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Charlie November

Latest posts by Charlie November

Reducing a tree stump below ground

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 17:26

Most embarassing failure of the weekend

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 19:59

Sorry, Jennifer.

So, anybody else think this girl just said it all for the rest of us?


Yes, folks, our Prime Minister made a six-year-old girl *headdesk*.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 19:18


"Back home after 4 days in my son's garden in a village outside York"

I didn't see you!

I've just been out taking cuttings from roses. Not really the right time of year or weather (warm, clear, sunny and dry with a breeze) for it but instead of hibernating they've shot up to shoulder height, so yesterday I went "Argh!" and today I bought pots, canes, compost, mycorhizal spores and white swing-bin liners and took cuttings off red, yellow, pink and "um ... red or white, I think" roses. They're all against the house wall where it may be too warm for them if this weather keeps up, in individual "greenhouses" with little fruit juice bottles to keep the humidity up. Plan is to use them to fill the hedge with colour when I redo that back corner. £5 re-usable pot and about £1 of other stuff per rose, rather than £15 a time from Bluebell or £5 a time with a 30% survival rate from Homebase, but it took a couple of hours.

I do have one rose cutting from autumn that's only got a couple of buds on it, five or six honeysuckles (1 layering and some cuttings that definitely are growing) and one winter-flowering jasmine (not looking like much yet but it's alive, I promise) that could go to "a village outside York" fairly easily.

Jasmine Jasminum beesianum, the one with the little red flowers in summer and Chocolate vines Akebia quinata and Akebia quinata albiflora, with purple and white flowers, are also set up to layer, but I can't promise they'll do so.

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.

Discussions started by Charlie November

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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Last Post: 09/04/2015 at 19:59

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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Last Post: 24/06/2014 at 16:52

Rose cuttings: timing

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Last Post: 22/03/2015 at 14:30

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

At least I didn't spend anything. 
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Last Post: 26/10/2013 at 16:46

Apple tree with white leaves

It seems to be healthy enough, if slow-growing 
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Last Post: 10/09/2013 at 18:34


Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Last Post: 10/09/2013 at 22:29


Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Last Post: 01/04/2015 at 19:53

Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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Last Post: 13/05/2013 at 08:09
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