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Posted: 19/07/2012 at 13:09

Make sure it's planted in a sheltered spot.  Mine died in its second winter at -15C.  After the first one it decided to become a shrub as all the top growth was dead but it regrew from the base.  The second winter finished it off.

High Boundary

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 09:27

You could plant a "hedge on stilts" inside your boundary and have just a 6' fence on the boundary.  You plant a row of hedge such as beech, copper beach, hornbeam or even catalpa and use a system of tall posts and cross bars to train horizontal stems to provide a privacy or shade barrier.  There's a photo here to illustrate -

They are used a lot here in Belgium to provide shade in parking areas, privacy in gardens and also just as attractive features within gardens because they give height and structure without bulk and you can plant other things beneath them.

Strengthening river banks

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 14:48

Just pull or dig up the surplus trees.  The remainder can be controlle din one of two ways.

We have pollarded willows growing along a stream that makes the boundary between our paddock and the neighbour's.   This involves cutting them back in autumn or winter while they are dormant and taking the branches back to a main trunk about 3 metres high.  This can be done every year and needs to be done every couple of years or it becomes a huge job.

Another possibility would be to stool them which just means cutting them back to a low stump.   This method is easier to do yourself and the cut stems are very useful for willow weaving so can be sold or given away or you could have a go yourself.  Pleanty of info on the net.  The cut stems can also be used as plant supports in the garden but dry them out first or they'll root!


Posted: 18/07/2012 at 13:55

We have lots of rhubarb and it's been really juicy this year with all the rain but i'm finding now that stems are getting a bit woody and that's the time to stop and let the plant rest and recuperate.


Posted: 15/07/2012 at 13:49

Clematis are very hungry plants.  Try giving it an instant tonic of liquid rose or tomato feed.  You should also try and find some special clematis food for a slower release feed.    You can give it some now and then make sure you feed it next spring when growth starts again.

Why the Gap?

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 13:41

With GH I believe it was filmed only one or two days in advance but then that was an outside company that specialised in gardening programmes.   It was also done in the same week at AT's.  Things changed when the Beeb took it all in-house when they started filming at Berryfields with Monty and I guess they've just kept the same habits for this version of GW.

I'm more concerned about why the Beeb can't fit in half an hour (let alone a whole hour) a week.  Sports coverage and the Proms can be done on another channel or half an hour later, surely?.



shade loving plants

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 13:23

If your soil is acid, you could try camellias which come in a range of flower colours, including red.  However, to get the flower buds formed properly, you'd need to feed and water in July, August and September.  Hamamelis Diane has rusty red flowers in Feb and they are perfumed.  There are red fuchsias which should cope well and some of them are really quite hardy.  Berberis thunbergia would give you reddish foliage and berberis darwinni would give you green foliage with yellow flowers. 

Potentilla fruticosa shrubs come in forms with red, orange and yellow flowers.   Hemerocallis cope well in shade and there are forms with deep red flowers, brick red flowers as well as oranges and yellows.

Daffodils would also enjoy this aspect and there are many forms with orange trumpets or orange tips.   For gap fillers, try annual calendulas.


Posted: 11/07/2012 at 15:25

Mine too except that now they're mostly flat with curly ends.

Indoor plants that will absorb odours

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 15:23

Or get some air freshener blocks or one that squirts every so often?

The One Show - Britain's Largest Potted Plant

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 10:53

I would just ask on the programme.  Such a plant is bound to belong to someone of advanced years who is unlikely to frequent these boards.

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