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Posted: 05/11/2014 at 06:33

Wonderful colours Bill. Quite cheered my morning up

Had a quick pop in the GC yesterday and invested in some indoor/prepared hyacinth bulbs.  Planted some this time last year and they came into flower just as we took the Christmas decs down - the time of year when things really need brightening up.  Went for white instead of blue this time - heard the scent is a bit less intense. Will get them in the pot this get me in the mood for planting up my tulip pots at the weekend - after all, its November now.

Winter Readings

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 20:56

Oh - well done Pansyface - I forgot Anna Pavord's Curious Gardener - loved that one too


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 06:48

Poor LillyP's aunt - that sounds dreadful treatment.

Thought we were going to get our first frost - it was very cold already when I got in last night - but the clouds must have come over, as no sign of Jack out there.  

Just ordered a copy of the book of letters between Beth Chatto and Mr Lloyd - should be here by the weekend.  Have heard great things, so hope I enjoy it

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 !


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 ?


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

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Just found this, and thought others might like to know! 
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