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Magnolia standard different growth

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 17:26

If you're wanting to grow them as standards, you'll need to do something about the growth lower down on the stem. 

Is Tomorite ok to use as plant food?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 16:34

I wouldn't use Tomorite for newly planted shrubs.  It's  for encouraging flowers and fruit in summer.

If you're planting shrubs I'd use some Fish, Blood and Bone - a good general organic slow-release fertiliser which will help the whole plant, not just the fruiting and flowering bit.  


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 16:18

It looks healthy but it's probably too late in the season for it to flower again this year.  Look forward to next summer 


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 16:08

He'll be home about 5.45 - I've put some antihistamine cream on and that's helping - OH has some antihistamine tablets somewhere (he takes them if we're going somewhere where there's a cat) - if the swelling gets too bad I'll give him a ring and see where they are, but I think the cream is working. 

Next time I go to the squash patch I'm going to tuck my kaftan into my 'lastic!   They're not flying up there again!!!  Goodness knows what might happen 


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 15:24

Merryweather is a really good variety for jams and tarts etc.  

Reads are a really good supplier of fruit trees - their site says 'sold out' at the moment, but that's probably because it's the wrong season - I usually buy bare root from them. 


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 15:09


I've just had to take almost everything off Fidget!!!!!!!!!!   and next door have the plumber upstairs but who cares!!!!  

I went outside to the veg patch to pick a couple of pattypan squashes and suddenly I felt a sharp burning sensation in the middle of my back and then there was a buzzing and I realised that a bee had flown up my kaftan and stung me!!!!!!!!!!! 

I pulled my kaftan over my head and ran indoors in my underpinnings!!!  I could feel the sting and think I've scraped it out with my fingernail, and I've sprayed it with the Jungle Fever sting spray stuff.  I can only just manage to see a bit of it in  the mirror but there's a big red swelling getting bigger OUCH!!!  

Is this Japanese Knotweed in my garden?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 14:36

Jo, thanks for your message.  It sounds as if these are suckers from the trees that have been cut back

Some trees react to being cut back by behaving as if their lives are at risk and they need to procreate by any means possible as quickly as possible.  

I would treat the suckers with a brushwood killer.  If you don't want it to affect the parent trees then dig around the suckers first, severing the roots where they run back to the trees.  This may well turn out to be an annual job.  

Is it worth the risk?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 14:24
chrissieB says:

...  Dove - having looked at your link, I think I am in love...


 It is a really beautiful rose 

Is this Japanese Knotweed in my garden?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 13:59

That doesn't look like Japanese Knotweed to me.

Those look like the suckers from the roots of a tree - any large trees in the area?  Cherry, plum or possibly poplar?  Or have any been cut down recently?  


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 13:53

34C out there

It's too hot to be outside, even in the shade ... I've come indoors and opened all the windows and back doors to create a through draught .......... phew! 

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