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Posted: 22/09/2015 at 10:09

Pond.  Much more fun and better for wildlife.

Leylandii any good for wildlife?

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 09:40

Not hawthorn.  They grow huge very quickly.  Lots of lovely sorbus to choose from which will be good for wildlife and attractive and manageable.

This winter

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 09:38

Jan 6th, 2009 we had -32C and it stayed around -25C for days and then -20C for weeks with no protective snow.  Lost loads of shrubs, especially evergreens like viburnum and mahonia and choisya and roses and clems and a tree or two.

2009-10 we had -20+ for several weeks and that finished off the ones weakened the year before.  The last 2 or 3 have been much milder but wetter and windier so we get damage to fences and trellises and different plants.

Winter will be what it will be but I just wish it wasn't so long and grey and dark.

This winter

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 22:25

Just as long as winter is short and not too wet.   Can't stand endless soggy days.   Get very fed up when the cold and grey and damp go on for 6 months.

Building a two level patio. Advice needed...

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 16:11

You can maybe use them again on wider steps or use them as barriers to stop people falling off a platform.  You could also make the steps come further out in two stages at shallower intervals and use the space beneath for storage.

I'd invite a few people to come and look, do some drawings to show their ideas and give a ball park quote before doing anything yourself.

Hydrangea cuttings on behalf of Bruce Weston

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 16:06

This info from the RHS should help - 

All my hydrangeas are paniculata types as they flower on new wood and get pruned back in spring to encourage new stems and more flowers.  They're all in flower now so will be left alone but next spring I shall prune them and use those stems as cuttings.

I don't grow the others as they flower on old wood and that usually gets frozen to bits in my winters so I end up with dead 'uns.   I expect a few cuttings taken now form non-flowering stems may well take over winter.

This winter

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 15:58

Too right.  Lots of berries simply indicates what kind of growing season the trees and shrubs have had.

I've been googling about and it seems no-one in the weather world wants to stick their neck out yet.  Apart form anything else, in meteorological terms, we still have 2.5 months of autumn to go before winter starts on Dec 1st.   There's also the El Nino joker in the pack.

One chap tho has done some statistical analysis and thinks cool wet Septembers lead to colder winters - 

The only thing to do really is wait ad see and be prepared with fences and structures repaired, fleece, coldframes and shelter ready for plants and hibernating critters and lots of bird food.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 14:47

I have over wintered chillies on my kitchen window sill and kept them going 2 or 3 years.   After that they get a bit too big and I start again or else I just fancy a change of variety.

I planted 5 each in my summer window boxes this year.  Some will come indoors and some will either be binned or have to chance it in the greenhouse.


Building a two level patio. Advice needed...

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 12:29

I would just widen those steps to the full width of the windows so they look and feel more generous and less steep.  You can always decorate them with pots at either end to add interest.    

Keep your terrace area down below for privacy but maybe extend it and smarten it up.  You can disguise that dull fence with pots and/or climbing plants on stretched wires with their roots on the bed and make the whole area feel greener and more welcoming.

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