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Charlie November

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Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 17:12

Have copy-pasted the akebia seed requests to a text file. Will PM for addresses once I actually have akebia seeds.

Most embarassing failure of the weekend

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 12:56

 How did that get past the sub-editors?

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Nothing today. Too hot! Yesterday, however ...

 This time it does count as gardening, because I pulled out a live elder bush and re-covered the roots of a little apple tree. Anybody need any firewood?

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 22:58

Current candidates for giving away are a few honeysuckle cuttings that came off one of three types but I can't remember which and the long stems of a honeysuckle "cream cascade," the one everybody already has, that are apparently making plans to invade either the drainage system or the garden across the road. Anyone who wants to prune the south side of that one for me is more than welcome to take the stems away as cuttings!

I had some lily-of-the-valley seed, but it fell out when I picked up the dried stems to throw on the compost heap.

Probably going to be seeing some akebia seed. Last year I had a few flowers on the purple-flowered vine and it produced 3 fruits, from which I got over 200 seeds. This year it looks like it's planning most of 100 flowers, so if anybody wants those seeds when they're ready I should have plenty to go around.

Had quite a lot of Gladiolus byzantinus seeds last year, but haven't seen them come up yet this year, so no promises yet.

Most embarassing failure of the weekend

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 22:50

I hate this forum tonight. I'm either too drunk or too sober to post links!


Of all things ... it doesn't make a URL into a link?

3-part hedge

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 22:42

KEF: Your timing is amazing. Let me just copy that to the "What can I grow under this (conifer privacy) hedge" thread ...


Oh, look. I don't need to. You're already there!

What can I do under this hedge?

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 22:37

Hmm. The compost heap is built around a Leylandii here and it's doing fine. Yeah, been round the woods in the Washburn valley and the floors are mostly pine needles, bracken and brambles. If you click that link above you'll see the same, and those things I said would grow are all mushrooms.

However ... I've seen things growing under Leylandii. Whatever the bush with the small pink flowers and big white berries is, we've got a hedge of that and it doesn't give a **** about the Leylandii towering over it, my winter honeysuckle's quite happy near them and the elder is doing its usual thing: "Anywhere a blackbird sits in autumn, there my children shall grow."

Also, with remarkable timing, KEF answered a plant ID request with a relevant comment ... which apparently breaks the forum if I try to quote it.

Kerria are easy to propagate by digging up a stem and re-planting. I have them growing through a three conifer 7-foot privacy hedge



Hey, if you want a load of small rocks to put around the trunks to protect them while you're shovelling in the compost for a raised bed, I've got barrowloads of the things here. See the armillaria pit. Heck, widen it while you're there and you can have another barrowload of rocks ... and builders' rubble ... and plastic bags ... and tarmac ... and pill bottles ... and broken glass ...


So, the consensus is gravel under the hedge, wide enough to store stuff there and walk along it to get at it for pruning, then a border in front of that to hide it all? Heh. Take 6'6" off the bottom of the hedge all the way along, put up a 6'x6' trellises, grow lonicera and akebia up them and watch them jump from trellis to hedge. "Ash tree? Cool! I get to be 35' tall!"

Geez, it's bold and appears as a link but doesn't get highlighted. I don't have this problem with [url=] tags, but I've well and truly bollixed this post with the link mark-up buttons. Oh, well!

Ah! FIXED IT! Woot!

I just inserted a tiny little link to somewhere else, and the site got the message that the end of that link was the end of the part that should be marked as a link.

Where's the bug report form?

No, not lily beetles. I can squash those myself.

What can I do under this hedge?

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 16:29

Sure, you can grow stuff under conifers. Just check out pictures of pine forest floors for examples. Saffron milk cap, earth tongue, panther, morel, matsutake, tricholoma, amanita virosa ...

It's the sunny side, so I'd think something fed and watered to help it could cope with being there.

Only things growing under leylandii here without any help are ivy and elder. I've got a Lonicera × purpusii 'Winter Beauty' growing a metre or so from a large one here, but that's a metre of compost heap and at the top of a riverbank, so a slightly different situation. (I should probably let it grow long and take a dozen cuttings for the front where I can enjoy the fragrance.)

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 15:05

Was a the gym earlier this week. "The freshest new music" was on. Jesus what a load of shit. Two guys taking it in turns to moan while one of them occasionally hits an innocent piano in the keys? Some guy shouting about how easily he's going to get laid tonight? Shoot the bloody lot of 'em, I say. Then there was an advert: "If you're obsessed with thicker-looking hair, ... "

If you're obsessed with thicker-looking hair you need professional intervention. Seriously. Obsessed with finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Obsessed with getting our government to help Syrian refugees? Obsessed with finding a cure for cancer? Obsessed with saving the whales, dolphins, rainforests, coral reefs, condors and/or green belt? Obsessed with the Macedonian and Persian Empires and relics thereof? Obsessed with getting gold stars on vocals in Rock Band 3? I could handle any of that. Obsessed with thicker-looking hair, though? For Christ's sake, GET A LIFE! Shit!

Then what? "Keeping Up With The Kardashians." Just ... what ... I mean ... the ... it ... how ... who ... it ... the ... just ... really ... why ... WHO WATCHES THAT FOR PLEASURE?!? Pointless, self-obsessed, egocentric, egotistical, irrelevant, useless, shallow, shallow, SHALLOW POINTLESS ... TRASH going on about themselves and how rich and shallow they are! WHO WATCHES THAT?!?




3-part hedge

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 13:29

Thanks, everyone.




Yeah, those are very welcome to stay. So much prettier than privet! Hmmm ... how well do they stand up to honey fungus attack? The privet's losing that fight and being replaced by self-seeding elders at the moment. A forsythia hedge, though, or a kerria hedge or a mixed hedge of the two would certainly brighten up the south side of the big lawn. I could probably get enough cuttings taking one stem in four.

Discussions started by Charlie November

Uh-oh ...

This one doesn't look good. 
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3-part hedge

This is what you get for neglecting it for 20 years! 
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Most embarassing failure of the weekend

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An octopus's garden in the shade

No octopodes, but lots of shade 
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Last Post: 01/05/2015 at 17:05

Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

Huge thing with tiny white flowers and heart-shaped leaves 
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Rose cuttings: timing

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When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

At least I didn't spend anything. 
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Apple tree with white leaves

It seems to be healthy enough, if slow-growing 
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Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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