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Posted: 13/11/2014 at 21:42

Bon voyage Lizzie - hope you bring some sunshine with you - getting a bit soggy here (well except in Verdland, where the sun always shines).

Hawthorn hedge in the winter

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 07:00

We have holly mixed in with our hedge - nice and evergreen, and lots of berries about now.  Its easy to hack into shape too - ours had grown into trees when we inherited it - we cut it right back and it is now a lovely dense hedge.

You could also get some ivy growing through the hawthorn - to give you some evergreen cover, and great for wildlife too

Stepover apple advice

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 06:51

Just checked the ashridge trees website (my bible for pollination advice) - and James Grieve is a group C.  We grow Lord Lambourne and Sunset which are also "C"s so would be good pollinators for JG.  Both have lovely tasting apples - Sunset is like a cox, but easier to grow.  But I am in the south east of England, so very different conditions than you.  Good luck - i think stepover fruit trees are so pretty.

Stepover apple advice

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 06:43

I would think underplanting with bulbs would be ok - i think it is the weeds you need to keep clear from the base of the trunk.


Posted: 13/11/2014 at 06:41

Morning Dove - up and about here

Some good gardening speakers for me to look forward to next year - Raymond Evison talking about his clematis, plus Bob Flowerdew and Stephen Lacey - so I'm a happy chicky


Posted: 12/11/2014 at 06:40

Morning Lesley.  You're doing the American thing too

Our office silence was broken by some (very important ones) tapping loudly away on their keyboards.  Just plain ignorant.  


Posted: 12/11/2014 at 06:37

Very wet here - rain been drumming on the roof all night. Hope it clears by the weekend.  Gardening club tonight - AGM - next years programme will be revealed - hope its a good one.

Hope you all have a good day (sounding more and more like an American shop assistant )


Posted: 11/11/2014 at 21:59

Well the CW programme was an exact replica of our weekend last month - Beth Chatto, Hyde Hall, Maldon, Wivenhoe .....actually quite spooky  But enjoyed watching nevertheless


Posted: 11/11/2014 at 20:31

Ooooh - sounds like Christine did a repeat of my birthday to watch now

Welcome back BM - hope you are now on the mend.  Dare I ask about the house move ??


Posted: 10/11/2014 at 21:25
Welcome Bitterknitter - I'm originally from Southampton (well Hythe really - just a ferry ride away).

I get the not being able to correct stuff LP - happens a lot now, but never used to before about a week ago

On a train home from my Rembrandt evening - amazing . What a treat - had it to ourselves (invited as a guest of something connected with work). Incredible how he used a paintbrush to create such light. Always thought of him as a "brown" painter, but I have been completely missing the point

Discussions started by chicky

Getting rid of brambles

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Daphnes - do they self seed?

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Tree id

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Plant ID - blue flowers

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Wisley Outing - sunday 7th Sept

Does anyone want to meet up? 
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Dark Red Sedum

Anyone know a good one? 
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Shrub id

Any ideas 
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Wildflower id

Blue flowers like a forget me not 
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Cap on soil

Do I need to break it before mulching? 
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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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Best dogwoods for stem colour

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