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Wisteria being choked

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 15:03

It's remarkable what plants will put up with if they must.  I suspect that there are many wisterias with a similar complaint.  Try pruning out just a few of the wire choked branches at a time, not now of course, but later in the year when it is dormant.  Don't go all out at once.  Also you could try cutting the wire, slipping the wire cutters under it - not always easy I know if it is deeply embedded.  If you can cut it, the branch will expand and you need do nothing further - the plant will heal itself around the foreign body. You would be amazed at how many trees are felled only to have wire, hinges, nails and all sorts of things found deeply embedded inside them, and casing no harm, once they are not strangling it any more. 

At last............

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 14:58

You possibly don't want too much shade over a pond, it gets cool and the leaves drop in and may cause a problem.

 

A couple of years (probably more, I've reached the time of life where years just run into each other - lovely!), we bought our son a large preformed black plastic pond shape  - I will admit I was very dubious.  It is sited between a large shed (that was probably a garage in a previous life) and his rosa rugosa hedge.  With weeks of him digging out the space, and filling it he had an amazing amount of life in it.  Last year he had newts even.  Always dragon flies, birds come to drink at the shallow end - it really is a joy.  He put in a small solar powered trickle fountain to keep the mozzies out - he didn't want to keep fish so that was OK.  He can now just sit back and watch water boatmen, and all sorts of wonderful things in it.  Go for it.  

Interested to hear it is a quarryman's cottage, my son's place is an old dairy - his flat is the milk cooling shed end, and has the original Victorian tiles on the floor in what is now his kitchen. 

Flame throwers

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 14:52

Especially as there are safe chemicals you can use, if that is your wish.  Otherwise, as the ground is nice and wet now, a decent hoe with the sun on your back is quite therapeutic.

Flame throwers

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 14:42

Too scary for me, I'd be sure to burn up the garden ………..  

Three tier baskets

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 14:41

An old compost bag, turned inside out so black side shows, maybe disguised with some moss?  Tightly packed moss (my fall back position every year), commercial liners disguised with moss?   Alan Titchmarsh used old jumpers one year I remember.

I lined my under the kitchen window hay basket with moss, as I usually do, on the assumption the birds had finished with it (last years moss was virtually gone), but it is all lying on the ground now!!!  Guess I'll wait a bit longer - but I do think it is quite late for birds to still be taking it for nesting. 

Crambe Cordifolia

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 14:37

I also found that, including all the above, it was impressive for a very short period of time.  Mine shrank away to nothing in a couple of years, and I have not mourned it's passing. 

what's this please?

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 14:36

You can't do pictures through a 'phone, you can use any tablet, laptop or desk top, but not the phone  - hope you find another machine soon and show us whatever it is…….

At last............

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 14:34

Wow.What a great planting site it is now.  Congratulations on completing one of those jobs we all tend to look at and turn away in the hope it will do itself if we don't look. Do you have any plans for the area?  And for the stuff you've got out of there?  Great job - have a cup of tea and a jam tart………….

Tomato plants

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 19:51

Sounds like the best idea, assuming your bathroom has a reasonably decent amount of light. All the best.  

Tomato plants

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 19:46

All the best with the tomatoes - surprised you've been able to get your hanging baskets out.  Mine are planted up but it is just too windy and cold at night to hang them - they look rather nice sitting on the ground between the greenhouse and the fruit cage - but as there are quite a few of them they're rather blocking the paths!!   I hope to have them out by 1st June, next week, but the weather will make that decision for me. 

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