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Finding a plant

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 16:44

There's also a white form of the anenome BL found, called Annabella White.

BTW, congrats mate!

Hydrangea

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 15:31

It's a bit early - best to wait until the worst of the winter is over or early spring.  However, if they are blowing about and risk wind damage, you could take some off now and trim back further in late winter.  RHS pruning advice here as things differ for some types:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=516

 

Christmas has come early

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 15:22

Amazing how we always manage to fit more stuff in, isn't it Gemma!   Now all of need is a 'Tardis' greenhouse!

PS, also mulched the raspberries with well rotted FYM and planted a Tayberry and a Loganberry;  Can't waste good weather like this at this time of the year!

Christmas has come early

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 14:36

Thanks all - they're now in (with a bit of rootgrow.)  Good job I was careful when I first put the fork in at each position as all three spots had a whole lot of bulbs which I managed to lift without too much damage.  Then I had to find spots for those without disturbing any more, of course - it could have gone on forever! 

Now to force myself not to let them fruit for a year or two.  They were:

Pear duo: Conference and Bonne Louise.

Apple duo: Elstar & Golden del.

Plum duo: Victoria & Reine-Claude.

Together with my other fruit trees, I'll either have the fattest squirrels in the country or there'll be too many fruit for them and they'll have to leave some for me!

Happy Christmas

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 11:48

Thanks for the hard work you and the team put in behind the scenes to make this site as good as it is!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

How do I get a Tree Preservation Removed?

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 11:44

The irony is that recent 'government' planning changes mean developers would likely have the ability and necessary resources to overturn this, while an individual who has soley good intentions will probably not.  Good ideas to make your intentions clear to both council and local residents.  Having written plans and drawings may help, but you would likely have to stick to them so make sure you get those right.

Bossy Birds!

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 11:38

I have a blackbird who 'owns' the table while feeding but doesn't stay long.  The rest of the birds know that and just hang around the area until he flies off.

Christmas has come early

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 11:00

Hi all,

Just had a really nice surprise with the delivery of 3 'duo' bare-root fruit trees that I had completely forgotten I'd ordered! All look in excellent condition and are 5ft tall, so well done VM!

I'm also off work today and it's perfect planting weather, so the only issue I have now is where to plant them (but that's always the case here, no matter what the plant is!)

Raspberry Canes

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 15:31

Those are all autumn fruiting varieties BB and I would leave them as-is for now, cutting them down to the ground when you see new shoots coming from ground level.  The short bit of cane may still have stored food in it which will help the roots to get started.  It's not unusual for bare-root raspberry canes to have very little root when supplied but most of them will usually grow OK although there may be a few which don't.  If there's no sign of growth on some of them by about May, complain to the supplier and they should 'see you right' one way or another.

 

 

Heirloom Beans

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 11:37

I had great crops of a native american indian climbing bean (we usually call these pole beans or climbing french beans in the UK) called 'Cherokee Trail of Tears' last year.  I'm sure you can find something similar over there.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Drought

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Christmas has come early

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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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