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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.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 11:01

Thanks.  I bought the new curtains for the kitchen which will be redecorated next spring but they're just a bit too long for the back window in the picture and too short for the bigger window at the front so for now they can go in the spare bedroom while I ponder lengths and modifications.

The "retro" curtains were bought in John Lewis in 1991 and have also had length and room changes.

Getting desperate after 8 years.... WISTERIA, help please

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 10:56

Happen the shock of being pruned hard might provoke it into flowering.   Make sure you feed it plenty of phosporus and potassium as these will promote healthy roots and growth and flowers.   You don't want too much nitrogen now as that will promote sappy growth that will get zapped by the frosts.

Give it a balanced feed in spring with nitrogen to promote healthy leaves..

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 20:49

Thanks RB.  We could have bought loads more stuff.

There was a wonderful metal frame for a gothic, stained glass window that would have made a wonderful screen in the garden but how to get it home?  Not to mention all the work of breaking out the remaining bits of glass and scraping the crud off the metal.

Contented myself with enamel bits..


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