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Posted: 07/11/2015 at 21:15

Hello everyone.  I have been very firmly in the lurking corner for a while but thought I would venture out and say hello.

We've had a miserable week or so of thick fog that hasn't lifted here, but then this afternoon, this:

 The view from my front door 

Harlow Carr

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 22:57

Harlow Carr is local to me so I visit often. School summer holidays and some very clever marketing of the Alice in Wonderland 150 anniversary by the RHS means it is VERY busy with children and families at the moment. But that is by no means a reason not to visit! 

Ideas for shrubs for a dry shady spot please

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 11:36

Perhaps that's what I need verdun. If it put it in the shadiest, dryest spot that nothing else will grow in? Can you keep it under control by hard pruning though? 

Ideas for shrubs for a dry shady spot please

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 22:00

Thanks hogweed. I like the look of leycesteria. And I have a kerria growing through our beech hedge so might have a go at moving a clump of it this autumn. Hadn't thought of that, thank you! 


Ideas for shrubs for a dry shady spot please

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 21:33

Thanks Verdun. A useful list to look at. The other issue is rabbits - a few you have mentioned I already have in my garden and have been munched by the rabbits (tiarella, liriope and brunneras). But one of the few things that has done well in the shady spot is an acer, and there are so many pretty ones so I may well get another different one.

Sarcococca is a good call too. 



Ideas for shrubs for a dry shady spot please

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 19:30

I have an area down the side of my drive which is shaded by next doors very large sycamore trees. The border still gets some sun, as the trees are to the north of them, and especially in spring when the leaves aren't out yet. I've planted it with a number of shrubs, but nothing seems to be thriving as it is so dry from the sycamores, and also suffers from honeydew/sooty mould from aphids on the sycamores. 

So my question is- any ideas for tough shrubs or perennials that will be happy here - part shade, dry, and aphid infested?!?! 

I am planing on planting a load of spring bulbs, and also hoping to plant shrubs that would fill out, but as everything is suffering, nothing is really taking off, so perhaps some ideas for ground cover too until the shrubs get established. (Am thinking alchemilla mollis and some hardy geraniums so far). 

Involving Young People

Posted: 06/07/2015 at 20:29

I have a copy of it. Just found it in my cupboard.  Send me a Private message with your address and I can post it to you. 


What are these bugs in the pond?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 16:50

My pond is exactly the same. We built it in Feb, and went through the cloudy green stage that I am aware is normal in a new pond. Yesterday I noticed the same creatures as you and seems to have coincided with it going lovely and clear so i assumed they had somehtg to do with it. Although it may be that the reason I have only just noticed them is because it has cleared, not due to their presence 

I'm hoping they are going to be good food for my tadpoles which have still not turned into froglets.

Looks like rhubarb?

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 20:26

Some kind of chard? 

Native plants

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 13:57

What about a crab apple? 

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