BobTheGardener


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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 19:06

Bit late but I managed to finish the trellis last Sunday which replaces the privet hedge I had removed:



Note the bags of 'good stuff' waiting to be added to the raised bed below, which will be planted with various shrubs and perennials which I've had for a year but are being overwintered while the soil settles and the worms do their work.  Also have a c. montana which will be planted at the far end and run along the trellis.

New Veg patch

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 18:53

Yes, put down a good layer (minimum 2 inches) of well-rotted manure and leave the worms to do their work over the winter.  I don't cover mine but if the manure has weed seeds in it, covering might help reduce the number of weeds you get in the spring.

Poorly looking clematis

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 18:41

Agree with Richard but you should remove the ends of the stems if they are obviously dead next spring.  In late February, start at the very tip and follow down the stem until you see a healthy looking pair of buds and cut just above those.  Young group 2 clematis can also be cut back to the lowest pair of buds, especially if the stems are very weak and spindley like you often get on the ones sold in supermarkets etc.  This will encourage them to grow new stems from below ground level which will give you better plants in the long run.

Moving a small Japanese acer

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 18:25

Also avoid an east-facing situation if you can.  The early morning sun they get in such a position warms frozen buds or foliage too quickly and does them no good at all.

Last edited: 09 November 2016 18:25:49

what is this and can i plant it now for spring?

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 21:27

You didn't spell it wrong Ladybird, both are in common use and here is why:


https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/aubretia


Pears in Scotland

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 21:42

Barry, most pears need warmer temperatures than apple trees so the usual varieties are unlikely to do well.  Pollination will also be an issue in the colder climate as there may not be many bees or other pollinating insects about when they blossom so hand-pollination may be necessary.  If you really want to give it a go, I found this Canadian site with recommended varieties - see if you can find any of them from UK suppliers:


http://www.hardyfruittrees.ca/catalog/pear-tree

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 13:50

Welcome Terry!  Cold and rainy here now but did finish one of the trellis panels before the heavens opened.

Agapanthus and Nerine together in same pot

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 11:57

Also agapanthus have very aggressive roots and I think they will out-compete the nerines so I wouldn't risk it personally.

fungus I please

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 10:30

I agree B3 and love seeing fungi appear in my garden.  I do have HF though but for the last 10 years have been removing dead stumps and other large pieces of wood which were in contact with the ground (I used the remains of a 70ft ash tree which fell on my garden to edge raised borders - BIG mistake) and haven't had anything die for the last few years.

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 10:21

Hi Aym, it's about 20 years old so just a young springer!   It got to about 4ft in the first 5 years though but growth is a lot slower now.  It's shaded for most of the day by the house but gets late afternoon sun in it's position by a west-facing fence.

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