Latest posts by Wayside

Photinia leaf drop

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 21:23

Different strokes: different folks!  I love the spike of red in spring.  But they can look ratty.  Four or so planted about six feet apart can look quite nice.  Ubiquity can diminish some of the charm of a plant.  And even uniformity.  Many can occasionally look worse.  I think I rather variety.  You can have more than one of the same plant in different situations for interest.

Not so black and white

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 21:15

It's quite odd, there's a lot elsewhere of interest for them.  But for some reason they uprooted 6ft of hedge over winter.  I placed some larger rocks over the base of the hedge and had no disturbances all winter.

Since mulching, and adding six new young trees to the row, they took an immediate interest.  And have oddly ventured further into the garden.  So perhaps the mulch attracts worms or contained worms or just a difference was enough to spike their interest.

Rather annoyingly they've blasted away my hopes of turning a section of wasteland into a little veg garden.  But perhaps, electric fencing and chicken wire could be enough to make it a nuisance for them.

A set near by had previously been dormant.  But it looks as if they've moved back in.  Obviously they must like what I'm doing!

Funny really, I'd planted wild pear, pretty much for wild life.  And rather ironically they've come a little early.


Last edited: 24 April 2017 21:17:22

Not so black and white

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 16:53


Tried to encourage wildlife.  Ended up with badgers encroaching on the garden, and digging up young hedge.

I've tried to put them off a little with a few larger rocks here and there, but they just throw them aside and snuffle around the plants.

Could I perhaps tempt them away to greener and more pleasant pastures?

Or do I just like and lump?

starting a new garden

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 09:01

I was raised beside a clay garden and just assumed everyone had clay!  I didn't grow much back then, now have chalk, which is so different.  Biking besides farmers fields used to be a claggy nightmare!  And I love the way chalk doesn't become a mud fest.

One observation was the length of time it took for trees to get going on the clay.  Well two at least.  They were stunted for years (a good decade and a half), and then finally took off.  Both in good aspects.  Could have been drought as they didn't get any attention (watering).  Perhaps they finally got their roots down low enough to drink.

Last edited: 15 March 2017 09:03:16

Wire fencing + post and rail fencing

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 08:42

Wow, that's a long border.  I think post and rail more attractive.  But not sure about longevity.  A local outlet sells chestnut rails that are meant to age well, but the posts look to be regular softwood.  Of course it would cost more.

What's the rock project?

Wire fencing + post and rail fencing

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 14:10

Yes, I think I'd ruled out terriers because of digging and barking.  But I haven't ruled out some type of spaniel.  Originally I was going to fence a section to keep foxes out, but it seems they'd swing in by rope given the chance, so gave up on that idea.

Last edited: 27 February 2017 14:10:52

Wire fencing + post and rail fencing

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 14:06

Hops and dogs is a bad combo.  How odd.  Thanks for the warning that's good to know.

Last edited: 27 February 2017 14:06:29

Wire fencing + post and rail fencing

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 12:57

5-6 feet high here would feel like a prison.  But given the space I think wire fencing is a great idea.  You can easily loose it into the background.

Large overgrown garden on a hill

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 12:53

I know someone has already mentioned aspects, but do work out where the sun rises and falls.  I have a west facing garden on a hill - house at the bottom.  In the evening the sun sets opposite the garden which is great.  If I was on the west side of the valley, I'd get great sunrises no sunsets.

Large overgrown garden on a hill

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 12:49

Has it been loved in the past, and what are the overgrown plants that are in it?

Down the way from us there is a property that had an amazing californian lilac, and quite a different sedum front lawn, that was amazing when it all flowered, but for the rest of the year you might never know.

Anyway, people moved in, and demolished the lot!

If someone has taken a lot of time and care over a garden, it's worth noting what is there, and what works.

It's taken me about five years to get to know my garden, and actually the best bits are probably the parts that I haven't touched.

I wanted to do my own piece in it.

I've planted too densely in places and haven't done what's suggested above and done one section at a time.  Which is all good advice.

It does take some time to work out where the sun falls.  You might want a morning eating/resting area and or and evening one, and they could be in totally different places in the garden.

At he beginning of the summer I crave for the sun.  Come mid summer I crave for a nice shady area to retreat to.

So a good mix of areas is nice.

Get out there now before buds burst and get some photos of the scaffolding.  If you have deciduous plants it could look totally different in a couple of weeks - it will close in.  Bulbs may come and go, other plants may spring from the ground where you think there is nothing.

It takes no time to cut down a garden - though it takes time to clear up the spoils - but it can take many hours planting out, and waiting for things to grow.

Having said that, I planted a hedge at the beginning of last year (2 year old bare roots) that were only about 30cm/40cm, and now they are happily about a metre and half.

There's a section of the garden I planned to plant some dogwood.  I turned my back and some wild dogwood had seeded and grown without any intervention from me.  So there are also happy accidents.

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