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Are you square or round and Iron willed?

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 06:36

Pansyface,  read this week that Kew plant trees in square holes for that very reason.

Bee Pitstop

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 08:08

The RHS website has lots of advice about what to plant.

Talkback: Six of the best small trees

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 18:28
I have bought a weeping crab apple that I hope will stay on the small side! Looking forward to planting it just as soon as it is warm enough to start reorganising a border!

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 21:23

Fuchsia & bacopa in a very sheltered corner and a purple bedding verbena left over from the summer, winter jasmine, hellebores, rosemary, winter pansies & violas, wallflowers. I have also got daffodil buds that are starting to bend over ready to open. Really pleased with the way the garden looks.

Lilac Tree

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 06:36

Lilacs flower on 'ripe' wood - next spring the flowers will be at the end of the growth it has made this year. If you prune it now you won't have any flowers next spring, but sometimes you have to sacrifice the flowers in order to encourage bushy growth, or in order to restrict the size of the shrub. 

Blackberry pruning

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 20:29

I have taken to trimming the new stems of my blackberry when it needs it - it likes to extend itself too far over the path. This just causes it to send out side shoots, and this year I seem to have more flowering spurs than usual. 

Fuschias with very few flowers

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 19:25

I've been waiting for my faithful ones to bring me my end of season colour & they do not seem to have got going - am relieved to find I'm not the only one experiencing this 

Advice about crocosmia needed

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 21:47

Mine didn't flower this year either. Had left them undisturbed from last year. The leaves came through ok, but then we had the lovely summer weather and they started to look very sorry for themselves! Resorted to buying another pot, so that I had the late season colour. Have put it down to this year's growing conditions and am hoping for better next year!

Talkback: Homes for wildlife at Heligan

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 08:40
If you follow the 'Georgian Ride' at Heligan they are constructing an amazing insect hotel. It has lots of different sections designed to attract a range of creatures and it looks as though it will be backed by a grassy bank so that is disappears into the woodland. I wish I lived nearer so we could revisit and see it once the area has matured.

Ooh, me plums...

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 19:13

Found a dead wasp today. Read an article this week that said wasp numbers are right down this year due to the weather we what'd this year and last. 

No advice about plums - mine are very hit and miss each year, but nothing tastes like homegrown!

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