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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Pruning raspberries

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 15:54

I've never grown blackberries intentionally, having always lived near plenty of wild ones - however, you treat them like summer fruiting raspberries as they fruit on wood grown the previous years - so I'd leave them until you're sure the tip halves are really dead.  It won't be too long now before leaves being to sprout - then you'll have confirmation of death or not.  If dead then yes, clip the dread stuff off. 

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo'

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 15:47

Nut, RHS says it's suckering - maybe if the top growth is kaput the roots may throw up some new shoots 


Posted: 23/02/2014 at 15:45

If you don't want to do as Bob suggests - and to be honest that's what I'd probably do, and then put 18" of trellis on the top and grow climbers up it - but if you don't want to fence I'd grow either a mixed native hedge or a beech or holly hedge - either will take a while to get to the height you want, but that's the choice you have - the height and consequent horrors of Leylandii or a slower growing but easier to control hedge which is good for wildlife. 


Posted: 23/02/2014 at 14:00

Gardeners Question Time on Radio 4 in a min folks!!!

Music in the Garden

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 13:59

Gardeners Question Time on Radio 4 in a min folks!!!


Whoops!  wrong thread 

Music in the Garden

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 13:58

Tee hee - I used to do that in the studio at Art School, head phones on, painting away, singing along - much to the consternation of the younger students 

Music in the Garden

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 13:51

Because ours is being played in the studio it's really quiet - the neighbours can't hear it and I can hear the birdsong over it.  I woudn't play loud music in the garden, and thankfully neither do the neighbours - (just their windchime, but that's another story). 

Pruning raspberries

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 13:39

Nope, cut them down now - mine had shoots when I cut them back 3 weeks ago.  They'll send up new growth from underground. 

Shed roof

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 13:38

You can buy 'mats' of sedums to establish on roofs - you need to get the sub-strata right first to ensure good drainage etc, and ensure the roof is strong enough.  Once the plants and growing medium hold water you'd be surprised how heavy it gets!

ID Please

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 13:34
Berghill wrote (see)

Cerastium tomentosum aka Snow in Summer, a right thug it is too!

I've always found it quite controllable 

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