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Chelsea Chop

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 09:52

I also did my Michaelmas Daisies although I've been removing a lot of those as they are`rather invasive here.

Stags Horn Sumach vs House Foundations

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 09:48

I agree with nut.  As a very general 'rule of thumb', the roots of a tree are of a similar size, spread and girth to its branches.  Rhus isn't one I'd be worrying about insofar as damaging foundations.

Clematis

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 23:43

This is a picture of a bud from my (mature) Duchess of Edinburgh - when they look like this you know they are going to develop into good flowers.  The 6 small outer leaves on the stem things are about 7 inches across

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/44058.jpg?width=243&height=350&mode=max

I'll post more pics as the flowers develop - they are quite spectacular!

Tulips

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 21:44

Get them planted Tracy - they may not produce flowers this year but should do next year.  They will definitely die if you don't plant them now though.

Tulips

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 18:55

Nip the old flower heads off to stop them wasting energy trying to produce seed, then when the leaves start turning yellow they are no longer feeding the bulb for next year so remove them to prevent a disease called 'tulip fire'.

 

New Fruit and Veg for 2014?

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 21:21

Trying sweet potatoes from supplied plants in the polytunnel this year.  They are supposed to have been bred for growing in the UK, but I'll not be convinced until they are on the plate!  Also 'yard-long' beans - tried these outside before but the bad summer we had in 2012 resulted in disaster so polytunnel for those too.

Pruning plum tree

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 19:45

I agree with chicky - don't prune it yet.  In the summer you should cut off (flush with the trunk) at least all of the lower branches circled in red:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/43861.jpg?width=518&height=350&mode=max

If it were my tree, I'd also remove the branches circled in blue:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/43862.jpg?width=518&height=350&mode=max

I'd also tie it to a stake using tree ties and try to train it into a more upright shape, but that could be difficult.

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 19:23

Funny you should ask as I did that very thing about 2 hours ago!  My sedum gets far too tall (80cm) and flops over other plants making a mess, so after reading about using the 'Chelsea chop' on sedums last year (in this very forum) I decided to give it a go today as it was already 40cm high and looking as though it was going for the full metre this year!  I don't think it will do any harm doing it a few weeks early, especially given the mild Winter and so early start it got this year.  

Anyone planted out their sweet pea seedlings?

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 13:19

Just planted a dozen 'Blue Velvet' out in a largish container (60cm dia, 40cm deep) with mixed garden soil & MP compost.  Pinched out a month ago and now bushy and about 20cm tall.  I love blue sweet peas!

Tree identification

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 13:10

I agree with Beech.  When kept trimmed back like that they hold the dead leaves over Winter which makes them a useful deciduous hedging tree which still provides privacy.  There are a couple of Beech hedges on my way to work - I'll have a look tomorrow and see if they've started back into growth yet;  I think they are a bit of a late starter.

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