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Bare Root

15 March 2010 19:04:20
hellebores in sunshine

hellebores in sunshine

This morning I picking up my hedge for the front of the garden. More about that another time.

I also picked up 6 bare root green pivot hedging plants to fill the gap left in the hedge on the cliff. I was lucky enough to get almost enough hedging plants from a gardening friend (Pat) to run along the cliff behind the house. So today I planted the remaining piece of the privet hedge.

I also planted 4 Cotoneasters dammeri. I bought these 4 plants to hang over the lowest part of the cliff and cover it. I am not mad about Cotoneaster generally but I guess every plant has its place. And most plants will look well if you take care of them.

The final thing was to plant 16 bare root beech hedge plants to fill the gaps along the drive. I have now had to replace all of the Lidl/Aldi beech hedging I originally bought. For hedging in future, I'm sticking with my local garden centre.

Also, I took a break to help hubby with the enormously long plastic membrane needed on the front ditch. So a good day's gardening!

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Gismo1981 Gismo1981 15 March 2010 19:17:55

Rachel where do you get all your energy ??? please bottle some for me :O)

Your hellebores look gorgeous. 

knocknakillew knocknakillew 15 March 2010 19:32:45

thats the trouble with supermarket stuff you don`t know how long they are out of the ground before you buy them.

Krista Krista 15 March 2010 19:53:36

You very determined girl, Rachel. How do you go about making the design? Do you draw planting scheme  or make it up as you go along?

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 March 2010 20:06:51

It takes a woman on a mission to get things done. Hee hee. Well done, you.

Myrtle Myrtle 15 March 2010 20:39:07

You are getting a great lot done, like myself trying to make the most of these great days.

fran m fran m 15 March 2010 20:41:13

Great work, feet up and relax now.

Cloncaw Cloncaw 15 March 2010 21:24:07

Another good days work, the hellebores are wonderful in the sunshine.

chilipepper chilipepper 16 March 2010 02:07:32

Hellebore's look great Rachel! great plants for this time of year!

sallysarah sallysarah 16 March 2010 07:49:21

The contoneasters, Rachel.  Putting them on the top, I'm thinking you've done this so that they will grow downwards.  We have a 'cliff' in our gdn.  I would have put them in at the bottom, hoping they'd grow upwards.  I would say that you know what you're doing, so would that be the best place to start them off - at the top.  I'm going with your advice (last year) regarding the spreading purple plant, you told me about - must go back on my journal entry and write name down. 

Rachel Rachel 16 March 2010 21:52:14

Siobhan, I'm not always energetic. Had a lazy day today : )

You're right, John & Ann, a risky business with something important like hedging.

Krista, what design? I have designed my garden bit by bit but never on paper. I do go to the upstairs bedroom windows sometimes to plan as I can see all the garden from there. But actually sometimes flower-bed shapes look odd from above (and presumably also on paper) but they look fine from ground level. So I'm not sure how useful  drawing might be.

Thanks, everyone.

Sally, I have put the plants at the top, trusting they will grow down. But this is my only choice. Below is tarmac. Plants will generally tend to go up. You need to ask advice from someone who knows more about Cotoneasters than me maybe : )


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