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Hedge/field Bibdweed

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 21:45

I'm sorry you lost your husband Herbaceous but it sounds as though you have a mission now and it must be satisfying to see the weeds losing the war.    It does seem to get easier each year but the bindweed is, as you say, really slow to take the hint.

over wintering perrenials in pots

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 15:54

Hostas don't like having their roots wet and then frozen in pots so make sure you keep the pots in a sheltered, frost free place once the leaves die down in autumn.   I have loads both in the ground and in big plastic and ceramic pots.  The pots go into dry shelter for winter and I've never lost one. 

Good advice to pot on as the extra compost will be insulation.

Please help me identify this bush

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 14:57

Thanks.  I just wish the birds liked it as I planted it for them but they all ignore it.

Path stones

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 14:48

I did that using some unevenly shaped Japanese stones from my local garden centre.  About 11€ a pop.   Picture taken in early April.  They're invisible now but I know where they are for when I need to get in  and weed or dead head.



Need a couple of trees to screen a shed

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 14:43

If the winds are strong the trellis will end up leaning, especially when climbers trained on it increase wind resistance.   We have some exposed to strong westerlies and have had to install guy ropes and wires despite concrete posts and strong supports.

I have deutzia, sambucus nigra (golden and purple leaved forms), physocarpus, philadelphus and buddleia that I've let get to 3m high to give a windbreak to other plants in the garden and have no trouble pruning out dead wood and older stems to keep them renewed except for the buddleia which need an annual shearing.   Lots of stuff grows beneath them from spring daffs to perennials to give interest from spring to autumn and hellebores for their winter foliage and early flowers.   

Mahonia Charity is another shrub worth considering - evergreen, variegated foliage and early, scented yellow flowers followed by deep blue berries.


Posted: 25/08/2015 at 14:34

The hardy ones go on for years in the ground and self seed and spread.   fabulous plants.

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.

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