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Posted: 14/02/2014 at 08:16

Forkers - if you want to see a lovely puppy pic - have a look at Rosie's Wisteria thread 

Wisteria and dogs - poisonous?

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 08:15



Posted: 14/02/2014 at 08:12

Me too 

Wind damage, greenhouse

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 08:08

Sorry to hear that folks   Hope the next storm isn't so bad. 


Posted: 14/02/2014 at 08:06

Milly,  the mild winter has kept lots of things flowering hasn't it?  

I'd cut them back hard to outward facing buds about 8" from the base.  Take out very spindly stems completely, also any that cross over - you're aiming for an open bowl-shape.

It sounds quite drastic but remember that 'growth follows the knife' so the harder back you cut them the better they will grow.  Remembering that maxim, cut back the thinner stems a bit harder than the strong ones, then they'll even up. 

Follow up with a sprinkling of slow release fertiliser such as Fish, Blood and Bone.

Talkback: Fig trees

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 08:02

This site  which gives reliable advice says 

"At leaf-fall, remove all remaining figs larger than small peas. This is important: leaving them will delay or reduce the next season's crop and can also give rise to dieback.

Maincrop figs are produced on the previous years wood only - no new wood = very few figs. "


Posted: 14/02/2014 at 07:56

Hi Milly1 

No it's not too late - just getting around to doing mine 

What sort of roses ?  Bush type, ramblers or climbing?


Posted: 14/02/2014 at 07:54

Hold tight Verdun - please don't get blown away 


Posted: 14/02/2014 at 07:36

Good morning all

 Happy Valentine's Day everyone 


Posted: 13/02/2014 at 18:54

Oh dear, hang on to your hats folks!  Looks like we might all get the next one ........

I'm going to put my feet up and do some knitting now, so I'll say goodnight folks, sweet dreams and see you all tomorrow 

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..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
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plant offer in the Guardian 
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Is it ok for veg patch? 
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New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

Starting this Saturday 
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Is anyone interested in meeting up for a visit? 
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New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

A reason to get out there in the fresh air and count anything that's flowering .... 
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What is this ornamental tree please?

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