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Sue Higham

Latest posts by Sue Higham

Pruning Braeburn apple

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 17:06
It would be well worth getting your hands on a copy of July's Gardeners' World where Monty Don covers this very subject - it will answer all your questions!

Unknown plants

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 16:58
I'd go with Mallow and Chaenomeles ...


Posted: 06/08/2012 at 09:48
PS ... thanks to Gary, as well!


Posted: 05/08/2012 at 17:36
Thanks, Lowenna ... that's very encouraging! We do have established (70-odd years old) privet hedges in other parts of the garden but are about to replace a 6' tall Lleylandii hedge which is dying (YAY!!!). We live just outside Edinburgh, so I suspect a new privet hedge may take a little longer than yours in Cornwall to give us back the privacy that the Lleylandii provided, but perhaps not! Only 16 months ago I planted a mixed hedge - hazel, guelder rose and sloe gin to reinforce an old hawthorn hedge and it has raced away ecstatically


Posted: 04/08/2012 at 16:51
Have been researching for planting a new privet hedge using the bare root system, using the recommended 3-5 plants per metre. If anyone out there has done the same I'd be grateful for info on how long it took for the plants to resemble a hedge! Thankyou ...

Identify bug?

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 10:01
My Soldier Beetles have arrived!

Identify bug?

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 10:24
You're not being pedantic at all Joe - it's me who's lacking in knowledge! Enjoying being here and learning something new every day - in fact I posted on 'Talkback' to this effect!


Posted: 18/07/2012 at 15:09
Evidence of mice eating my green strawberries ... maybe I should leave some Rennies out for them, too!


Posted: 18/07/2012 at 15:04
I bought one borage plant five or six years ago .... it's now everywhere and not showing any signs of being shortlived!


Posted: 17/07/2012 at 19:46
I've just joined the forum and would like to say how much I'm enjoying the interaction here. I am daily learning something new - can't be bad! This difficult gardening year has given me much pause for thought. In Edinburgh, to date (17th) we have had 140% of our average rainfall and our July sunshine has amounted to 4 hours. My gardening hours and hours have been reduced to minutes! My strawberries are still green. I have given over the redcurrants to the birds as this has been a far more difficult and life threatening year for them than it has been for me. The planned re-siting of my veggie patch during this season hasn't even started yet, BUT ..... my flower garden has saved my sanity. The delphiniums have been sheltered by my Purple Acer, which has sacrificed its wellbeing and taken the brunt of the weather. The always reliable Alchemilla Mollis and Nepeta survive everything thrown at it. My 15 year old Rosa Alba has never flowered so well, every 2-3 days I'm removing 100+ dead heads with plenty more still to come.Despite the deluges and lack of sunshine the growth has been sumptuous, the greenery is SO lush and some plants and rose bushes, though being late to start flowering, are really going for gold now and lift the heart! In short - this year has crystallised what I have long known .... I need my garden far more than my garden needs me!

Discussions started by Sue Higham

Lower leaves on tomatoes going yellow

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Clematis Montana

Why has it died? 
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Last Post: 27/04/2014 at 21:02

Glass Cullet

Heat sink for greenhouse 
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.... or are they Triffids? 
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Last Post: 08/08/2013 at 13:09

Help! Health of Red Pepper Plant in Greenhouse

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Last Post: 16/06/2013 at 11:40

A Cautionary Tale .....

Ever wished you'd not bought a plant? 
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Last Post: 14/06/2013 at 16:48


Bare Root Hedging 
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Last Post: 06/08/2012 at 09:48


Always look on the bright side .... 
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Last Post: 20/07/2012 at 09:25

Birch Tree losing leaves in July

Age, Disease ... or Drowning? 
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