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Ideas for tall, evergreen privacy (& maybe flowering!)

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 00:26

Pyracantha - evergreen, spring blossom with nectar and pollen for bees and other beneficial insects then berries in autumn for birds.  It also has thorns which should be a deterrent to nosy neighbours.

It can be grown as a wall shrub or trained on a trellis or supported by wires stretched between 2 posts until the stems mature enough to support themselves.   Available with red, orange or yellow berries.  Best time to prune to shape is just after flowering.

If you don't want to go spiky, have a look at the small leaved evergreen ceanothus which have gorgeous blue flowers in late spring/early summer.  https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/97563/i-Ceanothus-i-Concha/Details  You'd need to prune it to keep it to 2m and train it so the branches spread to cover your boundary.

Another possibility, if you can provide support, is trachelospermum jasminoides which has scented blooms for a couple of months in summer and should be very happy in a south facing London garden - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/93768/i-Trachelospermum-jasminoides-i-Variegatum-(v)/Details

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 00:13

We have inherited a tree peony which has already produced a good flush of scented pink flowers.   It looked as dead as a dodo when we moved her in October so this has been a lovely surprise.  Anyone any idea as to variety?  

I'm planning to dead head most of it but leave one or two to set seeds and see if I can get some more for other parts of the garden.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 17:51

No comment Papi Jo.  Too awful t contemplate whether true or false.  I'll stick with flowers.

pleasure Dove.  i don't usually buy mixes, or indeed tall tulips, but I had no beds last autumn when we arrived so was looking for stuff to put in pots to brighten up the spring and this was one of the few packets left in the shops before everything changed for Xmas "grottoes".    

Tea for two

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 17:13

I just like the taste of decent, filter coffee and drink it all day - leaded till around midday/1pm and then decaf.   If it's really cold and I need a psychological warm up when we're out I'll have hot chocolate.

Now that I have a real oven installed I could have it with coffee or chocolate or carrot or whatever cake too except we've just had Possum here for a 3 week Easter break and much chocolate was consumed so no treats for ages..........

Compost idea

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 16:56

Love the smell of good compost too, and fresh mown grass and newly turned soil when I'm planting treasures.

Challenging Clay

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 16:53

I would go with honeysuckle rather than clematis if you're in a  hurry as it doesn't need as deep a root run or as many nutrients.   I would also go with the mulch plan but lay it on as deep as you can and several times now and in autumn and just leave it for the worms and other organisms to work over for you.

While you wait, grow smaller plants to give you colour and interest - annuals or biennials or perennials as you prefer.   You could buy a small honeysuckle or clematis now and grow it on in pots until the bed is ready to plant it - cheaper than buying a big one and it will establish faster.

This would give you time to cork on the weeds coming from the other side but, I have to tell you, that weeds from fields, whether arable or pasture, will always want to come through so when you do fianlly get the soil into a workable state and plant your chosen climber(s) through a weed suppressant membrane and hold that down with pegs and cover it with something like chipped bark to make it look more attractive.  However this does mean you can't grow anything else as every planting hole you do make will be an opportunity for perennial weeds to come up.

Compost idea

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 16:43

Good project B3.

Our local council sell wooden flat pack compost bins for 35€ each, roughly 1m cube .   OH's job to build, fill and turn as appropriate and then dump the good stuff as directed by the head gardener.  I hope they have removable fronts or things could get complicated.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 16:38

Sounds good FG.  Any pics today?

Dove, I've only saved the packet form one set of tulips and it just happens to be those - a mixed bag of Havran (deep purple) and Rajka.   The white daffs are either Thalia or Princess Zaide.   I've deadheaded them all now so can't be more precise.

Been out watering pots and thinking about what else and where else to put treasures in the hosta bed when our neighbour went past on her way back from walking the dog.  Long chat followed - once we sorted out our noisy dogs - so no planting done as I need to go and get scrubbed up for dancing.

Nothing planned tomorrow so I can play all day if I want.

Climbing Rose Pruning

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 15:30

I agree.  Bend them over gently so they are at least diagonal if not horizontal and tie them in loosely along teh stem so they can move a bit on teh breeze and also grow thicker.   They will put up small vertical growing flowering shoots as well as extra length at the tips.  Mine do, anyway.

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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 15:25

Not off hand Dove But I'll go and see if I kept the packet info when I've finished my coffee break.  Bit of a sucker for purple in tulips.

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