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I saw the following on a gardening website &, I thought it is worth sharing.
I have cut back the borders, which were pretty much cleared, but they were all summer flowering annuals. The black-eyed Susan flowers would eventually have gone. There was also a straggly annual flower which I had not put any effort into removing.
And then I saw this in the border, it was a single begonia plant. What was amazing was that they were all doing the same thing, many of the leaves had died. What was happening was that the plant had been growing all summer &, into autumn in good but tough
conditions. Because the soil was growing tougher, there were less places for air to penetrate, so water was not draining properly. So all the leaves on one side of the plant were dried up, but the ones on the other side were still getting enough water. A lack of nutrients then resulted in leaves dying,
which forced the plant to produce new leaves which are now dying. New leaves then die, which leaves nothing for the new leaves, so you have a cycle that creates even more dead leaves, and nothing new to put down for the leaves to use. You can see a similar cycle of dying on the black-eyed Susan (Primula), a similar
thing on the Lilac (Syringa) &, a similar thing on the Ivy (Hedera).
But it all started with me cutting back the borders &, a lack of nutrients. You should always have mulch at the bottom of borders, especially if it is meant to be a containerised bed. Many flowers love this moisture and will do well in it. The best place for mulch in a border is towards the front of the border because it
maintains moisture. Where the mulch is around the edge of the border, it can be around 2 cm thick, but this tends to dry out quickly and you need to keep adding mulch, as it dries out.
Ipswich council are giving "away" lots of fruit trees from gardens in their ownership to make way for new housing. Don't knock the idea of trees for your garden, but I do think a bit of precaution is needed. Many owners are "back planting" the trees with less desirable types such as
blues, reds or maples. Also some of the trees are left standing in their owners gardens.
&,nbsp|&,nbsp In our experience it is very difficult for council employees to tell where public vs private land begins &, ends!
Some town councils use the private right of way scheme in the local development plan &, do not set the necessary groundwork for this, so councils have to have strict guidelines to say whether this works for them or not.
And some town councils still have a "Crown Land" concept - well within their jurisdiction, so they can exercise their authority &, say what goes where. So we have had problems in the past. I contacted Ipswich council &, emailed them the notes I had taken on the following:
A small town in Suffolk, near us has come under fire because the council have recently introduced a shopping centre at the very end of a residential estate, that overlooks a very busy road &, pedestrian route. Residents of this road &, estate have said their main worry is that heavy goods vehicles will cause head-on
collisions.But councillors have gone ahead anyway - as there are currently no other developments planned at that end of the road.
I read an article in the local paper on 10/04/07, about 'The Egg Tree Appeal', that got me thinking about how I want to take my 'children' out of the garden into the wider world, and to allow them to learn about the world around them. So this is what I will be doing, by planting them with oak
&, ash trees (supposedly to be labelled 'leafless', but I do not believe this to be true).
Once a patch is found, it is probably best to leave a number of plants alive so that they can establish &, grow. But if this does not happen then it will be pretty easy to kill it off with a string trimmer. A string trimmer can be very expensive, so you need to be careful with it. I
have seen the term 'bulldozer' applied to it, but the chain saw is normally what I refer to.
I have been putting in pine hedges in town gardens (mainly parks) for the last few years, but last year it dawned on me that I should put some somewhere, even though I did not have any grass to lay the hedge over. I have just gone ahead &, put in a couple of
hedges, they are certainly easier than a mature pine tree.
Another area where I think we have more need for hedges than most other towns, is the sides of many roads. The reason for this is that it provides a more 'wild' feeling on the sides of roads, which is not often what you want. I have also seen real brambles and ash
hedges growing on a side of the road - that is not the aim of such plants! But hedge plots have an official government designation, &, that makes a difference. I would be interested to hear if you think we need more hedges than is the current situation.
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[email protected] We recommend using their mixes rather than using anything else in your potting shed, as it will be fresher &, much nicer.If you find that you have any friends who are interested in potting please ask