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Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 12:36

Ok folks!  How many of you really want box hedging like this in their gardens?  Honestly now?  

I remember being part of a discussion involving a sensitive subject.  So many politically acceptable views until I voiced a profound disagreement.  I was applauded by both mentors and discussion members.  

There IS a disease affecting box now that is spreading fast.  Nature telling us something?  

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 12:27

Steve, get rid of that box hedging.  Too contrived, too much space occupied, too much maintenance, takes nutrients from the soil and generally looks silly 

these hedging systems belong to an era where labour was plentiful and cheap and when such whimsical ideas were for show rather than anything else. 

As for adding to the value of your property I think the opposite is true.  

There is a large estate garden not far from me.  collections of all sorts of plants, including ceanothus (some were in the process of dying off) lavendar and others .  The owner expressed frustration  at the increasingly poor display and the "datedness of it all.  For me  a far more beautiful natural garden could replace this contrived ...not natural....horrorshow.  

Nothing like a a veg patch that is open, easily cultivated and practical. 


Cheaper alternative to raised bed

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:50

My sentiments too Tootsietim.   Of course raised beds for disabled, poor sighted or other impairment or because of otherwise poor growing conditions are necessary.  But there is a growing hype about raised beds that has become silly

Does no digging work?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:45

No dig works well for me.  Modestly I think I produce pretty good veg etc so it works.  Just make sure soil is generously top dressed as often as possible


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:42

Swings and roundabouts Heather.  In summer when my soil dries out yours will prob be perfect.  As you say, we live where we live 


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:39

Nice AWB.  Got several snowdrops in flower here but always meant to get a load like that.  You've inspired me to get ordering 


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:35

Hiya Heather

how appropriate that it's me who welcomes you back.  The most modest and superior member here 

before you know it spring will be here......exciting that, isn't it?  Luckily my garden never gets swamped in mud but with increasingly warmer conditions it will soon be ready 

welcome Heather 


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:29

Morning everyone 

warmer here but cloudy.  The sunshine of recent days is over methinks 

going to see GP today.  Got small sore that is reluctant to heal on my forehead so I guess its time to get gp's opinion.  Least my Will is up to date...ha ha.  Guess I'm feeling a little mortal since recent events 

sensing perfect sowing and planting conditions are not far away



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Posted: 10/02/2015 at 21:49

Osmanthus heterophyllus.......Liriodemdron .  It's always important to get correct names in order to know how plants grow so a return to the supplier I think Panda.

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