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box balls

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 11:36

Ok thanks. I will have to be patient. The yew balls which I bought at the same time seem to be doing much better.

creating a flower border

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 11:29

One was armandi because I thought an evergreen one would provide all round interest but unfortunately it died quite quickly. The others were the large flowering summer ones. Will look at the ones you suggested.

box balls

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 11:19

I planted 2 box balls in pots last spring and they dont seem to be growing much. I repotted them into larger pots and they have lots of root but not much top growth. Any suggestions?

creating a flower border

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 11:15

An update on the border. For wall climbers I plnted 2 roses, a quince, a cotoneaster , the evergreen hydranga, a ceonanthus and several clematis. Unfortunately the clematis died and the hydrangas are struggling. The most successful so far is the ceonanthus which is interesting as it said on the label plant in full sun! in front of the wall I have planted a variety of perenials sticking to a blue and pink colour scheme with the odd white flower here and there. I will post a picture later in the year when everything is in flower.

wild flowers from seed

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 10:58

I threw some of the seeds in a tray of compost and put in my cold greenhouse and to my surprise they have germinated. So I now have 3 trays full of wild flower seedlings but need advise now on how to look after them so they dont shrivel up and die before the spring.


New privet hedge

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 19:21

Many thanks for your replies. I will leave it alone until next year and consider some netting to protect it through the winter.

New privet hedge

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 23:29

I planted bare root privet hedging last November and trimmed back by one third as advised by the nursery where I bought the plants. A year has now passed and all the plants have stared to grow they are about 1 ft high now. My question is when and how do I prune to achieve a good strong hedge. I am aiming at a finished height of about 5 ft and a narrow hedge. The hedge is to provide some privacy and also to give some protection to my veg raised beds from the wind. I have googled but so many different suggestions I am confused. Thanks for any replies.

wild flowers from seed

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 23:49

Thanks for the replies. I have tried primroses, cowlips and mixed wild flower perenial seed from a specialist firm. I still have about £15 pounds worth of seed left from this pack but need advise on how to get them to grow.

wild flowers from seed

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 20:27

I have had several tries at growing perenial wild flowers from seed but each time nothing germnated. I am trying to fill my front garden with wild flowers and it is costing me a small fortune to buy established plants. Any ideas gratefully received.

Winter flowering violas

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 20:24

Well my violas started to die off a few weeks ago and I chopped off all the foliage re potted, fed and will see if anything grows back. They were definately pansies and when I re potted them there were actually 3 in each pot.

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