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What am I ?

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 16:02

These things grow very quickly and hog all sorts of available nutrients and water to the detriment of other more attractive plants.  I pull them up the minute I spot them in the borders but there are thousands of these things growing from wind blown seed this year in my paths, parking area and a bit of old cobbeld road we have out the front.  They're, only at the two and 4 leaf stage so far and I've just zapped them with glyphosate, the only non organic product I sue in my garden, along with assorted thistley things and groundsel and chickweed and grass growing where I don't want it. 

Robinia Tree problems...

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 13:19

Mine has been fine for 9 years and, apart from losing some of its head in severe winds one winter, has always leafed up well.  However this year it's looking just like the OP's 3yr old so I reckon I may have to cut it down come autumn and find another golden leaved tree as mine is planted in a woodland corner with some purple leaved trees and shrubs for contrast.

I've got my eye on a which I've seen grown as a small tree in a garden I visited in Charleroi.  Just have to find one now.


Screening help

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 14:37

Copper beech hedges can be grown quite tall and thin to provide privacy without taking up huge amounts of space in a small garden.  They only lose their old leaves as the new shoots burst in spring and woul dbe far more beautful in sunlight than dull green laurels of conifers.  You could also consider photinia Red Robin which I've seens grown as 2 metre high hedges.  Every time it's trimmed it produces vibrant red new growth.

I'm not sure 12 ' is an acceptable hedge height any more so you may need to research local council rules about that and maybe just plant one or two strategic small trees to screen your neighbours with a lower hedge between them.

encouraging the local woodpecker to come back to the garden

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 21:42

I've noticed that aggression too Berghill but have enough feeders spread around the garden for the other birds to cope since the woodpeckers avoid the ones nearest the house and human traffic.

They have comic aspects too.  Yesterday my daughter and I were in stitches watching a baby trying to balance on our large guage wire mesh fence.   It wobbled and wobbled and almost did a somersault before regaining stability - several times.


more coming soon

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 16:53

Surely better to put all this on your profiles where everyone can find it rather than here where it will get lost as the thread descends...........

encouraging the local woodpecker to come back to the garden

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 09:33

A few years ago we had two families of greater spotted woodpeckers visiting our garden and training their young to come and feed so now there are several visitors.  One lot prefer the fat and seed balls and the other lot prefer peanuts.   It's great fun seeing them feeding their young and now we have them all year round, especially in hard winters and at nesting and fledging time.

Are Hostas really for shade?

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 21:58

I have one hosta called Gold Edger which can cope with sun but most prefer dappled or full shade depending on how thick and coloured their leaves are and they usually need plenty of moisture if they do get sunshine or their leaves will crisp up.

It's a bit too late this year but I would sugegst that next spring you give each emerging hosta a generous feed of slow release fertiliser such as blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure and maybe a tonic of liquid rose or tomato food for extra flowering oomph.  If your hostas are new, or young, they may just be getting themselves established with good root systems before they expend energy on flowers.

plants on a tree lined back drop

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 15:36

As silver birch look so good in winter when the sun is on their stems, I'd emphasise the interest with good evergreens such as holly which can be plain green or variegated, viburnum Eve Price which has flowers in winter, skimmia ditto.  For the holly and skimmia to bear fruit you need one of each sex in the neighbourhood or garden. 

I'd also plant some shrubs with coloured stems that glow in winter such as cornus alba sibirica - bright red - and cornus Midwinter Fire - flame like - or some of the colourful forms of salix available.  These will need to be completely or partially pollarded (cut back) each spring to maintain fresh coloured new stems.  There are also several forms of small conifer in shades of green, blue and bronze which will add further interest and make a good backdrop for other plants.  You can trim them to keep them to size.

Once the shrubs are in I'd put in a mix of perennials with contrasting heights, leaf forms and sizes.   If you do some research, you can have something in flower every month but most perennials will die back underground for the winter and thus leave the evergreens and bare stems on display.   

Plants such as hellebores will add winter interest with foliage and flowers in late winter and early spring and there's a whole host of bulbs for spring colour too starting with winter aconites and snowdrops through crocuses and narcissus which can all be naturalised. 

Before planting anything, prepare the planting holes or new beds well with plenty of added garden compost or well rotted manure and sprinkle bonemeal in for roots development.  The best time to plant shrubs is autumn when the soil is warm and the roots can grow away quite quickly.  You can plant pot grwon shrubs and perennials now but you nee dt make sure their root ball is thoroughly soaked first and taht you keep them watered throughout the summer so they don't get stressed.

Planting out pot grown roses

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 10:29

This is mine in 2008 at 3 years old - the year before it got frozen to bits and was cut back to one branch. 

It's finally almost as big again with plenty of new growth this spring but that won't flower till next year - assuming it doesn't get frozen again.  It'll be attached to the wall  by autumn and that should help keep it warmer.

Forsythia - 'No Leaves'

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 10:13

Mine got badly frosted one year and needed much cutting back and it didn't really recover well so I got OH to dig it out.   It was quite a job but worth it.

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