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Talkback: Monty Don and Gardeners' World

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:51

You might be right about the 'talkback' stuff nut - a right mixed bag!

Talkback: Monty Don and Gardeners' World

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:47

When someone leaves this site (ie unregisters), they become "gardeners world web user".  A lot of the disjointed stuff is because some members have been banned and all of their posts have been permanently removed.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:39

The Salvia patens and tree lillies are showing themselves off today:

Just noticed the sparrowhawk on the roof behind the lilies (which are taller than me!) No wonder the birds are a bit sparse today!

Bilberry plants or berries

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:13

Here it is!


Plum trees struggling?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:03

They don't look too bad to me Jonathan and are probably still establishing.  I recommend feeding them in late Winter by lifting the mulch matting and sprinkling a couple of handfuls of fish, blood and bone around the base, then a 2-4 inch layer of compost (prevent that from touching the trunk though.)  I'm not a great believer in using matting - a covering of compost topped with chipped bark would be healthier for them.  Grass will compete heavily with a young tree so it's important to keep a circle of about 3 feet diameter clear of grass and weeds.

Deviding blackcurrant bushes

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 15:50

Hi Colin, each bush will have a single main stem so they can't be split as such, but if you have any suckers which have their own roots, you could split those from the main root and each will make a new bush.  They are also very easy to propagate from cuttings - just cut a stem about the thickness of a pencil and 8-10" long and stick it in the ground with 4-5 inches above the soil - do several in case some don't take.

While you could try an move an established bush, it would be risky and I would wait until autumn, cutting off all the branches and leaving stumps about 6 inches long.  If you don't do that the foliage which grows next spring will exhaust the roots before they have time to re-establish and the whole bush will probably die.  Whatever you decide to do, you'll get no fruit next year of course.

Weirdo snapdragon

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 15:39

I wonder if they are the result of cross-pollination between normal ones and one of those fancy 'designer' antirrhinums that are about these days?  I must say I much prefer 'proper' snapdragons!  

Bilberry plants or berries

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 15:36

Here we go - a 2 year old bilberry planted in 50/50 JI no3 & ericaceous compost in a 50cm pot.  Not much fruit, but fruit nonetheless!   

Good job you mentioned bilberries Bunty otherwise I'm sure the birds would have had these!  They're now in my pudding for later - Yum! 

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Bilberry plants or berries

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 13:31

I got some a couple of years ago from Mr Fothergills - also small but cheap.   I'll check on them now it's stopped raining and report back.

name and can I please

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 16:54

Pretty sure that's Yucca filamentosa 'Bright Edge' Alan, although it doesn't usually get to tree size, so may not be that cultivar.

With yuccas, you normally remove the lower leaves when they start dying or look a bit ratty.  It must have been a giant with a thick trunk like that!  It may have been killed by a hard frost and so cut down - they then sucker or sprout side shoots like that.  

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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