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black bamboo

Posted: 22/12/2015 at 21:19

Maybe you could get the pale stuff and use a dark shade of cuprinol (other wood stains are available)on it.


Posted: 22/12/2015 at 21:12

I had a sore throat over the weekend, and now it has developed into a full blown cold and cough. I am alternating ibuprofen, covonia and benylin, with hot honey and lemon or my own blackcurrant syrup in hot water.  Then I found that half a bottle of cab sav works better.  I've got to get better soon, because we are due at a party on xmas eve, drinks and nibbles xmas day at my friends, followed by Roast beef at mums, and then boxing day for 20 at mums.

I wont be around much unless I opt out by pleading illness, so I wish you all a Happy Christmas, or whatever festival you follow at this time of year.

Cornus Kousa

Posted: 22/12/2015 at 20:55


 Two angles of my Cornus Kousa chinensis. I bought it as a metre high bush of about four branches, 25 years ago.

It doesn't seem to grow much in height any more,(about 5m tall and 4m across) but it took about 15 years to get to this size. Apart from cutting off the odd dead branch, I do nothing to it.

It flowers every year, sometimes it has fruit/seedpods on it. It has good autumn colour.

In a smaller garden, and for better colour, I would go for Miss Satomi. I do like the pink flowers instead of the white. I seem to have a lot of white at that time of year.


Posted: 21/12/2015 at 19:50

They will come as rooted cuttings. Pot on into 7 cm pots, then larger pots. As they grow, pinch out the tops at about 15 cm to make them branch. Feed regularly with phostrogen or a tomato fertiliser. You can either pot on into large pots or buckets, or line out in the veg patch, around June. They should start flowering from August onwards.



Posted: 21/12/2015 at 06:49

I hope the mods wake up soon. Theres a bit of tidying to do.


Posted: 21/12/2015 at 06:47

Good morning, Dove and Pat.

The last hotel in Hurghada we stayed at, had seahorses in a patch of weed just off the jetty. It made a good shallow last dive. 

Hostafan, see if you can do a trydive while you're there. The best stuff to see is in the top 15metres, so you don't need to go too deep.  The first time I went there, there was no airport and we had to be bussed down from Cairo. The boat was rubbish, the food appalling, but the diving was amazing.


Posted: 20/12/2015 at 23:27

Time for bed. I think I will read my book.

Has anyone seen those luscious new Roscoeas in this months RHS magazine?


Posted: 20/12/2015 at 22:27

What worries me, is stuff is growing now, and soft growth may get a hefty knockback when the really cold weather gets here.


Cutting old hellebore leaves

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 22:18

I put the leaves in the bin, especially any with black spots on. I cut them off last week, but that's because they are so advanced. If I cut them off much earlier, animals coming through from the wood trample them.

Hardy Geranium?

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 22:14

You could always call it "pavement white"

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