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Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 21:06

 I collect Victoriana in all its forms. Here is one of the 'seasonal greetings' from yesteryear that I've had hanging in my bathroom (directly overlooking the garden) for nearly 25 years! Have other gardeners further 'quirky' glimpses of gardening or gardens being used at this, or other, especially festive seasons??

Getting Crafty in my old age...

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 20:46

 This photo 'fell off' the previous posting, Forester2 - my comment about succession of blooming makes a bit more sense when tulips etc are included!

Getting Crafty in my old age...

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 19:54

The accompanying craft model pictures show just one way of getting kids motivated about bulb planting and the rudiments of border planning, succession, colour balance etc. Having decided (democratically) where [?front, back, middle of border] and how deeply, densely the various bulbs were to be planted, we finished the job indoors with all the illustrative packet cards turning into a simple 'floral ball' - it doubles as a playroom seasonal bauble but also gives a direct link to the pleasures yet to come as Spring progresses.

Nadolig Llawen!! Best wishes to all "Forkers" for the Festive Season and New Gardening Year 2014!!


Winter Equinox

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 20:30

Here in coastal West Wales we've had robins (galore) chirruping for weeks, also a male Great Tit 'chiming' his springtime song for over a month!!

I've not seen the large bumble bee [previously reported on clematis "Freckles" for about a fortnight, so she's perhaps completed her brood foodstore preparations?

This morning's hail flurries were a stark 'wake-up' after the recent mild weather - is this is where the real Winter starts...?

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 21:00

Thanks, FidgetB, I appreciate your pointers - fair comment about my starting a new thread rather than 'embedded' where it is!

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 20:43

Sorry, my previous posting was incomplete: the trees I am wanting to prune include eating and cooking apples, damson (several), plus one pear and a youngish Victoria plum. The soil is a light sandy loam but generally has not had any 'enrichment' for an awful long time....! [The trees are still fruiting, but the damsons in particular are so tall that much of the fruit is well out of reach; so is left to fall of its own accord, such a pity that so much is going to waste.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 20:35

Hi folks, I hope you may be able to help 'sort out' these fruit trees which have sadly been neglected re: proper pruning for several years. My father has gardened here for over 50 years - but now it falls to me to try making sense of the overgrown trees. Unfortunately, I live over 200 miles away, so must time my visits for maximal effect. When would be the best time to prune and what are the key rules to follow?? I'm able to use various hand tools including extending pole saw/ lopper, but ladders are generally a 'nono' for me! (my fit & healthy 34yo son can assist on times, but even he is 90 minutes drive away from the mature garden in the English Midlands). Any Advice or pointers much appreciated....?


Posted: 11/12/2013 at 20:51

I've had similar experience to NutC and FidgetB re: phormium leaves! A real xxxx pain-in-the-....  anywhere near the shredder!! Ditto goes for really long fibrous palm leaves (fronds?). Wet or dry spells CLOGGED BLADES!! I put mine into the garage/ glory hole (aka shed) until they are really dry then burn 'em to a frizzle in the jolly old incinerator - but be sure to pop the lid/chimney on smartly, otherwise the hot embers fly a mile into the air!

Advice needed please

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 19:38

Hi Alex 4, I think Verdun's suggestion is a brilliant solution, given your preferences. I'd vote for "Cathedral Bells" as a fairly compact pieris which has flowered mightily but has 'behaved,' ie not gone straggly, in a sheltered shady courtyard for several years. The clusters of white/yellowish flowers are a real delight, though a bit messy after they've gone over. Enjoy & then post a result of your final choice to satisfy our curiosity, eh??


When do I cut back my Hellebores?

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 19:11

I tend to leave the old foliage until after the flowering stems have begun to form seed heads - this affords a certain amount of support/ shelter for the developing buds. If I spot any flower stems getting 'caught up' under the foliage, a bit of help flicking offending leaves out of the way generally does the trick.

 Two pics from late last winter (March - April 2013), prior to foliage trimming.

Discussions started by David Matthews2

Please help to identify this miniature shrub

Small evergreen shrub withsharply-pointed glossy leaves and white 'malteser-sized' bobbles supported on short stems. 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 18:17

Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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Last Post: 26/12/2013 at 06:47

Getting Crafty in my old age...

Planting and discussing spring bulbs with my grand-daughters prompted an ad hoc craft session with them the playroom 
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Last Post: 23/12/2013 at 21:26

Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

Sighted this afternoon in my sheltered courtyard....can anyone identify the bee species? 
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