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Yew bush

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 09:20

If birds are nesting leave it until July - but as has been said, Yew responds really well to cutting hard back, so don't worry about doing it.


Posted: 23/03/2016 at 09:06

Have a lovely birthday Flumpy


HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 08:52

Oooh Congratulations Flumpy!!!   Have a lovely day

Hosta, Ma had an Uncle Tom - I always thought he was Uncle Tom Cobley - especially as we had an illustration of the song and all the verses on the wall above Pa's desk. 

Many years ago I rode to Widdecombe - but on a skewbald mare called Dinah, not a grey one

Bare-root Roses

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 08:44

Multi purpose compost is light and 'fluffy', consisting totally of fibrous matter - fine for short term plantings like pots of summer bedding plants, but it soon becomes thin and powdery and lacks substance for longer term/permanent plantings.

  Loam based John Innes compost has some 'real soil' to give weight and body, as well as the John Innes formulae - lots of info here

Climbers to cover dead lylandii

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 07:52

When I travel into the city on a bus I pass a Leylandii boundary hedge which is covered on the 'garden side' by a grape vine of some sort - every summer the grapevine comes over the top of the Leylandii which is some 30ft long and 12ft tall and hangs over  draping the hedge down to the pavement.   It is cut back in the winter, but as I only see the road side of the hedge I don't know how hard it's cut back.  I've no idea what sort of grapevine it is or how many plants there are - not a Vitis cognitae , but what I can see of it is pretty spectacular. 

Honesty flowers

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 07:40

I've been lucky enough to visit Nut's garden several times - it truly is a magical place

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 07:32

He's down at the harbour with the clams Verdun  

Good morning


Posted: 23/03/2016 at 07:30

Aronia, hawthorn and mountain ash are all rosaceae so theoretically compatible.

Tomatoes and potatoes are both from the solanum family as are aubergines which are also grafted together with the other two. 

I think it's highly unlikely that grafting chokeberry onto an apple rootstock would change the nature of the growth pattern of the chokeberry.  It might make it more or less vigorous than it would be on it's own roots, that is all. 

Whats best for screening a warehouse - upto 5-6m. Please see images.

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 07:19

You don't have room for more trees - the ones you have need all the room there is there.  Planting more trees will damage the ones you already have.

Think of the old rule of thumb that the roots of a tree below ground occupy as much space as the branches above. 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 07:12

Good morning all   G'day Pat   Package was waiting for us when we arrived home yesterday THANKYOU!!!  We'll look at it when we've caught up with a few jobs here

chicky wrote (see)

...   just need the clocks to change so that I can get out to the GH when I get home from work and I'll be happy as a sandboy

......which poses today's million dollar question ....why are sandboys so happy ???

And a follow up question - who or what is a sand boy?

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