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walnut tree

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 21:39


To quote Alan Titchmarsh "Do not prune older trees unless absolutely necessary. They are prone to cavities after severe pruning if the collar at the base of the branch is damaged or stumps are left behind. For this reason it is worth raising the canopy when the tree is still young and keeping the stem clear as it grows.".

Joy Bostock of the RHS says "Established walnuts, whether fruiting or ornamental, are best left unpruned. Where pruning is necessary it is important that the work be undertaken between mid-summer and early autumn and that the branch collar be left intact. Flush cuts that remove the branch collar are prone to decay. Hard pruning is not tolerated. Avoid pruning walnuts in late winter or early spring (January-April) as the sap rises early and the pruning cuts will bleed profusely.".

If it has just started fruiting (nutting?) I would just leave it as it is just getting into its stride.

Just watched Monty Tonight

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 21:34

Well , at least his long suffering wife knows where he is. He's not in the pub or the bookies, although maybe sometimes she wishes...


Posted: 27/06/2015 at 08:23

I have a couple of those nets. They go over any hat. They are very popular in Oz when it is fly season. I cant stand flies around my face.

Blue skies here, so garden here I come.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 08:10

It looks like an early Australian spring there , Pat .

I have done some gardening for a friend near the coast in Western Australia, and while they get no frost, getting plants to establish in what are virtual sand dunes is challenging to say the least. we saw the stand of Wollemi pines in a botanic garden that must be near you. (Relatively speaking)


Posted: 27/06/2015 at 07:59

I use the cheapest bitter from Lidl in the slug pubs. No use wasting  the good stuff on them.

Nibbled raddish

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 07:57

Slugs eat the round  root bit.

Flea beetles eat the leaves.

Just watched Monty Tonight

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 22:13

My blackcurrants wont be ready for at least three weeks.



Posted: 26/06/2015 at 22:11

Slug pubs filled. 5  snails crunched underfoot.

The hedgehogs dont seem to like crunchy meat pies.

Ist zinnia in flower.

Just watched Monty Tonight

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 21:37

We used to have a neighbour with a perfect lawn. My mum always said weeds wouldn't dare grow in his lawn.

Mine is full of wild flowers, aka weeds. I make him mow around the daisies when they look good.


Posted: 26/06/2015 at 21:34

Oh has been to a a funeral today. Someone he shared a a house with at Uni.

It kind of brings home the thought that you dont know how long you've got, so make every minute count.

I have been taking back frocks, ordered online. Having tried on every available long frock in Burton,Nottingham and Sheffield meadowhell, I ordered online. The dark blue one was purple and needed 6 inch cutting off when I had my highest heels on. The light blue one was not, as described, large for size, so both went back, and I picked up the larger size. In the meantime it had gone down £50.  So i suppose that subsidised the petrol and parking fees.

Wedding ring blank being tried on tomorrow.

Heavy rain forecast so that finishes gardening for the weekend.

I better fill the slug pubs up.

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