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New Overgrown Garden

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 08:52

You have a nice bay tree, and some other shrubs there.  You can shape/clip bay, and it will provide winter interest.  Pause before you remove.

In full sun (if it arrives), you'll be glad of shady spots, and shrubs can also provide privacy.

Removing everything also may impact on others privacy.  Just bear that in mind.

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 09:07

Mine never really made a come back this year.  Probably a lack of attention (water) and light.  It did start off sprouting well only to get shaded out by some self sown honesty, that was too pretty to move.  I'm now considering a relocation.

Last edited: 23 August 2016 09:08:34

plant ID please

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 23:31

Just read that if I rub the leaves on the body, the mozzies might leave me be.   There you go, my saviour growing before me!

Last edited: 18 August 2016 23:31:35

plant ID please

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 23:25

I'm an expert in growing these.

Easy to pull up.  Strange smell, that I personally like.


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 11:44

Giant hogweed can play havoc for up to 7 years!  Which does make me think I had something akin to that on my fingers.  That's a good link above.  Suggests it normally is found near fresh water streams.


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 11:38

I (and partner) have a reaction to brushing past our hops.  Which is a shame, because it makes a really impressive living barrier.

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Posted: 18/08/2016 at 10:46


Bob – Hogweeds, both giant and normal, can cause a bad reaction. Another plant that can cause reaction is Fraxinella/Dittany – smells beautiful. Aloe Vera can calm the skin very well.


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 10:44

I had some blisters on my fingers for a few years.  Whenever it gets hot.  Not sure where these come from, as I had them when we didn't have a garden.  But it was suggested they could be an allergic reaction to a plant.

I know that spurge can upset your skin.

Then I heard on GTQ that Hogweed was bad, but only just searched the web and saw how bad it could be. 

So my questions are:

Is, are there any other plants I should be careful not to touch?

Is there an easy way to identify hogweed?

Mulching questions

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 10:37

Really fighting over the last couple of weeks to keep things watered here in the South East.

I have three new hedgerows, and have tried to mulch when and as I can.  Much of it appears to just disappear.  Even some top dressings of horse manure (I read suggestions of putting this on in subsequent years, rather than the first year, but I ignored that), just to bulk my soil up a bit.

The shadier places don't suffer so much.  I remember reading on the web, about someone that was trying to turn an old agricultural field into a garden.  And they had to introduce some nursery trees first before they could get going with the garden.

In woodlands you get lots of leaf litter and some shade.

I've loads of piles of old garden waste, that I turn and hand clip, jump on etc.  Over years this rots down.  I don't actually get that many bags of compost back in return and those bags don't go far.  On chalk it disappears quickly.

I'm thinking how I can improve matters.  Perhaps with some green manures. 

We added about three car loads of horse manure to the garden, and it's a mystery as to where that went!  Seems you can never have enough.

I have some rocks as mulch, but then I'm not sure how you go about top dressing with other matter, do you rake up the rocks, top dress and then throw back the rocks?

Life seems to be abundant in the shadier parts of the garden.

I'm interested in green manures that I can grow on a minimal amount of soil.

Last edited: 18 August 2016 10:38:55

Espalier apple and pear trees

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 14:37

Ids would help.  The pear looks decorative.

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