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Posted: 30/07/2016 at 17:33

When Possum was a tot I was in a mum's and toddlers group.  One NZ woman had a daughter just a few months older than Poss and everything was fine till she produced a son two years younger.   Determined to treat him the same as no 1 but found he was a different species altogether.    Mind you, he did take after his father.......

OH learned a long time ago not to surprise me with unannounced guests because he might be embarrassed.  I always have the wherewithal to rustle up a meal but might be up to my armpits in muck and mud in the garden or covered in paint or dust doing some DIY project or else the kitchen looks like a sewing sweatshop. 

Not a lot of Possum's chocolate beetroot cake left but I have tested it and it's lovely and moist and very chocolatey.  Two of her male colleagues complained it was too chocolatey!  Not proper Belgians then.  

Thanks FG.  I'll go and have a peek. 

What to do.

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 16:30

You'll need to remove the stumps and put plenty of goodness back into the soil which will have been severely depleted by the leylandii.    That'll be quite a project in itself and needs doing before you plant anything new be it young bare root whips or mature specimens.

Fairygirl is right about mature specimens.  They'll cost a fortune and take years of TLC to establish and grow away.   I suggest you have a look at plants like hawthorn or beech or hornbeam which can be planted as bare root whips in autumn.  You then cut them back to about 9" and water in well.   

We did this with hawthorn and it grew 6' the next year.  We then cut it back by half to make it shoot sideways and thicken up.    It's great for wildlife too.    Copper beech will keep its dry leaves over winter and give extra privacy if you need it.  The old leaves finally fall as the new leaves start to shoot in spring.  Hornbeam is better for damper soils.   All 3 can be kept clipped to make a neat, dense hedge.

Evergreens won't grow as fast but you could also consider pyracantha which has spring blossom and berries to attract a wide range of wildlife plus thorns to deter intruders.    Laurel is very dark and dull and looks awful if clipped with hedge trimmers as it has large leaves whose edges go brown when cut.   Photinia Red Robin makes a good hedge and has fresh red growth in spring and when it's been trimmed.


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 14:32

We expected the thumping and it wasn't too bad but we've all concluded classical ballet is not for us - too limited a pallet of steps and too much samey leaping and pirouetting.   We think we'd like more modern and contemporary style if it weren't for the atonal, shrieky music that so often goes with it.

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 14:25

I was poking fun DHR.  Your own post implied you only criticise other posts and use quotes to be sure to target the right poster.

Like others I just think the quotes "facility" is clunky.

Busy - the iron mesh is great because it can be cut to size very easily with some bolt cutters and can be bent if needed.  I have used it full size attached to posts to mark our boundary with the arable field behind.  It is great for training blackberries and also supported pumpkins when I grew them in that bed.   It's a lot less visible than normal plastic covered wire mesh fencing so I get to keep my views over rolling fields behind.

I've also bent a 5m x 2 m length on posts round a path to our woodland corner and have some clems and a rose climbing up it.   I can see thru into the woodland planting but also feel private when I do, rarely, get to sit on the bench seat and look out from it to the pond garden and pasture next door.

It came in handy too when I needed to put a barrier between the cows and my holly hedge.  They were leaning over the barbed wire boundary fence and eating the soft new tips every year so my hedge was very squat and fat.  It has now safely reached head height and needs a proper trim!

We cut 2' off those strips to reduce the height and stop the cows pranging themselves on prongs and found those lengths came in very handy rammed up and hidden under the base of the old conifer hedge to keep Rasta the escapologist from wandering off and exploring.

Geoff Hamilton

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 13:57

Not at all.  He felt like a friend and was so practical and thorough with all his advice and projects making them accessible for all whatever the size of your garden or budget.   Loved his special series too.

Would love to visit Barnsdale one day and I too will be planting a Cercidiphyllum in my new garden.


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 13:49

Sounds exhausting but positive DD.   Good luck with it all.

Possum's chocolate beetroot cake took ages to cook because she wanted it square and not round for easier sharing.   Took ages to cool too before I could do the chocolate ganache so didn't get to bed till 2am.   Feeling weary now but have done the first coat of primer on the kitchen/didning chairs I am renovating for Possum's student flat.

OH has been busy cutting grass and strimming edges.  I shall have a potter after a bit more sorting.

Poor Tigger.   Hope he feels better after a good bath.   Ours aren't sure about baths but do love the rub down process afterwards.

Not quite and Ag show with piped music but Possum wanted to go to the ballet for her 18th birthday so we booked tickets to see the Moscow ballet do Swan Lake in Brussels.   The music was on a CD!   


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 01:16

Muddle up - Priorities!! Get that sink in the garden doing something useful like being a pot washer sink or plant watering and soaking sink or a safe place to stash wee pots of cuttings and divisions.    Mine serves as all three depending on time of year.

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 01:07

DHR - is it always a criticism or do you post other stuff too?

I am now on the 3rd of this series waiting for cake to cool enough for the  to go on - and enjoying it so far.   Some good ideas and nice to see "designers" using metal builders' mesh as trellis too.   I've been doing it for years.

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 21:44

Get round that by addressing the poster concerned.   Saves quoting and is easier to read.

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 21:28

The quote facility has been having glitches lately.   Never seen the need to use it myself.

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