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Help with identifying plants in school wildlife garden

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:52

I think you should destroy the bracken, especially with little ones about. You could dig it up if it is a small area, or keep it cut to ground level to weaken it to death eventually. During the school hold. a good dose of a strong weedkiller would be my best bet.

Native mixed hedge against a fence?

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:46

I too love pyracanthas and have several. Bearing in mind this post is about a natural hedge, they grow very quickly, 4 to 5 feet a year and have viscious thorns which can make maintenance very painful. A few years ago my clothes were shredded when I had to get in and cut them back and the clothes had to be binned. The numerous deep scratches on my arms and legs took weeks to heal. You cannot afford to turn your back on them. I neglected to cut mine back for a couple of years and they were 12 feet tall and beyond my capabilities. I paid someone to take them down to knee level! I await the next chapter in our battle.

I am also a lover of clematis, but as these will weave in and around the other plants how does one trim the hedge without unnecessarily damaging the clematis. Which type are you thinking of?  A montana type looks suitably natural in your hedge but should not be pruned, but left to ramble. This restricts annual trimming of the hedge. You could use the types that need pruning hard each spring, removing annually all the top growth, which will be entwined around and through the hedge.

Someone recently said that the best wild hedge is bramble. An interesting notion.




Willow whips living fences, screening, root problems

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 19:55

Am I right in thinking that a willow whip or cutting is a baby willow tree? If so I would consign them to the bonfire or compost heap, before I would let them near my house and garden. They may have been free of initial cost, but you may pay a heavy price in the long run. 

Native mixed hedge against a fence?

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 19:49

Think well ahead, say 10 years. What will it be like then? Will you be able to maintain it or will it get out of hand and damage the fence, especially as the latter will deteriorate without any help. Wild hedges can grow several feet every year and need annual cutting back/trimming. The main trunks can become tree-sized over time.Best if you can get behind it. If not perhaps you should think of a plan B?

John Innes Homebase lies perhaps

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 19:44

J. Arthur Bowers Multi Purpose is very poor... but the MP plus JI is usable if more expensive. In this case there is a difference.


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 19:18

Hi Yviestevie, I have been to Stone cottage a couple of times... a little gem, flowers and buildings tumbling down together.


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 06:39

Morning all, and especially fellow Gregory Porter fan, Dove . Any more  of you in the woodwork?

What a lovely day, hope to sort out an herbaceous border which is very weedy. Lost an Astec Pearl Choiysia at one end so planting opportunity beckons.

Have a good one all......


Posted: 01/07/2014 at 23:12

Before i go to Hampton Court i have a trip to a jazz festival at Glynde Place in Sussex. On way there we  are going to see the gardens at West Dean, near Chichester. Have any of you been there and did you enjoy it?

Also our jazzy venture is to hear Gregory Porter especially. Have any of you heard him sing? If not try to find him on the web and have a listen.


Posted: 01/07/2014 at 20:17

Hey, did you see this thread just burst through the 20k barrier!! Cakes and ale all round... it's on me.


Posted: 01/07/2014 at 20:15

 If anyone wants to volunteer to work in my garden I will definitely nominate them for an award. 

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