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Holly tree, cematis montana and bird cover

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 17:47

Right,,not sure about birds nesting there. Are you aware of any?

the priority is the holly it seems......not best timing for montana as it will flower in a few weeks, but I would totally clear it from the holly. To keep a nice clean shape I would deny the momtana any future encroachment.  

Allowing climbers into evergreens rarely works well in my opinion....the host will always suffer if only by appearance. ,

Then shape the holly as you want it to be now

I would train the montana along the fence tying in all strong stems as they occur. ,


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 17:37

Clari, my blood is boiling at this situation.  Frustrating just reading about it.  This guy is a BULLY.  This guy is a THUG

I have come across similar nephew, in his first part time job whilst at college, was bullied too. Even though he hated my intervention at the time, his treatment vastly improved after that.   As with all bullies they are cowards too.  A bully cannot deal with being "bullied"

stand your ground and consider how you want to proceed.  Your right is to be paid on time.  Wish you well dealing with this. 

this bird count!  For me the number of birds in the garden varies from hour to hour.  Lots of birds around but a bird count  based on a single hour can be misleading, even silly 


WATCH OUT...........

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 17:23

I regularly check my potted plants and trays, whether outside or in gh, for little slugs hiding under them.  Where they come from I don't know but a single one (and often it will be just one) can be devastating.   Sod's law it will be your favourite plants attacked 

A quick upturn of every pot once a week or so can make a heck of a difference.  

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 17:17

But better here in west cornwall Agilityamber.  ok for little more bulb planting 

Perennials in 9 cm pots.....go for 'em now

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 17:14

Ah!  You need to divide in early summer though.  This is ok as lupins are starting to go over.  Division much later,,for me anyway, is rarely successful 

box hedge to wide and leaning over

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 17:10

Dont worry too much about size when you cut back.  Do it to suit what you want. It will recover well in spring.

plus, it will be an easier hedge in future to control 

a good pair of sharp loppers rather than secateurs will make this an easy job 

Perennials in 9 cm pots.....go for 'em now

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 16:29

Dividing lupins after flowering and then potting up.  yes, out of sight.  yes, again to create apace for later my case some tender perennials.

I also try to plant lupins where they are obscured by late summer plants anyway. i try to divide a few every year 

Perennials in 9 cm pots.....go for 'em now

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:52

Prob eaten into oblivion 

box hedge to wide and leaning over

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:15

Prune it as hard back as you want to bulkerb.  I would do it now but prob better to wait 4 weeks or so.  Ideally a granular feed and a mulch too 

Perennials in 9 cm pots.....go for 'em now

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:11

The tattered leaves are a give away Hazel.  Sure, the snails are tiny but there are lots of the blighters 

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