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Talkback: Ask Adam

Posted: 16/03/2012 at 19:31


the catalpa will bloom after pollarding-because it is more tender than the species i wait until new growth is evident-however it will be very vulnerable to high winds-in the course of the summer about half of mine is normally blown out but still its splendid

Talkback: Leafcutter bees

Posted: 13/03/2012 at 19:35

here in reno the decline(horrendous)in honeybee population has caused an explosion in all the wild bees, wasps and yes, pollinator flies, perhaps the same thing has happened in GB. honey bees will chase other insects away from nectar sources so perhaps we should just enjoy this interval before the bees come back.


Posted: 11/03/2012 at 21:50

do you know dianthus cholmondeley farrand? i don 't know if the name is quite as wonderful in britain as in the u.s.(i recently saw it offered as chumly ferran, which gives the sound but loses the  spelling) . it is one of the oldest dianthus in cultivation rose and dusty purple ruffled petals, long stems and a fine clovey scent well worth looking for i think. it is rather daringly putting on new growth, as seems to happen every year some clumps of dianthus brilliant bloomed themselves to death last summer-oh well, there will be seedlings to move which will quickly fill the spaces

Do you consider gardening to be like art?

Posted: 09/03/2012 at 20:06

gardening is an ideal of nature but nature intensified and-hopefully-with the bad bits left out-because even the best gardens are so evanescent they usually survive only in memory-a private garden left to itself will vanish in a season-its structure may survive as a silent witness but its reality will go with the planting


Posted: 09/03/2012 at 20:00

yesterday the temp high was 37F today it will be in the mid sixties, next week we may have rain instead of snow and spring she is a-cummin. tree peonies have budded-they are such an extravaganr plant-so much space for such a short bloom time-but worth it. i have come to the conclusion that it is wind they need most protection from, a very large peony that grows out of a magnolia gets very little direct sun but is completely sheltered from the wind and is splendid for several weeks every year the ones in exposed sites sometimes bloom for only a day-the first terrible windstorm of spring can be counted on for the day they open

Talkback: Ask Adam

Posted: 06/03/2012 at 21:51

sarah broome- ivy blooms and berries only on mature wood if you trim it it will remain juvenilr forever-cuttings taken from mature ivy will form ivy trees rather trailing-very amusing


Posted: 06/03/2012 at 21:40

spring tantaliizes. yesterday it was 72 F with cloudless skies. today it is in the 30's with snow blowing on a cold north wind, the mountains hidden in the blizzard. alliums are above ground, giganteum-not my favorite-grows and seeds only in the dry shade garden, purple sensation is at home everywhere except dry shade, as spring accompaniment to almost everything it is peerless if perhaps too enthusiastic-every spring i pull them out by the hundreds. colchicums and autumn crocus are up, here in reno when it seems that there will only be random blossoms of this and that before winter closes in suddenly that wonderful tender lavender pink in all shades lighting up the grpund  and fpr a few weeks i think i will never like anything better

lily bulbs

Posted: 04/03/2012 at 18:39

the new brecks catalog came today with surprise giant tree lilies-they seem to be reg lilies with exceptional stalks, so they probably like the same lush life as all lilies- years ago in my lily period i hybridized one that came out that way except the flowers were really nothing-however the plant has persisted in the garden for almost 20 years which might be a record

lily bulbs

Posted: 03/03/2012 at 20:22

giant tree lilies are a new one to me(damn those catalog descriptions) but giant dahlias will be giant with heavy fertilizing and strict disbudding-you have to chose between size and quantity

Talkback: How to take dahlia cuttings

Posted: 03/03/2012 at 20:16

roket31-pot on after new growth starts-dahlia shoots really do seem to need bottom heat to root unless you have a warm greenhouse sort of environment

Discussions started by david spikes

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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