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Fiona Kennedy's forum posts

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Dear Anna

from Fi

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question - it is much appreciated. It also seems I am just in time to plant it out later this month! Hopefully I will have a photo to share in a couple of year's time.

  • Posted: Sat. 27th February 2010 13:52

Yew tree sapling

from Fi

I have been given a yew tree sapling, about 3' tall. I adore yew and would like to make a feature in my garden. Can you advise me on the best conditions, how large/deep the roots will become, and the best time to clip it (I don't want a giant churchyard tree!). My garden is clay soil, north facing.
Thank you.

  • Posted: Wed. 24th February 2010 13:59
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Size is everything!

from Fi

It's good to know the trees they will enjoy, however most of these grow to about 100 ft with the same spread! Not good for the average garden. The only one I would recommend is the Amelanchier Lamarkii. Other than that, lots of grasses, bergamot, herbs, single petal varieties and wild flowers - blue, purple, pink.

  • Posted: Tue. 7th July 2009 22:15

Eradicate them!

from Fi

Sorry guys. But in the same way that Spanish bluebells wipe out our own species, so do Harlequins - so you may have to put up with some homegrown aphids and get rid of Harlequins. In any case, whatever your view I believe there is a site to report these - not sure of the address but Google should work.
Think of them as American Crayfish outstripping our own!

  • Posted: Thu. 2nd July 2009 23:26

Natural gardening

from Fi

Hi Jennifer
In truth, because I have a clay, very moist soil environment I can't grow hostas, delphiniums or any other plants that are prone to slug/snail attack. It is far easier to choose plants that are strong enough to shrug them off, and combine with bird feeders, pond, gravel etc.
However, I too have my weaknesses and have a gravel and paving area which I use for the plants usually decimated by slugs - trick is to raise them on feet, and use any deterrent like copper, salt, organic pellets or even sacrificial plants!
But it is fun with the torch - I have seen pipistrelle bats doing this.

  • Posted: Thu. 2nd July 2009 23:21


from Fi

Hi, I've learnt not to worry. If a plant is in distress, from drought or cold/wet maybe, it's first line of defence is to shed its leaves. If it's quite a well establish plant then I wouldn't worry. Maybe prune back a little to allow the roots to get the energy, but as long as there is green showing further down in the main leader then it will come back again. Maybe make sure it gets water and/or feed during the autumn winter months? Could just do with a good mulch and feed to keep moisture in and food where it needs it.
Good luck

  • Posted: Thu. 2nd July 2009 23:14

Heavenly Bamboo?

from Fi

Hi Lesley, I wonder if the third pic is the
Nandina Domestica or Heavenly bamboo common name? If it is, it needs a sheltered spot in sun/light shade, slightly acid or rich humus soil.
Do let us know I love a quiz!

  • Posted: Thu. 11th June 2009 20:43


from Fi

I'm going to gather the seeds and put it about!
Enjoy, maybe with a small glass of wine in the evening.

  • Posted: Fri. 29th May 2009 22:55


from Fi

From the water bowls, and what look like prickly spines on the back of the leaves I wonder if it's a teasel. Grows to about 4 ft+ with large thistle heads, which once seeded birds and insects love, finches especially.
Let us know how it turns out - worth keeping just for the insect swimming pools!

  • Posted: Thu. 28th May 2009 19:43


from Fi

Well worth the wait Natasha. I'm still waiting for mine. I saved some seedheads from last year's flowers, only to find that mice had eaten them!
Probably the cheapest way to propagate your poppy. Try some in the ground sown in Autumn, and some in the Spring in pots.

  • Posted: Thu. 28th May 2009 19:28