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Posted: 04/06/2012 at 21:16

Hehe. Perfectly understandable sir!

I have two on-purpose Laurel in my garden because I love them for their glossy evergreen leaves, their support of wildlife big and small and the fact they make fast growing privacy and structure in a garden. I prune them to be standards or tree-shaped personally by cutting off the bottom foliage as I prefer that look, and have to hack the tops back about every two years, which I do in late summer, just so long as their are no birds nesting,  


Posted: 04/06/2012 at 19:37

Ouch! Who didn't warn you about Laurels?

You can trim any hedge as and when required so long as you don't want flowers and its not too early/late in the year because the new growth will get damaged. Mostly it works out at about once or twice a year, depending on plant and standards.

Hedge trimmers are mighty fine weaponry if you are looking for shabby-chic, unfortunately Laurel is one of those evergreens with big leaves that will tear and go brown and ugly if you cut indiscriminately. Most Laurel hedge owners prune by hand...but of course, this is a matter of taste/time!

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 19:28

@Inkadog, yes, Acanthus Mollis although I think they should rename Acanthus Herculean. I have two and am presently propagating a third.

Some good things about this plant are: they are tough as old boots that will grow in shade or sun, with more architectural worth than a Gothic graveyard, but in my small knowledge a word of warning to avoid the hottest part of the day as they flop or wilt in intense heat regardless of soil moisture. Both mine unfortunately suffer this syndrome due to ignorance on my part, although it does the plant no actual harm. They recover just as soon as the sun moves on. If you can get early or late sun with midday shade, I think the plant will take over the world.

They are extremely invasive both by seeds and roots, popping up babies a plenty that grow extremely fast with long tap roots, so location should be wisely chosen. (dead heading will help)

They will live for decades and are difficult to get rid of if you know what I mean , my original plant is certainly @ten years and recovering nicely from its weak spring growth, I suspect it was a tad hungry. 

They are semi evergreen in that they can take a bit of a bash from bad weather and light frosts, but the snow will flatten them, although there is something cathartic about watching the beast rise again.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 18:30

Well I never...plants never fail to surprise me!

After picking up 4 X 50p boxed bargains from the GC back in...March, I have nurtured the Rudbeckia and Astrantia into leaf and both are doing well and whilst the Anemone pushed up some tiny shoots in the early days, it has yet to sustain life, and neither did my single-bud baby hosta show even the remotest interest in life outside the box.

I relegated both drab specimens to the no more watering section of my windowsill except, shockingly, after all this time, the hosta is breaking bud! How amazing plants are? And how impatient I am?

So, 3 out of 4 @50p bargains are alive! How remarkable.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 14:19

 Windy and wet in Kent, garden is taking a bashing, poppies are flopping, roses are shedding petals, foxgloves are drunk and disorderly and my mature Eryngium is sagging over the gravel when I've already staked its backside


Garden gaffes

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 14:12

I am prone to garden gaffes although thankfully plants always try their best to cover up my mistakes.

One example I'm not exactly proud to admit is as recent as last year, when I pruned out some rather offensive growth on a newly planted Spirea Snow-mound as I didn't read the label correctly and actually cut back all its long flower stems.

On the whole I live (or rather my plants live) dangerously in the garden. Because I have sandy soil and a flippant attitude, I'll move shrubs out of season, I'll hack at things and I'll divide plants still in their infancy. Luckily, 99% of plants will do their damndest to survive my errors and hopefully I learn something along the way.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 14:03

@Geoff, lol

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 12:43

@Geoff, P.S. Perfect focus

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 12:42

@Geoff, I have an identical lily called Vesuvius, if by chance it is also your variety and your Lupins are stunning! Such a pretty pink! I still don't have Lupins in my garden even though they were in the bargain bin at GC, I couldn't decide a colour but yours are perfect!

Acer problems

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 09:45

I have one green acer of roughly ten years in the ground and one red one at two yrs old in a stone pot with ericaceous soil. I read/heard somewhere that the red ones are more partial to acid soil but to be honest, I need to put the red one on the ground in the next year or so anyhow so its gonna have to tough it out in my sandy soil.

Last time I did a soil test I was just about neutral.

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