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Simple question alert!

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 18:08


Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:56

My ear's a lot better thanks - very itchy tho! 

My aster looks ill :(

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:53
Cleo13 wrote (see)

Do you think I could still cut it back now,dovefromabove? I can't find out much how to care for it on websites. I seem to remember cutting it back last yr tbh 

I would - I'd cut it back to just above ground level and give it just a sprinkling of Fish Blood & Bone 

Is this the dreaded Japanese Knotweed!! Ident and advise required

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:52

That's the country cottage 

Maiden fruit tree

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:51

I'm sure I've seen 4 tiers - but it'll take a good long while to get there - my pear is still at the one tier stage .... good luck 

Is this the dreaded Japanese Knotweed!! Ident and advise required

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:49

My children have called me Miss Marple for years 

Pruning 'Hankey Pankey'

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:47
Lyn Plant-Wells wrote (see)

Apologies if this is the wrong 'department.'  

I am a novice gardener and need some advice re pruning my Hankey Pankey - planted the year before last.  It is about 4' tall and had a few nice blooms last Summer but I think it could probably do better as I am sure it hasn't been pruned properly .

On YouTube someone suggested pruning each stem above the 7th bud from the base, after removing any dead/damaged stems. Is this good advice?  There are lots of shoots and one or two buds - I am nervous about cutting these off!  Help!

Many thanks for any advice.

That video sounds the right way to go about it - prune to an outward facing bud and make a sloping cut just above the bud. 

My aster looks ill :(

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:33

I cut perennial asters right back in late winter - I presume the leaves that are black are last year's growth?  

Monty don new presenter for Chelsea

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:16
punkdoc wrote (see)

Dove, I was only being mischievous ....

So I would hope Doc  - I'm sure he's a very nice man, but I find fewer celeb gardeners more irritating than DG, and for an Irishman to have so much difficulty in talking intelligibly is surely a contradiction in terms 

As for Sophie Raworth - I think the idea is that they need someone very used to live broadcasting - all sorts of things can go wrong and no matter how experienced someone is to recording a programme, coping on live tv when something unexpected happens needs someone with real skill and experience - a safe pair of hands - Sophie Raworth has proved she is definitely that - and she's said that she comes from a family of keen gardeners - many people don't get the chance to become gardeners until they retire - doesn't mean they're not interested.

She's not there to be a gardener - she's a professional presenter - a different thing altogether. 

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