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Best method for a hedgerow in tarmac.

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 18:29

Lonicera Baggesons gold is a lovely plant and makes good hedge.  Colour ranges from olive in winter to bright yellow In summer. I have it as a couple of topiary specimens....withstands clipping with no apparent vices


Posted: 25/04/2013 at 18:25

Andy I can help you with steak and with the banoffe pie.  It's no trouble at all

Mahonia leaves turning brown

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 18:23

Mahonias do colour a bit sometimes anyway.

I suspect the cold wet weather played a role. Wait a while and see what happens.  

Do you prune it at all?  I cut mine quite hard after flowering but it can be pruned drastically and will recover.  A feed right now is worth doing too


Posted: 25/04/2013 at 17:59


What a stressful few days you had.

Good news about your dad

Awful about grendle.

Such a lot to take in.

My thoughts are with you

Very large garden - where to start

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 13:59
I think grassing....regular mowing for now...and growing annuals is sensible. You get to know your soil, etc without great expense.
Plan on paper....tinker, share ideas, decide what you want from your garden, see what grows or could grow in your environment.
Maybe you could compartmentise it to accommodate lots of different "rooms", maybe you want fruit or a veg patch, or a nice lawn or even a pool
Do a PH test on your find out if it is acid or alkaline. It makes a,difference as to,what you can grow....e.g. Camelias and rhodododendrons if acid. This is very mportant step to take
Get to know plants up on them. Consider what part of the garden to do first and try to,visualise what it could look like.
A good structure of shrubs, trees, foliage colour, architectural shapes etc. Do you need to,put in a shelter are near the sea(as I am) to.protect from salt winds?
Lots to consider but exciting to plan
Use the forum to ask questions about suitable,plants or what you think you may want

Best method for a hedgerow in tarmac.

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 13:45
Whatever you do will involve some hard graft
Is'it,possible to talk to your neighbour? Say you are considering planting a hedge or replacing the fence and would he share the cost?
If you don't ask you won't's worth that discussion. I did just that few years back when replacing a low fence with a wall. It suited us both to build a wall.
I think obelixx has it covered about the logistics of planting a hedge.....a trench not individual holes....or digging holes for new fence.

Hellebores - when to feed

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 13:34
Hiya Bev
I know the varieties on offer....exciting all of them. I resisted cos I have so many but was tempted by the double green. I wonder if the colour is that dark though.
I can't be, mustn't be, tempted,by any more hellebores.....I have so many.
Will you pot,on Imto J Innes or mpc?

Info For Newbies - How to ensure that your question appears!

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 13:31
Aneeeeeeee cake.


Posted: 25/04/2013 at 13:29
Hiya Matty
Bodwen nursery has suspended mail order service for this year. Not sure why.
What Acer did you want?

Japanese area

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 10:21
Hiya Chrissy
I'm in Cornwall too.
Don't think we've had the rain you have....always bit drier here. Not far from St Ives bay..........
Didnt know about the plant sale so will for,sure go along to seek out any little gems.
I got to know a load of little nurseries down here and collected some nice plants over the years
Sounds like ??ou have got your problem area sorted....just a thought that ornamental grasses and carex along with Pulmonarias and brunneras might look good there too

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