Chrissy the gardener

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New 'fruit garden'

Posted: 19/01/2018 at 10:18

If you plant two or more of the same apple or pear trees they will not cross pollinate, the trees will carry the same pollen (putting it very simply) you will need two apples or pears of different varieties which blossom at the same time or just overlap.

Also if they are likely to get hit by late frost go for fruit trees which blossom later, a good garden centre should be able to give you some advice.

To make the best out of your space you could plant apple and pears growing as cordons not espalier, they take up less space so you can get more varieties in.

Good work so far, well done .

Gardeners World Magazine Gnome

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 09:23

Don’t do gnomes either they should all go back to Gnomansland.



Posted: 14/01/2018 at 15:39

Surely this depends on where you live?

crocosmia grow like weeds so I usually have to dig some out Year on Year to keep in check.


Posted: 14/01/2018 at 11:30

I tidy mine up with garden scissors as well, I did mine in late autumn and the new growth is showing through now.

Multi Variety Fruit Trees

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 12:24

I agree with Iain, unless you have a really limited space go for espalier or cordons.

I feel that the multi fruit trees, which are also called family trees are somewhat of a gimic only useful if you just have a small space even then the most vigorous spur will dominate.

Camellia buds and pyracantha tips

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 14:19

Railway sleepers are ok except when they have been treated with a tar substance, the “proper”railway sleepers usually have had this treatment.

Or are you talking about the wood sleepers that you get from a garden nursery or DIY place? Thease have not been treated but are still sold as railway sleepers.

Also what is the reason your friend wants to creat a raised bed?

Camellia buds and pyracantha tips

Posted: 08/01/2018 at 09:19

I’ve never heard of thining out camellia buds and if you did this I don’t think it would make any difference to the size of the blooms. You will find that the camellias will drop the buds it cannot sustain.

Any Pyracantha makes a good barrier also Berberis is a good one.

Crab apple suggestions

Posted: 03/01/2018 at 09:20

I have John Downie, really good for making crab apple jelly.

Dont get a yellow fruiting crab apple, for some unknown reason the birds don’t take the fruit and so they rot on the tree.

Can anyone tell me what this evergreen shrub is please?

Posted: 29/12/2017 at 12:19

It certainly looks like a kind of spindle, is this a picture taken now?

What are you hoping Santa will bring you?

Posted: 17/12/2017 at 11:45

Thanks Dove,

seasons greetings to all, ☃️

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