Gardening Grandma

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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 20:33

Dear me - how mysterious! As a relative newbie to forums, all this is new to me. Obviously, there are complexities I did not dream of. 

Too hot today to do any gardening - in fact, too hot to do anything, despite the fact that there's no sun and a bit of a breeze. Hotter tomorrow, apparently!  

Mattie, glad you are not feeling too bad.



Posted: 21/07/2013 at 11:16

Have a good day, Matty. A bit of rain would be quite helpful at the moment. We have a water meter and the bill just arrived. Our water consumption has rocketed in the drought and our payments have been raised by ten pounds a month - although when the drought is over, it will drop to normal and they'll end up owing us money!

Pruning a problem Quince

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 11:12

Here is a link that might help.

You are supposed to treat a quince rather like an apple tree and do only gentle pruning after the fourth year, according to the RHS.

A relative whose garden I've been looking after has an overgrown quince in the garden that I've been trying to sort out. You can't just chop it to the base, but you can prune it quite hard and completely cut out the branches you don't want. If you can expose the base, you can still dig out that blasted ground elder, then  use a contact weedkiller to deal with the bits whose roots are entangled with the roots of the quince and which regrow. At the same time, you could dig out any quince suckers you don't want. But anything that sends out suckers is going to continue to do so.


Posted: 21/07/2013 at 10:27

Painting the fence, FG. Or have you moved from one highly energetic activity to another? I feel tired just thinking about it!

Is it ok to plant climbing roses in a trough shaped planter

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 10:01

Roses don't cling and have to be pruned and tied up, so you could move it after you plant it. A shallow trough is not a good idea, though - the advice you've been given above is good.


Posted: 21/07/2013 at 09:49

FG, you and I must have been typing at the same time. Hope the foot is improving.


Posted: 21/07/2013 at 09:48

Morning, everyone. Much cooler here, and overcast, with a good breeze. Its a bit of a relief, actually. Sounds as though most people are going to be busy. Hope your arm is better, TT.

Feel as though I go away once a month and crash out, then come back and work like crazy for two or three weeks getting ready for the next excursion to a field somewhere. The garden is a b it jungle-like, even after major cutting back yesterday. Virtually no roses left, now, but will mulch again and hope for a good second flush. The garden will be a bit bald when I've finished cutting back. I'm taking out a number of plants that aren't earning their keep, so even after my orgy of seed-growing this year, I'm going to have to go to the GC and BUY SOME MORE! Yippee!

Decorator turned up for his money yesterday. He said it would be one day's work and it turned out to be more than two. To emulsion a room! He's a nice man and a perfectionist and he's not young. Maybe the heat slowed him, too, but the price was a bit of a shock. I'd been going to give him a tip, but I paid up to the penny.

Boiled ham for lunch - can't face putting the oven on today. Have a good day, everyone.



Tatton Park Show - Spare Tickets

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 22:30

Try sending MMP a private message, if she does not seem to have seen this, Lin. Hope it works out.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 22:28

Sounds good, PP. I'm also taking out thuggish pink geraniums and replacing them with something more well-behaved. I also have a very low-growing and unexciting one which has almost taken over one bed. I'm beginning to wonder about a plant stall at the gate to get rid of everything that needs getting under control!

Those weren't beer mats BTW - just ordinary coffee mats. Beer, in my view, is very nice with a spoonful of artificial sweetener. Otherwise, give me cider or wine. Now, preferably...

Hope your mother was well, Dove. I have yet another SIL - lots of them in my family - who is in a residential home and has alzheimers. It's a pleasant, caring place. Hope your mother is similarly blessed with a caring place to live.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 20:30

Evening. Sorry about your arm, Tina, and your toes, FG. And gardening is supposed to be a quiet little hobby!

Tied up the triffid today - the vast climbing rose, that is. Balanced on a wobbly chair and tied bits to the top of the pergola. I used two drinks mats to level the chair. I can think of better uses for a drinks mat.

Went around the garden and cut back and deadheaded, watered and tidied. Most satisfying. Patio has finally been cleared and tidied. Now, perhaps, would be a good moment to use the drinks mats for their proper purpose....  

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