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Dead conifers?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 15:55

Osakazuki, bonsai is something I would,like to learn more about.  Maybe you could start a thread on them?  

Agree with sunnydayz....I really don't think it's such a great deal in removing them.  Pushing, pulling,pushing, rocking them...after digging out, great exercise. You can curse and swear and that gives you extra strength.  then cut them up and throw them Imto next door's garden.....or burn or take them to,dump.  Then a clear, clean site to design and plant up

Sad looking Ceonothus

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 15:46

Down here we see,lots,of huge ceanothus.  Eventually they go and they go,suddenly. I think the giants survive longest because they are not pruned.  Ceanothus don't really like it.  

I had Trewithen Blue a tree like Cornish variety.  Lovely for 10 years or so but then decided to die.  Big space to fill then.

Best to buy them as short term shrubs I think....take cuttings too.


Posted: 28/06/2013 at 15:37

Wot can I say?....just a simple Cornishman.  Wot do I know?

Evergreen specimen plant for full sun

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 15:28


Can you  attach wires to your fence?  Solanum album is evergreen and has white flowers all summer.  Quick growing but easily pruned back.  

Check out Lonicera Baggesons Gold.  It's fairly quick growing, fits your dimensions and has beautiful olive leaves in winter turning butter yellow in spring and summer.  No flowers,but lovely thing.

Taxus Stamdishii is beautiful,conifer that would thrive there.....occasional red berries but no flowers

The ceanothus is a problem....the bigger varieties are the most tender and any that grew to height you want will also grow just as wide......and suddenly die on you.

Photinia would grow there too....colour from leaves.  

But, holly is my choice.  Ok, no flowers but golden king has yellow and green foliage, red berries and looks good all year round

A case of the missing goldfish (and a heron)

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 15:16

I too have the heron problem.....who doesnt?

Netting is the solution though....can you use the bigger mesh size?  I used wires put 30 to 40 cm apart and this was very effective.  Herons are wading birds so wires prevent this.

Herons are,majestic birds aren't they?  Huge and their wingspan is impressive.  They will take every fish they can


Posted: 28/06/2013 at 11:54


This is a subject often discussed here.  I rarely get bitten.  Others often do.  When I ask of they take sugar....tea, or have sweet tooth..they invariably say yes.  I think this is a factor.  Do you daiaymay take sugar?

I also think Vit B does play a levels are high.  My natural diet is high in Vit b....wholemeal bread, nuts, etc    Caution:  avoid brewers yeast.  Good supplies of Vit b but .......what can I say? ......will produce "wind"

Punkdoc, enjoy your hectic  Hope we beat  the Aussies again (have a feeling we won't though).  Couple of friends and nephew are at Glastonbury, though my nephew wangled paramedic duties there too.

Tina, relax. ,you always seem so busy.  Got to chauffeur someone now.  Enjoy your day people


Posted: 28/06/2013 at 09:10

If you learn when to prune each shrub it will enable you to understand how easy it really is, generally.

As said before. "after flowering" is a good rule of thumb but there  are differences here too.  Ribes ...flowering currant......can be "pruned" after flowering but I simply use shears to cut to shape.  Deutzias, forsythias, mock orange, etc. need more careful and correct pruning.....but still simple.  Cut out flowered stems immediately after flowering.  The odd branch can be removed to ground level to keep bushes young and controlled.

Some shrubs respond to hard pruning....buddleias....but others like the brooms will die if cut back that hard.  

Best to understand what you grow, how they grow and flower and not to view pruning as a fearful procedure.  It's not

Sad looking Ceonothus

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 08:59

Time is short.

Reed, get rid of it now.  You will be seeing that deteriorating ceanothus for months convincing yourself it will recover and become a "swan".   It won't

Eventually all ceanothus give up in relatively short time.  Treat yourself to something you will actually enjoy looking at now.

What to plant

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 08:52

Variegated periwinkle would do well there too....beautiful foliage and blue flowers.  However you could plant vinca minor too.  Periwinkles have showy white flowers too and spread as the Japanese anemones do.

Can Foxgloves change colour from year to year?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 08:48

I grow only illumimation pink as a group but my neighbour has a garden full of self seeded and sown seeded foxgloves.  Glorious sight.   He sows seeds every year but knows they are biennials and that none of those currently flowering will exist next year.  However, he will still have the same "show" next year from new plants.

I think we all love foxgloves....they grow wild down here everywhere...but for me they can be bit  invasive.  However, I would dig them up after flowering after gathering the seed and sow in seeds (plants actually) from my afore-mentioned neighbour promised in autumn 

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