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Greengage
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Opps sorry slang for all Botanic Gardens Glasnrevin tree in front of new cafe there.
Yes Flannerys deal with the public no problem. Talk to Rose or Paul.
Paul knows his stuff and will not set you wrong
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi everyone, short update!

Eventually bought a birch tree from Caragh Nurseries. Survived the winter and seems to be growing well.

Feel now I need some shrubbery around it.

In the small front garden plot there is already a hydrangea (pink mop head type), a sprawling rosemary and to the front a lilac which has been planted years but has never grown very well. Not sure why, that'd be a different thread I guess!

So any suggestions as to what else I might grow? I was thinking a red leaved evergreen shrub 3 - 4 feet high and maybe something else then that would grow 4 - 5ft high and would have some flowers mid Summer to Autumn.

I have bluebells also planted, a fair few of which have come up. I've a few low growing sprawly plants to the front too. But the back looks empty and I've never been strong on shrubs, always tend to go for flowering plants if let loose in the shop but I think I need more permanency and to give the plot more structure.
Bit stumped. Have gardening books but find them difficult to navigate and you can guarantee if I do pick something, the local centre won't have it!

Any suggestions gratefully received.
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Red leaved evergreen Photinia (Looks good early spring needs to be pruned annually for red growth)
If you have acid soil Pieris japonica (You can plant it in a bag of peat)
Small tree Magnolia stellata Spring flowers
Viburnum tinus eve price.( Prune after flowering)
Spirea arguta Bridal Wreath (Prune hard after flowering)
Viburnum plicatum mariesii
Fotergilla major
Hypericum. Prune hard in spring
Forsythia
All above available from all nurseries no problem and easy maintained
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ellee
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a million Greengage. I had thought of Photinia (there is loads of it about) and forsythia but you have loads of other ideas there.

I particularly like the look of viburnum plicatum mariesii and fotergilla major.

Thanks again!
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tippben wrote:
If a nursery told you that you could plant any kind of beech 4m from the house, they're talking dangerous rubbish. Never go there again!


well in a way they are correct as long as you don't mind cutting down the tree after about 10-15 years Very Happy (even less in perfect conditions)
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha Laughing I did have to reluctantly accept that my garden was not a vast park and could not accomodate a beautiful weeping copper beech.

Saw one planted the other day in the tiny front garden of a business in Rathmines! Be interesting to see what happens....
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now I say i'll be corrected here but if your site is sheltered and you really want a few nice trees, spend the extra bit of money on some Acer palmatums or commonly the japanese maples, they don't grow that big but are a very nice tree and combined correctly would have a lovely display if you had the room for 3 or 5 of them
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