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Philadelphus Advice

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 17:26

Philadelphus sometime rejuvenate quite well.  I'd take a third of the branches out to a low level this winter, then another third after flowering next summer, and the third third after flowering the following summer.  Removing the oldest looking growth first.

In February give it a good sprinkling of Fish Blood and Bone and mulch well and fingers crossed in a couple of years you'll have a more reasonably sized shrub which blooms well.

I'd take some hardwood cuttings this winter as well, as that shrub has been around a while and it would be good to grow a replacement or two as the rejuvenation may not be totally as you'd wish.  Even with a bit of plastic surgery we usually show our age somewhere

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query about bulbs

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 16:02

I rub any loose stuff off, and check the bulbs for signs of rot and if I find any that bulb gets binned, but I wouldn't remove all of the dry outer skin.

 

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Posted: 24/10/2014 at 14:58

Hi Pdoc - well, if you can't hit the polar bear perhaps you can frighten it away

Have a good evening with the ex colleagues - it's strange 'going back' - I thought I'd do much more of it than I have.  Life is so much less stressful now and apart from chatting about our own personal circumstances there's not a lot to talk about - can't chat about work - apart from confidentiality issues I'm not involved so can't join in. 

A couple of months ago I was asked to give a police statement re a case I used to be involved with (over 5 years ago).  If I'd still been employed I'd have had the opportunity to refresh my memory by reading through the file, but as I'm no longer a local authority employee I was not allowed to read the records, although I wrote them - it's a good job I've got a good memory!

Lyn offline

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 14:52

Thanks for letting us know Fishy   I'd noticed she wasn't around and was a tad concerned, given recent events. 

What a PITA - the 28th is a long while to wait for what is an essential service nowadays.

If you're in touch please pass on our best wishes and ((hugs)).

Greenhouse

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 13:54

My understanding of the conditions needed to ripen tomatoes is different  - my understanding and experience is that it's heat rather than sunlight that is needed, as explained here http://cvp.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=91
 - although as that also explains that too high a temperature will also inhibit ripening.

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Posted: 24/10/2014 at 13:42

That's lovely Bekkie

Sorry so many of us or our family members are a bit poorly - maybe some of Pdoc's Patent Cure-all is called for?

I've just got back from the Farm Shop - had to pop into the GC to pick up some more broad bean seeds - and a tray of orange violas and blue and violet panolas just leaped into my basket

pretty plant needed for bathroom

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 12:51

I have three little pots of begonia semperflorens - they've been on the table on the terrace all summer - rather than throw them out when the frosts arrive they're going to be repotted any time now and they'll spend the winter on the bathroom windowsill.  If past experience is anything to go by they'll flower all winter and spring - then they'll be repotted again ready to spend the summer on the terrace again.

And Frank, we girls have to spend ages in the bathroom - none of us have your natural good looks

Automatic Plant Watering System - AS Project

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 11:21

Done - good luck

Monty don new series

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 11:11
SFord wrote (see)

I agree Gardenmaiden, hope its not a one-off.  Would be also good to see a re-visit to the gardens a year or so later to see if they have made any changes, if so, why, what worked, what didnt, have they become keener gardeners, have they 'let things go'.

I frequently think a re-visit to most garden make-overs, 3 years on, would be interesting.  So often gardens are 'given' to people who've shown little previous interest in gardening, and if they don't take part in the design and planting of the new garden how on earth are they to be expected to maintain it?

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Posted: 24/10/2014 at 09:21

Clari, that sounds like a really good idea!  (helping the school cope with the trauma that is, not going commando! )

Bekkie, I think you're not alone in not knowing what your council tax is spent on - here's a list of some of it:

  • Youth services 
  • Libraries
  • Parks, open spaces and galleries 
  • Leisure facilities, including swimming pools and recreation centres 
  • Social care for the elderly, children and other vulnerable members of the community 
  • Support for the voluntary sector  (that means the charities that provide services for the elderly and vulnerable etc)
  • Planning and building control 
  • Refuse collection, street cleaning and other environmental issues 
  • Maintenance of roads and bridges 
  • Traffic management and road safety 
  • Parking services and control 
  • Elections, registrars of births, marriages and deaths 
  • Cemeteries, crematoria and mortuary services 
  • Consumer protection 
  • Economic development and regeneration 
  • Community development services 
  • Housing, including the provision of social housing, housing strategy and advice and services for the homeless 
  • Housing Benefits and Council Tax administration.

The Council is also responsible for schools and other educational services for children but these are paid for through the Dedicated Schools Grant. This is a grant from the Government and does not fall on the Council Tax.

 

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