Latest posts by quercus_rubur

Sad looking Ceonothus

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 23:13

They still would be for me as they attract so many bees. 

evergreen flowering wall climber

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 22:44

Another one would be Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum). Hardy, but needs support

evergreen flowering wall climber

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 22:41

I wouldn't disregard ivy, there are some lovely forms and they are good to attract wildlife. Trachelospermum J's lovely,but a bit tender so I suppose it depends where you live

Sad looking Ceonothus

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 22:36

I suppose it depends how you view gardening. Do you want everything to be there forever, or do you like to make a few changes occasionally? Ceanothus might be a bit tender but you have to look at Wintersong's to think maybe it's worth a gamble. On the other hand, yes hedges you might want to be forever.

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 http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/clematis-evergreen-clematis/


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.

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