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viburnum bodnantense

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 13:57

mine sends up occasional suckers. Mum has one about 10 years old that is kept at about 45cm across at the base. It gets fairly hard pruned each year and always flowers. Mine scents half the garden at the moment, or it would if it stopped raining.

viburnum bodnantense

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 12:51

Its fine in a border. if it sends up a sucker a few feet away from the original, slice it off with a spade, pot it up and give it to a friend.  Mine occupies a metre square after 20 years.

Your eight 'Desert Island Discs' plants

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 12:49

I'm assuming there are coconuts already, to hang the hammock on. I wouldn't have any grasses for the snakes to hide in. Other than pansyfaces list, I would add in papaya and breadfruit, and even the much maligned durian fruit. It's ok in the fresh air.


Hawthorn Topiary

Posted: 29/11/2015 at 15:07

Hard clipping the hawthorn into  a shape is no different from a tight hedge. It responds well to hard clipping, but probably will not then flower and have haws.

Hawthorn Topiary

Posted: 29/11/2015 at 11:20

There is a famous hawthorn on the Mansfield to Nottingham road known as the table top tree. It has always been flat topped.



Posted: 28/11/2015 at 00:07

I have a similar bosch quiet one. It has a screw mechanism that chops twigs into chunks. It copes best with long straight bits like branches. Very good with long brambles if fed in so that it grabs it and then just chews away. The reverse function is good for clogs if you put something too big in. Not very good with soft thin green stuff, I have to use an old alko impact shredder for fine stuff.

The World's Most Expensive Food

Posted: 27/11/2015 at 22:01

I thought the birds had expensive food , but at approx a fiver for a teaspoon of snail eggs, I think the hedgehogs around here have the most expensive food.

 I know the hedgehogs are still about. they left me a parcel on the front doorstep last week, and one on the patio this week.

apple tree

Posted: 27/11/2015 at 18:58

Cut the shoot back by at least half. If will then branch and send out side shoots. Summer prune those to three buds which will form fruit the following year.


Posted: 27/11/2015 at 18:54

Just been to supermarket. I had just locked the car and the heavens opened. 100yd dash and arrived at trolley bay soaked. Did shopping, then managed to drop a bag off of top of trolley. Of course it was the one with the glass jars in. Put shopping in car, then went back in for another jar of chilli dipping sauce. 

Party and fireworks tomorrow.

I'm glad you found the bracelet , punkdoc. I empty my vacuum cleaner on to the compost heap rather than the dustbin , hoping that if I lost an earring, it may eventually turn up.

Have a good weekend, folks.

Overwintering Red Banana

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 12:19

Bubble wrapping the pot is OK

 Fleece can breathe so is better around the stem. The other way to do it is a cage of chicken wire stuffed with straw, which is breathable,and a sheet of plastic only over the top few inches, to keep any rain out (if your garage leaks).

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