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Garden Moles

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 09:50

I prefer to use beer bottles to milk bottles - simply because it's more fun emptying them 

Doesn't half make the tea taste funny tho' .... 

help me choose a new hedge

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 22:26

By the way SGL - I love your hypericum hedge - haven't seen it grown like that before.  I think the right rose / honeysuckle / whatever scrambling over an arch would look lovely  

help me choose a new hedge

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 20:05

Cotinus is lovely SGL (have several plants in my garden) and it responds well to hard pruning. I think, however, that Bekkie wanted an evergreen hedge & all the cotinus shrubs I have are deciduous  - which is a shame because they provide some nice backdrops to other plants in the summer.

I had another thought - Sarcococca or Christmas Box - evergreen, slow growing, very clippable and producing those heavenly scented flowers in winter. Hope the following image loads properly...


Cosmos seedlings

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 16:56

Thanks for that info Lyn - I confess I hadn't thought about the effect on bees - maybe I'll stick in a few of the 'normal' ones too so I can do a direct compare & contrast.

I usually grow the shorter varieties but still find (in spite of constantly pinching them back for the the first couple of months) that they become huge plants. I reduced the best ones by about 18" in mid Sept last year & found that really kept them going through autumn with lots of new buds. They finally succumbed mid to late November. 

The only annuals I always grow 

Cosmos seedlings

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 23:00
I'm like Lyn - I pinch Cosmos back several times - sometimes right into June / July when there's lots of other stuff going on in the garden & I am less in need of theflowers. I find this makes a much sturdier plant which lasts well & flowers through to the first frosts. Ones which are only pinched once or twice seem to go quite leggy & look quite messy come August.
This year I am trying some double Cosmos (snowball or puff ball? - something like that). They looked almost like old fashioned rose heads on the pac so I had to try them.
Anybody else grown them? Are they as good and easy as the regular cosmos?

Clearing a garden

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 19:33

Nice to see you again Mr Toast. The lawn looks great & the garden will look even better with new uniform fencing 

It is still a new lawn so I wouldn't worry too much about patches just yet. It is a little thin in places but that is normal and will 'fill out' and thicken up as you begin regular mowing. If there are any obvious patches at the end of the summer (you might end up with some under the swing if the children play there a lot) you can put some extra seed down in the autumn - but I would just enjoy the fruits of your labours for now.

Look forward to your planting projects when you're ready to start those . How about some strawberry plants in pots on the patio to start you off.....

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 14:28


How very sensible this thread is at the moment (until we get to Fishy's Laugh out Loud posting of course!). Everybody here respects everyone else's view on what is an incredibly personal & emotive subject. 

This current discussion has certainly given comfort & made me realise that I am not so weird and alone in wanting to do what feels right for me & my family -  rather than what custom & 'society' tries to dictate.

Thanks everyone 

We asked a 100 people

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 14:02

Can't remember when I last watched 'Live" TV. Record anything & everything that I might want to watch (including the news & weather) on the SKY box & then sit down & watch when it suits me. I can stop & make a cup of tea when I'm ready and FF through the ads & bits I don't like & rewind bits that are interesting.

Cuts down my viewing time considerably which can only be a good thing  Have still got all of Poldark to watch - am looking forward to it in light of the comments on other threads 

Composting moss

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 13:53

I have found that moss can take longer to decompose than other green material. I would, therefore, only add it in very thin layers so it is helped to decompose by the other green & brown material around it. Maybe consider a compost activator as well. Otherwise you could end up with viable moss in the compost (per Welsh Onion's comment) which could spread the problem round your garden.

I'm assuming that you didn't apply moss and weedkiller to your lawn prior to raking. If you did - I wouldn't add it at all - in case you have residual weedkiller in your final compost.

help me choose a new hedge

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 13:20

Re your roses Bekkie - I really like Woolerton Old Hall - beautiful soft apricot / pale yellow colour & lovely fruity, rich perfume. Looks lovely with some of the blue geraniums and rich purple salvias planted around.

The stems on mine (2 yrs old) are a bit thin & leggy so I've cut them back a bit harder this year even though they are shrub roses. Have you found the same? Hope they will become slightly sturdier plants as I would like to buy some more to go elsewhere in the garden if I can prove to myself that they will grow a bit stockier.

If you like yew it would be a good choice for your hedge - you know you can maintain it at the height you want & will stand being cut hard back if you miss cutting it for a while. It will only need cutting once a year & will be thick and dense from top to bottom. No flowers but low maintenance 

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