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LEYLANDII TREES / EVERGREEN HEDGES

 

LEYLANDII TREES EVERGREEN HEDGES freeimages HOW THE LAW WORKS

 

          Complainant must try to resolve matter privately first

          Council can order hedge to be cut to two metres

          Failure to comply could mean a fine of £1,000

          Applies to all evergreen hedges

OPEN GARDENS & ART TRAIL 2015

EAST PRESTON FESTIVAL OPEN GARDENS & ART TRAIL 2015

Sponsored by Cooper Adams

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Saturday 30th May 2-5pm and Monday 1st June 2-5pm

Ticket price £3.00 per person available from Hedgers and Seaview Stores.

A ticket will give you entrance to all the gardens on both days.

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A. Ashurst Way.
You can see how much this garden is loved and how the owner loves sharing it. Once again she has been busy potting up cuttings and making marmalade in aid of the Brain Tumour Trust. A lot of garden in a tiny space – not to be missed!

B. Downsway – Art and Garden
Open after a break, this artist and gardener’s ‘bijou’ garden with unusual ideas is the achievement of many years of pleasure and hard work by the owner who has built the sturdy walls & redone the front garden. Plants for sale, with the proceeds shared by Macmillan Cancer Care and the Rowland Singers.

C. Russells Close
Make sure you visit this garden which is divided into ‘rooms’ and is surprisingly long. It has well-appointed seating areas to catch the sun, a lovely pond and a surprise at the end! Hopefully the roses over the pergola will be in bloom.
Donations in aid of Alzheimers.

D. Hillview Crescent
This garden, owned by self-confessed ‘plantaholics’, was very popular last year and now has even more changes and a new fruit cage. A garden full of surprises and inspiration – amazing as the owners have only lived there for four years. Don’t miss the front garden. Plants & cakes for sale in aid of Mencap.

E. Meadow Park
The owner of this popular garden has made a few changes and there are some new clematis. Last year’s new greenhouse is being put to good use for the veg. garden. The famous tea & cakes will only be available on We know some people visit just for tea & cakes which are sold in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care.

F. Elm Avenue – Art and Garden
This beautiful artist’s garden with its variety of plants, trees and flowers is a pleasure to wander around. Don’t miss the mosaic butterfly, but please avoid the corner with the bees! (should be honey for sale). The artist is running ‘5 minute masterpiece classes’ in the garden for beginners. Other artists work will be on show. Paintings/cards for sale – 15% of sales going to Chestnut Tree House. Refreshments by donation.

G. Golden Avenue – Art & Garden show your ticket at Estate gate on Saturday)

Open again after a break, this large garden has lots of interest, in particular, the raised bed vegetable garden hidden away to the side. There are lots of places to sit and enjoy this tranquil space, including under the round pergola. Tea, coffee, cakes and wine will be available and a percentage of these and art sales will go to Prostate Cancer.

H. North Lane. New Garden. Please park sensibly or in Windlesham Gardens.
Very much a family garden where grandchildren can play. There is a beautiful ornamental pear. Spot the African ‘soap stones’ in the borders and sit under the pergola to enjoy homemade ice cream, patisseries and tea provided by the ladies of
Mary the Virgin Church to raise funds for some necessary church repairs.

I. Sea Road – Art only.
This local East Preston artist is exhibiting her variety of styles and use of watercolour, mixed media, collage and clay. She will be discounting her work during Festival Week. Free refreshments available but, donations to Alzheimers Society appreciated.

J. Willowhayne Avenue.
A really different garden with Box hedges and an amazing variety of wooden sculptures behind the Pittosporum hedge which brings a new outlook on gardening. Don’t miss the ‘wild flower grass verge’, secret path and the wooden keyrings, plants and paintings on sale in aid of the children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House.

K. Upper Drive
This garden has an unusual oblong pond, and there are lots of places to sit and relax. If summer comes early there will be some gorgeous roses at the end of the long lawn. Hanging baskets make a great summer display. Donations towards refreshments to Great Ormond Street, to whom the owner is so grateful.

