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Latest posts by fidgetbones

Apple trees

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 07:41

I would leave it. The tree will find its own shape. I have a tree (that was here when I came) that is fighting to get out of the shade of an oak. It leans to one side permanently and  only has fruit on one side. However with minimal pruning it does bear heavily every year. If you keep trying to force it to a different shape, you will never get a good crop.


Posted: 18/11/2013 at 22:21

I put  2 kg per sq metre of rock dust onthe veg patch. I will repeat it as I think it improved the veg and the sweet peas.  I've started adding it to the maturing compost heap,so the worms can work it in before I use the compost as a mulch.

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 21:59

I had some raspberries today. Normally by now they have gone mouldy, but as its been dry they were fine. Not as good flavour as the the June ones but hey...

I cut off the last of the Salvia patens flowers heads today. This year I have lifted some and potted them for the greenhouse, hoping to get bigger and earlier plants next year. I have saved seed as well.

Stokesia is still flowering,and the Viburnum bodantense dawn is flowering well.

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 21:36

Ashwood nurseries website has some spotted doubles and some picotee ones I want. This could get expensive. I did find that seeds off mine germinated readily, so I hope the ultra pretty ones seed as well.

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 21:30

Thats a beautiful plant, Lyn. I have a dusky pink single and whites, that have gently spread under the original shrub border. I moved a seedling (white) last year to the new bed under the oak. This is raised from the lawn level, so I hope to see them better. I bought two new ones from Ashwood, a double yellow and a double red for the  under oak bed. The original shrub border separates my garden from the derelict orchard and wood next door. There is no actual fence(just boundary markers at intervals) and the wildlife comes through under the shrubs. I find if I leave the leaves on until the hellebores have already put up the flowers then they don't get trampled by cats/foxes/hedgehogs/squirrels. I don't seem to suffer from the blackspot problems.

Camera Corner

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 21:15

Next doors  hounds (great danes) in the snow.


Camera Corner

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 21:11

dogsitting next doors dog.


mystery purple flower (no picture)

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 18:06

with a bit of luck, some will have self seeded about a bit, and will come up next year.


Posted: 18/11/2013 at 17:30

I rearranged the greenhouse so that I can switch the heater on without cooking the plants.I removed a dead mouse from the full watering can. I pruned the Brugmansias down so I now have a a bunch of cuttings in a jar in the kitchen windowsill. They will make roots by spring, when I will pot them up. Also I pruned the lower branches of the magnolias so that I can see the hellebores beneath. Then I was going to shred the prunings, but it rained  so instead I had ginger cake and coffee.

Plant identification

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 15:14

I dont think it is fallowiana. The leaf arrangement would be more like Buddleja alternifolia.(if it is a buddeleja) If so it should flower early on in the spring.

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