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Quince pruning

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 15:17

@Doghouse riley

The only difference between the 'edible' fruit of the true Quince and the 'unsuitable' fruit of the Chaenomeles is the way the seed is packaged inside the fruit. The taste is just the same.

Quince pruning

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 13:24

Don't forget that there are two different plants called Quince. Cydonia oblonga which is the true Quince and is a tree and Chaenomeles japonica which is more of a shrub. So the pruning regime is different. We cut back the shrubby one whenever it outgrows its allotted space when it needs doing. Still fruits well. The tree form is definitely treated like an Apple or Pear fro pruning.

And why throw the fruit away? We make a delightful preserve from it. Marmalade was originally made from Quince not oranges.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 11:39

Josta is a cross between BlackCURRANT and a gooseberry. Does make a big shrub though.

The Bee Border

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 09:00

At least they survive the onslaught of the geraniums.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 14:20

Take a short amble in August.

Last edited: 09 August 2016 14:21:37

The Bee Border

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 11:10

This is the border, the right hand side of this picture. The left side is also a narrow border, but not as badly over taken by Geraniums...........yet!

The Bee Border

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 08:51

Thank folks. Sad to say very few of the suggestions float my boat.

Alliums I have in plenty as I collect them (and if you see one called Allium wallichii then go for it 2 feet tall purple ball with nice leaves in August/September).

Anything the slightest bit less than totally hardy dies here in winter, so Agastache ,and  Agapanthus are no use. We have lost all our Hebes over the last few years, even the ones I grew from wild collected seed. Parahebe seems to survive though so I may propagate that and out it in.

Oh and Anemone japonica....shudder. Been pouring Round up on it for 20 years and still it comes back and invades every plant round it.

Awkward cuss ain't I? But at least it shows I have thought about what we want.

The Bee Border

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 21:17

Geums are probably as good as anything. We have about 30 different ones already.

Sorry should have made it clear  that I was looking for perennials.

Heucheras rarely survive more than one season for us, for some reason, as do Heucherellas.

We can only keep Rosemary in pots in the poly tunnel over winter. Dies of cold otherwise.

Again many of the nice Salvias die over winter and the hardy ones get a bit tall for the border.

Veronicas and Veronicastrums too get rather too tall.

Hyssop sounds good.

The Bee Border

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 21:13

Asclepias are too tender for us here. They just die in winter as do Echinacea.

Already got Hellebores in it and Sedums. Lots of Alliums too. Muscari are a total no no. Spend as much time digging them out as I do any other weed,

Primroses and Cowslips flower at the same time as the Fruit trees, so not really much use to extend the season.

Geranium phaeum is as big a weed for us as ground elder. Terrible stuff, self seeds all over the place.

Thanks folks, Keep them coming. As you can see I have been thinking about it for a while and everything I came up with could be dismissed for one reason or another, mainly on height and time of flowering.

The Bee Border

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 17:50

Foxgloves maybe too tall.

Aquilegias are almost as bad as Geraniums for taking over.

Scabious ditto. The one we have seeds itself all over the place.

The only Verbena which survives the winter here is V. bonariensis which again is rather tall.

Thanks anyway. Will keep thinking.

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