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Hedge - Escallonia???

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 00:04

Escallonia grows everywhere down hedges, specimens eTc.  I too grow Iveyii but it, like all escallonias, can be kept neat and small.  It flowers easily and repeatedly so pruning only alters when.

escallonia recently has suffered from disease issues  ......however, they seem to have overcome them over past 2 years down here

for a hedge consider lonicera nitIda Baggesons Gold.  Beautiful olive foliage with lovely yellow arching shoots.  Easily trimmed ....mine are as conical shapes.  

Golden privet is a lovely evergreen too...butter yellow new shoots and easily contained.

Pittosporum Garnetti too is worth considering.  Lovely grey variegated leaves with a hint of pink at times

potentillas too make good flowering hedges as do hypericum hidcote.  Not evergreen but retain a Woody structure over winter.

Overwintering pelargoniums-how often to water?

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 22:03


ypur potting shed?  Does it have good light?  A dark shed is not good.  Frost free yes but not dark.  dry but not dried out compost

i would remove flowers and flower stems and generally clean up the plants and pots.  Not ideal time to cut plants back right now

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 21:04

Hiya runnybeake

good today at care home and doctor.  Mentally my mum  isn't too bad but physically v frail. Another course of antibiotics is prescribed ...thinks the blood,coughed up may be because she has been coughing a lot. Mum doesn't eat much at all so cannot see how she can sustain herself.  Thought I would take in some Actimel tomorrow only because she used to like the taste and it might also be good for her..??

yes Bitterknitter I agree with the talking and showing care to her.

Moving gooseberries

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 17:45

Bee to me.  Will,check it out 

where do you get it?  

Moving gooseberries

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 15:40

Wouldn't it be better and easier to plant new fresh bushes bio Freak?

agood chance that you will move the sawfly too I think.

new varieties, clean bushes and clean soil is the way for me.

Bushes are weakened by an attack of sawfly and will prob not be great fruit bearing plants the next year.

i had sawfly last year on top of the bulflinches pecking the buds so my crop was poor. I intended a winter spray.....still time to do it......this year and I have already netted my bushes


Posted: 05/01/2015 at 07:49

Good morning folks

feels quite warm.  Quite pleasant so far. 

Plants online

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 20:47

Had excelent quality plants and service from mail order trees.  Two hydrangeas in 3 litre pots cheaper and better than at a gc.....well, my gc would not have stocked varieties I wanted.

Mahonia soft caress

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 17:52

Thanks Chicky.  Appreciate that 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 17:50

Care home rang.  My mum is coughing up "quite heavy" blood.  Doctor going tomorrow morning.  Saw her today and she was mentally alert and talkative but not eating much.  I thought then she had difficulty swallowing.

dont like going to the care home really.  Increasingly though it is humbling.  I am now seeing the residents there as quite "normal" even  endearing. Sad but dementia seems to allow some contentment for the sufferers???  I take some sweets and chocs and share them out and can share conversation with some of them.  It's a shake up to the system though and never would imagine my own mother being in a place like that.  The Home is very good now....excellent care etc......but not great end of life is it? 

Mahonia soft caress

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 17:37


Oh deer, oh deer oh deer 

attractive plant? 


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