is an upside.

How much of a nutty person are you ?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 10:56

I did see a red squirrel out in the garden a couple of days ago. I think there are plenty of nuts to go around. Should I start picking them now ?


How much of a nutty person are you ?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 04:41

Wow very exciting to see what you all think of my little trees looks like I no longer need to buy a bag of nuts at Christmas. Very excited also to try cooking something with the medlar apple, I had someone cook me a medlar tart last year and thought it a very nice flavour.


Does anyone think number 3 could be some type of bladder nut ?

How much of a nutty person are you ?

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 18:58

So I have finally moved into the new house after a 2 year wait and so have inherited a lot of old plants. Fruits, Nuts and a hell of a lot of trees. I am having difficulty confirming the plants and want to double check with people as nuts and berrys really are not my thing. Orchids are another matter. But for the time being lets stick with this. Below I have attached 7 pictures Top being number 1 last one number 7 any help with what they are and if they are edible would be great  









After this I have another 1500 trees to go through


Many Thanks for any help.





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