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13 Jul 2017 09:19
personally I would use dig along the problem boundary down to about a foot and put in weed suppression membrane (hopefully separating the tree from the suckers).
then I'd treat everything in your garden with SBK (stump and brushwood killer)
13 Jul 2017 09:11
sowing at this time of year is fine, you just have to make sure it doesn't dry out, in fact you'll have better luck with seed now than turf.
hedging - what do you want- quick screening? spikey for security? nice flowers or berries? nice autumn colour? evergreen or deciduous? easy maintenance?
12 Jul 2017 11:49
look like Trachycarpus, and very old specimens as well, maybe 70+ years
12 Jul 2017 11:34
if you're putting in metal posts I'm assuming a large chunk of concrete will be at the base to stop the posts falling over?
This will mean you cannot plant anything directly at the base of the posts, it will be either to one side or another. You can use any climber for the task - clematis, jasmine, honey suckle etc.
however its sounds like you only want flowers on the top and the posts covering over with stems? would it be easier to plant shrubs at the base to cover the posts rather than relying on the stems of the climbers (that aren't that attractive)
12 Jul 2017 11:24
I would bet is a lichen not a fungus,
i'm sure its been mentioned before? someone with more knowledge will link to it i'm sure
12 Jul 2017 10:07
i have holly blue, It lives in my dogwood hedge, didn't plant it for that species, but it was nice to see one turn up a couple of years ago and now I have lots, particularly as I'm at the northern limit of it range.
what I mean is most people when setting up a wild area don't do it for really specific species, they do it for as many common species as possible, if rare ones turn up that's a bonus.
11 Jul 2017 15:17
get some metal or plastic lawn edging, your mother can never snip away the soil again, only the grass. if you want to make the lawn bigger simply back fill with top soil and sow grass seed.
11 Jul 2017 15:09
Harrogate flower show is the 15th to 17th September. Usually really good.
11 Jul 2017 14:41
leaf shape will help, put a pic of the full plant, with a close up of the leaves on here, most things we can identify.
11 Jul 2017 14:35
to quote a movie - built it and they shall come.
doesn't matter what local wildlife you have, a wild flower meadow will only improve the local situation, it might take a couple of years but wildlife will find it eventually. a standard mix will be fine to start with you can get plug plants of more specialised species as and when you need them (but you won't)
07 Jul 2017 13:14
as big as you let it, hydrangea need pruning every year really to give decent flowers
07 Jul 2017 13:04
you watered it every day?
dianthus prefer dry ground, that's why they work well in a gravel or alpine garden - lots of drainage.
I would bet the roots have rotted.
how dead is it? is there any green at all? if not its past the point of saving
07 Jul 2017 13:01
I've had this plant for several years, I thought it was a type of cactus seeing as it had tiny spines, this year it got left outside my conservatory in late May when I cleaned it and repainted it.
I forgot about it during the high temps and torrential rain that followed, I brought I back into the conservatory two weeks ago, I've just noticed it flowering.
the flower I remarkable thin (less than 1cm thick and 6-7 cm across and smells terrible (I'm assuming its pollinated by flies)
but it look nothing like any cactus flower I've ever seen.
anyone got any ideas what it is?
06 Jul 2017 13:11
basically if it could fall over and hit your house that's how far the roots will reach, and as you said you've pruned it and the previous owner might have pruned it then it should be a lot bigger. There is a very good chance the roots are into your houses foundations at the least.
If the house survey said to take it out then i'd say that would be the correct call.
06 Jul 2017 13:06
06 Jul 2017 13:03
plant them individually in pots with fresh compost, are they in shade? as that would reduce their growth, begonia's love full sun and as hot as you can make it.
when you repot have a look at the bottom of the corms for any holes or little white grubs- these are vine weevils that eat begonia roots and might explain the poor growth
06 Jul 2017 12:44
keep it watered, feed it every three to four weeks with a decent high nitrogen feed.
then find somewhere in your garden and plant it in the ground, monkey puzzles don't like being in pots
06 Jul 2017 12:42
that looks like a cherry tree, what with there being cherries on it and everything!
06 Jul 2017 12:41
remove the branch back into health wood and hope for the best
05 Jul 2017 12:57
I would bet its the chippings as well. mountain ash (or Rowan) prefer acid soils, try doing a soil pH test, that would let you know if you have effected it. if so try some ericaceous fertilizer and remove/replace the chippings.