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Dwarf tree year round interest?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 15:21

What about  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/3345615/Winter-beauty-Prunus-x-subhirtella-Autumnalis.html - beautiful pale pink blossom on bare branches whenever there's a few days milder weather in the winter and early spring.  

It doesn't do much in the summer, but as the article suggests, as the foliage is light you could grow a small clematis up it for summer colour, then the leaves colour beautifully with soft yellows and rosy pinks during the autumn.

I know it says it can grow big, but I know one growing in really good conditions which is over 20 years old and isn't any more than 8ft tall.  

It's such a pretty and elegant little tree, and how wonderful to see blossom in midwinter when you're doing the washing up 

Fan trained Fig

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 15:10

Hi redkat

Very helpful info re pruning figs and general cultivation here  http://www.readsnursery.co.uk/fig-trees-for-gardens-and-greenhouses/ 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 14:29

As long as it doesn't impinge on the log cabin - I was thinking he could lay us a lovely patio outside with that polished slate I was talking about - lots of slate in Cornwall 

Pea sticks

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 14:25

How long is a piece of string - a lot depends on how big they are when cut, how they've been dried, what the weather's like when you're using them etc.  

The chaps on the allotments in our village would cut faggots of pea sticks from hedgerows every winter, and they'd be bundled up and stacked against the allotment shed wall waiting to be used.  

Then when the peas were harvested and the pea haulms were dry the pea sticks and the  haulms would be pulled up together and used to make a bonfire, on which the roots of perennial weeds (which had been drying in a heap all summer) would be burned.

 Because of the twiggy nature of the fuel the ash would be full of potash which would be spread on the allotment.  Nothing wasted and very little had to be bought.  

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 14:17

Just squidged another one 

What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 14:17

Trained as a fine artist, ran a smallholding and catering business, then worked as an arts administrator at a gallery and early music venue (bliss) but eventually redundancy found me seeking another post - I went to work for the LA Children's Services Children with Disabilities team as a temp and got hooked - by nature I'm a problem solver and wow, what a lot of problems to solve!  So they trained me and I worked there until last 5th November when I retired with rockets, fountains, catherine wheels and sparklers 

Supposed to be writing and painting - but when spring comes gardening keeps getting in the way 

My grass seed is growing (help please)

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 14:09

I don't think the Roundup is to blame (I'll probably be accused again of working for Monsanto - those of you who know me know that nothing could be further from the truth, but hey ho ) - I think it's more likely that the recent cool temperatures are the reason it's not germinated - my guess is grass seed will start germinating soon as the temperatures are rising and we're also getting some damp weather. 

Don't put soil/compost over the top - grass seed needs light to germinate.

And don't worry - if it's not germinated in a fortnight rake it over and spread another lot.  It's only £2.50 per kilo at Wilkos 

Do I talk too much.?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 13:59
artjak wrote (see)

Busy Bee, that is why I use emoticons so much; to try and get across the spirit in which things are said.

Me too - my posts are littered with the things - I use them to try to reproduce the tone in which I would say something rather than typing it - 

Where are YOU?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 09:47

If you click on my name you'll be able to read my Public Profile, which includes the area where I live and a bit about our garden.

 Not many people have completed theirs - it would help to answer questions if people did put a little bit about themselves and their garden  Be careful not to put in too much detail - don't want a flock of fans turning up at your door for autographs or cake.

To complete yours go into your Settings by clicking on your name in the top right hand corner of the screen - you'll find out how to do it there - it's quite simple 

 

dying honeysuckle

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 08:39

Can you post a picture of it for us - it might give us a clue ......... 

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