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Magnolia Stellata

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 16:23

They use crampons and everything here Ceres....

I'd agree with Ladybird - pot it up and let it get a bit more mature. It would be a shame to lose it.

Slugs and snail are like most pests, worse some years than others. They've been in shorter supply up here this year as we've had more dry cold weather, instead of the usual wet cold, while lots of other areas have had mild and wet conditions just at the right time for slugs to go forth and multiply....

Independence Day?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 16:17

I've stayed out of this as I don't want involved in a repeat of the other threads that caused so much discord recently, but I've just read that an online petition to have a 'referendum rerun' has passed 1,000,000 signatures, so now they have to debate it in Parliament.... 

Part two anyone ?  

Jimmy - they announced yesterday that the B of E was ready to put gazillions of shekels in to the economy to help....

Maybe they were just sitting on it for this year's  Christmas party.... 

Sweet pea relocation

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 16:05

What a shame Danielle. As long as they have sufficient room to grow, and aren't competing too much for water and nutrients, they'll be fine.

They do get quite big and bushy though, so if you feel there are too many in the location you have them, it might be best to remove a couple simply to give the others better growing conditions. They can get a bit mildewy, and look a bit rough at the bottom if they get very crowded and dry. Good air circulation helps to keep them healthy. Just use your own judgement as they grow  

and get the under gardener trained up for next year...


Posted: 25/06/2016 at 15:40

Shorter day altogether Joyce! Longer in the car than on the hill. Good weather too  

I've decided that's a sensible plan after a very long day. One long , one short...and that's just my legs...

I gave a nice Danish chap a lift along to the hill - he'd already walked from his B&B at Balquidder. He's a hill guide and was doing a recce for a walking group he's taking out. I seem to be making a habit of meeting nice young men when I'm out. I'll be getting a reputation.... 

Wonks - lovely peony. One of my cats used to sit with it's tongue out like that 

Fidget - have you ever been up here diving? My BIL has been diving since his Uni days and used to go out regularly. To the point where my sister was sick to death of eating scallops...

You're having some terrible weather obelixx. You could do with some sun - helps  make you feel a bit better when you've not been feeling great. We seem to have stolen a lot of the good stuff recently - but I think we deserve it..

Been lots of rain here overnight and today though - I was hoping to do some grass cutting etc but it's not looking too hopeful at the moment.

Does anyone else miss the weekly what to do now links

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 07:51

Yes Lesley - they're not much use up here - too far ahead!

I've never used them - I do as obelixx says - I work with my own conditions and seasons, although I can see they'd be useful to inexperienced gardeners, or as a reminder to do certain things if you have a big plot.


Posted: 25/06/2016 at 07:48

Morning all, well, those that are here! Afties Pat - did you get your snow?

Off to Callander shortly to do a Corbett there. Nice easy day after last weekend's long trip 

Bit damp here but it's looking a bit better up there. Glad you have some sun Dove. Good chance to get lots done outside. I managed a fair bit yesterday after work, including repotting the pond plants which were badly needing it. 

The magpies were out making a racket with the youngster in tow  They made me laugh last week - all up on the shed roof, shuffling around on the slope!

Best go and organise myself. Hope everyone has a good day today, especially DD and anyone still under the weather. 

Will catch up with you all later 

Cordyline Australis

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 07:40

Those leaves are dead. Just remove  them. It's probably transplant shock - any plant with  a lot of growth gets it when moved. They often just go limp, and cutting them back helps reduce stress while the roots establish. 

I'm surprised your cordylines are thriving in damp shade - sun and good drainage are the normal requirements! It's also normal for them to  drop leaves - giving them the trunk that we're familiar with in mature specimens. 

Pittosporum chop?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 20:10

I'd reckon a seaweed feed Stephen. You can get it in liquid form and you just dilute it. It's ideal for promoting foliage, rather than flowers, so it suits a shrub like Pittosporum which tends to have insignificant flowers. However, a general purpose food like Blood,Fish and Bone sprinkled round the base and tickled into the soil will also be fine.  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 17:26

Gorgeous pix everyone  

Beautiful as always LF 

I always cut back geraniums after flowering to get a second flush. If you have lots, you could probably do a chop earlier in the year ( ie Chelsea time) and that would stagger the flowering too. 

Pittosporum chop?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 17:22


I'd say it would be ok. They're not reliably hardy up here so I've never grown them, although I'm very tempted. If yours is so happy, I'd reckon it would be fine to prune a good bit off. It can put on new growth safely before colder weather sets in. A feed afterwards would probably be beneficial.

I expect someone else who has more experience of them will come along and give you more (or better!)  advice though  

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