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Posted: 07/12/2014 at 14:33

Cutting a conifer in winter

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 14:05

Taking branches out completely will do no harm and as Gemma says - this is the time to do it. Trimming the green parts back into old brown wood is what does damage. If you wanted to 'trim' a conifer to maintain it's shape, you wouldn't cut farther back than that year's growth, and you would do that during summer/early autumn, which is not what you'd be doing John. 

Unfortunately a tree that size pushes against (and often breaks) fences, which seems to be the problem you have there. I'd take as many branches off as you can - right back to the main trunk. I've been doing the same thing here with a mature conifer at the rear of my shed.

Movie quotes

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 13:38

How about this one Edd:

'....I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship'


Posted: 07/12/2014 at 12:40

Looks like you had a great time DD and raised a good amount. Sisters eh? Rise above it if you can. You have friends here as you know - you can always have a moan to all of us. 

chicky - Perhaps a little prune won't do too much harm though. Have some venison casserole to get your revenge  I was going to say oh 'deer' but that would be in bad taste wouldn't it? 

I've done some housework and going out for a coffee later with a friend. Feel a bit idle today. 

Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 09:07

I grew Manteau in a previous garden but the scent was non existent. Perhaps we never got enough heat in those summers though! I bought two Belle Etoiles for this garden and they're lovely. 

Tis The Season To Be Jolly

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 08:54

His beard's always covered in soot though Verd...

Have I got deja vu - I thought we already had a Christmas joke thread? Either that or I'm living in a parallel universe 

Q:   What do you call a three legged reindeer?

A:    Eileen


Posted: 07/12/2014 at 08:44

Good idea Dove 

What are good quality tools for beginners

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 08:43

I think Mrs Norton already has secateurs but a spare pair is always handy. I like Spear and Jackson spades and forks because they're small and sturdy and not too expensive, but I'm quite fussy about how something feels in my hand so that's something to consider before buying...or keep the receipts...

A nice set of items that can be used such as string, labels, scissors and trowels etc make a nice gift, and perhaps a few packs of seed that are easy - like sweet peas, or salad crops if she'd like to grow edibles. You can do all these things as little stocking fillers - individually wrapped of course -  you're not getting off that lightly! 

Building a garden bed over cement plzzzz help

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 08:35

Are you growing the tomatoes under cover just now DrG? Do you just want an early crop? It's very early to be doing tomatoes. They get big, and you'll need a fair bit of space and heat to keep them going through winter. Over here, we usually start them at the end of winter into early spring. 

Favourite Christmas Song and Carol?

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 08:30

One of our finest exports Lyn.  Annie's  wonderful - in every way  

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