L. Crown Court, Manor Road
The owner of this tiny plot has been organising the Open Gardens for two years, so has not opened her garden. After several requests this ‘plantaholic’ is opening ‘at the last minute’. Please excuse any stray weeds! Don’t miss the ‘secret garden’, the shady fernery or the almost hidden wildlife pond.
Donations for plants etc to Barnabas Hospice.

M. Michel Grove – Art only.
Although officially ‘Art Only’ this garden has a lovely feel to it and there is a wide patio to enjoy refreshments. The artist was commended in the final of the BBC Wildlife Magazine Artist of the year in 2013, and will be exhibiting in the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist Exhibition at the Mall Gallery, London this year – a real honour!
Tea, coffee and cakes available with donations to PAWS animal charity in Findon.

N. Pigeonhouse Lane. PLEASE park on the road and do not drive up the driveway.
Please don’t miss this large park-like garden as you are in for a treat. There is topiary, roses, fruit trees including a Medlar, cherries, Cornus (Wedding Cake Tree), an almost hidden herb garden and an enormous pond home to koi carp and numerous goldfish. Refreshments available with donations to East Preston Festival Funds.

 Why not call in at the Art and Flowers Exhibition at the Conservative Hall, Sea Road (Monday open ‘til 3pm) on your way through the Village. (Entry 50p)

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO OPEN YOUR GARDEN/ART NEXT YEAR, PLEASE CONTACT  eastprestonfestival@hotmail.co.uk OR RING 01903 782783

April Gardening Tips

April, Week One

1. Time Saving Tip: Use a “ weed and feed” treatment on the lawn. The weedkiller and fertilizer are combined in one application.

2. Money Saving Tip: Use twigs off trees, especially birch as support for peas and herbaceous plants.

3. Dig a deep trench for sweet pea plants. Line the base with newspaper to help hold water and backfill with a mixture of soil and moisture retentive compost.

4. Remove any growths which appear on the stems of standard roses below the grafted head. Cut them as close to the main stem as possible.

5. Rake the lawn with a wire rake before cutting the grass. Any runners of buttercup and clover will be raised and cut off reducing the rate of spread.

6. Where bindweed is a problem among shrubs insert canes. The weed will grow up the canes where it can be sprayed with weedkiller without damaging the shrubs.

7. Old hedges are a constant source of weeds. Dig a trench 18 inches (45 cm ) deep in front of the hedge and line it with polythene to stop the weed roots spreading out into the garden.

April, Week Two

1. Time Saving Tip: Fill a hessian sack or an old pair of tights with chopped up barley straw and place in the pond with a weight to make it sink. It will control algae and green water.

2. Money Saving Tip: Some shrubs such as camellia, rhododendron and hamamelis are expensive. They will root by layering branches which bend to ground level. It will take at least 12 months but you will have a large rooted plant.

3. An effective method of preventing an attack of carrot fly is to surround the young plants with a 24 inch (60 cm ) barrier of horticultural fleece. They can’t fly over the “wall” to lay their eggs.

4. If you collect rainwater off the roof use an old pair of tights over the end of the gutter to strain out any debris or leaves.

5. Sow a few lettuce every two weeks to have a continuous supply through the summer and autumn.

6. Don’t buy cheap grow bags for your tomatoes.You get what you pay for and it may contain peat without any nutrients.

7. This is a good time to repot house plants. Use a pot one size up and leave the top inch free of compost to allow for watering.

8. Newly planted hedges should be pruned back by one third to encourage the plants to become bushy with good side shoots.

April, Week Three

This weeks’ tips are methods of controlling slugs and snails. Good luck!
1. Time Saving Tip: Training wall grown shrubs and fruit trees to wires is quicker than individually tying branches to masonry nails.

2. Money Saving Tip: After burning branches use the wood ash round the root area of fruit trees.It is high in potash.

3. Surround treasured plants with coarse grit or crushed egg shells. The don’t like crawling over the surface on their bare tummies.

4. If using pellets hide them under stones where other animals can’t eat them.

5. Plants in containers can be protected by coating the rim in vaseline. They won’t crawl through it. Make sure none are lurking in the plant or compost.

