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Inula Hookeri

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 15:12

Just thought of something else - Perovskia Blue Spire (Russian Sage) - would look great 

hydrangea pruning

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 15:09

Hi May Parker  

I don't know this hydrangea, but Crocus says to ".... prune hard in early spring, cutting back the previous season's shoots to within a few buds of the permanent, woody framework of the plant."

Sad looking Forsythia- Goldmine

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 15:06

Nut, I think they're varieties of C. persicum


Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 15:03

Lily, why not start a thread to see if anyone want to see snowdrops here 


Posted: 12/01/2014 at 13:45
Verdun wrote (see)

Sorry dove......getting excited about Star Child?  Redeemed myself?  

You're forgiven Verdun ((hugs)) - was thinking about it just yesterday evening while looking through catalogues and thinking I couldn't see anything to match it 

Chicky - don't forget to take that bank card with you 

Clari - my OH has the ladder out - I'll send him to do your pruning - don't you go up a ladder!!!

Lily, when I've washed the bird feeders I'll join you on the sofa - any good rubbish telly on? 

Ena Harkness climbing rose

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 13:39

Climbing roses should have their main stems trained as close to the horizontal as possible.  This encourages the formation of side shoots which bear the blooms, so restricting it to 6ft is do-able.

However, one of the flaws/attributes of Ena Harkness is the fact that the blooms have a 'weak neck' and so hang down and are best seen from below - it works very well on a pergola as you can look up from beneath - only you can tell whether restricting it to 6ft will let you see it's blooms at their best.  

I know you've done a lot of research, but if you decide that you will not see the roses at their best if it has to be confined to below 6ft , you might like to consider Etoile de Hollande instead - it has many similarities to Ena Harkness but the blooms don't droop so can be enjoyed at eye level and below.



Posted: 12/01/2014 at 13:26

Gooseberries and raspberries pruned   Some bread and brie eaten - now I'll go into the kitchen, don the rubber gloves and give the old bird feeders a good scrubbing - daughter says she'd like to have them.  

Then roast beef and Yorkies will be organised   Thanks for that Verdun 

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 12:43


Posted: 12/01/2014 at 12:39

It's not the walking that's made me tough - I was running a smallholding in the winter of 1987 ....

"....During the day temperatures kept on falling as snow showers became more intense, Monday 12th was probably one of the most remarkable days of the 20th Century as temperatures stayed below -5c throughout England and below -8c in several places in the home Counties. 

The Weather Log for Jan. 1987 describes the 12th-14th as the coldest spell of weather in southern England since January 1740.

Over the next few days the U.K. was swept by blizzards and freezing temperatures as an upper cold pool crossed England....."

All the water pipes in the animals' sheds froze solid and I was carrying buckets of water from the house almost all day - I ended up being treated for "extensive Equestrian Paniculitis" and I was wearing thermals and a big coat etc  - there are photos of my thighs and btm in a medical textbook somewhere

We East Anglians have to be tough 



Posted: 12/01/2014 at 11:56

I wouldn't try to grow anything up the Leylandii - I don't think it would work effectively - if they grew at all they'd try to grow through the trees to get to the light the other side.

 And you want the roots of the climbers a good metre away from the trees, in soil that's had some good organic moisture retaining stuff such as manure and compost dug into it. 

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