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Planting Viburnum × bodnantense Dawn, WHEN?

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 12:06

I planted mine not last spring but the one before, It has gotten stockier, but hasn't quite got going yet.  I'm getting a little impatient with it!  Looking forward to it taking off.

The kaki tree

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 12:43

From what I read, you can eat them like apples.  But it would be great to get confirmation.

They are quite the spectacle.  A gorgeous tree.  To look at in the photos.  I'll have to go and visit the one at Kew.

The tree had totally escaped me until last week.  My partner announced they'd eaten one (shop bought) and it was absolutely delicious.  So I read about it, and it looks as if I might one day be eating one from the garden with any luck!

The kaki tree

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 16:38

@italophile, great, I love it.  What was your inspiration?  Food, decoration or both?

Laurel hedge

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 10:13

I love common laurel.   People bemoan it, because once it takes off, it's very fast growing, and cutting it will be akin to painting the forth bridge.  I've a friend with a large plot, who surrounded his plot with young saplings, and it has served him well.  But he does struggle to keep on top of it.  The leaves are poisonous, so you need to have space to dump the clippings or take care them to the tip with all your windows open.  Other than that he's got nothing but good words for it.  No mention of wasps. 

I personally find single species hedges can be a little boring.  You can make a very interesting evergreen hedge with a mixture of shrubs.  If you don't care so much about year round privacy, why not plant a traditional hedge row, with some roses?

Laurel alternatives could be Myrtle, Griselinia, Escallonia and/or Viburnums.  And those mentioned above are good choices.

If you do hard prune, they look horrible for a short time. but they should bounce back.   I've planted a few laurel because I have a fondness for them.  Especially as specimens.  But I could well regret planting them later.


Check some of the online hedging sites for inspiration, there are so many exciting alternatives that I'd find it hard to choose!

I've a  lonicera nitida hedge.  Poor man's box/yew.  And I find that impressive, but I've tired of it.  I'd rather a shrub mix.  The brighter baggeson's gold version is nice.

The kaki tree

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 19:48

Having issues with the forum.  So forgive starter post.

Is anyone growing or fruiting a persimmon?  Any pictures?


The kaki tree

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 19:45

Low maintenance replacement for lawn?

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 11:51

I've flirted with the idea of shingle.  But am worried about windfall.  I guess if the area isn't huge you could net it, wait for the wind fall and then bundle it up and compost it all.

A neighbour got about a ton of slate delivered bagged up for about £100.  Laborious carrying it in, and actually it didn't go as far as I expected but it's quite nice.  I think it's residue from slate mining, so the transportation is the worst part regarding eco-credentials.  Not sure where other shingle comes from?

My Mum has shingled her garden, and I'm in two minds about it.  @Flowers in the rain and @Tetley's look nice.

what is this??

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 11:40

People will buy it if you pot it up.  I think it's also known as fish wort, which is edible.  However ground elder is also edible and invasive.

I think it's quite a pretty plant.  I had two in pots, but the slugs stripped them bare.  So I'm hoping it does make a come back.

Worm soup

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 17:12

Thanks Jen, I think I knew most of that, the problem with a dalek is that I'm reluctant to turn the compost, as I want the finished stuff at the bottom and the newest stuff at the top.  I really need to get a couple on the go.

Poor old worms.  I feel really sorry for them, they'd been doing such a good job!

Worm soup

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 17:06

It's odd, there wasn't an unusual load.  Perhaps it reached a critical mass and finally started to bake.   I was surprised at the heat in there. The dalek isn't in full sun and it's late in the year, so I hadn't really considered this being the cause.

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