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Fiona Kennedy's forum posts

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How fabulous Laura!

from Fi

Thanks for posting these Laura, they're just great for ideas. I've decided that my garden is taking on a distinctly oriental theme and you've provided some ideas for colour and use of rocks.
Looking forward to Hampton.

  • Posted: Thu. 28th May 2009 19:26

one month later ...

from Fi

Well, would you believe it! I plonked the reseeded trays in the plastic greenhouse, on top of each other and have just discovered the top tray has germinated a few, and the bottom tray has germinated lots of white leggy seedlings! Ah well, live and learn. lol

  • Posted: Thu. 28th May 2009 19:22

Prune now!!

from Fi

Hi Bill
and Hi Kath - first time I've disagreed with you lol!

Plums are one of the fruit trees you should prune in late spring, as if you prune in winter they are prone to silver leaf invading otherwise. So I would recommend cutting the branches down by a third, removing old and crossing branches (as all books say!) so that it can concentrate on the roots. Keep well watered, feed now and again in the autumn.
Good luck! By the way, I have 5 greengage trees and 2 damsons so do have some experience.

  • Posted: Thu. 28th May 2009 19:17

Sweet Rocket?

from Fi

Hi Donal, I wonder if it's Hesperis (Sweet Rocket) - does it have a wonderful scent?
Mine is in flower just now, lovely next to the bench.

  • Posted: Tue. 26th May 2009 17:23


from Fi

Hi Jo!
I think this may be normal weather for early May, but we've forgotten with the too warm April and previous years dry springs etc. It feels and looks more like the childhood memories of the garden - at least the plants are getting established, the mix of sun/rain is certainly making the grass and perennials grow!
Looking forward to warmer weather certainly, and some rain too - don't relish a hot dry summer at all.
How's the allotment?

  • Posted: Fri. 15th May 2009 23:50

Hedging for wildlife?

from Fi

I know this is an obsession of mine, but I can't think of anything better than planting a mixed hedgerow in front of said concrete.
You could use mixtures of tall evergreen and deciduous shrubs and climbers, such as
privet, berberis, beech, viburnum, photinia, and climbing through evergreen jasmine, ivy or clematis. You could even use Rosa Rugosa amongst the other shrubs for their red hips.
Don't plant too close as it will be too dry under the wall, enrich the soil with plenty of compost, and water during the first year.
Good luck - post a pic once you're done!

  • Posted: Fri. 15th May 2009 23:41

No 'only' about these two!

from Fi

Hi Nicola
I'm signing off now - have really enjoyed this evening's forum. Special thanks to David Sewell for his great replies to my questions - so realistic and helpful, I'll be putting them into practice.
Thanks Nicola, hope the site goes from strength to strength.

  • Posted: Wed. 6th May 2009 19:49

I'm going to do the right thing ...

from Fi

and dig them up before I feel I may have in some way contributed to the Victorian's lack of care in spreading non-native species (my poor mum suffered with Japanese knotweed!).
I think the Spanish can look after their own, and we can look after those from the British islands.
However, am I being a hypocrit in having Japanese acers, bamboo, camelias brought back by Mr Williams etc etc!
I've really enjoyed this exchange this evening - the slight delay was from a hungry teenager demanding some feed (I suppose she sometimes feels neglected over the plants!).
Best wishes if you're at Malvern, or for your next show. Can I look out for your exhibit?

  • Posted: Wed. 6th May 2009 19:20

Yes, trellis!

from Fi

Hi David
The quarter circle is such a great idea and gives me room for more of the climbers I love - but have used up practically all available space for. You're looking at approx 100' to back of summerhouse and your circular lawn is terrific too - I was kind of stagnant on how to deal with this and still keep the later sun, this solves the dilemma. I'll post another pic once I've done.
I'm anticipating wind as the poplars are being removed as they are quite brittle and dangerous now, being replaced with beech, and maple.
Bravo to you again.

  • Posted: Wed. 6th May 2009 19:02

Thanks David!

from Fi

I'm so impressed - you started early and are hammering through these questions! Thanks so much, I'm going to look up all of them and yes you are right, I need roots to hold things together too.
Just booked Hampton Court Friday 10th - so excited.

  • Posted: Wed. 6th May 2009 18:48