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Plant ID

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 08:07

They really aren't very attractive plants. I had one in a previous garden and just took individual branches out now and again. At least it had other planting round it to detract from the plainness of it through summer.

Horrible when people do that though. It's even worse when it's done to things like Acers. 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 08:04

Morning all/afties Pat if you're there

Frosty for us Dove - makes a change from lousy wet so I ain't complainin'  

Hope you get some joy with the boiler. Our heating's on most of the day just now - I keep the thermostat at around 16 so that it never gets too cold, then up it when we're in. The house is well insulated though, so it doesn't trigger very often and it's far more economical than heating it from 'frozen'. 

Unpleasant Clari - I have to stop coming on here every so often if I overdo it. Just as well I don't have to sit in front of  a screen for work.

Better go and heat up the car and get there then. Catch you all later. Have a good day

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 28/11/2017 at 18:06

I'd get more fabric and do curtains, Obs. 

A quiet day is good Joyce. Hope daughter is better by then though. 

Thanks LG - and glad you're a bit more chipper. Difficult converstaions are....well, difficult. Never simple but often necessary. 

I've just received my photos that I was getting 'done' for the shower room wall. Some snowy, frosty hill pix.  I use Photobox to get prints done, but these are mounted prints on a dense foam type stuff, and therefore waterproof. £14 each for 40cm x 30 cm. Delighted with them. Not sure Hosta would want them on his wall - too chilly  

Blimmin' chilly here anyway - car covered. Some bits have never defrosted today at all. Bits of ground I mean - not me....

Is it suitable to crush slugs while gardening?

Posted: 28/11/2017 at 17:44

I have to agree with Posy on this. No matter how 'wild' our gardens are, they're 'phoney', and full of juicy stuff that molluscs love. There's only so much that birds, frogs, hedgehogs etc can do, and they aren't always in the right place at the right time either.

I'd agree with Skandi that if you work at it in spring when new growth is coming through, and plants are a bit vulnerable, it pays off. Once plants get going, they can generally cope better.

It's still a problem with certain plants though, and like GaryR, I now avoid plants which just attract them like a magnet. I don't have the time or energy to devote to it. I can have a certain number of plants which need a bit more attention, so I then have a reasonable balance.

I also enjoy a bit of slug tossing over the fence (the giant snails are easier to  keep hold of and then fling, though  ) but a pair of scissors is quick and simple. 

Skimming Kew green wilted?

Posted: 28/11/2017 at 17:30

I don't see too much wrong either, although there looks to be a bit of physical damage in the first pic. They often get a bit of vine weevil bother, but a healthy plant will shrug that off, so it tends to be cosmetic. I'd agree with nut - if it's one obvious part of the plant that looks duff, check for signs of broken stems etc. 

They can certainly look a bit rubbish in some locations at this time of year. I'd also agree with Borderline -  they perform best in shade, and neutral to acidic soil with plenty of moisture, although tap water in the south could be an issue. It's why they do well up here - plenty of the right stuff falling out the sky  

We have a nice one at work which is looking really good - just showing a bit of white in the buds now. It's been there a long time, and always looks pretty healthy. Right plant, right place. 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 28/11/2017 at 08:02

Monrign all/afties  Pat - and chicky!

I think the  young people say - 'you're rocking that look'.....or something 

Were you not tempted to have a wee scramble up that? 

Sounds like a good plan doc. Mine are going to their Dad's on the day, so I'll be doing something similar, albeit without the bevvy  

Thanks for the explanation Dove and BL. Not a term I've heard here. Braising or stewing steak would be the closest terms I suppose.

Off to get ready - think there's a wee touch of frost again so I'm glad I covered the car.

Have a good day everyone - stay warm or cosy, depending on your position  

Click&Grow giveaway

Posted: 28/11/2017 at 07:54

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Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 27/11/2017 at 19:01

What's 'bavette' steak BL?

How thrilling that your mum worked there. The whole thing is incredible really. 

Glad you got a charger for the camera. 

Meant to say - hope LG is a little better today. Not much fun when you feel low. 

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Posted: 27/11/2017 at 18:37

Yes - they cope with loads of that here too Richard 

Don't think there are lots of varieties or anything - I should have said that. Mine is bog standard blackthorn. If you take a look at the hedging specialists online, you'll find plenty though.

I've used Hopes Grove nursery several times and found them very good. 

Conifer turning black inside

Posted: 27/11/2017 at 17:17

I don't think that's anything to worry about. If it's been planted in a basket with other plants, those other plants prevent light and air getting to it, so you can end up with 'dead' areas. Exactly the same happens in a border if other planting is too close. When you remove the planting, the dead areas are seen.

As it grows, other stems/branches will cover that. You can even lightly wire stems together to help close the gap. 

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