London (change)
Today 28°C / 17°C
Tomorrow 26°C / 17°C


Latest posts by Wayside

11 to 20 of 30

Chameleon plant

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 18:31

I bought a chameleon plant this week. It's quite charming.  Anyway I've since read that it can run rampant, and it's akin to ground elder.  Are these fears accurate?

I'm thinking of sandwiching between two strips of concrete.

Does anyone have one, and does anyone eat it?  Are all varieties edible?  I think I read that it's also known as fishwort.


What's this plant?

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 18:28

Chatted to neighbour and their Virginia Creeper is confined to  a small pot, which would probably explain why it hasn't gone off like a rocket.

What's this plant?

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 13:23

I thought it looked like a creeper.  The neighbour has one growing up her back wall, but it isn't that vigorous.  Perhaps due to a small footing.

Amazing plants that can grow that rapidly.  My hops go from nothing to a dense cover very quickly, but they are manageable.

I keep pulling down what is a wild vine in my garden.  I assumed it was some wild honey suckle, that's a little out of control.


Small willow planting advice

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 12:41

Also the tree was south facing, and has no stems on the back side.  I'm not that fussed about that.  But it would be nice to have a better distribution of branches.

How should I prune this?

How far back from the soil should I prune it too (I was quite shy)?

And when is the best time to prune willows?

I found a video that suggests hard pruning these after the catkins have dropped.  I'm not sure if that would be a good idea for it in it's first year after transplanting?  Plus, it doesn't look like it's been hacked back in the past, so one of the lean overs is getting quite thick.  I quite like it's asymmetry as is.

Small willow planting advice

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 12:37

I lost a large pussy Willow in the storm, and took a load of cuttings, but I don't think they've taken yet.  They haven't died either.

I was in the local garden centre the other day, and saw a nice ramshackle weeping dwarf willow, a decorative small tree.  And couldn't resist it.  When I went to grab the tree, two roots had escaped the pot, and were making  a run for it.  I tried to remove the roots, but did snap the ends off of one.   I bought it none the less and planted it out yesterday.   And have lightly pruned it today.

It's located at the bottom of a bank, I'm hoping the small amount of root damage won't hurt.  But I was wondering whether I should have cut the roots back to encourage regeneration?

I just buried them as is with a good spread, planted it and hoped for the best.  Do you think it will be okay?

Is there anything that will help her along?



Small gardens and spent compost

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 12:12

How small is the garden?

I can't ever get enough compost.   Could you just add it to one massive planter?

I remember hearing once that most plant nutrients come from the air.  So I'd have thought that even spent compost would have it's purpose.  If not just for water retention.

Tree roots with reference to drains

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 15:03

I'd have re-routed the drains.

Isn't that a fallacy about the root system being a mirror of the crown?

Every churchyard has to have a yew and a holly though.  Nice for the long haul.  You may aswell add a monkey puzzle and ginko biloba.  All slow growers.

You will need some faster growing trees / shrubs too.

Usually churchyards are quite exposed.   You might need some kind of windbreak.   I figure that's what the poplars were grown for.





Moving an Old Berberis Darwinii

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 14:46

(Love the berberis, never seen one standing so tall.)

Ivy climbing on neighbour's wall

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 18:27

I actually find Ivy very pleasing on the eye, and it makes for a good habitat for insects and such like.  It even can give the appearance of a nice hedge and can obscure ugly fencing/divides.

People don't half moan about ivy!  I don't even think it's that hard to manage.   To get rid of it just pull it down, or even easier,  slice a section of stem out and it will just die off past that point.  (That would take all of about five minutes.)   Pull the rest down when it's dead.

I'd love to cover my house in it.  But I don't have modern bricks or cement mortar.  Which is apparently enough to keep the ivy from doing harm.  If I was your neighbour, and the house was relatively modern, I'd elect to keep it - it's a good natural insulator.  The only thing that puts me off slightly is spider ingress through open windows.

any ideas for climbers up a fence?the fence runs east to west

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 20:34

I think the plants that surprised me the most this year were a verbena, the buddleja (my partner hates them, but I can't help but admire them), an oxalis, and the hops.

The hops shot up out from nowhere, and covered a rather ugly chicken coop completely, and are only now dying back.  I think they die back to the ground, so no winter cover.  In the summer they can get a little out of control, but you can easily trim them back.

Hops provide a stunning green blanket from spring to late summer.  I'm not sure if a solid fence would provide adequate ventilation (?).  Ours were happy on an east/west mesh with complete coverage on both the north and south sides.

11 to 20 of 30

Discussions started by Wayside

Tree for small front garden?

Showy little number, that can tolerate chalk soil, and sea winds 
Replies: 9    Views: 227
Last Post: 07/05/2014 at 18:45

Chameleon plant

Will it take over my garden, and if so how much can I eat? 
Replies: 8    Views: 199
Last Post: 01/05/2014 at 23:52

Small willow planting advice

Salix caprea pendula 
Replies: 1    Views: 384
Last Post: 11/04/2014 at 12:41

Storm damaged willow tree

Saving a tree from storm damage by propagation. 
Replies: 15    Views: 551
Last Post: 02/05/2014 at 19:09
4 threads returned