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Posted: 08/12/2013 at 16:58

I have just remembered to set the machine to record the new garden programmes on BBC2 tomorrow at 7pm - and since I nearly forgot, thought I would remind you all too

Best dogwoods for stem colour

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 16:49

Many thanks for your suggestions - will check out the links Obelixx.  Might also take Nut's advice and do another winter wander around Wisley to see them in the flesh (I'm not aware of any nurseries round here that do dogwoods).

Camera Corner

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 10:08

FB - fantastic  The octopus just seems to melt into the rock

Best dogwoods for stem colour

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 09:57

We would like to make a grove of coloured stem dogwoods.  Does anyone have recommendations?

Midwinter fire is on the list, as is sibirica for red stems.  Anyone got any suggestions for others with good colour stems to add to our list?



Posted: 08/12/2013 at 09:54

On second thoughts, i'll start a thread


Posted: 08/12/2013 at 09:53

Oh and i have just been discussing dogwoods Verdun.  He wants to make a grove of them.  Midwinter fire is on the list, as is sibirica for red stems.  Anyone got any suggestions for others with good colour stems to add to our list?

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Posted: 07/12/2013 at 23:44

Sneerboer are expensive, but i love mine.  I built up a collection by getting my family to club together and buy me a new item every year.  

OH has a habit of destroying tools ( doesn't know his own strength!) but we have found Bulldog spades and forks have survived his rather brutal approach to digging.

and for secateurs, felcos are famous for good reason - love my number 7's


Posted: 07/12/2013 at 23:37

evening all - been too busy watching jungle to post much in the evenings lately.  

Rest of the trees now safely planted. My viburnum Dawn is flowering away and smelling lovely, and my daphne has lots of fat buds ready to go.  And oh is now talking about stepover apples to edge our new veg beds - all very exciting.  Lots of winter projects to keep us busy here this year - but they will all have to wait til 2014, festive stuff takes over from now.

glad you had a good night Panda  Ggirl - i have muckboot shoes too - purple with flowers on

planting depth for roses

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 18:54

I put the graft about an inch below ground - because that is what the David Austin instructions tell me to do.  However magazines I have read over the last month recommend above the ground and level with the ground - so I guess anything goes !!


Posted: 07/12/2013 at 11:03

Whopper!  Looking forward to seeing it once it has been accessorized

Just been to see the trees - looking good!  Having to visualise what they might look like with leaves - oh, the anticipation 

Also furtled amongst my hellebores, and Nut was right (as always) - lots of lovely fat buds forming .....

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