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Latest posts by quercus_rubur

Dead conifers?

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 22:30

Ah yes the lovely Leylandii. When I moved into this house my neighbour grew them as a hedge and kept them well clipped. Then she left, that was 10yrs ago and they haven't been cut since . Only cuts out sun from the west in my back garden, but the house opposite gets no sun on their south facing garden. There again the house next door but one has a variety of conifers. Postage stamp of a garden but LOTS of conifers! OK rant over

Dead conifers?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 07:21

Ummm ..errrr.. ..No Verdun 

Like grass is now, conifers were a fad in the 70/80s that we're still suffering from today. Conifers are great in their natural settings, as long as they're not deliberately  grown as mono-cultures. I love Scots Pine in the wild, but unless I lived in a really big garden - say Kew - I wouldn't have a conifer.Personal preference of course 

Then there's the legacy. People see this cute little conifer in the garden centre, plant it and 20 yrs later have a ruddy great monster blocking out all their neighbours light. 

Dead conifers?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 23:09

Me too, though that's mainly cos there are very few conifers I like in a garden setting as much as the fact that they don't recover

evergreen flowering wall climber

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 22:56

There's a few evergreen Clematis - mainly Armandii. See


Darn pigeons

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 22:53

Cabbages. The little.. well not so little blighters have pecked very pretty patterns in my lovely cabbage heads

I'd tied CDs to dangle over them, hasn't worked. A friend thought they were probably waiting for the film to start and thought the cabbages were popcorn

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 22:48

 I wasn't aware they also went for Fritillaries until Jo mentioned it. Then I found another 6!

My Lillies have now opened and since that first batch of beetles there's fortunately been no more.


Posted: 24/06/2013 at 22:51

Blairs you mean we're not going to get 30+C and high humidity this summer? Well I'm shocked!

How to attract butterflies

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 08:24

I remember as a child that Red Admirals were very common. Can't remember the last time I saw one 

What to do!

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 08:20
PurplePoppy wrote (see)

Why oh why do people do this to their garden voluntarily?!

Unfortunately enthusiasm beats common sense for all of us sometimes   but there are a lot of people who garden without reasearch or reading a book/looking on the web, or even reading the label on the plant! Also people move houses. Your plants sound like at some point there may have been a gardener living there, but after that....? I left a lovely garden which I have heard since has "gone a bit wild".

I have Borage growing in mine. I also have a patch of Nettles - for butterflies and fertiliser - and some Wild Garlic - for insects - but I keep them under control (sort of )

I'm currently fighting with next door's Blackberry 


Camellias in Scotland

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 08:02

Thanks both 

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