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Talkback: Give borders an autumn boost

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 23:23

I've tried this shrub twice and neither survived winter.   Callicarpa's another wusspot.

Both are gorgeous though and at their best in autumn so good value.

hedge cutting survey

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 14:57

We have a Stihl electroc job which needs a service and a good sharpen.  OH hate sit so has bought himself some hand shears - to do 7m x 2m of hawthron hedge, 10 m x 2 m of conifer hedge and he's also done my 20m x 60cm box hedge after the leccy trimmers shredded the leaves.  We do the holly hedge with secateurs.

Good Berries

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 22:25

Skimmias have good red berries as long as you choose the right one as some need a boy and a girl plant to get the berries whilst others are hermaphrodite and produce berries on tehir own.  They need acid soil to do well -

Hydranga problem

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 22:22

What kind of hydrangea is it, how old is it and where is it planted?

Some hydrangeas don't like full sun, some need damper soil than others and they all like fertile soil to do well.

Lost,stolen or strayed?

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 22:15

Some of the posters on the Beeb boards met up at Harlow Carr one year and it went very well.   I have met up with others at RHS shows and we still chat privately.

I dare say you could organise regional meets in a suitable public garden.  It can be good to put faces to names.

hedge cutting survey

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 10:56

Instant problem with the first question.  Some people still use shears as they get a better finish.   Your survey assumes everyone is motorised.  An opportunity missed to investigate alternative means.

something in the air

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 13:24

If all the pleasant people decide to leave because of one or two people who either forget their manners, or are habitually brusque or downright rude and offensive then there'd be no-one left to help the new people, discuss the many solutions usually available with more experienced gardeners and have a friendly chat when there's nothing much doing in the garden.

Please focus on the positives and ignore the negatives.  

Also, please remember that we all read posts in our own tone of voice so we need to be careful about how our replies can be read and interpreted by more sensitive souls.

Why is anyone allowed to completely destroy your view??

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 21:50

Yes indeed, you can remove any branches that overhang your own garden as long as you return said branches to their owner.   Being conifers, they won't regrow from brown wood so you'd have to think about the effects of looking at bare borwn stems and revealed brown growth on remaining branches.   If the trees are planyted on the boundary they can be considered as a hedge and thus liable to hedge height rules.

Do check with your mum's local council about their boundary hedge rules and see what can be done.   There should be a council service for mediating boundary and neighbourly problems too.

IF you never had GARDENING ........................

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 21:39

If I didn't have a garden I'd have pots and baskets and window boxes but other major time occupiers (and heart and brain and hands and feet) are OH and daughter, friends, dancing and dance club, sewing and doing up the house which is an ex farmhouse in need of lots of TLC, imagination and funds not to mention a sense of humour and patience.

Bird food

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 21:30

If you microwave bird seed it stops it germinating.  I have a 750ml pot that I use to dole out bird seed each day and if I microwave it for 90seconds, that seems to stop seed germination without reducing food value for the birds.

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