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Posted: 10/08/2014 at 15:52

  Homer - Brilliant!!!

We have a woodpigeon who thinks he lives with us - he eats the hedgehogs' leftovers - OH has named him Peabrain - it seems to fit 

I've just been outside and moved my special dahlia Starchild, to a less blustery corner - it's just about to burst into bloom.

And I've picked our first fig of the summer - beautifully ripe - we have some Parma ham so that'll be our starter this evening.   It's big enough to share - it weighs 4.7ozs!!!

  That's a 2p next to it for scale 

sambucus black lace cutting back? confusing advice

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 15:04

As Nutcutlet says, cut it hard back to almost ground level at the end of the winter - it will throw up lots more growth.  Feed, mulch and water.    To make a big bush I'd coppice it hard every two or three years.

Old gardening saying - Growth follows the knife.

Pruning Mulberry trees

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 15:01

I understand that if these have been planted to provide shade then they will both have been the same sex, as people don't want the fruits dropping onto garden benches and staining people's clothes etc.

If I were you I'd buy or build a pretty seat and enjoy the garden.  I'm sorry but I really can't see anything wrong with your trees.  They're a lovely shape, they'll provide you with shade from the noonday sun and they won't grow very much bigger than they already are.

 What other planting have you planned for that part of your garden?

Fuchsia Cutting

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 14:54

Don't use scissors - they crush the stems - use a new blade in a Stanley knife or a craft scalpel.

Keep trying - good  luck 

Standard roses

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 14:34

This seems to meet your needs 

Whats happening?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:43

Smokin Donkey is in France.

I'd be very happy indeed if we had a few more summers like this one has been so far.  One of the best gardening summers I've known in a long while. 

what is this climbing weed? Any ideas?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:38

But a weed is just something growing in the wrong place - maybe once the poster knows what it is, it won't be a weed 


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:28

You can, but it is in the nature of honeysuckles to grow upwards and have their foliage and flowers towards the top of the plant.  In the wild the stems scramble up through hedgerows until they reach the sunlight  before putting on leaves and flowers.

You may find it more useful to plant something in front of the honeysuckle to hide the bare stems, rather than try unsuccessfully to encourage it to leaf up lower down.


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:03

It wasn't for food - OH wanted to get some paint and 'liquid refreshment' - much more important 

Vegggies in Pots

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 12:45

Fill the bed with a mixture of topsoil and well-rotted farmyard manure - you can get bags of both from the garden centre.

To grow the things I suggested there's no need to cover it at all.  They're all fine outside in the winter.

You could also some some Aqualdulce Claudia broad beans in October - they will grow slowly through the winter and give you a much earlier crop than sowing in the spring.

And also Swiss chard can be sown now - you can use the small leaves as salad leaves in the autumn, leaving the plants to grow bigger through the winter and then you'll have lovely leaves and stems to cook in the spring - it would cost you a fortune at the greengrocers, if they even stock it.  Such a lovely vegetable - use it like spinach, especially good in curries etc . 

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