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Recommendation for heavy duty loppers please

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 18:03

Can anyone recommend a make of loppers that will stand up to really tough work?  They will be a present for my brother-in-law who has a large and unruly garden to renovate - he will be tackling big overgrown shrubs and branches.   I have bought cheap loppers in the past and found that their handles bend when put under real pressure (by my OH, not me!) which is of course useless.   Is anyone able to give me a recommendation for some tough ones?

Dahlia's - recommended sources?

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 17:11

Out of my favourites, I only know the names of two..... and they are Bishop of Llandaff and David Howard.  They are quite tall and in my (very rich clay) soil they benefit from staking.  But they always look lovely, with tons of blooms.

I've also grown dahlias from seed - I got some "Bishop's Children" seed from one of the big suppliers..... maybe Thomson and Morgan?...... and they were incredibly easy to germinate in the greenhouse then grow on in pots and plant out into the beds in May;  they flowered that year, and have come back year after year after year (I lift them and store them over winter because our clay is so heavy).  One packet of seed gave me at least 20 plants - mid-sized, and a variety of colours.

I'd suggest buy a few tubers, and also try sowing some from seed.  Let us know how you get on!


Fantasy garden

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 09:08

I'd like at least part of the garden to include a steep hill so that we can have a spot to look out over the rest of the garden and the surrounding views (which will of course be stunning).  It is the best thing about our own plot.  But in the fantasy garden I'd like to install a (very chic and bijou) cog railway so that all heavy goods and people can be transported to the top rather than having to be pushed up in wheelbarrows.


views on bark chippings

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 13:46

I did a lot of research recently into bark chip when doing some landscaping on my daughter's garden.  I think that for use on paths etc you can get away with the cheapest sort;  the more expensive types are recommended for use in children's play areas etc, but for paths you just want something that will go down. 

We use it here on our garden paths.  I am always surprise how thickly one needs to lay it, especially if it is to cover a muddy area;  don't skimp on the volume you buy, you won't regret laying it thicker rather than thinner.   You might want to think about putting some membrane down first, if the path is to be quite neat and defined with edges - that will reduce the depth of chippings that you need, but obviously involves more work and the cost of the membrane.

We top ours up every three years or so.  It needs topping up more often under the trees, because when the leaves fall we use a leaf-blower to gather them up and usually get a bit over-enthusiastic with the power switch..... which means a lot of bark gets blown off too. 

The cheapest way to buy it is almost certainly in bulk bags delivered to your door - if you have a fairly big area to cover I'd strongly recommend that route.  Search online for "bark chip" and there are lots of suppliers. 

You'll find it smells strongly when first laid, and looks "stark" - but don't worry, the smell disappears after a week or so and the colours mute and blend in pretty quickly too.

Good luck, let us know how you get on!


Happy New Year Everyone

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 08:32

Happy New Year and happy gardening to everyone! 

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 21:45


Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 20:49

I still have some dahlia tubers going spare if anyone would like them!  (My labelling failed so it is pot luck on variety....)

Overwintering Pelargoniums

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 08:47

Thanks everyone!

Overwintering Pelargoniums

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 13:22

Can I hijack this thread please Patricia?   This year for the first time I have had climbing geraniums / pelagoniums in the planters by front door.  They have been grand, and are now about four feet high (just beginning to lose their flowers and leaves now in the first cold snap). 

Would people think it's right to cut these right back too, before I lift them and put them in greenhouse for winter?  There is a heck of a lot of top growth on 'em....


Amaryllis bulbs - advice please!

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 12:18

Thanks fidget - sounds like wrapping the bits separately might be the way to go (to keep the bulb away from the compost until planting).  I can tell my sister to keep the parcel somewhere cool-ish.

Discussions started by Rosie31

Direct sowing in clay soil - what flowers?

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Recommendation for heavy duty loppers please

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Dahlias going free!

Would anyone like some dahlia tubers? 
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pinching out dahlias

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how do i know when they are ready? 
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Garden and Gardeners World back issues

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Suggestions please - shrubs for shade!

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Fast (annual?) climbers for instant effect... now?

Suggestions please to cover obelisks quickly! 
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Cut flowers at end of May

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