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New woodland

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 13:08

the sooner the better for planting. You can do it in winter if you're not waterlogged or frozen. I'd go with 3 year old trees, they'll not look much for a while then take off.

You won't need much of hole for young plants either. just enough for them to get started. It was very bleak and bare when we came here, There are now trees 20 or 30 feet high. Some of them from seed  sown in the first or second year here. We had acouple of incredibly dry years in the early days and watered some of the new plantings but only in their first year.

What species are you thinking of growing. Apart from being limestone do you know what the soil is like? It's not likely to be toxic unless someone has dumped stuff there but may have had its topsoil removed.

If it 's like a limestone pavement see what grows in the Burren. There's always a way. 

New woodland

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 12:30

Sounds a bit like parts of my garden 20 years ago Sanna. I wouldn't dig it over.

I'd cut back the top growth that itn't worth keeping,  I'd say hawthorns wre worth keeping, You may find some baby trees and you can save the best ones. 

In winter excavate planting holes to plant young, bare rooted trees. They'll grow away much quicker than potted ones. You can remove weed roots round these. Put tree guards round the trees

 in spring selectively kill the difficult weeds, thistles, brambles, nettles, a few are OK but not everywhere. 

then get a strimmer or hover mower, depending on the terrain and keep the weeds down that way for a few years.

Seems to have worked OK here

Dream Potting Shed

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 12:19

an armchair would be nice 


Posted: 07/09/2013 at 12:18

4thPanda, have you worked what causes this  'accidental buying of shrubs'. I suffer from this condition as well and I can't find cause or cure

Agree with you on NT, RHS and a lot of other organisations WW. 

Wooden garden furniture

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 11:11

I put one bench in the cold GH. Handy for coffee breaks in winter.

Tree Peony

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 09:50

I'd have a look to see if it's still there bobbie. They're big seeds, easy to find. Do it gently. if you see a root, stop and put it all back. You'll get a shoot next spring. If the seed is still there and hard, don't cover it in a cold frame for winter leave it out.

It doesn't need water in summer if it hasn't made a root. If it hasn't germinated in spring nothing will happen before next spring. Rotting could occur

Talkback: Autumn crocus pot display

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 09:24

There was a talk on bees advertised locally, illustrated with a picture of a wasp on wasp nest. 

I think it's a different person, a designer maybe? that chooses pictures


Tree Peony

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 08:14

18 months ago would have been a spring sowing. Paeonies like to be sown fresh. But don't chuck it yet, as Reed says they can be slow. Also sometimes they just make a root the first year and shoots the next. It may have done that. Give it another spring

seed share

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 22:47

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Malva moschata, and unidentified hetrbaceous salvia, light bkluish mauve about 30inches tall, very pretty, came from a mixed pack of seed and never IDd. Baptisia australis, Scutellaria altissimma, Salvia verticillata, mauve,Phlomis tuberosa, Kitaibela vitiflolia, (white), Libertia grandiflora, and a white dianthus from the 'Loveliness' strain,

Talkback: Autumn crocus pot display

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 21:33

If not Pickwick then a similar spring flowering crocus, complete with spring crocus leaves

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