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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!

hardy pot plants

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 22:53

There are some lovely shade loving cranesbill geraniums which I have thriving in quite deep shade. Alchemilla mollis, hellebores and sweet box or sarcococca are all plants that I've had success with in dry shade

May has come early.

Posted: 15/09/2012 at 21:20
My clematis Montana has some flowers on it, as does my aubrietia. Looks good next my cosmos!

Gw subscription

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 07:02
I looked at the 5 issues for ??5 offer, but when I looked at the small print I found that subsequent issues were at a saving of 15%. However when I clicked on a 'subscribe now' box at the top of the screen I found an offer that gave me a better deal in the long term.

Talkback: Where are the ladybirds?

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 22:44
We had loads when we had the few hot days in spring - they seemed to emerge from the gaps in fences and trellising - but now I need them I haven't seem them at all. Having said that, I hadn't had many butterflies in the garden until a couple of days ago, so hopefully they are on their way! (I'm in Northamptonshire)
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