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something in the air

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 13:44

I've never joined a forum before. I don't do facebook or twitter. I like it here because I can just dip in and out when I want, and the format is easy to navigate.

 I've had a look at some other forums, but I'm not part  of the secret seven forum, probably not suitable  for me either.  A lot seem to be american , and with an agenda.

 I've been gardening a long time, but I have learnt a  lot this year, even if Verdun has encouraged me to spend a lot more than I usually do.

The troublemakers always seem to start at weekend, when no moderators are about. I think this weekend they had been on something wierd.

Foxglove Illumination Apricot

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 13:37

Actually, scrap all that, I think mine were dalmation peach. I think the illumination range are those that are not as hardy, because they have isoplexis genes in them. Verdun has done well with illumination pink, but I think they may need overwintering indoors.

Foxglove Illumination Apricot

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 13:34

Like you, I am growing this for the first time. It came as part of 36 perennial plug plants. I potted the tiny things that came into plugs and then 3 inch pots. I then planted them out. I was really surprised when they flowered this year, the rest of the plugs either got eaten by slugs or just not flowered yet.

 I dead headed and they sent up more flowers. I saved some seed, but I have also dead headed again. I am going to see if they survive the winter. If not I will have a go at growing seeds next year. I have finished putting in 48  candy mountain, and glittering prizes foxgloves for next spring, so I don't expect I'll miss them if they dont survive.

campanula white bell flower

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 13:26

If it is in a basket it might be this one

If it is a tall upright one in the garden it is more likely to be Campanula pyramidalis.

Old sick apple tree?

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 13:11

this should give you the basics. If it is a tip bearer you may not get fruit next year, but it will be better after that. Are the fruit that are on it this year, along the branches or at the very ends?

something in the air

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 12:53

Please don't go Waterbutts. That way, the trouble makers win. If you like just check in from time to time. I hope everything will settle down now.

Seed swap

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 10:26

Is there anything you would like, Anthony.?

how to tidy up this 'tree'?

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 10:20

Or it could be the slower growing lawsons cypress. Either way, you can trim them to shape so long as you don't cut back into brown wood. If you trim back any lanky shoots now it will stay neat until spring . It will not resprout  from brown wood.

Why is anyone allowed to completely destroy your view??

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 21:45

Losing a sea view will reduce the value of a house. It will also reduce the value of adjacent houses. You could point that out to the neighbours.

Why is anyone allowed to completely destroy your view??

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 21:41

Any branches that overhang the boundary onto your side can be cut off unless there is a preservation order.   That doesn't help with the height however.

Leylandii planted as a hedge is a problem at that height. See the council to see if they can enforce lowering it.

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