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Pole for washing line

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 10:41

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at the other end we have fixed spring clips (like on a dog lead) which clip onto a metal ring fixed to one of the wooden fence posts.  That way when there's no washing hung out the line is retracted and no one get decapitated by walking into the washing line whilst gardening.   They work really well. 

Buddleja for just a year.

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 10:36
elderberry wrote (see)
... Lyn, I don't want the roots to be able to establish, I've dug up so many in the past.

I'm really confused by that   how else do you get a good, healthy shrub full of flowers except by the roots establishing? If you want the flowers you have to have the shrub and the roots too.

It's not as if they're deep rooted invasive roots - it's roots are usually near the surface and it has a relatively small rootball.



Posted: 04/08/2015 at 10:29

((hugs)) for your OH too Hosta - and yes, go back to the friendly friends, not the unfriendly rellies


Posted: 04/08/2015 at 09:01
Lily Pilly wrote (see)
.... we are moving wood today, needs brought down for the winter, I love stacking wood does that make me strange? I can't help but count themhave a good day,


"... Now it happened that Kanga had felt rather motherly that morning, and Wanting to Count Things — like Roo's vests, and how many pieces of soap there were left, and the two clean spots in Tigger's feeder...."  The House at Pooh Corner, AA Milne.


Posted: 04/08/2015 at 08:57

I've found sites which say prune in 'late winter/early spring' - if that's any help

pruning my new yew hedge

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 07:32

I'd agree with Verdun and cut them back now to encourage bushy growth.  We're a good way away from frosts as yet, so new growth won't get damaged.

yellowing leaves on bay

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 07:28

If it's potbound give it a really good soaking then pot it on into a bigger pot - I use 4 parts John Innes loambased compost and one part horticultural grit.

The John Innes will have enough feed in it for the rest of this year so no need to add any feed to the compost, but I find that my bay tree really perks up after a few sprayings with dilute seaweed liquid.

Hope that helps


A few queries on overwintering

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 07:16

As for the clematis cuttings - you only need to keep the air around them moist until they've developed roots and started growing.  When that's happened pot them on and keep them in a sheltered corner outside or in a coldframe for the winter.


Posted: 04/08/2015 at 07:13

Good morning all

Hosta ((hugs)) have a lovely day and ignore the unkind miserable ones - it's a shame,  but OH doesn't need them, he's got you and you've got him  - be happy

Oooh yes Chicky,  Scabious centaurea, Greater Knapweed - lovely elegant and attracts pollinators, goldfinches etc - it's on my list for the new bed I'm planning this autumn - according to Sarah Raven it likes poor dry soils and  'thrives on neglect' - just the ticket

Tomato leaf changes - first time grower nerves

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 07:01

It's not a good idea to wet the leaves Baza - that makes them perfect hosts for blight spores to settle!

If the tomato leaves are curling because of the heat that's not a problem, they do it to reduce transpiration of moisture from the leaves - it's what they're supposed to do.  Then when the heat drops the leaves uncurl.

Just water the compost - keep the leaves dry.  They won't absorb moisture through the leaves anyway so wetting them is useless. 

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