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Acer Trees

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 13:55

It's nearly always better to buy small, plant well and watch them grow, whatever the shrub or tree.   If you're new to gardening this is especially so since you have to get the planting hole and after care right to avoid checking, or even killing, a more mature plant.

Find yourself a good garden centre or nursery somewhere nearby where you can look at and compare several specimens and ask about the kind of care and conditions they need.   Acers generally don't like full sun, need shelter from winds and extreme cold and like a neutral to acid soil with good drainage but plenty of moisture.

garden themed cruises

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 11:10

All sorts of companies offer garden touring holidays and now the RHS is launching a new initiative with garden tour holidays.

If I did ever go on one, I'd want someone a bit brighter and livelier than Monty as a guide.  He can be a bit  "sackcloth and ashes" about the grander estates and more extravagant gardens.

neighbours extention!

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 10:26

Another solution would, as mentione above, be to paint the fence either black, dark green or cream so it becomes a feature that attracts the eye and shows off the plants better.

You could construct a pergola outside your patio windows and train a grapevine along it.  South facing is an ideal spot.   This would give you something else to block the view upwards to your neighbour's extension, somewhere to sit and enjoy a bit of shade at th eheight of summer and something to eat too.  



neighbours extention!

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 15:35

You could erect 2 or 3 metre high posts at 2 or 3 metre intervals and in concrete for stability then string tensioned wires between them then train a climber over them.  A strong rambling rose such as Kiftsgate which will get to 10 metres so can be trained along the wires.  It will give masses of frothy, white scented blooms in June and then produce hips in autumn.  You could extend the season of interest by growing a summer flowering clematis from the viticella group or maybe a honeysuckle for more scent.    Paul's Himalayan Musk is another rambler to consider as it will grow to about 9 metres.

Such a project would shield the view from your patio doors without cutting all the light and would need little maintenance except for regular tying in of stems and pruuning of dead wood in spring.  


Posted: 25/02/2013 at 17:47

Sorry, should have said let them dry out first before putting on the compost heap.

Joys of Spring

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 15:27

We had snow again overnight on Saturday, on top of a deep frost.  It is snowing again now and has been most of the day.  Definitely not spring yet.  I shall contain my impatence to sow until the equinox when any seedlings will have plenty of light to keep them short and sturdy but if we do get and warmish days between now and then, I lay go and titivate a few tatty perennials to clear old growth and make way for new and there's all the clematis and roses to prune.

Plants for narrow border

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 15:20

It will attract bees but they are not a problem in the way that wasps might be.   You'd get lovely perfume and butterflies too.

What is going on with my Clematis?

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 14:01

You are right Joolz.  If the top half of the clems are all OK, you haven't got wilt.

The Return of Gardeners World-8th March

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 13:58

There was a gardening channel but it didn't have enough viewers which means not enough advretising revenue so its plug was pulled.

I do agree though that there's a ludicrous amount of repeats of all sorts of rubbish on the Beeb at the mo and some of the wall to wall cookery and antiques could be replaced with a daily dose of old gardening programmes in season.  They could repeat GW from Geoff H from from Monday to Friday taking 5 different years but the same week of broadcast. 


Posted: 25/02/2013 at 13:53

Just keep pulling them up and put them on the compost heap or make nettle tea by soaking them in a closed bucket.  They're full of minerals so make excellent compost and the tea can be diluted and used as a foliar feed for leafy veg.

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