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too scared to prune

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 10:17

The RHS book on Pruning is a very useful guide.

too scared to prune

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 20:43

In any case it is the wrong time of year to prune back that kind of willow. The ones which produce catkins (as your twisted one ought) should be pruned back after the catkins have finished. They come on new growth, so you remove the old to encourage new and thus get more catkins. Mind you at 3 feet high, yours still has a way to grow and can be left alone, except for removing any dead branches once it has got leaves so you can see which branches are alive.

Snowdrops

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 09:04

The moles move ours around the Wood, all year round. They still grow (the Snowdrops not the mole) even though they are lying on the surface in places waiting for the trees to drop leaves on them.

Snow has gone and a lovely sunny winters day

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 12:49

Good for you. Here the snow has almost gone but it has been replaced by lakes. We have even got swans swimming on the 'field' behind the house.

fieldfare behaviour

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 18:06

Snows gone and so have the fieldfares.

fieldfare behaviour

Posted: 26/01/2013 at 16:22

We put out apples for them and the blackbirds. The stay at home fieldfare is now guarding about 20 apples. He must eat them at sometime, but he/she does spendan lot of time defending them, even from other fieldfares

fieldfare behaviour

Posted: 26/01/2013 at 10:45

Seems to happen here most years.

Tasty and unusual fruit

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 15:56

We grow Jostaberry which is a cross between a Gooseberrry and a Blackcurrant. Very nice sharp fruit.

We also grow Abronia melanifolia (Chokeberry.) You cannot eat the fruit from the bush,but the processed juice makes a really nice sharp Jam.

We did have Worcesterberry too, but found it a bit too prickly for our poor hands. Make a good security hedge though.

Loganberries are nice and there are thornless varieties of it.

Snowdrops

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 20:55

I have written this before I am certain. This type of bulb developed the bulbous storage organ to escape from the shadow cast by deciduous trees. They did not need to protect themsleves from drying out, so they never developed a coat for protection. Narcissus and Tulips became bulbs to avoid Summer drought, so they have protecting skins. Bulbs without skins hate drying out, those with them do not mind.

Snowdrops

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 16:24

But the best way to move them is to plant newly dug DORMANT bulbs. They are much harder to get though, so in the green is the next best thing.

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