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Don't be scaredy cat.....

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 21:59

Winter flowering honeysuckle. 

Hardy, almost evergreen, healthy and offering fragrant flowers in the depths of winter... but so, so boring to look at for 52 weeks of the year. Mine is coming out.

ID on giant wasp

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 22:22

 photo of a European hornet, just like in your original picture. Not an Asian hornet and not in need of eradication.


Posted: 03/11/2015 at 22:01

I borrow an old atco silent shredder which I think has been superseded by Bosch. It works by way of a slow turning cog like cutter which draws in the stems and chops/crushes them into 3/4 inch chunks which make a really good mulch. It will happily eat anything that fits into it up to around 1 1/2 inches.

The cheaper shredders tend to be those that have a fast spinning disc in the base with a pair of blades attached. My limited experience with these is that they can clog up and usually need to be opened up to clear them.

I'd recommend going to a specialist dealer and get a demonstration before parting with any significant sum.

yew hedge

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 23:19

I don't like the idea of planting such large yew trees as they tend not to establish as well as smaller plants, as well as being far more expensive. 

As for spacing, at least two foot apart, so the individual plants have room to grow without competing.  ( Christopher Lloyd's father wrote a guide to yew hedges and recommended planting two foot apart and then as the hedge grew to remove alternate plants to leave four foot spacings. )  Smaller plants, 18 to 24 inches high will establish well and reach a six foot in about 4-5 years. 

If you type ' how to plant a yew hedge' in the search box above, you can watch a video by Monty Don on the subject.

Why can't I buy leaf mold from garden centers?

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 22:57

A woodland garden in Norfolk used to sell small quantities of leaf mould.

I have often wondered what the councils do with the vast quantities of leaves that they collect each autumn. Many councils now compost household green waste so why not the leaves?

Camera Corner

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 12:43

 Nice contrast in the garden this week.

Camera Corner

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 12:22

 that didn't work.

What new plants will you be trying?

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 20:48

Melianthus major, I have had an eye on for a couple of years and now have a south facing wall to plant it against. I admire its foliage at East Ruston Vicarage Gardens and know where I can get one.

Also I'm hoping to raise from seed, Baptisia australis, the false indigo, purely on the recommendation of Christopher Lloyd in his books. It looks a bit like a blue Lupin.

Stainless Steel

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 20:32

When I worked in Garden centres I found that cheaper s/s tools were terribly badly made, so you do have to be careful what you spend your money on.

I generally use my old (second and sometimes third hand ) carbon steel tools, and if the soil is too sticky I keep off it.

Having said that, I bought my daughter a children's size s/s steel spade and fork and they are brilliant to use and I wouldn't be without my s/s trowel.  ( the trowel is by CK and hideously expensive but I think justified).

Gardeners World taken off air

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 00:58

But St Andrew's is famous for its lawns, water features, all those sandpits for the kids to play in....

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cuttings from wallflowers

Does anyone have experience of taking cuttings from ordinary wallflowers? 
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