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Posted: 06/03/2014 at 17:09

What I do isn't real forcing - it's just a bit of blanching really.  Real forcing involved digging the plant up and exposing the root to frost, then taking into a dark and warm building.

Just blanching with a rhubarb pot or similar doesn't exhaust the plant as long as you stop picking it at the end of May/early June - that way it's not producing for longer than a normally produced plant.  

Lots of well rotted farm yard manure in the autumn and it'll go on year after year like that with no deterioration, in my experience 

Standard Roses

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 17:04

This should help

The grafting point isn't down at soil level, it's up at the top where the variety is grafted onto the long cane of the rootstock. 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 16:56

Tracey - I'm knitting a very complex lacy jumper for my daughter  - it takes a lot of concentration - as soon as I take my eyes off it it goes wrong all on it's own and I have to unpick a bit Grrrrrrrrrr!

Daffodils on the move..

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 16:54

Apart from the legalities of the situation as mentioned above, transplanting daffodils when they're about to flower are likely to result in failure, unless very large rootballs are taken and transplanted immediately.  Daffs don't like root disturbance when they're in active growth in my experience. 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 16:52

It looks a heck of a lot better than mine - but a good raking, regular mowing (not too short), and a  dose of spring lawn fertilizer and it'll soon be looking fine 

Don't think you've got any need to worry. 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 16:47

We get quite a few of them around here 

newbie - sorry if wrong sub forum.

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 16:45

 That's a bit of a project!!!  Why do you want to do that at the busiest time of the year in the garden???  How bad is it?  Can you show us a photo?

to post a photo click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions. 

Toil soil advice needed

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 16:43

No need to start again, just stir them up and add a layer of good home made compost or well rotted farmyard manure. 

Is this a gonna or can anyone help with advise, think its leylandii or conifier

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 16:40
Keyser Soze wrote (see)

Dormant (or dead) Cytisus?

Don't think so - if you zoom in the leaves look like a Cupressus. 

Is this a gonna or can anyone help with advise, think its leylandii or conifier

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 14:46

Looks dead to me.  I'd take it down.

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