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TinglyTingly Posts: 140

i wonder if anyone can tell me what these balls are called please?image

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,894

    Box, probably.

    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    Box would be my best guess too. You'd need a lot of patience and a keen eye to keep them pruned as neatly as the ones in your photo though.

  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845

    Yup, looks lone box to me. It's obviously disease free so possibly one of the new strains 

    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • TinglyTingly Posts: 140

    Thankyou all. I shall be on the look out for some- they reaaly appeal. 

  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845

    A ball that size sadly will cost you at least 

    £45! But small plants are fairly priced so maybe buy several to pot up together

    don't forget to post a photoimage

    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,119

    If you want a similar effect but with less outlay and maintenance, do what I do and buy some Hebes - Vernicosa or Buxifoilia (clue's in the title of that one!) 

    They need very little effort and grow in a natural dome shape  image

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    They also have the benefit of small flowers (white/pale lilac) at this time of year which bees love.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845

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    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

    I was looking in a garden centre at box the other day and they seemed to have a powdery mildew on them.  Is this normal, or would this be the start of box blight ?  I'm sure it couldn't be as othewise the nursery wouldn't be selling them, but thought I'd ask. 

    Also Lilly Pilly I think you missed a 1 off that number, round here for a 5litre pot they are £20, i was thinking myabe your figure should have been £145 for one that size.  They aren't cheap. 

    But I love them, just want a few as well now.

  • TinglyTingly Posts: 140

    Fairygirl- what a good idea. I wonder if you could tell me please. Would i be safe to plant a hebe near a building? Do you think they have big roots? Thanks

  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845

    imageimageimage

    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
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