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Some unknowns ....

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 22:06

Ah, it's rubra then. 

I've just found some Lunaria rediviva seeds in my pocket - how on earth did they get there? 

olive trees

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 22:01

They can cope with colder weather than people realise, as long as their roots are dryish.  They hate cold and wet together. 


Posted: 29/09/2013 at 21:59

I'd cut it back by half when you plant it to avoid wind rock loosening the roots over the winter.  

Then in the spring - early March, cut all shoots back to 3 or 4 shoots from the base, pruning to a pair of outward facing buds if possible. 

Repeat every year.

Multi-stemmed copper beech

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 21:56

If you like it, I'd take a third of the stems out completely this year, as if you were coppicing them.  Then in a couple of years time I'd take out another third, then a couple of years later I'd remove the final third.  You'll then have a smaller rejuvenated multistemmed copper beech.  

Then leave it for a few years and when it's getting too big again, I'd repeat the above.

Raised beds and what type of top soil?

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 21:43

I would go for Topsoil Screened - it won't be full of big stones, chunks of wood, lumps of clay and even some weed roots, which might be in the 'As Dug' grade, but might have some very small stones in it which won't be a problem in a veg patch - might even improve drainage.

Double screened isn't necessary for growing veg, but if you were sowing a Bowling Green that's exactly what you'd need. 

When I filled my raised veggie beds I used half topsoil and half well-rotted farmyard manure - I've been very happy with the results.

Does anyone recognise this dahlia?

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 21:37

I fell in love with this dahlia today at East Ruston - does anyone recognise it please?

 Isnt it absolutely gorgeous?

Some unknowns ....

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 21:31

Nut, you generously gave me an Actaea pachypoda didn't you?  But it has black berries - nigra?

And I have a Molly the Witch from you - but East Ruston has them by the several square metres!!! 

I did recognise the peony eventually, when I looked at the photograph with my glasses on   I should have put my glasses on earlier when looking at the plants   I think the fact that there was such a large area of them absolutely threw me - without my glasses on it looked like some thick shrubby undergrowth. 

Thanks everyone 

Some unknowns ....

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 20:51

Hi, please can you give me a hand putting names to these plants that were in the gardens at Gt Ruston today...









 3. now I look at this one properly it's a peony isn't it?  Amazing what a decent camera and a pair of spectacles can do





Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 20:12

GG it's the Sycamore Moth caterpillar - 

Isn't it amazing?!!!

not poisonous although the hairs may be an irritant.  Feeds on Horse chestnut, Large leaved lime, mulberry and oak.  It will overwinter as a pupa.

There are very few caterpillars that I would squidge - cabbage whites on my brassicas possibly 

Gardens we have visited 2013

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 19:15

We went to The Old Rectory at East Ruston this afternoon - I'd not been for a long time and the plantings have certainly matured since I was last there.  I'll put some pics up.

 Time for tea and scones 

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