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Posted: 02/10/2014 at 20:09

Do try to keep it out of cold, drying winds - the leaves shrivel up at the edges and look miserable till they fall off or you trim them off.  They do get replaced, but for a while it looks really tatty and miserable.


Posted: 20/06/2014 at 11:26

I have a row of 3 dwarf cherry trees, more or less espalier form.  When they blossomed last year, I saw very few bees about, but left them to get on with it - and had six, yes 6, cherries.  I didn't bother to net them,  This year, again no bees visible.  I did a wee experiment; I went out with a brush and tickled the flowers - but on one side of the row only.  I now have bunches of fruit swelling quite nicely on that side of the trees, but practically none on the other, only unfilled wizened little shapes. The couple of half-hours I spent on them really made a difference.  I netted them yesterday, and hope for a reasonable crop.

Hedgehog Free

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 17:05

Thanks again.  But I've never seen a hedgehog in the area; I'd need to import one from somewhere.

Hedgehog Free

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 16:49

Thanks, dove, but won't leaving out dishes of food just/also attract rats?  I know there's a crowd of them round our way, and frankly don't want to encourage them.  What's the best hedgehog food, anyway?  Cat food?  I have a small pool already.

Hedgehog Free

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 16:38

I'd love to host a hog in the garden, to deal with the slugs, but where do I get one?  I live in a small town, not far from a riverbank; even if one did visit, it would just wander away down the hill again.  So what can I do to be hog-attractive? 

Tree Advice

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 23:12

I don't know if you could prune it to keep it slim.  The new branches shoot up and down and out before bending down to earth in that elegant way.  If you cut off all the 'out' bits, you might end up with a tree like a walking stick or a toilet brush.  Maybe you could cut off the underneath sprouts and branches to ease it up more than out - I dunno.   Best of luck anyway!

Tree Advice

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 19:30

Aladdin, maybe I should have said to leave room for a Kilmarnock willow.  It's fairly narrow at first, but spreads sideways year by year.  After 6 years mine was about 6' wide.

Tree Advice

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 19:03

Aladdin, you might consider a Kilmarnock willow.  It's a weeping willow top grafted  on a stem about 5' tall, like  a waterfall over an umbrella.  A very pretty and japanesy-looking tree, but you have to give it a haircut every year or it grows obstreperous and trails on the ground.  However, it's so low that's not hard.  Just don't plant it too close to walls or drains, because the willow roots wriggle right into any water round about, as my mother discovered - she had to have her drains re-dug to get the blockage hacked out! 

Tree Advice

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 22:33

I agree with all of that.  Golden Hornet is a lovely golden crab.  Depends what size you want.  My amelanchier is about 8' tall, but I trim it back, and grow a clematis up it for summer flowers.  I've got a winter-flowering cherry, about 20' tall after 15 years, light and airy and scattered with flowers all winter, with a final gorgeous burst of blossom in spring.  You could also try a cherry on a dwarfing rootstock, or any fruit tree, for that matter, and get a crop off it as well as flowers.  If you can keep off the birds, of course.  Lots of choice!

Overgrown rockery

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 16:19

 Blitzing isn't the simple answer it seems to be.  Celandine is a bitch.   Haul it up and miss just one of the wee white nodules on its roots and it comes back next year.  It looks pretty, though, so I leave it to flower - I don't see it till then, anyway - and then spray it.  That more or less works, though I always seems to miss some hiding somewhere.  At least it doesn't sting like nettles.

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Tickling works! 
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I give up!

Down with vegetable growing! 
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