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Sue Osmaston's forum posts

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Re: inaccessible garden!

from Sue Osmaston

Thank you - I like the idea of a box hedge with a path behind it- but I also want to retain the aubretia and similar plants which will tumble over the top of the wall. I'll probably introduce a few small ferns etc to plant between the stones too. That might be a better solution than adding a wrought iron rail as someone else has suggested.

  • Posted: Tue. 3rd February 2015 11:30

Re: inaccessible garden!

from Sue Osmaston

I have now managed to attach a couple of better photos, which will give you some idea of the problem? It was difficult because of the light, but the wall is about 1.65 metres high at its tallest point.

  • Posted: Tue. 3rd February 2015 09:34

inaccessible garden!

from Sue Osmaston

At the end of last September, I downsized from a ½ acre steeply sloping garden to a small ‘cottage’ garden, which I hoped would be easier to manage.
There is no lawn to mow, but I have open fields on each side of the property with sheep doing all the mowing for me!
The problem is that the only bit of cultivated garden lies in two tiers above a dry stone wall – see pictures. There are some rather steep steps up to the garden, but I am actually quite fearful of falling over the edge of the wall on to the tarmac drive below – so I haven’t begun to tackle it as yet.
I would be glad of any suggestions as to how to make this garden easier to access and to maintain? It is south facing, but open to the prevailing westerly wind. I don’t know about the Ph factor as yet, but this is the Lake District, so I imagine it will be inclining towards acid, rather than alkaline.

  • Posted: Sun. 1st February 2015 15:18
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Re: Re: shady planting

from Sue Osmaston

In the shady space I have now planted Acer negundo 'Flamingo', which is a small variegated bush and it seems very happy so far. You are right that Acer Palmatum does not like full sun and can also get damaged by wind. They are quite slow growing, but in a pot I think they may need some extra root protection in the winter. I did lose one Japanese Maple which was in a pot, but the replacement has withstood very low temperatures (even minus 15C) in the ground.

  • Posted: Mon. 27th September 2010 11:30

Re: shady planting

from Sue Osmaston

Thanks for this suggestion. I do love acers - and here in Windermere they would do very well. The space is about 5ft wide by 3ft deep, but I could always cut back the escallonia and/or the elaeagnus and make it bigger. I'd love a colourful acer, but wonder if it might make that corner even darker.

  • Posted: Sat. 24th July 2010 21:08

shady planting

from Sue Osmaston

I have a good sized space between an variegated elaeagnus and a rather large escallonia. It is in a bed bordered by a conifer hedge and there are large trees nearby (almost overhanging in summer). I would like to plant something with some height - perhaps a poplar cherry or a laburnum, but I fear these might not like such a shady position. It tends to be a bit dark here, so I would like something colourful. Any ideas would be welcome.

  • Posted: Thu. 22nd July 2010 10:44
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sooty deposit on ericaceous plants

from Sue Osmaston

I have a black sooty deposit on 2 pieris, and several quite large rhododendrons. At the nursery they said I could just wash it off - this is all very well, but they are quite big plants and it would take me for ever! Is there anything I can spray which will do the trick?

  • Posted: Thu. 29th April 2010 16:05
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slugs, snails and hostas

from Sue Osmaston

Hi Jennifer
I have found nematodes to be very successful - the treatment lasts at least 6 weeks and was very effective.

  • Posted: Thu. 29th April 2010 16:01

pond sealant

from Sue Osmaston

Thanks Katy - that's one I hadn't thought of! Lots of suggestions on Facebook - some more sensible than others. But I will certainly try the aquatic route.

  • Posted: Tue. 16th March 2010 16:31

Concrete bird baths

from Sue Osmaston

I have a concrete bird bath, which was presented to me when I retired
from the school where I taught. During the past winter it has
sustained some frost damage so that the water is now leaking out through a crack.

Can I coat it with a 'water-sealing' compound - or will there be a
danger of harming the birds?

  • Posted: Mon. 15th March 2010 20:12
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