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Posted: 03/04/2012 at 20:16

species tulips coming into bloom-how obliging they are and to my eyes so much more appealing than the hybrids. tulip linifolia which seemed to be chary of settling in is good this years-leaves writhing across the ground starfish like and the color exactly that of beaujolais with the sun shining through it. close inspection of the pulsatillas reveal lewisias thriving between them-odd since it doesn't seem their sort of place-the eternal wonder of plants


Posted: 02/04/2012 at 21:31

pulsatilla vuglaris in bloom-the colors are so unreal. tanacetum nivea is up-such a good plant but it will grow where it likes. saw that pyrethrum, and chrysanthemum parthenium have been moved into tanacetum-taxonomists are a rum lot-pyrethrum-now tanacetum coccineum has never been good for me and parthenium is both boring and irritating. i read that it is good when grown well but oh lord i have never seen that. Aureum however-so good that i forgive all the sins of the fathers.


Posted: 01/04/2012 at 21:06

what is it about forsythia and chaenomeles ? people cannot leave them alone-loolipops everwhere and yet au naturel they are wonderful-just venting for a moment

The Blessing of a new Allotment

Posted: 31/03/2012 at 22:40

what is an allotment? serious question

Group 3 Clematis pruning

Posted: 31/03/2012 at 22:35

viticella wiil bloom later if pruned now-montana should be pruned if at all after it blooms you can cut the oldest growth at the base and just pull it out-too severe whacking frequently kills it


Posted: 31/03/2012 at 22:31

yesterday(friday)was glorious mid seventies with no wind-today at noon it was sixty fivef. at 1 it was 40f. heavy snow in the mountains but so far only a little rain here in the valley. i am waiting to cut back a wonderful gold variegated buddleia-i keep saying next week but the weather refuses to settle. i have a sambucus sutherland gold that refuses to flourish so this spring i plan on taking cuttings of the buddleia and replacing the sambucus-a good plan and one that is easily done.  do you grow shrubby clematis? heracleifolia  and integrifolia are both up and recta seems to be budding-recta has an unfortunate habit of following over just at it's peak, it is one of those plants that is impossible to stake with any dignity

have I killed my wisteria?

Posted: 28/03/2012 at 20:33

wisteria are most vulnerable in the spring just as they make new growth-sudden cold can kill-if that happened the plant is probably gone otherwise it will certainly sprout from the roots although not perhaps where you want it


Posted: 28/03/2012 at 20:25

lift the tubers the way you would dahlias split in the same manner and grow on in greenhouse conditions

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

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just curious

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searching for seeds

stuff i want 
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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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