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Hard pruning pyrancatha hedge

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 21:11

If you are also plantng bulbs this year, while wearing very strong heavy gloves, put some of the cuttings around the bulbs - it keeps the squirrels off the bulbs.


Pyracantha really does not mind when you cut it, I tend to do it around now - plus the odd bit that I feel is getting away whenever I feel like it.  This year there are very many berries, so the birds will be happy.  Much of the pruning is of new shoots which have sprouted out of the hedge, so you don't lose as many berries as you might think.  I prefer not to do it in the spring as a) there are far too many other things want doing and b) several birds build their nests in that hedge, so best left well alone.   Put on as much armour plating as you can, it really is such a ferocious thing - bit so beautiful in full flower or berry - and so many insects and birds love it. 

Autumn Colour

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 12:09

Who told you thst isn't spectacular? They fibbed!!

tree lillies

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 18:10

Well, that is interesting - I was joking, had no idea - but I suspect that is a good idea on their part. 

tree lillies

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 17:55

Yes it will work, but indeed you will have quite a long wait - you will get grassy type leaves next year, these growing bigger until the plant is mature enough to flower - by which time it will have grown a 'bulb' big enough for it to use.  I have popped seeds in the ground (of ordinary lilies not the tree types) and been pleasantly surprised a few years later when a new lily comes into flower.  I just put them in by the fence and forgot about them, it seemed to work then!  To do it properly with slowly enlarging pots will take years - but oh, how satisfying.  It is of course what the breeders of new lilies must do - maybe you could grow a new hybrid and make a fortune - or maybe not!


Posted: 21/10/2012 at 17:47

I keep mine in the cool greenhouse overwinter.  Don't forget that you can make lots of new plants with the big leaves, each leaf cut across into slices, and planted in gritty compost (the right way up, I lost alot doing them the wrong way!), will give you new plants to either keep or give away, all for free. 

housework using plants

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 17:44

It's so lovely to see you using the spelling of Rosemarie for the beautifully scented herb, usually spelled Rosemary - I like it as it is my name and the way I spell it.  I agree with you regarding cleaning agents, the use of herbs not only smells good, but many of them are as you say, disinfectant and antimicrobial.  Rosemarie is one as is mint, especially the deeper green ones such as black perppermint.  Of course pine needles are good too, which is why so many 'disinfectants' are artificially perfumed with it.  A long soak of the needles, strain the fluid and use for floors, surfaces etc., and bathrooms benefit from it too.  If people do not wish to use fresh herbs, or do not have access to them,  maybe at least use decently sourced, earth friendly cleaning items  without all the articial stuff in them - saving  some of  what is left of the planet. 

Autumn Colour

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 13:13

I haven't got a picture at present, but my ginko is the most glorious shade of deep butter yellow, as it is every year at ths time.  Clear colour, no spotting, just stunningly good. 

Restricting growth........

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 13:11

If this is potted, or could be, then a root restricting bag might be an answer?  I don't know if you can use them in the ground, I imagine the roots would just escape and you'd have a big tree anyway.  Why not get a tree suitable for the site?  If you must have it and don't already, then a good clay pot and the aforementioned root restriction bag might do the trick.

Is there anything I can't compost?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 00:04

Figrat, no I don't mind you asking at all - tempis has fugited qute a while now, and some of the bones and joints just don't do as they used to do - they call it arthritis, I call it a b******  nuisance, but there we are - it still all works after a fashion, just a rather odd fashion, but so far we still get compost - and I still garden!

Daniel Haynes, help

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 18:36

Daniel, thanks for your post - it's a problem only when we don't know quite how to deal with it.  There are always one or two voices who speak out of turn - there are lots of very serious forums (fora??) on the web - maybe they would enjoy those more.  Love the chat here, and that so many of the posters came from the old BBC site which closed, and were accepted and joined in with the people already here.  We all need information and help, and sometimes it is nice to be able to offer some as well  --  or even just to moan about squirrels and pigeons. 

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