philippa smith2

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Posted: 18/09/2016 at 21:36

I'd always thought a Hedge was a "run" of trees, shrubs or WHy.  

I now see that a hedge can be termed as such if it consists of 2 or more evergreen/semi evergreen plants.  

If that is the case, do these plants have to be planted close together - forming a run as such.

If you have 3 evergreens ( eg. 2 Laurels and a Bay ) spaced out over a length of something like 60 linear feet, does that constitute a hedge and therefore limited to the 2 mt restriction.

I'd be grateful for any proven advice/info on this.

Thanks in advance 

Water in systemic insecticide

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:28

Methylated spirit and a stiff artist's paint brush will also do the job.  Time consuming but worthwhile if you wish to save your plants and "wonder" chemicals aren't doing the job.

Once cleaned, ensure the environment is such that you can reduce the chance of having it happen again.


Posted: 17/09/2016 at 20:13

I move all my cacti into a cold G/H before the end of October - up until then they receive water if it rains.  It all depends where you are and the size/type of your plants as to when you stop watering/move them undercover. Several are still in flower now for me and I would expect to give some water as needed once in the G/H for winter. 

As Alan says, they like a dormant period but not to the extant of them drying out completely.

How do I look after this bamboo?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 19:57

As Verdun says - nice looking plant.  You may want to up the pot size next Spring tho otherwise it will become too congested/root bound and will begin to look a bit sad.  Depends really how big you want it to grow ?.

Best soil for Bamboos in containers?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 19:45

Metal containers aren't really a good idea.  You can buy large plastic bins which will suffice for 2 or 3 years.  Soil based is best - JI 3 isn't that expensive - topped off with leaf mould and kept well watered. That should see them right - IME anyway. 


Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:40

Gee Tee bulbs Fairy .......what did you buy ?  ( sorry that sounds a bit abrupt and rude doesn't it ?  ).  

I got Snowdrops ( in the green)  and Wood Anemone from them last year  - 50 or more of each - the quantity was good but disappointed with the quality .  Supposed flowering size but very disappointing results with both. A couple of Snowdrops and 1 Anemone flowered.

I'd marked them down as a bit iffy but I could have been unlucky ?


Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:26

If you have clover in the lawn, it will flower much as it would elsewhere.  If it is a problem, you need to dig it out. If it is only a small lawn, then hand digging and disposal would be the way to go.  I believe there are weed killers which will eradicate it without killing the surrounding grass but not too sure.  Wait a while and someone with expertise will help you out on this I am sure

Twisted willow

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:01

Sudden crack in block wall after 20 years but complainant has issues with all trees - particularly those which shed leaves every year

Thanks in advance

Is this some sort of violet ?

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 15:21

Could be Viola laboradorica ?  Can't really tell the true colour of the leaves from the photo.  They aren't quite as rampant as the common violet IME but spread by exactly the same method - seeds and runners.

Iris before Anenome or vice versa?

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 19:01

Does rather depend on your garden, it's layout and your viewing point.  Large plants don't always have to be " at the back"

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