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I want to hide the houses at the end of the garden

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 23:21

Any solution that involves growing things is not going to be instant so a hedge on stilts doesn't have to be bought in ready made and grown.  It can be bought young, trained up and grown on.

The advice about trees for perspective at different heights and distances is sound and will make the garden interesting but also take time to grow.   A lot depends on how much budget is available and how much patience.  No point having a 10 year plan if the owner is not planning to stay more than 5 and needs instant privacy.   In that case, a pergola will serve best.

In Need Of Help

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 21:56

Leave it alone for a while and see if the green bumps turn into new shoots and foliage.  Most people grow lemon scented pelargoniums for the foliage, not the flowers, and mine has never flowered in 3 years but I make a great ice cream by infusing overnight some of the leaves in heated milk and cream and then following a standard recipe with eggs and sugar to make the ice cream.  Great served with fresh red fruits such as redcurrants or raspberries or strawberries.

camellias leaves turning yellow

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 21:49

Yellowing leaves are also caused by magnesium deficiency.   You can fix that by mixing one tablespoon of Epsom salts in a gallon of water and then pouring it over as a foliar feed.  Make sure you use soft or rain water for this and for any other treatment you give it such as sequestered iron to help correct an iron deficiency..

Indoor seedlings not getting enough light

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 15:21

Make sure they're sheltered from wind and also any heavy rain that might be forecast.   Wind can dessicate small plants and also bend stems.  Rain can batter them.

Make sure you don't forget to bring them in at night before it gets cool. 

EVIL Japanese Anemone

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 14:31

Berghill - I have all sorts growing in weed suppressing membrane - honesty, pulmonaria, hellebores, geranium phaeum plus weeds.  last year after my neck problems and op meant I couldn't garden for 5 months, they got to waist height and had to be strimmed and hacked before being pulled.

I want to hide the houses at the end of the garden

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 14:24

There are limits to the height of things you can grow on boundaries  - 6' for fences and hedges.   What you could do, since you garden is long, is erect 3m or 4m high posts about 2 or 3metres inside you boundary and attach either trellis panels to support climbers or else cross bars to support a fan trained hedge on sticks.   This involves trees such as beech, hornbeam and such and then training their upper branches horizontally along the struts.

The perspective from your garden will mean their height blocks out the neighbours without depriving them of light and should also give you privacy from your bedrooms and bathroom.

This picture shows a pair of parallel hedges on stilts at Chelsea last year - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/media/1205%20Chelsea%20Flower%20Show/BG43.jpg.html?sort=2&o=21#/user/Obelixx_be/media/1205%20Chelsea%20Flower%20Show/BG43.jpg.html?sort=2&o=21&_suid=136750080930500913589798526277

You could underplant with anything you fancy and make a work area behind for things like compost bins, shed etc or just make a path so you can get all the way round for maintenance.

Another alternative is to build a pergola across the width of your garden at the bottom and about 3m high and then clothe it with climbers such as roses, clematis, honeysuckle so that when you're in the garden you can't be overlooked.

what to do with shaded area by fence

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 18:50

Gorwhouses need light so maybe put it at the sunniest end of the other side.   You could still have apond but bring it further in with shrubs at the back to break up teh boundary and also provide shelter for any amphibians that come to live in iIT;  To help with habitat, you could put down a mulch of bark chippings and a few bits of old log under the shrubs and some gorund cover plants such as geranium macrorhizum which does well in shade.

Generally speaking with fences, the rule is that the supposrts go on the owner's side and the panels on the other.   You could always have a chat with your neighbours about straightening it up or replacing it and also painting your side a clolour fo your choice.

what to do with shaded area by fence

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 16:15

I would put the growhouse in the sunnier side of the garden.  It could help hide the tatty green fence along with some shrubs or maybe some climbers on trellis at the edge of your lawn.   For the shadier, right hand side, there are meany evergreen shrubs in the rhododendron, azalea and pieris families that would do well but you would need to dig in plenty of well rotted manure and/or garden compost or soil improver to help open up the clay soil. 

You could hide a compost bin area in the back corner with a trellis panel in front and then the shrubs and maybe a rose or honeysuckle to climb up the trellis - not a clematis as they prefer alkaline soil..    

Is 12 inches a deep enough hole for a clematis?

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 10:23

I tythink 12" is pushing it for healthy clematis but you can always raise the soil by putting bricks or planks around it to a depth of 6" which would help keep their roots cool anbd give them extra root depth and access to nutrients and water.   You'll have to top dress generously every spring with clematis fertiliser to ensure good flowering.

As said above, Alyonushka is not self clinging so needs tying in.

Cauli, sprouts and cabbages

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 13:10

I planted out some plugs of Savoy cabbage on the 14th of April as I was having foot surgery the following day so they had to go in.   They've been OK so far though we may still get frosts.   However, by then they'll have hardened off.

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