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can you take cuttings from photinia (red robin) and plant them.

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 13:54

The short answer is yes. Semi- ripe cuttings (so not too sappy) any time for the next few months. I'd pot them up and let them get established before planting them out.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 13:46

Success! 1 and 8 look like sweet rocket  - Hesperis. 11 looks like ragwort John so I'd get rid of that! 

The borders you've got planted up are looking great - you must be pleased with the results after all the effort you put in earlier. Did you sow a wildflower mix?

Wot no carrots?

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 13:37

Have to agree Scuby- they don't like too much nourishment. When you sow seed it should be in ground that's not had recent improvement. Seems strange when you feel you're helping doesn't it?  I used to grow them in little troughs of ordinary compost, didn't do anything special to them and got great little crops. Have to be cruel to be kind is the motto! 

Summer has arrived

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 13:33

Blackest- you need to do these pix in a way that us mere mortals can work with!!

Hope you're not working too hard in that garde in the heat - we get worried about you if you don't post for a while 

Can't help with that red one either -sorry. Some knowledgeable person like Dove, nut or Verd will know!

what are these trees pleeze?

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 08:06

Looks like Eleagnus- your 'blob' that is! You can prune it back. It may well be there as a windbreak so maybe cut it back rather than take it out and see what effect there is re the wind.


Posted: 10/07/2013 at 07:53

Morning all. Cooler here today and I think it's to be like that which is a bit of a relief after yesterday. Too hot for me to do much outdoors. Glad you're getting the sun now Dove.

Bev- I miss seeing your  lovely name on the posts! I always picture you as a lovely grand duchess with slightly faded grandeur - a bit Jane Austen....hard when you're just 27....

the heat's starting to affect me..

I  go on 'followed threads' but sometimes they don't work properly either, so I just go down the current ones and take a look. I think the site simply doesn't work very well sometimes - bit like most of us!

Where do we start?

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 23:22

Eri- taking pix is a great way of 'seeing' the plot and you also get a lot of satisfaction from the changes you make which keeps you motivated for the next stage. Sometimes you feel you've slogged your guts out and not made much of a difference, but if you have a before and after you'll see the changes.

our building projects

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 23:18

Great stuff BL! A change is as good a rest they say! 

Thank you all. punkdoc- I will put a hedge along virtually all of it.  The front will possibly be different- not totally made my mind up yet. Doesn't have to be evergreen  but that's always a bonus. Love hornbeam but may go for blackthorn or pyracantha for more wildlife and to keep interlopers away.

The shed, which is in the enclosed area of 'red' fence, will get moved out to the far end and the extension will also fill a good bit of it. The back garden will then become much bigger and I can get some lawn, borders and planted areas in  it. The gap on the left of the first pic now has a gate, as that's the division of the front and side/back areas.

Bluejan- look froward to seeing all your hard work too 

heavy duty gate post

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 23:05

Kev I've just been doing a fence and I used a strong mix of 1 part cement, 1 and a half parts sand and 2 and a half parts gravel. For 3" (75mm) posts I dug holes approximately 10/12" square (25/30cm) and down to the depth required so I'd  suggest you'd want them a good bit bigger than that for stability maybe 15/18".  2' should be fine for depth as long as they're not higher than about 6'. You'll need quite a bit of concrete for holes that size. The concrete will go off overnight in this weather, so if you get them done one day they should be fine for re hanging your gates the following day. It's easy to see if the mix is dry but you can always leave them longer if you're worried about them. Very hot weather isn't really ideal for concreting as it can go off too quickly but I've not had any problems doing mine. If the weather's wet you can loosely cover the concrete with polythene to prevent too much water getting in- just fix it gently round the post and peg it down into the surrounding ground. Hope that's of some use. 

Can anyone identify this plant please?

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 22:44

Looks like Liatris to me Shelley. Spikes of purply mauve, slightly plumper at the top than the bottom (rather than the 'candle' spikes of Veronicas) Bees love it!

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