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Moving a rosé

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 22:38

It is best to leave it until late autumn/winter because you can cut it down and then try to dig it out. Be-warned this may sound easier than it actually is since if it has been in the ground a few years it may have a very long tap root. Replant it at the same depth with added bonemeal or equivalent water it in and water again if there is no rain forcasted within a few days though less likely in the winter. 

What to put in this gap?

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 22:30

I still have my large conifers and cupressocyparis leylandii both of which I have lifetd the crown of. I was told by my local garden center that nothing would grow under it, but undetered I piled a good 6" of my home made compost onto it under the conifers, planted a few things that would grow in part shade and religiously watered it every week for a year. I now have a lovely border underneath both the conifers and the cupressocyparis leylandii. To soften the shed you could put some trellis up and plant a clematis, a rose that takes shade like the lovely highly scented climbing rose zephirine Drouhin or a scented honeysuckle.  You could even try a green wall and plant it with shade loving hostas. For shade  loving plants try Long Acre Plants at http://www.plantsforshade.co.uk/ which have some very interesting plants for shade.

 

making a bog garden

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 22:02

I have built more than 2 bog gardens as I love the plants within them so much. For each one I removed about 60cm of soil, layed an old butyl liner in the bottem in which I pierced  quite a lot of holes, and a length of hose with pin holes in it that layed along the bottom in the middle of the liner, with the top of it coming out hust above level ground which i attched a hose end to so that I could water  the trench at the bottom with a hose. I then tipped in about 3cm of gravel into the bottom then refilled all the soil back in. I planted it with astilbe, ligularia przewalskii, hosta's and candelabra primulas. I another nog garden I have which is built almost in the same way except it is fed by a stream which is topped up by the water off of my roof via a wheel I have I have planted atstible, drum stick primulas, gunnera magellanica (a tiny gunnara which is fully hardy), ferns, iris ensata. golden sedges, hostas and delmera peltata.

Vertical green walls

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 15:37

Thank you all, the one I want to make is just below the ACROS Fukuoka building  on the http://www.greenhomebuilding.com/articles/livingwalls.htm web site with the felt and rock wool. I just want to know a little bit more on how to do it, i.e how much rockwool, how much water, best sort of fertilizer and how often needed etc.

Welcome to the garden design forum

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 19:58

Please can you put on your web site or in the magazine, how to build a vertical green wall using rock wool and hydrophonic feeding rather than compost etc. I have put it on the forum earlier today but had no replies which I am not surprised since it is quite a strange topic. It would be great for small gardens as well as places llike I am intending to put it, on my shed wall. This is shady but I already have a lot of ideas of what to plant to make it colourful. 

dying tree

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 19:35

try the web site http://www.ehow.co.uk/about_6537545_disease-japanese-red-maple-trees.html or http://www.gardenguides.com/99868-red-maple-tree-diseases.html since I am not sure what tree you actually have though the diseases look fairly similar in both the Japanese and American red maples.

kingdom of heaven tree

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 19:22

I think that you maybe talking about Ailanthus altissima. If you are, this is known in London as the tree of hell since it is almost impossible to get rid of it hence you have lots of shoots growing everywhere. If you really want this tree, just let one of the shoots grow, or try cutting the dead bits out of yours.

Grass snake

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 19:09

I have a 6' one in my garden who likes to sun herself on the drive and I know she is female since she lays eggs in my compost and I sometimes find 12" long baby grass snakes.

Will anything grow in full shade?

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 19:06

I successfully grow plants under conifers and even under cupressocyparis leylandii. You just have to remove all the lower limbs, add loads of, preferably home made compost, use shade loving plants and water them daily.

Vertical green walls

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 18:58

Does anyone know how to build a vertical green wall using rock wool and hydrophonic feeding rather than compost etc.

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