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Conifers have gone - What next?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 18:52

Hortum, Really like the idea of hoheria sexstylosa 'Stardust' but I'm worried it will not be hardy enough.  Anyone grown one in the Midlands.

Hazel, I was just considering Pyracantha when I checked the thread, an orange one would be good.  The blackbirds like them and I want to put something back for wildlife, the birds are not appreciating the loss of the trees at the moment.

Bob, Griselina looks good but is a bit too slow a grower I think.

Will check out the Dogwoods Dewdrop but don't you have to keep them small to get the colour.

Verdun, that combination sounds interesting, I'll check out the silver birch you recommend Hogweed.

Thanks for all your help.

Conifers have gone - What next?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 16:23

Ooh some interesting suggestions, keep them coming, I'm going to investigate them all.

Conifers have gone - What next?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 15:40

I have just had four large conifers cut down at the rear of my garden.  This has brought a lot more light and space into the garden but as you can see below there is now a privacy issue.

The space is south facing and there is a mature honeysuckle and jasmine against the fence, there is also ivy.  My soil is neutral and fairly free draining.

The question is do I grow a new fairly thin hedge that can be kept to a sensible height.

Do I plant a specimen tree to give privacy in the summer, I was thinking of a silver birch one of the smaller varieties that grow to about 20 feet or so in ten years.

or is their another solution.


Posted: 27/07/2016 at 09:37

Morning all,  It's raining here, it will do the garden good and fill up the water butt.  It's supposed to brighten later so I'll be getting out there and taking some after pictures.  I'll be starting a thread re what to do now the conifers have been removed so hope I'll get some good ideas about what to do with the gap in order to get my privacy back.

Still a bit more tidying up to do in the garden and I'm sure I'll be checking out some plant porn later.  Nothing else planned.  What's everyone else got planned for the day?


Posted: 26/07/2016 at 22:13

Clari, SGL, lots more light, not that much extra space.  Have taken some before and after photos.  I'll post them when I have a minute, it looks a bit of a mess at the moment but I'm sure it will be fine when I have decided what to do.

The birds are eating all my bird food!

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 22:00

I feed fat balls, mixed seed and sunflower hearts.  Not much variety on the bird front though.  We get lots of tree sparrows, a couple of ring neck doves, blackbirds, robins, wrens, the odd blue tit and thats about it.  We do get wood pigeons who tend to pick up the bits that the other birds spit out.   Have just started to put niger seed out but no takers so far. 

Have had a woodpecker in the garden once, it must have got lost!

We do have a pair of sparrow hawks that visit occasionally, I can always tell when they are around as the garden goes deathly quiet.

We get the occasional squirrel but they don't seem to cause any problems with the bird feeders.

The other day we did get the most strange looking bird, it was the shape of a magpie but was mainly white with the odd bit of light brown.  No idea what it was unless it was an albino magpie.  It didn't hang around very long.


Posted: 26/07/2016 at 16:58

Afternoon all, Well the trees are all down.  The men made a really good job of it and tidied up well.  I've just finished doing a bit more tidying and mowed the lawn to get the last bits up.  Absolutely shattered now.  Iv'e just got to decide what to do with the extra space.

They wont catch me......

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 16:38

I learned to ride a bike when I was 50.  The problem was I could only ride in a straight line and used to have to get off to turn a corner.  I perservered for quite a while until I fell into a 5ft deep ditch and sprained my ankle.  I deceided to give up after that.


Posted: 26/07/2016 at 10:28

This year has been especially bad Lou.  I use organic slug pellets and others use nematods.

Rhododendron Confusing Me

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 10:27

New someone would have the answer

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