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Please help me identify this bush

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 14:32

Bird cherry in blossom this May.   Mine comes in to full leaf after the blossom is over.


Please help me identify this bush

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 13:15

Bird cherries have proper white blossom, not tiny flowers.   Both my bird cherry and my Euonymous Europa are now bearing fruit tho the cherries are still very green.

Hedge/field Bibdweed

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 13:07

I have missed almost 3 years in my garden thanks to surgeries to fix technical probs with cervical spine and both feet.   While the gardener was away the bindweed came out to play - along with couch grass, nettles, thistles, creeping buttercup, ground ivy and all the usual annual suspects like fat hen and ground elder and bittercress.

For the last two growing seasons I have started in spring, working my way round the garden clockwise to clear the weeds from my treasures and am almost on top of the problem in 2/3rds of the garden but the beds all round our natural drainage pond are a nightmare as I never got to them before the autumn.

Last week I took the bull by the horns and have started completely emptying the bed of all my treasures whose roots have been washed and cleaned of every trace of bindweed and then planted in a nursery bed in the veggie plot.   I've forked over the empty bed and taken out barrow loads of weeds, comfrey, excess pulmonaria and the dreaded bindweed roots but I know there'll be some still lurking.  

The bed will be left vacant till mid or late September so I can nuke any shoots that show and then I shall plant it with cheap and cheerful pansies and primulas for winter so I can watch for, and nuke, any new nasties that show themselves next spring.   It may take two or three goes before the treasures can go back in but it will be worth it.

Pruning agapanthus

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 12:51

You can do either but they look smarter if you take out the entire flowering stem and there's less chance of you poking yourself on a sharp, dried stalk later on.

Need a couple of trees to screen a shed

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 11:41

Budleia would do the trick and you can get them with plain or variegated foliage and flowers from white through pink to lilac and deep purple.   They can take a year or two to settle in but will then produce new stems up to 2m high as long as you cut them all back to a pair of buds near the main stem or trunk every spring.  

Butterflies and bees love them for the nectar.

You'd see the shed through the bare branches in winter but it would be a filtered view.  You would need to cut them back every year to keep to size so invest in some decent secateurs (Felcos) and some good loppers for when the branches get thicker.  Wolf are good and not too pricey..

Need a couple of trees to screen a shed

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 18:07

Any fast growing tree is not going to stop at 3metres.  How are the neighbours going to handle their oak when it wants to grow tall?

I suggest you make yourself a trellis screen up which you can grow climbing roses, clematis, honeysuckle.   Another alternative would be a hedge on stilts which is basically pleached linden, hornbeam, beech (copper beech looks good) or even catalpa which you grow as bare stemmed specimens and train the upper branches horizontally to give a privacy screen.

Here's a picture of one seen at Chelsea a couple of years ago to give you the idea

 You can underplant with all sorts of herbaceous perennials and bulbs for year round interest, keep your view and lose the shed.

I will not be seduced.....!

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 17:18

I can buy plugs of baby veg and salads in local markets and garden centres and use those to get ahead in spring but they don't have the range of flower or veg seeds I'd like so I use Chilterns and Plant World and have always been pleased with the quality of the seeds and seeing new babies emerge form some damp compost and a few seeds.  Never fails to excite.

plant id

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 15:22

I had my two in a nursery bed in the potager over last winter and then planted them out in late spring after finally getting the bed above the pond blitzed for weeds.  Our soil is alkaline fertile loam over a clay subsoil and has been manured by cows for at least a couple of centuries so may be too rich.   We'll see.

plant id

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 11:31

Wonderful.  I've been given 2 plants of this but neither I nor the giver had a clue as to the name.  Mine are only about 18" high though whereas the parents are the more usual 6'.   They're still gorgeous even though short.  Maybe they'll catch up once settled in a while.

Dumfries House East Ayrshire

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 11:03

For heat in winter?  The greenhouses probably had heat piped around or under them from big furnaces at the back of them.

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