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Posted: 02/03/2012 at 21:00

in the snow and wind of the last few days my century old apple tree which had become a sculpture of cream and olive needlepoint ivy split and fell, now it lays in the garden almost as ornamental as when it was upright, it fell in such a considerate manner that almost nothing was damaged, even the eight foot wide daphne carol mackie which it neatly bisected seems not too disturbed-it is one of those things where i may do more damage in the cleanup than in the fall itself

Talkback: How to take dahlia cuttings

Posted: 02/03/2012 at 20:47
thinking that big is better for years i gloried in enormous masses of tubers-then the experts at swan island informed me that in fact single healthy tubers produce the best plants now usually in the third year i surface plant them in perlite and when the sprouts are three to four inches tall just snap them off pot them and throw the old tubers away-smashing dahlias ever since


Posted: 02/03/2012 at 20:39

how beautiful


Posted: 01/03/2012 at 20:46

winter has returned to reno 5 feet of snow in the sierras cold and windy here in the valley. the day before last weeks snow a clump(more than 20 blossoms)of crocus aurea was blooming-supposed to be in the 60s on sat- great clumps of hellebore foetidus are ready to flower-spring isnt really here because the wonderful limy green that everywhere announces the season has yet to appear- bowles mauve is not reliably hardy here although other wallflowers seed around and about 


Posted: 01/03/2012 at 20:08

what are the cultural conditions? i have friends who grow them with basically no care-benign neglect at its best. mine languish and decline-slowly and miserably-if i love them or hate them they are always the one that got away


Posted: 01/03/2012 at 18:48

with spring near no matter what the thermometer says vigorous root growth will be starting on the plants that make great root cuttings. if you have an extra(or an old) eryngium or anchusa, or any other strappy, tappy rooted plant-jackpot. loosen the soil all the way around and gently lift from one side, cut the white, vigorous roots so that you will have pieces about an inch long. pot them into damp medium fine sand put them in a cool, shady place- in a month or less you should see little nubbins-is that a tautology-are there big nubbins? once growth appears handle as usual.

searching for seeds

Posted: 29/02/2012 at 20:52

does anyone have a source for malva mauretania? i have pictures-looks tasty-last year i ordered it from thompson and morgan but received magic merlin-nice but disappointing-tell me where or better yet send me some and i will gladly reimburse


Posted: 29/02/2012 at 20:46

is there anything-other of course than a fast compost heap-which makes a gardener feel more godlike than propagation?  whether seeds or cuttings, reality and lets face it good sense go out the window in the lust of creation. in a time of small gardens how many of one thing does one need-a dozen rosa nevada-certainly-two dozen buddleja alternifolia-why not? flats of this , rows of that and one day you realize-where will all these orphans go? friends who congratulate themselves on their adventurousness when they add a flat of zinnias to their regular marigolds and petunias gaze on my gifts with suspicion verging on panic-well there it is, the burden has been passed-on their heads be it


Posted: 29/02/2012 at 20:28

at the moment i am technologically disabled but will try pictures in the future


Posted: 28/02/2012 at 23:21

yesterdays snow is melting before another storm comes in tomorrow. everyone is hoping the storms we didn't have in winter will come in spring. took out an amelanchier alnifolia-the last survivor of a different garden idea . i would have left it-it's enormous-but it is blocking the humulus aurea and the vitis purpurea that are at the center of a new scheme-isn't scheme a great word almost as though we are in a conspiracy to bend mother nature to our will, but then we are, aren't we? The vitis will have a clematis warsaw nike twining through it, the humulus a julia carrnevon- i see them as impossibly opulent. the plantinf also contains gold elder, gold variegated elder, buddleja dartmoor and rosa hugonis-the possibilities i think are for grandeur but--maybe not-comments would be appreciated

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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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