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Is this a spores old flame and when/how should I prune?

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 12:28

They're pretty indestructible in my experience Splandy. It's quite likely that you'd get some new growth forming on the bit you prune. You could do it in two stages if you're worried though.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 12:24

Pond looks great Chris. Hope the front garden stays 'pristine' 

Love the Dierama and Briza 'raindroppy' pix,  Yarrow. Gorgeous.

No pooter recently, but I took these about ten days ago. 

Etoile Violette and Allium Multib. nigrum

Lily - 'Blackout'

Paeony (Duchesse de Nemours) has survived it's endless moves, periods in pots, and inclement weather

The alpina clematis (Constance) is flowering with the viticella (E.V.)  It's got even more flowers since I took that pic. Strange - but lovely to have them together   

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 12:09

Ta muchly chicky   

Is this a spores old flame and when/how should I prune?

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 11:53

Can't really see the pic very clearly, but you can treat Spireas quite severely without any issue. The diffreence in colour is likely to be younger and older foliage. 

If you prune back hard, it would be a good idea to water well, feed and then mulch with some decent compost to give it a bit of a boost.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 11:44

Morning all.

Sorry - been slightly AWOL from this thread  recently .... then the pooter was playing up  (updating, which made it worse ) so I abandoned  it for a while. I think I may need to get 'a man' to look at it  

Thanks for all the messages - I will respond as soon as I can 

No idea what anyone is up to, and no chance of catching up - although it sounds like you're recovering just in time to look after OH, Dove 

Hope OH is improving now Joyce x

Another ugly looking day here - huge bank  of black clouds approaching. I'm hoping the wind coming from the SW will keep them away long enough to get the washing dry. It'll only need an hour or so! The winds last weekend caused a little damage - a few buddliea branches but nothing unusual, and everything else is always well secured. Managed to get a walk slotted in yesterday thank goodness. Hasn't been easy recently with the weather, but I went up to Pitlochry late afternoon and got away without a soaking. Always a good result! Back very late so just sorting some pix now. 

Off for a quick look round now 

mini pond

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 22:25

Probably mozzies rosemummy! The water will heat up very quickly as it's a shallow container, and that's perfect for them to thrive and multiply.

not to worry - they do provide a bit of entertainment  

Peony advice please

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 22:22

What size is it Rebecca -  and what size is the pot? They can take a while to settle and start flowering, and need plenty of food and rich soil to thrive. If it's potted long term, it will need a soil based compost and not just multi purpose as that won't have enough nutrition for it over a long period. 

They often aren't happy in pots long term either. It depends on variety as to whether they're suitable as pot specimens - they're nearly always better off in the ground.

Newly laid turf yellow

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 21:55

Stuart - if you can fix your hose into the handle of a fork, and stick it into the ground (it's a wee bit of a faff, but tie it or wire it on) and then leave it on one bit for a good half an hour, and then move it to another spot and repeat, that will be of great benefit. 


Posted: 19/06/2017 at 21:50

They eventually just fade away - as  the seed heads naturally disperse. 

Lovely aren't they? My alpina is covered in lovely seedheads just now  too, as well as a few new flowers

Apple Tree - Woolly Aphid?

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 20:59

The camera icon is the right one Gillian, but sometimes the photos won't load because they're too big.

If you reduce the size it should help. I resize all mine to less than 2.5 MB 

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