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Latest posts by chicky

Help with penstemons

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 22:04

I cut mine back about April each year - by that time you can see the new growth coming through and you can cut back to that - get rid of all the straggly bits and you will be left with a lovely fresh green mound

Winter 2014/15

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 21:53

Well I predict our first frost tonight.  Just drove home and its down to 2 already.

Small container tree

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 18:48
One of the small acers is what I was going to suggest too - snap Bob !

Gallardia

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 18:44
Mine is a Flopper too . Next year i shall be staking

stepover trees

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 17:57
Ours are just going in to their first winter - we have pruned anything that was heading in the wrong direction (usually skywards) and tied in extension growth along a frame - bit by bit, tightening the tie once a fortnight. Ours are pears, and we will be removing next years fruit early to let them concentrate on putting roots down.

The ones at Wisley are our inspiration, but we have a few years to go before the trunks get that big !

What fruit are you growing ?

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 07:36
Turned chilly here - i know as i am standing shivering on a station platform waiting for a train. Time to dig out the winter coat

Favourite garden task?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 20:54

Barbara What a lovely way of thinking about it

Winter Readings

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 09:38
I like personal reccomendations too - I'm never totally convinced that internet reviews haven't been written by the author or publisher

Apples

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 08:52

Lots of useful advice on fruit trees on the websites of Ashridge trees, orange pippin trees and Pomona.  You need to choose complementary varieties to get the pollination right, and these sites have fairly simple guides (to a pretty complicated subject).

sounds a great idea btw - trained apple trees look fab ! 

How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 08:47

Missed the boat on this one, but Sunset is a good Cox-like apple which is less troublesome to grow.  Ours produces a lovely crop - now in year 5.

we were also advised to remove all the fruit in the year after planting our new fruit trees, and only allow a few the next year, to give them a chance to establish strong roots.  Seems to have paid dividends here.

Discussions started by chicky

Indoor hyacinths - are they ready for some light??

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Last Post: 03/12/2014 at 16:27

Getting rid of brambles

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Last Post: 08/12/2014 at 13:02

Daphnes - do they self seed?

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Tree id

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Last Post: 19/10/2014 at 20:08

Autumn raspberries - will they need staking?

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Last Post: 04/10/2014 at 18:15

Plant ID - blue flowers

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Last Post: 10/09/2014 at 09:08

Wisley Outing - sunday 7th Sept

Does anyone want to meet up? 
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Last Post: 09/09/2014 at 23:48

Dark Red Sedum

Anyone know a good one? 
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Last Post: 25/08/2014 at 08:56

Shrub id

Any ideas 
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Wildflower id

Blue flowers like a forget me not 
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Last Post: 12/05/2014 at 19:15

Cap on soil

Do I need to break it before mulching? 
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Last Post: 18/04/2014 at 08:33

Plant id - looks like pulmonaria but the leaves are wrong

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TV gardening programmes

A reminder 
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When is the best time to prune Group 3 clematis?

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Can i grow a Mahonia in a pot?

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