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Latest posts by david spikes

pear tree

Posted: 28/03/2012 at 20:19

depends on whether it is grafted or not-you didn't say whether it is fruit or ornamental-if the tree is grafted and it sprouts from below that abandon all hope


Posted: 28/03/2012 at 20:16

the heap at 150f. after three days-if the rain stops will open it this afternoon and add more duff-differences of perspective- a friend came over and asked when i was doing cleanup? i thought i had-her garden is one of those where the ground is always clean of every bit of litter- it seems strange that people will sweep everything away and then bring in mulch from outside- my garden feeds itself and seems happy-vitis purpurea shows no signs of growth-i know its early but still i have to repress the urge to poke around-ten thousand other good things happening and still i worry

New Plants, New Seeds- Ragged Robin & Sweet Rocket

Posted: 27/03/2012 at 22:13

if sweet rocket is hesperis then yes- because it is biennial it is best planted in the fall for the following year-here in reno the problem with spring planting is moisture-throw the seed where you want it thin it next spring  and get out of the way


Posted: 27/03/2012 at 22:10

cool and cloudy today-the compost heap ismade although there is still more to add-there always seems to be more-the heap is all dry brown material so it is heating slowly-only 100 in 2 days-in the next few days i will add green stuff to speed it up disturbing mortality in some of the alpines-temps and precip should not have bothered them-on the other hand tender sedums and sempervivems that i decided to chance outside have all come thru fine-what a wonderful time of year everywhere we look more things are up and growing


Posted: 25/03/2012 at 19:48

somethings that  are pleasant- the washoe zephyr roaring thru the tops of the sequiadendron, magnolia stellata coming into full bloom in just a day-something that is not so pleasant , discovering that i have  finally managed to kill the aralia elata aureovariegata-why oh why do i keep moving things when they are fine(but not perfectly fine)where they are? 


Posted: 23/03/2012 at 19:07

dicentra aurea with brunnera jack frost underplanted with asarum europaeum-sweet


Posted: 20/03/2012 at 21:53

the odd season-but aren't they all-has caused all the bulbs to come at once-wonderfully impressive. the first day of spring is a wonderful spring day-mid 60s-garden cleanup all morning in my pajama bottoms which is a true sign of spring. phlox davidii, asters, verbascums, leucanthemums, glaucium, alliums-all must be dealt with firmly lest the garden consist of just those things- i find the most difficulty in pulling hesperis and lunaria -i love those colors in mid spring they seem to weave everything together but ten thousand is certainly too many

Successful Compost

Posted: 20/03/2012 at 21:43

i make 11 day compost-the material chopped fine and turned frequently-you need to make a fairly large heap and turn it every 2 days-it will heat to between 150 and 175F and it will be done in less than two weeks-it is a good way to do a spring compost heap

Successful Compost

Posted: 19/03/2012 at 21:38

sounds as though it is too wet, it should be about as damp as a squeezed out sponge it could also be packing and excluding oxygen-leaves particularly can do this -a shovel or two of lively garden soil lightly sprinkled might help-other than a heap of grass clippings which went disastrously wrong compost has always been good for me-hope one of these ideas helps


Posted: 19/03/2012 at 21:30

despite very cold nights(last night 14F) spring is coming fast. the crocus tommasanianus is at its peak thousands in bloom. the dutch crocus are just starting and at a friends i saw chionodoxa-very early the tops of the colchicum foliage has blackened but they recover quickly-rose leaves are beginning to expand probably only to be frozen off-in the house aloes and dudleyas are coming in to bloom-the aloes like penstemon, the dudleyas like stars and i have convinced myself the cactus are showing buds-well, we will see

Discussions started by david spikes

just curious

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searching for seeds

stuff i want 
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Last Post: 29/02/2012 at 23:53

Talkback: Dieback on Leyland cypress hedges

it looks like improper trimming or it could be spider mites if they are the soft evergreen curse in the uk that thet are in nev. 
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all through the year 
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