6. Use beer to trap them. A lovely way to drown!

7. They are attracted to the skins of citrus fruit. Remove them each morning to the bin.

8. If pellets are used remove the bodies each morning. They may not be dead.

April, Week Four

1. Time Saving Tip: Cut the broken handle of a spade down to 12 inches (30 cm ) and sharpen the end. Now you have a good dibber.

2. Money Saving Tip: Foliar feed leafy house plants which are looking tired. Don’t use it on Begonia rex or Saint Paulias.

3. Before spraying horsetail weed with glyphosate crush the stems with a stick or your feet.

4. If your soil is heavy,wet or clay, plant summer bulbs such as gladioli on a layer of grit or sharp sand for drainage.

5. Fill gaps between shrubs with annuals for summer show.

6. Flood glasshouse soil two weeks before planting tomatoes. It will help to wash out unwanted salts, the residue of last year’s feeding. The soil will have drained by the time you plant.

7. Earth up the early potatoes with soil to protect the emerging shoots from frost damage.

 

Courtesy of http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/gardenerscorner/calendar-april.shtml

December Gardening Tips

1. Money saving tip: Tender perennials will succumb to winter frost if the crown is unprotected. To keep them safe until spring cover them with bark mulch.

2. Time saving tip: Give the wisteria its winter prune now, cutting this year’s growths back to 2-3 buds from the older wood. This will save time next summer.

3. This is one of the worst months for working outside and it really is necessary to pick a decent day for digging and planting. Wet ground turns to mud when cultivated.

4. Providing the soil isn’t sticky this is the ideal time to plant and transplant deciduous shrubs and trees. Plant them at the same depth as before and firm the soil after planting. If new plants arrive and the soil is wet, keep them in a sheltered area until they can be planted. Bare rooted plants should be heeled into damp sand or peat to prevent their roots from drying out.

5. Cut bush roses down to half way to prevent them blowing in the wind and damaging the roots. The final pruning can be carried out in March.

6. Tree stakes which are no longer needed can be removed. The hole left by the stake goes down through the root area. Fill it with a mixture of good compost with added general purpose fertilizer. It will be right where it will do most good.

7. Vines need to be pruned during winter dormancy and should be completed before mid January. When cut later in the season the rising sap will pour out of the cuts weakening the vine.

8. Autumn flowering heathers will have finished their show. Pruning consists of clipping over the tops to remove the dead flower heads. A surface mulch of compost or peat will encourage the plants to reroot into the compost.

9. Check bulbs, corms and tubers in storage. Remove any which are damaged or rotting. Take a look at the forced rhubarb, hopefully there will be signs of new growth.

Courtesy of http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/gardenerscorner/calendar-december.shtml

November Gardening Tips

1. Money saving tip: Container grown spring bulbs are better off without too much fertilizer so use a cheap compost and then feed after flowering.

2. Time saving tip: This is the time to dig over the vegetable plot. Instead of clearing the old leaves to the compost heap, dig a trench and bury them. They will soon rot down and you have done the digging as well.

3. Don’t walk over the lawn after a heavy frost.The crunching sound you hear is the blades of grass snapping.After the frost goes you will be left with yellow patches where you stepped.

4. When planting trees and shrubs add some slow acting fertilizer to the planting hole. Bone meal or fish meal is available over a long period and will get the plants off to a good start.

5. Lift some roots of parsley and trim off the leaves. Pot them up in a soil based compost and place on the kitchen window.It will regrow with foliage to last all winter.

6. If your garden suffers from hard frosts cover tender perennials such as kniphofia (red hot poker) with bark mulch to protect the plant.

7. Cut the tops off the Jerusalem artichokes. Dig up the roots and store them along with the potatoes in a frost proof shed.

8. There is nothing to beat early, young, tender stalks of rhubarb dipped in sugar and eaten raw or as a rhubarb tart.

9. Lift a few 2 year old roots and allow them to be frosted. Pot them in a soil based compost, water them and cover with a bucket or black plastic bin liner. Keep in the greenhouse or garage. Early in the new year you can pick your own stalks.

10. Japanese acers in containers should be moved to a sheltered side of the house away from biting, cold winds which cause dieback of the branches.

Courtesy of http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/gardenerscorner/calendar-november.shtml

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