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hydrangea pruning

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 10:29

This advice applies to Hydrangea macrophylla, the big mop headed and Lace cap Hydrangeas which are fairly common. However, if, like us. you grow the H. paniculata and arborescens types (H. g. Annabelle for example) then these may be cut as hard as you like in February.

The difference is where the flowers are formed, on this type they flower on new wood, so pruning back actually improves the flowering.


Posted: 24/09/2012 at 21:35

Cyclamen coum which flowers in January is as tough as C. hederifolium which flowers from August  up to October.

Not sure I understand the "depends on which side of the tuber they were from"   All Cyclamen are grown from seed, it is very difficult to divide the corms (Can be done but not easy) Even the smal tender ones are grown from seed. If Cc. coum and hederifolium like your garden then they will self seed very happily with the seeds being spread by ants.

Allotment finds

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 12:51

Hope you find less stuff than we have unearthed here. We reckon to have taken about 30 tons of rubbish to the local recycling yard over the last 18 years from a 1 acre plot of land.

In one area I was clearing I found an old puchchair (sans enfant) upright, buried in unrotted domestic refuse.  We went down over a metre and never found the original soil level. That was in an area of about 20 feet by 16.

Elsewhere I found a  pit about a yard square, full of broken glass. I dug down the side of it and the deeper I went  the older the glass got. Again I never reached the bottom.

Every time a mole digs down in the Damson wood at the bottom of the garden, it pushes up crockery, glass, bits of metal.

However I think the worst stuff we have found is batteries. Hundreds of them, from the old lead accumulator types to modern torch batteries. They turn up almost every where.  We had to put the Veg areas in the place where there was the least number of them, not where we would have liked to put them.

Can I start a holly hedge with bareroot plants?

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 17:11

Well, the Hedge down the lane from us contains Holly, bare root planted 2 years ago, and believe me very little care was taken about planting. Dig a slit, shove the Holly in. close the slit and on to the next one. They all seem to have taken and are growing.

deleting gardeners world account

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 17:07

Right, just shows how used to Dialup I am, instead of BB. I never download Videos as they used to take so long to  do. Ta muchly.

deleting gardeners world account

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 17:45

But this Website is run by the  Magazine.

I am also puzzled by theVideo about which you complain. I feel very left out of it as I have never seen any Videos.

If you want to avoid Ads, then if you use Firefox, then download Adblock-Plus, that stops most ads and you can block any it misses. Also Do not Track Plus is good for stopping popups. Though most Browsers have a setting to stop them.

Apple scab

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 15:43

They will not store, but peeled and if the flesh is unmarked then they are edible. When we use these for juice we do not even peel the scab off.

Talkback: How to sow cyclamen seeds

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 09:59

Cyclament seed is best sown fresh for good results. Even the persicum types do better that way. They also do better if soaked in warm slightly soapy water. This removes the sugary coating from the seed, usually licked off by ants in the wild. Sow in ordinary compost and cover lightly with grit or Vermiculite. Keep at about 16c. and in the light and they usually germinate very quickly. Do not prick out the tiny corms too soon, let them get to about 1 cm. across before disturbing.

Seeds are ready when the pod goes papery and begins to split open. Be quick on outdoor ones, as the ants will soon have them.

So, what do  I do? I collect the C. hederifolium and C. coum seeds when they are ripe and sprinkle them on the gravel garden and leave them to it. Much the easiest way.

If you have dried seeds, then definitely soak overnight in warm water or they will never germinate. (Soak the seeds not yourself, unless you need to).

Helleborus niger in family garden- too dangerous?

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 19:00

We had 5 children and 7 grandchildren wandering about our gardens over the last 40 years or so and we never managed to poison one of them, despite having a garden full of deadly plants. Teach the toddler not to eat anything out of the garden without asking permission and they will be safe. Otherwise you end up growing grass and then they might just eat that after a dog/cat/pigeon/magpie/hedgehog has used it for a toiilet. . (I am being facetious by the way. I do understand your concern).

Digging problem

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 21:26

Simplest thing to use is a garden fork with sharp points on the tines. Don't try breaking up the clods leave that to the winter weather.

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