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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 24/12/2016 at 20:09

Looking at the bark, I think it may be a cherry tree.

How far back should i prune my apple tree?

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 22:52

Winter pruning is primarily done to young trees in order to promote vigorous growth to get the overall 'wine glass' shape.  Once this has been achieved, it's better to switch to summer pruning which will restrict growth and promote the formation of fruiting spurs.
Having said that, what you are looking at with your tree is renovative pruning which, as mentioned by pansyface and kt53 above, should be done in winter and over the course of several years.  Here is an RHS link giving detailed advice:

No berries on Nandina Domestica Richmond

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 13:06

If you have room, Andy, perhaps get another 'Richmond' from a different supplier to help with pollination?  Even self-pollinating varieties will do better if they can cross-pollinate with another one.  That applies to all types of self-pollinating plants, especially those which produce berries or other fruit.

Privet Hedge

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 20:33

Just checked the RHS site:

and that says it is glyphosate based, which is good news as that is inactivated when in contact with soil, so won't have affected the hedge by percolating through the slabs into the roots.  The only way glyphosate based weedkiller could have affected the hedge is if the spray was blown onto the leaves of the hedge by wind.  Is that a possibility?  Even if it is, the hedge may only have been weakened and may well survive and green-up in spring.

Privet Hedge

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 20:17

I just went to their website to check what the active ingredients are, to see if runoff would affect nearby plants but got this:

Is there any mention on the back of the container?

No berries on Nandina Domestica Richmond

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 20:06

Yes, I missed the 'Richmond' bit in the title!  Perrhaps the other reason mentioned in the article (temperature) could be the issue. It was much colder than normal earlier this year, possibly when it was in bloom?

Privet Hedge

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 19:52

Which weedkiller did you use, AJ?

No berries on Nandina Domestica Richmond

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 19:49

Could be that it needs a pollinating partner, which it would have had plenty of in the nursery of course.  See this article:

Blooming bellis!

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 22:33

You could try putting 2 or 3 inches of grit or pea shingle at the bottom of each planting hole if you suspect the wet caused them to die.  They do require good drainage.  If you have heavy clay soil even that may not be enough though and you may need to make a raised bed in the position you want them or grow them in pots.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 15:11

Thanks Ob, roses now planted after dusting the roots with mycorrhizal fungi (which clung well, thanks to them still being wet) so they will hopefully get off to a flying start in spring.  Having a cuppa now before going out again to plant the tulips before it gets dark.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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New greenhouse

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Border design by Spanish bluebells

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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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